Mansfield Harriers had four athletes competing in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon this year with each of the runners recording excellent performances. Two of the younger athletes qualified to compete for the East Midlands in the mini marathon on the same day.
In the marathon leading the way was Chris Allcock who recorded a superb time of 2.50.05 which is testament to the hard work he has put in during the last few months, following Chris was Gary Morley who after an injury hit winter ran a controlled race to come in at 3.10.00, and completing the men was John Harrison who ran a very good 3.16.52. Mansfield’s only female competitor was Jackie Massey who came out of retirement from competitive athletics to record a superb 3.16.29 and finish 10th in her age category.
At the 3 mile mini marathon Luke Duffy continued his fine run of recent form to finish in 20th spot in the under 15 boys race finishing in 15.42 and Archie Rayner just coming of a rest after a fine cross country season competed the course in 15.32 in the under 17 boys.
Last Wednesday saw the first of the Notts AAA summer league at Hexgreave Park, the series is a five race series throughout the summer with team and individual honours available. Mansfield completed teams in all four team events with an impressive 24 runners turning out for the blue and green army.
In the team events Mansfield finished 5th in a very closely contested men’s race, 3rd in the veteran men’s category, 12th in the senior ladies and 3rd in the veteran ladies competition, and as more athletes become available will look to further improve during the summer.
Individually in the men’s race the first Mansfield Harrier in was James Mee who had a superb run on the night to finish in 2nd spot, closely followed by Paul Butcher who came in 4th and in doing so won his age group category. Next Mansfield athlete in was Lewis Ashmore who finished 13th and was first junior athlete to cross the line.
Following Lewis, Mansfield’s other men to compete were Andy Wetherill 17th, Chris Dale 19th, Chris Monk 38th, Neil Cope 53rd, Phil Shaw 62nd, Martin Fickling 122nd, Colin Fell 153rd, Dave Robertson 156th, Trevor Hiscox 199th and Dave Rose 219th.
For the ladies first back was the much improved Hannah Hardy in 3rd place, Hannah has shown great improvement this winter and continues to perform to a very high standard. Following Hannah in 15th place was Kahli Johnson, Bev Armstrong 19th, Amanda Hardy 39th, Catherine Hough 76th, Amanda Shaw 112th, in her debut performance for the club Diane Stewart 117th, Rachael Chadwick 118th, Denise Winfield 124th, Heather Shone 128th and Julie Bell 154th.