More medal success for Mansfield Harriers at Midland County Cross Country Championship

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Mansfield Harriers enjoyed a superb day of success at the Midland County Cross Country Championships.

After the success at the County Championship, the club was always hoping for medals at the regional event.

However the club’s athletes performed to a superb standard bringing home two team and two individual medals and a string of fine individual performances.

Highlight of the day for the club was the U17 men, who took the team title for the first time in the events history.

Hopes were high for a medal of some colour, but to take gold against some of the biggest clubs in England was a massive achievement.

Archie Rayner continued his fine run of form taking an individual bronze medal to lead the team home.

Alex Rieley produced his best cross country race for several years to finish fourth.

Matt Buchan had the race of his life to come 26th and Cameron Walker completed the team with a solid run in 31st. These four were superbly backed up by Ben Hardy in 48th.

The U17 girls probably were the biggest surprise of the day, coming away with an unexpected bronze medal.

The girls surpassed all expectation with every one of them battling against strong opposition to achieve this great reward.

The fast improving Bethany Williams was first in finishing 12th, Alice Venkatesan had her best run of the winter to finish 19th and Jade Bacon gave her all to finish a strong 53rd. These three were backed up by Emma Beeson in 55th.

Ella Hughes produced another outstanding run to finish third in the U20 race, a run that has earned her a call up to the IAAF international race at Antrim in March. Hannah Hardy supported Ella finishing a very promising ninth.

Luke Duffy continued his fine debut winter season finishing 11th in the U15 boys and the ever consistent May Roberts continued to show her improved form finishing 29th in the U15 girls.

The senior ladies had a great turn out finishing as the 19th best team and second Nottinghamshire team.

The team consisted of Helen Jones 108th, Bev Armstrong 116th, Amanda Hardy 123rd, Sharon Armitage 178th, Sue Bellingham 194th, Denise Winfield 256th and Julie Bell 262nd.

In the senior men the athletes were Gary Morley 242nd, Steve Davies 268th, Jon Hardy 340th and Julian Wood 394th.

Away from the grass Brian Harris won the over 65 event in the Santa Pola half marathon in Spain and Rachael Chadwick and Trevor Hiscox both ran the Ferriby 10 mile event finishing in 1.30.57