There was plenty of cause for optimism among the established Island Games squad members at the Intertrust Track & Field Challenge fixture on Sunday May 8th.
Zoe Fitch showed some signs she is ready to return to form with a 35.96m throw in the javelin – the furthest she has thrown since 2013 and no doubt a welcome boost at the start of an important summer ahead of her planned move to the US for university.
Matt Loveridge also showed encouraging signs for the rest of his season as he ran unchallenged in the 1500m to clock 4:09 – similarly unchallenged in victory was Josh Allaway in the two rounds of the 100m as he clocked a hand-timed 11.1sec (due to an electronic timing malfunction) and 11.33sec. Both into headwinds but a hefty -3.4m/s for the latter round.
Allaway’s female training partners also produced early season optimism – Island Games pair Indi Gallagher and Hannah Barrett both clocked 13.15sec (-1.2m/s), which was both girls’ second fastest ever times. Abi Galpin – too young for last year’s Games – took the victory in 13.06sec, which was also her second best ever clocking.
Gallagher was victorious in her favoured event of the 300m but wasn’t able to quite reproduce her indoor form – still clocking 42.45sec. Jasmine Norman was close behind in what turned out to be a high quality race. U15 Amelia Lees ate into her Island Record that she set indoors this January with a third place 43.52sec, again faster than former star Kimberley Goodall ran at that age.
In the hurdles, Rhiannon Dowinton again produced a solid performance close to 12sec but it was U13 Ben Solway who stole the show as he produced the fastest electronic time in the country this season with 12.90sec (-0.4m/s). The time puts him fourth in the UK rankings and should put him in confident mood for when he races with a favourable wind.
Other U13’s to shine were Vicky Hancock (5:25) and Summer Woodhead (5:35) who posted very encouraging times in the 1500m ahead of next week’s Hampshire Champs.
Results are below: