Mansfield Harriers’ elite ready for inter-county action

The Mansfield Harriers team who will travel to Barnsley
The Mansfield Harriers team who will travel to Barnsley

With a fantastic track season drawing to a close seven of Mansfield’s successful junior team will be competing for the county in various events next weekend at the Inter County fixture at Barnsley.

Selection is earned from consistent high performance at the Nottinghamshire mini league events and representing Nottinghamshire from the club will be Jessica Lake, Kelsey Pearce, Courtney Spencer, Paige Vick, Daisy Smith, Sophia Stewart and Libby Bell.

All seven will be looking to perform with distinction and hopefully squeeze out one last personal best if the conditions are favourable.

One of the final track and field meetings of the year is the Charnwood stars of the future medal meeting held every year at Loughborough.

Mansfield Harriers again had a great turn and several athletes came away with medals or new personal bests.

Leading the way for the club was U15 athlete Sophia Stewart, who put in two fantastic performances in the 100 and 200 to take silver in both in new best times of 13.04 and 27.12.

For good measure Sophia also competed in the discus, throwing a new best distance of 20.53.

Chloe Allcock took silver in the high jump clearing 1.50 metre coming very close to winning and only losing on countback.

Kelsey Pearce was third in the U13 Shot with 8.85 metre and Jade Bacon won the U17 triple jump with a leap of 9.79 metre.

Bethany Williams continued the medal haul finishing second in the U17 800m recording a time of 2.22.

Also competing for the club, U13 Tania Smith recorded three new bests 4.30 metres in the long jump, 14.16 in the 100 metre and fourth in the shot with 7.32 metres.

Courtney Spencer had a strong run in the U13 girls 800m, finishing fifth in 2.32 and Paige Vick managed 3.89 metres in the long jump even with a slight pull in her quad.

Ellie Sheppard and Sophie Brown both put in new bests in the shot throwing 5.90 metres and 5.85 metres respectively.

The clubs U11’s put in some great performances with Beth Hamilton leading the way with a time of 2.18.95 in the 600 metres.

Ava Blake leaped to 2.94 metres in the long jump and Georgina Brown had her best result in the 75 metres recording a time of 13.08. The only boy to compete was Ellis Blake who took 5 seconds of his best time for 600 to record 2.32.63.

On the roads the local action was at the Wilne 10k which also incorporated the Midland Masters championships.

In good conditions on a flat course with a very strong field first home for Mansfield was recent Mansfield 10k winner Mark Johnson in a time of 31.54 which was good enough to earn a silver in the Midland event. Mark will be hoping this performance will be good enough to earn him a place in the England team for the British Masters cross country international in November at Dublin.

Also competing for Mansfield was Phil Shaw who finished 119th in a chip time of 37.59, followed by Gary Morley 154th in 39.12, Aidan Wilson 181st in 40.04 and Julie Bell who was 65th lady in 64.54.