Big numbers turnout on busy week for Mansfield Harriers

James Mee in action.
James Mee in action.
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Mansfield Harriers had three club events over the last week with massive numbers competing for the club.

The first was the Booths Road Race series at Teversal, the Notts AAA’s road race league at Hexgrave Park the day after, and at the weekend the juniors were competing at the first of the Nottinghamshire Mini League events at Ashfield School.

The three events saw massive numbers compete for the club with 34 finishing at Teversal, 24 at Hexgrave Park and 29 at the mine league.

These numbers are probably one of the biggest turnouts for the club in several years a sure sign Mansfield Harriers are moving in the right direction.

The road race numbers were boosted by the recent new members from the Mansfield Runners Run England Group and the juniors are strengthening with every event. At the mini league event the club had numerous best performances in windy and difficult conditions with the meeting coming to a premature end due to the inclement weather, and at the time of going to press we are still waiting for the full results.

At the Booths event first home for the club was James Mee in sixth place. James recently rejoined the club and will be a massive asset going forward. Following James home was recently joined Dan Hardy in 15th place, followed by Jonny Lowe in 28th, also second over 50, Phil Shaw 47th and 3rd over 50. After Phil next in was Gary Morley 59th, Nigel Watkin 64th and thirrd over 55, Craig Linacre 75th, Tony Gelsthorpe 84th, Matt Bradbury 87th, Garry Hodgkins 114th, Ben Wootton 137th, Alan Kemp 142nd, Gary Towle 165th, Trevor Hiscox 166th, Jack Cooke 168th, Wayne Yearwood 184th and Tim Richardson 205th and the men’s team came home 5th overall out of 12 teams.

For the ladies first in was team manager Bev Armstrong in 15th followed by Karen Waterhouse 29th and third over 50, in her first run in the league junior Katie Lancaster showed real promise to cross the line in 34th, Kirsty Fairburn 49th, Maddy Collinge 65th and first over 65, Sue Pepperday 79th, Jackie Duers 86th, Christine Fern 90th, Jemma Arbon 99th, Michelle Peet 109th, Tina Copcutt 119th, Petra Kucerova 122nd, Jane Walker 137th, Sally Wilson 138th Laha Renshaw 139th and Helen Netherwood 143rd, with the team coming home in 8th position.

At the Notts AAA event the highlight of the night was the continued local dominance of the Mansfield men’s masters team, comfortably winning on the night and already looking in a strong position to take the title, the men’s team came home 4th within striking distance of the top three teams.

First man home was Stuart King who came home in a superb 2nd place with Steve Lisgo fourth, first of the masters Paul Butcher in sixth and James Mee putting in another strong performance to finish seventh.

Any Wetherill was next to cross the line in 26th followed by Chris Monk 30th, Nigel Watkin 54th, Gary Morley 61st, Craig Linacre 80th, Garry Hodgkins 124th, Alan Kemp135th, Jack Cooke 148th and Dave Robertson 212nd.

The ladies team came 12th out of 23 teams and the master’s teams 16th and 23rd out of 36. First home for the team was the fast improving Helen Jones in 20th, followed by Diane Stewart 83rd, Jackie Duers 83rd, Sarah Bradbury 102nd, Heather Shone 114th, Jemma Arbon 119th, Julia Lowe 128th, Hannah Shaw 129th, Karen Calladine 133rd, Denise Winfield 144th, Tina Copcutt 158th.

On the roads away from league action evergreen Maddy Collinge was first over 50 in the Grantham Cup an undulating course on the Belton estate.

The Lincoln 10k provided further great performances for Mansfield with Antony Robinson first home in a time of 36.25 followed by Ged Naylor who was also third over 50 in a time of 37.31, Trevor Hiscox 52.24, Aidan Wilson 58.02 and Bob Scott 1.21.13.

For the ladies Helen Jones had a superb run clocking an excellent 44.01 and Sarah Bradbury completed the course in 54.21 a massive 6 minutes faster than last year.