Smith smashes long jump best for Mansfield Harriers

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Mansfield Harriers have been very active over the last week with action both on the track and the road.

First up was the junior athletes who travelled to Worcester for the first of the Youth Development League fixtures in cold and damp conditions and were rewarded with a fantastic third place from the seven teams in the league.

Daisy Smith smashed her best in the long jump going from 4.56 metre last season to a massive 5.11 metre an English Schools Qualification distance.

Five minutes later she competed in the 100m and flew down the track in 13.0 seconds taking 0.71 off her best.

Jess Lake improved her high jump with 1.30 metre and ran 12.5 seconds for the 70m hurdles.

Kelly Seaman was the club’s second highest point scorer with two great seconds in the 75 metre sprint, long jump A string and first in javelin B string. Libby Bell competed in the Javelin and produced a 22.84 metre personal best.

In debut performances in the league Paige Vick and Ellie Sheppard scored well with Paige winning the B 70m hurdles and Ellie first in the B high jump and both were competitive in the other events they scored in.

Holly-May Spencer improved her long jump with 3.87 metre and Eleanor James best result came in the 300m coming secnd in the A string with 47.2.

Hannah Shakespeare achieved her personal best in the 800m with 2.47.8 and Chloe Allcock did her best work in the long jump recording 4.53 metre, another personal best.

Kelsey Pearce scored a fantastic 28 points for the club helped by a huge distance in the U13 Javelin with 27.62 metres.

On Saturday night several of the club’s highly regarded endurance athletes travelled to Corby to compete in the British Milers Club fixture.

In far from ideal conditions the traveling athletes put on an amazing string of performances.

On the night first athlete to compete was Cameron Walker who knocked a massive 24 seconds from his personal best to complete the 3000 metre event in 9.19.4. Archie Rayner then competed in the 800m carrying on from his outstanding winter season running the distance in a superb 1.56.0.

The other competitor in the 800m was May Roberts who after a recent enforced lay off showed she is returning to form with a highly promising 2.26.

In the 1500 metre races the Mansfield runners were outstanding with some breakthrough performances, Luke Duffy and Ella Hughes leading the way with English School qualification times.

Luke ran a superb race finishing strongly to record a personal best 4.20.7 and Ella finished in 4.41.5 in a very difficult race.

Alex Rieley and Lewis Ashmore also recorded huge personal bests in the 1500 metres, Alex knocking nine seconds from his time to record 4.03.3 and Lewis knocking seven seconds from his time to finish in 4.05.1.

To complete the athletes running Bethany Williams recorded a great personal best in her race recording 4.50.2 in what was a fast and highly competitive race.

Last week also saw the second of the Nottinghamshire AAA summer league series held at Holme Pierrepont.

Mansfield took an impressive 25 athletes to the event and completed teams in all four team competitions with the highlight being a win for the men’s masters team.

The senior men finished fifth on the day out of 27 teams, the master’s men closed in two teams on the night with the second team finishing eleventh out of the 19 competing teams.

In the ladies the senior team finished sixteenth out of 26 and the master’s finished two teams placing seventh and nineteenth out of the 23 finishing teams.

Individually the club also turned in some impressive performances.

In the men’s race Stuart King was first in finishing in second place followed closely by James Mee in third.

The impressive Paul Butcher followed in secenth winning his age category and following was Andy Wetherill in 14th.

Also finishing were Chris Monk 23rd, Phil Shaw 41st, Chris Allcock 42nd, Neil Cope 47th, Gary Morley 88th, Martin Fickling 123rd, Jon Hardy 149th, Dave Robertson 164th, Colin Fell 167th, Julian Wood 187th, Trevor Hiscox 218th and Dave Rose 232nd.

For the ladies Kerrie Allen had an outstanding first run to finish 25th, she was followed by Sarah Bradbury 38th, Catherine Hough 71st, Sue Pepperday 90th, Denise Winfield 98th, Diane Stewart 99th, Amanda Shaw 127th, Heather Shone 132nd and Julie Bell 152nd.