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Inspired Britten records new PB on iconic track

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Mansfield Harriers’ Nancy Britten was inspired by her surroundings at the Iffley Road athletics track to register a new personal best time in the 800m.

Britten managed to take three seconds off her best time to finish in 2.25.79 at the Oxford track which is regarded as the spritual home of the British Milers Club.

It is where Roger Bannister recorded the historic first sub-four-minute-mile.

Britten and club-mate Lauren McNeil took to the track and battled the unseasonal high winds, with McNeil finishing the 800m in a sharp 2.18.20 as she continues return from injury.

Elsewhere, Jordan Boam competed at the Richard Belton 5000m track event at Harvey Haddon Stadium and in a challenging race, where he had to run the last few laps isolated, Boam managed to dig deep to record his first sub-17-minute track 5K with 16.54

The penultimate race in the Notts AAA summer league series took place at Worksop College and, with the race clashing with England’s World Cup semi-final, numbers were significantly down - but 159 men and 140 ladies still completed the race.

Mansfield only manged to field five men and it was 60-year-old Andy Wetherill who was the club’s first athlete home in 25th (28.45) for the five-mile race.

Kieran Harby made his debut in the competition and came home in 52nd (30.45) closely followed by Clive Buck 53rd (30.47), Stuart Whysall 64th (31.58) and Pete Copcutt 117th (39.00).

With one fixture to go, Wetherill has a commanding lead in the 55-64 age group and leads the masters team who are placed third overall and 10th at Worksop.