Mansfield Harriers athletes excel at national championships

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As the track season draws to a close three Mansfield Harriers athletes competed at the U17 and U15 National Championships over the weekend at Bedford. Competing against some of the best athletes in the UK the three runners all performed admirably.

Highlight of the weekend was Luke Duffy in the U15 boys 1500 metreS.

Luke qualified in third position in his heat on Saturday and came back on Sunday to run the race of his life in the final, taking second spot and the silver medal.

Luke ran a lifetime best of 4.11.57 in the final and with 200 metres to go was in fifth position.

However a superb sprint finish over the last 150 meters saw him overtake three competitors and take the medal.

This a great reward for Luke who broke his toe earlier in the season and missed several weeks of training, and puts him in a great place for the cross country season.

Archie Rayner also performed strongly in the 1500 metres this time at U17 level, comfortably qualifying in his heat on Saturday.

The final was a tactical race and Archie was in a great position throughout the race, however in a sprint for the medals in the last 100m he was just edged out and finished fourth.

Such is Archie’s talent he came away disappointed with his fourth position in a national event, but he has had a fantastic summer of racing and again goes into the cross country season with high expectations.

The third athlete competing was Bethany Williams in the U17 girls 1500 metres. This was Beth’s first race at this level, battling hard throughout the race to finish in 13th position.

This was a great experience for Beth who has now shown consistent improvement over the last three years and again puts her in a great position going into winter training.

May Roberts and Cameron Walker competed at Tipton on Saturday in one of the British Milers Club regional events.

In her first track 3000 metres 15 year-old May ran the race with incredible maturity resisting the temptation to go out hard and finished strongly to record a fantastic time of 10.56.

Cam ran the 1500 metres and put in a very hard first two laps, and hung on for the last two laps to record a time of 4.18

Five Mansfield athletes competed in the Double or Quits race at Shipley Park on Saturday on a hilly and challenging course. In warm conditions the runners had a choice after one lap of finishing or racing a second lap. On the one lap five mile race first in for Mansfield and third overall was Steve Capewell in a time of 30.13, followed by Trevor Hiscox who was third over 50 in 39.20 and Petra Kucerova in her first race for the club recording 54.25.

In the longer race evergreen Maddy Collinge was 17th lady and first over 60 in a time of 1 hour 28.48 and Diane Stewart was 11th over 40 in a time of 1 hour 38.40