Mansfield Harriers shine at Inter County Cross Country Championship

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Mansfield Harriers had a busy weekend with athletes at three different events competing on both cross country and road.

Several of the younger athletes had the honour of representing Nottinghamshire at the Inter County Cross Country Championship at Birmingham.

This is an event where eight are selected in each age group from all counties all over England and regional teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Bethany Williams continued her fine run of form this winter finishing 67th in the U17 ladies race.

Beth has been one of the club’s most successful and consistent athletes this winter and can expect to take this form into the track season.

May Roberts confirmed her return to form with a fine 108th in the U15 girls race.

Hannah Shaw has been rewarded for some great performances this winter with her first county vest and finished an excellent 246th in her first race at this standard of competition.

Lewis Ashmore has raced lightly this winter, however, he showed his class at the event by finishing a really strong 68th in the U20 race.

In the U17 men’s race Cameron Walker had another great run to finish 119th and Alex Rieley finished 149th.

At the Dronfield 10K Paul Butcher finished an impressive third overall in a time of 34.45, also winning his age category.

This was a fantastic time by Paul and puts him close to the top of the national age group rankings.

Supporting Paul was Mansfield stalwart Trevor Hiscox, who finished in 51.28. Denise Winfield had a great run to break the hour finishing in 59.17 and Julie Bell finished in 64.31.

The third event of the weekend saw five athletes compete in the Retford Half Marathon.

Leading the way for Mansfield was Craig Kelly, who confirmed his London Marathon training is going well by finishing in seventh place in 78.22.

Craig was followed by Gary Morley in 88.34, Brendan Stuart in 96.44 and the ever consistent Julian Wood in 1.43.48.

In the ladies Helen Waterhouse had a great race finishing in 1.40.52 confirming recent good performances in training and races.