Mansfield Harriers’ Luke Duffy and Jessica Lake move in to top 10 of UK rankings

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Two of Mansfield Harrier’s track and field athletes moved into the UK top 10 for their events after more outstanding performances at the weekend.

On Saturday in the British Milers Club event, in far from ideal conditions, Luke Duffy’s superb 1500 metre run of 4.15.75 was one of the highlights.

Duffy put himself in a very challenging race, remained competitive throughout and finished very strongly to record a five second personal best.

It was a time that currently ranks him fourth in the UK in his age group.

Jessica Lake also ran a fantastic personal best of 11.8 in the 70 metre hurdles to put her eighth in the UK rankings, equalling the league record and also putting in big personal bests in the 200 metres and Shot

Cameron Walker timed his race really well to take nearly three seconds from his personal best, to record 4.11.00 and Alex Rieley continued his recent run of fine form recording his first sub 2 minute 800 running 1.59.27, while Lewis Ashmore ran 4.15 in a difficult race.

Mansfield fielded two ladies at Milton Keynes with both recording personal best times.

Bethany Williams continued her relentless improvement as she put in another strong performance to run the 1500 in 4.48.75, taking another two seconds from her personal best.

May Roberts showed a welcome return to form taking just over a second from her best time to record 4.57.

The club had 18 athletes compete which is a significantly higher number than any recent meeting, with several athletes making competitive debuts and many athletes recording personal bests in favourable conditions.

Daisy Smith ran an amazing 12.7 in the 100 metres which is an English Schools qualifying time and a national Grade 1 standard.

In the Derby Ramathon half marathon, club stalwart Steve Davies completed the course in an excellent time of 1 hour 27.29. This time put Steve in 100th overall and 6th in his age category. This is a great base as Steve prepares for the marathon in the World Masters Track and Field Championships at Lyon in August.