Harriers send impressive group to Robin Hood race

Club junior international athlete Archie Rayner presenting the trophy to giirls winner Beth Hamilton
Club junior international athlete Archie Rayner presenting the trophy to giirls winner Beth Hamilton

Mansfield Harriers sent an impressive number of athletes to one of the highlights of the racing calendar – the Ikano Robin Hood half marathon.

Fifteen Harriers completed the course, on another busy weekend on the roads for local athletes.

First man home for the club was Chris Allcock who finished 70th in a chip time of 1.20.46.

Next in was Matt Buchan who celebrated his 17th birthday a day earlier, making him one of the youngest in the field and he crossed the line in 104th in 1.23.46.

The consistent Gary Morley completed the course in 144th with 1.25.12, followed by Henry Partridge in 430th in a time of 1.32.11, ultra-

distance runner Tim Raynor 593rd 1.36.46, Jon Hardy 595th 1,36.46, Jonathon Mitchell 1304th 1.44.49, club senior sprint coach Martin White 3303rd 1.58.03 and Trevor Hiscox 3544th 2.00.36.

First lady home was the fast improving Helen Jones who ran a huge personal best of 1.39.13 to finish 923rd.

Second in was another junior Philippa Mitchell who recorded 1.44.49 for 1303rd.

Following was Catherine Hough who broke the 1.50 barrier for the first time finishing in 1760th and a time of 1.48.47.

Sharon Armitage 2035th 1.52.46, Rachael Chadwick 3543rd 2.00.36 and Sonali Kinra in 5197th recording 2.14.58 followed.

Nigel Watkin and Jackie Duers competed in the tough and undulating Loch Ness Marathon, the former recording an excellent 3.11 and the latter 4.40. Further afield John Harrison ran in the Berlin Marathon, finishing in 3.28.

In the Isle of Axeholme half marathon Karen Waterhouse completed the course in 1.41.11 and Maddy Collinge finished in 1.50.03.

Diane Stewart competed in the Equinox race at Belvoir Castle, a 24 hour race for teams or individuals.

She ran three 10km legs during the race in 62, 63 and 66 minutes.

Saturday saw the club host the Mansfield Schools Cross Country Races for Y6 and below at King George V park.

The girl’s race was won by Beth Hamilton of Abbey Gates School in 5.04 and the winning school was the Holly Primary School.

The boy’s race was won by Josh Harkin-Figuera of Farmilo School in 4.46 and the winning school team was Saint Patrick’s.

The club are looking to attract more athletes and currently meet in the Sportshall at Vision West Nottinghamshire College on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.15 and 6.30pm.e.