Mansfield Harriers exceed expectations in Derby

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Mansfeld Harriers exceeded medal expectations during last weekend’s annual Track and Field County Championship at Derby’s Moorways Stadium.

After two days of competition the club had won 16 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze medals and numerous other great performances.

Amongst a string of fine performances the highlight of the weekend was probably Kelsey Pearce in the U13 girl’s javelin.

Kelsey produced a throw of 26.72 metre which gave her not only a win but a championship best performance as well.

After that superb performance she then went on to run a personal best of 28.94 in the 200, but in a medal position and with 20 metre to run she sadly got injured and hobbled over the line in just over 30 seconds.

Mansfield continued to win medals in the endurance events, the highlight being Bethany Williams 800, 1500 double a repeat of last year in the U17 girls and she gave a fantastic display of racing tactics during the competition.

Luke Duffy’s fine front running in the U15 boys and Alex Rielly in the U20 men achieved the same double with Alex recording a personal best by three seconds in the 800m. Cameron Walker chipped in winning the U17 1500M and May Roberts and Courtney Spencer both rand to superb third places in both the 800m and 1500m in the U17 and U13 girls respectively. Jade Bacon ran a 17 second personal best in the under 17 1500 and also won the triple jump in 10.20 metre and came 7th in the long jump.

Local athletic legend Andy Wetherill had a busy weekend winning his 3000 metre event, also finishing third in the 1500m and 5th in the 5000m.

However the highlight for Andy and one of the highlights of the weekend was his award of the county badge for his services to Nottinghamshire AAA over the last 40 years. Also in the senior events Steph Wilcockson had a good day on Saturday winning the 400 hurdles and coming second in the 110m high hurdles and Hannah Hardy came second in the 3000.

The club saw some massive improvement this year in the junior sprints and field events, which is testament to the hard work being put in by the coaches Chris Ashmore and John Lake.

Chris led by example winning his long jump, high jump and triple jump and coming second in the 100. Jessica Lake continued her great summer form taking a full set of medals in the U13 girls, winning the 70m hurdles, second in the shot, third in the high jump and also competing in the long jump.

Paige Vick also had great success in the U13 girls winning the high jump, second in the 70m hurdles, getting to the final of the 200m and coming sixth in the 800m recording personal bests in each event.

The club had further success in the Javelin with Libby Bell finishing third in the U15 girls and Laura Herrod third in the U17 girls event.

Libby also competing in the 200m and Laura finishing fifth in the long jump.

Daisy Smith continued her great summer form finishing third in the U15 girls 200m and competing in a very strong long jump.

Mollie Rowden finished third in the under 17 long jump recording 4.72 which was a great performance into a headwind.

Sophie Brown had a busy weekend at U13 and achieved personal bests in her four events the 100m, shot, 200m and long jump, narrowly missing a medal in the shot by five centimetres.

Eleanor James competed well in the U15 200m and Kelly Seaman recorded 3.73 metre in the U13 long jump. In the U11 quad kids event Jessica Reavill in her debut performance for the club came a great third place and in the boys Jake Spencer finished in eighth position.

Away from the track five Mansfield athletes competed in Trent 5 road race at Beeston. First in was Jon Hardy in 34.28 followed by Maddie Collinge 40.45, Rachael Chadwick 42.08, Trevor Hiscox 42.09 and Diane Stewart 42.37.