Mansfield Harriers seniors deliver the medals at Wollaton Hall

Paul Butcher and Alan Smith battle the elements and each other in the North Midlands cross country league.
Paul Butcher and Alan Smith battle the elements and each other in the North Midlands cross country league.

Mansfield Harriers had to contend with a double header this weekend with the last of the North Midland league series on Saturday and the Booth Cross

Country on Sunday.

At the Nottinghamshire County championship the weekend before it was the younger athletes who delivered and this week the seniors came out and delivered the


The masters team on the day consisted of Paul Butcher, who finished 20th, Alan Smith 24th and Phil Shaw 78th, and these three sealed the deal to enable the team to take the series championship.

Alan also won the over 45 individual title after a great set of races.

On the day these three were backed up by Steve Davies in 119th, Jon Hardy in 175th, Matthew Bradbury in 201st and Julian Wood in 219th position.

The ladiies team on the day consisted of Bev Armstrong in 44th, Amanda Hardy 49th and Amanda Shaw in 88th.

The ever consistent Amanda Hardy came away with the overall age group title afer a superb set of races.

In the younger age groups the highly talented duo of Alex Rieley and Cam Walker came third and fifth in the U17 race and Alex came second overall after another great set of races.

Matt Woodhall finished 12th in the U11 race, another great run and just missing out on a podium finish.

May Roberts continued her fine winter finishing fifth on the day and just out of the medals at U15 and Bethany Williams continues to impress at U17 to finish second on the day.

At the Booth race on Sunday Paul Butcher followed on from his storming run on Saturday to finish third.

Paul was backed up by Gary Morley in 42nd, Helen Jones 132nd, Bev Armstrong 136th, Sue Bellingham 172nd, Rachael Chadwick 198th, Trevor Hiscox 199th, Julie Bell 218th and Denise Winfield 219th.

Stuart King has just qualified for the 1500 metres AAA’s indoors. The qualifier was at the English Institute of Sport at Sheffield. Liverpool’s Harry Harper took the win in 3mins 48secs and Stuart needed to get within the qualifying time of 3.54.

He put in a blistering last lap to cross the line in fifth place and claim a qualifying time 3.52.

The AAA’S Championships will be held over the weekend 14th/15th February at the Sheffield venue where Stuart will rub shoulders with some of the best track & field athletes in the country.

The fast improving Sophia Stewart had a fantastic day at the indoor meeting achieving bests in the 60 metres in a time of 8.56 and long jump of 4.21 metre and evergreen coach Chris Ahmore achieved 8.22 in the 60 and 4.96 in the long jump.