Mansfield Harriers retain top spot in Notts AAA Road Race League

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MANSFIELD’S veteran men retained the gold medal team spot with just one race now remaining in the Notts AAA Road Race League.

Last week’s action took place at Worksop College where the five mile undulating loop took the runners through Clumber Park.

Three Harriers battled it out to be the first green and blue vest back, with just 20 seconds eventually separating Mark Johnson (12th in 27:14), Tom O’Mara (13th in 27:30) and Andy Wilson (14th in 27:34). O’Mara’s run keeps him in top spot overall in the U20M category.

Pete Stafford secured another top 20 place, finishing five places ahead of 25th placed Jonny Lowe, who recovered from his disappointing run at Erewash. Stafford clocked 28:07 and Lowe a 28:27.

Chris Brown swapped the track for the roads, taking 29th position in a time of 28:54.

Less than a minute behind him, Steve Davies and Steve Grainger were battling it out over the last few hundred metres, Grainger getting the edge of the sprint finish with the pair finishing 44th and 46th respectively in 29:34 and 29:37.

Rob Curley and Tim Raynor made up Harriers’ top ten, Raynor taking 54th in 30:09 and Curley 55th in 30:27.

Kahli Johnson and Kate Raynor battled it out to be first female Harrier back. Raynor just pipped Johnson in the last 10 metres, with the pair taking 27th and 28th positions in 34:34 and 34:36 respectively.

Kirsty Huntington continued her return to racing, clocking 36:01 to secure 41st place with Emma Wilkinson, 45th in 36:27, joining Raynor and Huntington as scorers in the senior team.

Sue Watkinson (60th in 38:08) and Julie Grainger (64th in 38:47) were the second and third veteran women scorers and, along with Johnson, took the team into fourth place overall after four of the five races in the series.

OTHER MANSFIELD FINISHERS: MEN – 68: Graeme Wilkinson – 31:13, 69: Phil Shaw – 31:18, 106: Les Chambers – 33:35, 107: Dave Ward – 33:37, 126: Trevor Hiscox – 35:16, 127: Bob Scott – 35:26. WOMEN – 70: Fay Gardener – 39:31, 75: Amanda Shaw – 40:14, 80: Denise Winfield – 40:52, 85: Heather Schone – 41:30, 101: Angela Davies – 43:31, 103: Chris Huntington – 43:47, 104: Sally-Ann Charlton – 44:09, 105: Sally Haywood – 44:40.

Due to a clash with his graduation James Mee chose to tackle the Booth Decorators Road Race at Carsington Water rather than the Worksop race, coming out with a victory on the tough 4.9 mile loop.

Mee clocked 27:21 winning by 24 seconds, Richie Talbot coming in second for Harriers with his 15th place finish in a time of 30:28. Tim Raynor was 29th in 31:54 with Emily Collinge taking 50th spot in 33:14 to finish as second lady overall.

OTHER MANSFIELD FINISHERS: 100 – Ian Beckingham, 101: John Hardy, 113: Dave Ward, 139: Adey Bellingham, 146: Hannah Hardy, 154: Kate Raynor, 178: Sue Watkinson, 194: Maddy Collinge, 196: Eleanor Winning, 205: Holly Blount,

With a break in the league action on the track several Harriers took advantage of open meetings to set new personal best performances.

Alan Smith went into third spot on the UK V40 rankings with a very speedy run of 4:09.03 over 1500m at the Charnwood Open. Claire Norris also set a new lifetime best of 5:15.37 at the same meeting.

Claire’s twin sister Rachel set a new club record of 41.72 over 300m at Charnwood, a time which places her sixth on the U15 UK rankings this season. Caelidh Ross’s time of 42.85 was also good enough to have beaten the old record.

Kaisha Buchanan set new best marks of 13.46 and 28.02 over 100m and 200m with her coach Chris Ashmore also setting a season’s best of 12.59 over 100m. Neal Baines moved up a distance to 400m, clocking 51.38.

Hadan Brittain set a new best distance last weekend with the Hammer and improved again at Charnwood to a new mark of 48.91 metres. Beth Mortiboy tried out the Triple Jump, leaping to an impressive 10.46m and will be looking to add that event to her Hurdles and long Jump portfolio for next season.

Meanwhile at Birmingham Alex Rieley set a new lifetime best of 4:34.58 over 1500m at Birmingham with twins Sam and Molly Johnson both setting new best marks over 800m at Watford, running 2:14.0 and 2:19.46 respectively.