Stuart is King of Mansfield 5k Classic Road Race

Stuart King returned to his Mansfield Woodhouse roots to dominate the Mansfield 5K Classic Road Race, leading from the start and posting a winning time of 15:32.

Organised by Mansfield Harriers the race again attracted a field of experienced and first time runners and, with London 2012 Paralympics sponsors, Sainsbury’s, adding support the event was a great success.

Brett Clifford of Notts AC and Newham & Essex Beagles’ John Pike fought it out for second place over the three-lap course at Manor Park, Clifford taking it by just one second.

Three other local runners made the top 10, Paul Butcher clocking 16:40 for seventh just four seconds ahead of Chris Brown with Andy Wilson in 10th in a time of 16:56.

Calli Thackery of Hallamshire Harriers was first lady home, recording a time of 17:05, with Sutton’s Nikita Pembleton next back in 19:17.

Lisa Farquharson was the first Mansfield Harrier home, her time of 20:03 making sure of the VL35 prize.

Sam Dobb took the honours in the U17 men’s race in 19:09 while Alice Venkatesan made it an age group double for Harriers, her time of 21:12 taking the ladies’ title.

Harriers came away with several medal placings at the recent Nottinghamshire Quadkids, held at Ashfield School. In the 60m sprint, 600m, turbo javelin and long jump, Bailey Moulton came out on top in the Y7 age group with Daisy Smith replicating this in the Y6 girls and Benjamin Francis in the Y4 boys.

Eleanor James and Maddie Scott made it a clean sweep in the Y6 girls with second and third while second place spots also went to Katherine Flisher (Y7G).

Joseph Fender (Y6B), George Abbott (Y5B) and Bailey Griffin (Y4B). Amy Tivey (Y5G), Oliver Hague (Y5B) and Holly May Spencer (Y4G) all took third places.