Mansfield Harrier off to European Junior Athletics Championships

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FOLLOWING a string of strong performances, culminating with the silver medal spot at last weekend’s Aviva English Schools Championships, Mansfield Harrier David Lagerberg has been rewarded with a GB Junior vest.

Lagerberg travels in two weeks time to Tallinn, Estonia as part of the 4 x 400m Relay team competing in the European Junior Championships.

Joining him in the team is Lincoln Wellington’s javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale, who competes second claim for Mansfield.

With Lagerberg resting, Dunderdale taking precautionary measures against an Achilles injury and several athletes taking part at the McCain Jumps and Throws Fest, the club’s turbulent track and field season continued in the third fixture of this season’s National Junior League.

With a severely depleted team travelling to a home fixture that had to be relocated to Derby due to ongoing problems with access to their Berry Hill Park base, the squad could only manage a seventh place finish.

Having started the season strongly, the U20 team now face a trip to Cardiff in two weeks time with a big fight on their hands to avoid relegation from the Midland Premier League.

Charlotte Gair produced the only win of the day, taking top spot in the discus with a best throw of 40.79m.

Adam Sansom finished second in the 400m hurdles, clocking season’s best of 56.9 with second claim athletes Hannah and Haran Dunderdale also taking second in the javelin and 2K steeplechase respectively.

Tom Wallett made a very encouraging debut over the longer, and higher, 110m hurdles, finishing third in a time of 16.1.

Having run over the 100m hurdles for the last two years this performance promises well for his move up to the longer distance next year.

Haden Brittain made the most of being absent from Derby, throwing a new PB of 48.50m in the hammer at the McCain Throws and Jumps Fest at Barnet Copthall Stadium.

As the most improved male thrower on the day Brittain also came away with a prize from the Hammer Circle.

Claire Beaumont also bagged new PB of 47.27m, finishing second in the U20 Women’s hammer, Rachel Gair again throwing over 61 metres to take fourth in the senior event.

Gair is now consistently throwing over 60 metres, having produced a lifetime best of 62.54m the weekend before in Edinburgh.

Greg Millar and Lee Peters went head to head again, both producing their best throws in the first round of the javelin – Millar coming out on top with 57.69m against Peters’ 54.39m.

Chloe Elphick joined the throwers at Hendon and leaped to a best of 10.96m in the triple jump.

Closer to home and Mansfield’s youngsters were in action at the Notts Mini league at Ashfield School.

Sprinter Kaisha Buchanan shone over both 100m and 200m, equalling her PB of 13.9 over 100m and running 28.1 over 200m – both into strong headwinds.

Rachel Norris finished first in the U15G 100m in 13.2 and William Taylor took top spot in the U11B long jump with a best of 3.98m.

Lewis Ashmore produced new PB of 2:16.5 to take second place in the U15B 800m.