Promising start to new season

Mansfield Harriers started off their cross country season with a bang – posting some promising results in the first three league fixtures.

With the club continuing to face challenges, having been evicted from their Berry Hill training base team, spirit was surprisingly high.

Markeaton Park in Derby was the venue for the first fixture in the four-race North Midlands Cross Country League.

Mark Johnson continued the strong form he set over the summer, taking 12th place in 34:19 and scoring useful personal points as he finished second in the V40 category.

Stuart King was just two places and 25 seconds behind Johnson.

Sally Hopkins was first back for the ladies in a highly credible 17th position. Rebecca Baron and Kahli Johnson battled it out to be second Harrier home, Baron getting there by just one second to give them 32nd and 33rd places respectively.

Top spots in the junior races went to Sam and Molly Johnson – the twins taking third and fifth in the U17M and U17W respectively.

Harriers’ youngsters go into match two of the Notts Mini League in top spot after the first set of races at Ashfield School.

Nicole Goulding took pride of place with victory at U15G level with Bethany Williams (third) and Emma Beeson (fourth) providing excellent team back-up.

Sam Barker (U15B) and William Barker (U13B) both secured third place finishes with Henry Stevenson (fourth at U11B), Chloe Goulding (sixth at U11G) and Katharine Flisher (sixth in U13G), also leading the team home.

Will Barker was the only U13B athlete, taking 11th spot with May Roberts leading the way for the U13G in 15th.

Cameron Walker and Sam Barker had their own personal battle in the U15B race, Walker taking it by three seconds to bag 13th. Tilly Birkin led home the U15 Girls in 12th place.

Steve Taylor led home a strong show of green and blue vests at the Worksop Half Marathon finishing in 72nd place with a time of 84:39. Antony Robinson also made the top 100, taking 95th spot in 86:28.