Mansfield Harriers miss out on relay nationals

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Mansfield Harriers were represented by two teams in The Midlands 12 and Six-Stage Road Relays on Sunday, held in Sutton Park, Birmingham, on what was a beautiful, warm spring afternoon.

The men’s team were made up of a team of 12, each completing either 2.6 mile or 4.9 mile legs, whilst the women were teams of six.

The men’s team were led by top veteran Mark Johnson, who due to a slight back injury was forced to compete in one of the shorter 2.6 mile legs, when normally Johnson would have underpinned an early advantage for the Harriers, by forging out a high early placing by running a longer leg.

Nevertheless, both the teams put in a solid performances, despite having several team members in the latter stages of heavy training for the London Marathon in just four weeks time, with the men’s team finishing 26th, just one place off qualifying for the Nationals, and the women finishing 25th.

Men’s 12-Stage - Gary Morley 32:08, Colin Fell 19:41, David Blount 30:56, Chris Allcock 16:19, Andy Wilson 29:24,Mark Johnson 14:05, Jonny Lowe 30:15, Steve Davies 17:33, David Ward 19:01, Liam Probert 17:11, Graham Whyborn 16:51, David Robertson 19:59.

Women’s Six-Stage - Kahli Johnson 18:19, Rachel Chadwick 22:14, Catherine Hough 20:55, Maddy Collinge 21:22, Denise Winfield 23:44, Helen Jones 20:00.