Mansfield Harriers’ Luke Duffy qualifies for London mini-marathon

Luke Duffy
Luke Duffy

Mansfeld Harrier’s Luke Dufy has qualified for the mini marathon races at the London Marathon.

Duffy turned on the style to win the U15 boys race during the qualifying trials in Leicester at the weekend.

Competitors came from across five counties and, with only six to qualify at each age group, it was always going to be difficult to get through.

Duffy was always in the leading pack and, on the last lap, forged ahead for what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

This was Luke’s best run of the winter and he can now look forward to marathon day full of confidence.

In the U17 men’s race Archie Rayner continued his fine run of form finishing fourth in a high quality race.

Archie, who had a fantastic run at the Nationals the week before, ensured he qualified before relaxing on the last lap.

Alex Rieley finished 10th in the same race in what was another good run after his excellent run at the National the week before.

Completing the U17 men was the fast improving Cameron Walker, who had another fine run in 11th place.

In the U13 girls race Courtney Spencer finished 20th and Paige Vick 25th.

These two have only been at the club for a few weeks and battled really hard in what was without doubt a race many levels higher than they have competed in before.

In the U15 girls race May Roberts put in a welcome return to form after struggling for the last few weeks with illness to finish 10th.

May was in contention until the last lap and this run will give her confidence for the forthcoming track season.

Bethany Williams was having a fantastic run in the U17 race, with two minutes of running left Beth was in a qualifying position. However she took ill and was unable to finish the race.

Away from the roads one of the club’s newer members Matthew Bradbury took on the long distance Belvoir Challenge 15 mile multi-terrain race at the weekend. This is always a difficult race with stiles and tricky paths to navigate and this year surface water all around the course.

Matthew had an excellent performance finishing the race in 2 hours and 29, and he can now look forward to an excellent road season.