Mansfield Harriers’ Luke Cragg and Steve Lisgo have begun their last two months in the USA before returning to the UK in late May.
The duo have both posted impressive starts to the summer season and Harriers will be hoping that they both stay injury free as they will add some great weight to both the BAL team on the track and to the road racing squad.
Cragg ran a 10K track race in Stanford, California and posted a time of 29:24, taking him into top spot in the UK rankings at this very early stage of the season.
This time is only 14 seconds off his PB and was a remarkable achievement as he suffered with blisters early into the race due to sponsorship rights on his college team meaning he had to run in unfamiliar spikes.
Meanwhile, Lisgo won a low level Quarter Marathon distance in Carmel, Indiana, despite being sent the wrong way by marshals, adding about 600 metres to his distance.
Following an eight week lay-off with a stress fracture, Lisgo returns to the track on 14th April when he has a steeplechase race lined up in California.
Closer to home and Harriers have been in action over a range of distances on the roads.
Maddy Collinge posted two Half Marathon performances on consecutive weekends – firstly taking the first VL60 slot at Grantham in a time of 1:51.27 and then, despite running nearly three minutes quicker at Liverpool, could only manage second place in 1:47.28.
This time places Collinge in 10th spot in the UK age group rankings so far this year.
Peter Collinge was not to be outdone by his wife at Grantham as he too took the prize for the top VM60, running 1:37.27.
Peter returned to the same area for the Grantham Cup – a 10.35km off road race where he finished in 28th place in a time of 48:27.
Maddy ran 56:38 whilst daughter Emily, running for Gosforth Harriers, was 13th in 43:33.
Steve Davies raced at the Belvoir Half Marathon and came out on top in the VM50-59 category in a time of 81:31.
Continuing the age group prize winners Jonny Lowe raced over the rarely run Third Marathon distance, finishing in eighth spot overall at Hornsea and taking the honours in the VM45 category.
Helen Scott flew the Mansfield flag at the Lincoln 10K, running a time of 44:11 to finish as the 32nd lady home.