Mansfield Harriers show promise on opening day of Booth Road Race series

Andy Wetherill
Andy Wetherill

Mansfield Harriers took in excess of 20 athletes to the first of the Booth Road Race series last week at Teversal.

The league is a five race series with events held at various venues throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and has 12 clubs competing in the competition.

Mansfield had some promising results on the night with both men and ladies team finishing fourth and the combined team finished third.

For the men first in and 3rd overall was Paul Butcher who put in another fantastic performance also winning the vet 50 category.

Also in the top 10 was new recruit and evergreen local athlete Andy Wetherill finishing 10th overall and winning the overall vet 55 category. Following Andy was Phil Shaw in 23rd and third in the vet 45 category and Jonny Lowe 29th overall and 3rd vet 50.

Backing these four Gary Morley came in 64th, Tim Raynor 78th, Tony Gelsthorpe, 100th, Martin Fickling 104th, Colin Fell 157th, Julian Wood 168th, Adrian Bellingham 193rd, Trevor Hiscox 207th and Dave Rose 228th.

First lady back was Hannah Hardy who finished a superb 4rd overall in the ladies event and third senior lady, Hannah had a breakthrough winter showing fantastic improvement and is now carrying that form onto the roads. Hannah was followed in by Sally Hopkins who showed a welcome return to form finishing 7th overall and 5th in the senior lady category. Bev Armstrong was next in finishing 16th overall and 4th in the vet 40 category. After Bev was two category winners, junior Hannah Shaw who in her debut performance had a superb run finishing 36th overall and winning the Junior Ladies category, Hannah was followed by Sue Bellingham who was 39th overall and also won the vet 55 age group.

Also competing for the club in the ladies race Sharon Armitage finished 43rd, Sue Pepperday in her first club event finished 78th, Heather Shone 83rd, Sarah Bradbury 85th and Julie Bell in 95th.

At the Derby 10k on Sunday the fast improving Rachael Chadwick recorded a big personal best competing the course in 51.39, she was accompanied by Trevor Hiscox who finished in the same time.

On the track three Mansfield athletes competed in the composite Nottinghamshire team in the youth development team at Tamworth. Laura Herrod achieved a 4.61 metre long jump and a massive 33.88 metre throw in the Javelin a distance that ranks her currently very highly in the national rankings. Hannah Shaw after her exertions at the Booth race ran a solid 800 metre event, then competed in the Javelin and relay and Mollie Rowden recorded 4.35 metres in the long jump and battled in the 100 metre against a strong headwind.

This week sees the first of the Nottinghamshire AAA road race league and the club is expecting a strong turnout at the first event at Hexgreave Park.