Midlands Cross Country glory for Mansfield juniors

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Mansfield Harriers youngsters shone again, securing silver and bronze team medals at the Midlands Cross Country Championships at Leamington.

Presentations were made by Pat Carlan, Mansfield coach who is the Midlands Cross Country President this year.

Nicole Goulding took the highest individual Mansfield placing, missing out on an individual medal by just six seconds, when she finished fourth in the U13G race.

Tilly Birkin (24th), Ellie White (32nd) and Jessica Tomlinson (43rd) joined Goulding in taking team bronze, just seven points off second placed Rugby and Northampton AC.

Molly Johnson took sixth spot individually in the U15G race leading home the quartet to team silver.

Ella Shirley was just eight places behind in 14th with Caelidh Ross also making the top 20 in 19th place. Claire Norris was the fourth girl on the podium with her 37th place.

Alex Rieley was the third Harrier to make the top 10, finishing in 10th spot in the U13B race, Archie Rayner next back in 30th.

In the U15B event Sam Johnson was 18th with Lewis Ashmore in 38th whilst at U17 and U20 level the club had no competitors, a situation which is causing concern for team managers. Hannah Hardy was first local back in the U17W race, taking 27th spot with Hayley Silver and Alice Mortiboy fighting it out for 36th and 39th respectively.

At senior level James Mee (26th) and Chris Brown (88th) were the only Green and Blue vests to make the top 100 while Amanda Hardy, in 104th, was first back for the Senior Women.

OTHER MANSFIELD FINISHERS: U13G – 54: Emma Beeson, 70: Emma Cundy, 74: Sophie Beckingham, 82: Ruby Codd, 85: Alice Venkatesan, 97: Philippa Mitchell. U15G – 45: Emma Heath, 48: Tamsin Smith, 63: Harriet Codd, 65: Chevelle Baxter, 67: Amelia Mitchell, 82: Hazel Blount. U17W – 58: Demi-Jade Jakymelen, 60: Eleanor Winning, 63: Alice Keogh. U20W – 34: Gina Radford. SW – 144: Sharon Armitage, 174: Denise Winfield. U13B – 76: Ben Hardy, 91: Harrison Smith. U15B – 56: Jake Lancaster, 78: Jordan Boam, 88: Finny Quilty, 97; Jack Foster. SM – 185: Graeme Wilkinson, 216: Terry Ashmore, 226: Jonathan Mitchell, 245: Jason Foster, 274: Jonathan Hardy.

l Maddy Collinge took the series honours in the VL60 category in the Booth Decorators Cross Country League, finishing in 116th spot overall in the final race.

Tian Green was first Harrier back in 105th with Carol Hartin (122nd) and Elaine Greaves (142nd) making up the quartet.

l Steve Davies competed in the North Wales Cross Country Championships finishing in the top 10 and taking the gold medal spot in the VM50 category.

l Mansfield Harriers will again be taking a trip to the London Marathon (15th-17th April). If you have entered, or just fancy taking in the atmosphere and cheering on the runners, call Steve Davies on 01623 636775 or e.mail yellowdafodil@btinternet.com for more details.