Mansfield Harriers take a Notts AAA Summer League title and medals at the Midland Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

Nigel Watkin, Mark Johnson, Andy Wetherill and Gary Morley with the county shield
Nigel Watkin, Mark Johnson, Andy Wetherill and Gary Morley with the county shield

Mansfield Harriers have had another great week of action on both road and track.

On the road, it was the final event of the Notts AAA Summer League at Teversal, and athletes were on the track in the Midland Under 17 and Under 15 Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The Notts AAA event saw an impressive 27 athletes turn out for the club with high expectations of medalling in the Men’s veteran category.

The club had a slow start to the competition due to injuries and were chasing the leading clubs for the county team title.

But with everyone turning out for the final race great performances from Mark Johnson (4th), Andy Wetherill (11th), Paul Butcher (20th) and Chris Allcock (43rd) overturned the deficit and made the club county champions again.

As well as the veteran team the men’s team had some very good performances.

Leading Harriers home was James Mee in fifth followed by Stuart King (8th), Chris Dale (13th), Nigel Watkin (49th), Gary Morley (55th), Dan Heathcote (78th), Chris Monk (89th), Matt Bradbury (133rd), Julian Wood (156th), Trevor Hiscox (159th), Tim Richardson (178th) and Dave Robertson (179th).

The ladies also had a great turnout and they have seen some strong improvements throughout the season.

On the night the first in was Kahli Johnson in 14th, followed by Helen Jones (20th), Kerrie Allen (23rd), Bev Armstrong (27th), Karen Waterhouse (28th), Catherine Hough (35th), Jackie Duers (63rd), Heather Shone (90th), Denise Winfield (98th) and Tina Copcutt (118th).

On the track at Birmingham the club enjoyed further success.

Leading the way for Mansfield was Luke Duffy who ignored heavy legs from an endurance training camp to take silver in the Under 15 boy’s 3000 metre event, finishing in 9.22 to knock 31 seconds off his best time and move into the UK top 10 for the event this year.

Bethany Williams put in a fantastic performance in the Under 17 girls 1500, taking bronze.

May Roberts in her first Midland track championship came seventh in the Under 17 ladies 800.

Cameron Walker ran what appeared to be a great heat in the Under 17 boys 800, knocking four seconds from his best time, but after the race he was disqualified for breaking too early, when a medal seemed on the cards in the final.

Steve Davies finished 17th in the men’s over 55 category of the World Masters Championships at Lyon in the marathon, running 3.08.50.