Sarah Mercier will take to the track on Saturday looking to lower her existing Island Record of 4:24.05 in the 1500m. Forming one of the premium events of the day – Mercier will face some top UK opposition.
An athlete that Mercier knows plenty about is Louise Small, who has been nip and tuck with the Guernsey girl over the cross country in recent times. This winter, Small seemed to have the edge but was beaten into second place in great fashion at the Hampshire Cross Country Champs. On the track they have rarely met, certainly not as senior athletes, and it will be a fascinating dual on Saturday.
However, it is newly crowned AAA Champion Gemma Kersey heads the entries, and she is looking to lay down a fast time following her glorious victory in Bedford last weekend.
Kersey will be pushed all the way by Charlotte Arter. The Welshwoman has been spending the last three years training in the US, and her coach James Thie has talked up her chances of laying down a fast time in Guernsey.
Add into the mix the untapped 1500m potential of Grace Baker and it adds up to a very exciting metric mile. Baker has recently returned from Sweden where she represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships and will be keen to test herself against her more senior counterparts.
Guernsey’s Nat Whitty has been trading the 1500m record with Mercier since she arrived on the local middle-distance scene, but unfortunately has had to withdraw from this much-anticipated head to head.