Mansfield Harriers take three individual and one team gold at Nottinghamshire County Cross Country Championships

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In wet and miserable conditions Mansfield Harriers enjoyed a fantastic day at the Nottinghamshire County Cross Country Championships with three individual champions and one team gold.

Going forward the club will be looking to use this event as a springboard for further achievements during 2015.

The highlight of the day was the combined U20 and U17 ladies race, which saw Ella Hughes run a magnificent race.

She lead from gun to tape to take the U20 race with some very controlled front running with Hannah Hardy running strongly to finish second.

In the U17’s Bethany Williams also ran a superb race to finish second and the three ladies combined to take the team race comfortably.

The three were well backed up by Alice Venkatesan who finished sixth, Jade Bacon 10th and Emma Beeson 11th in the U17 race.

In the U15 girls May Roberts continued her fine run of form to finish fourth and the fast improving Hannah Shaw had a really pleasing run in her first cross country championship finishing a very creditable ninth.

In the U13 girl’s Hannah Shakespeare continued her consistent running throughout the winter finishing in 18th place.

The club had a great turnout in the senior ladies and first in was Kahli Johnson in 20th, followed by Beverley Armstrong 28th, Amanda Hardy 30th, Eva Williams 38th, Sharon Armitage 42nd, Sue Bellingham 50th, Maddy Collinge 54th, Julie Bell 57th and Denise Winfield 58th.

Both Amanda and Sue came close to medals finishing fourth in respective age groups.

Not to be outdone by the ladies, the club also had some great success in the younger male races. In the U17 mens race Alex Rieley had a great race to claim the County Championship, with Cam Walker providing great support to take the third position.

In his first season of running the highly talented Luke Duffy ran a positive race to take the Championship in the U15 age group.

At U11 Matthew Woodhall had his best run of the winter to finish sixth and he was backed up by George Cashall who finished 39th.

The club had two competitors in the senior mens race with John Harrison finishing 68th and Jonathan Hardy completing the race in 93rd.