Five more high calibre athletes are confirmed for Saturday’s Intertrust Athletics Games at Footes Lane to join Leon Reid and Deji Tobais who were named as leading entries yesterday.
Two of the sprinters are returning to Guernsey for their second visit – namely Greg Cackett (left), who won the corresponding event in 2013m and Omari Barton-Ellington. Barton-Ellington was a part of the close race last year in which he posted his wind-legal PB of 10.50sec in taking third place behind Reuben Arthur’s all-comers’ record of 10.40sec.
Cackett boasts a quick PB of 10.24sec, and has already matched that this season, albeit with illegal wind assistance. Confidence Lawson (right, below) is a fourth athlete – along with Tobais, Cackett and Reid – to have run times inside the existing all-comers’ record. His best stands at a swift 10.33sec.
Omololu Abiodun is possibly stronger over 200m but should be right in the mix in this field with a best time of 10.58sec to date, although he has gone slightly quicker with a wind-assisted time. He is the sixth UK athlete in the line-up which is completed by Jersey’s Island record holder Dami Williams. The youngster clocked 10.69sec at Hampshire Championships earlier this summer, interestingly only three-hundredths of a second outside meeting organiser Tom Druce’s Guernsey Island record. It would surely be a great story if the teenager can lay claim to the Channel Islands record on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the programme, other Channel Island rivalries promise to yield great spectacles for the Footes Lane crowd. The women’s 400m looks a fascinating prospect as three of the Channel Islands’ finest youngsters take on established Jersey 800m star Gemma Dawkins (below, left). English Schools 300m 5th-placer Sophie Porter leads the charge along with Guernsey team-mates Indi Gallagher and Jasmine Norman, and Jersey’s Yasmin Lookess and Cleo Leather. Island Games qualifying times are on the agenda as well as the inter-island bragging rights.
Jersey’s Sam Maher will make the trip across to take on the best that Guernsey has to offer in the 1500m. It looks to be a three way battle between him, 800m-specialist Matt Loveridge and steeplechaser Ed Mason. A sub-4min time could be on the cards but much will depend on the tactics deployed by the three men on the day.
The women will take on the Mile distance and they too should provide an interesting race. Guernsey’s top female distance runner will clash over the rarely run distance and it should provide an exciting, possibly tactical spectacle. Nat Whitty looks to be rounding into form following a long battle with injury, and will be looking to hold off the advances of Sarah Mercier and Louise Perrio.
In the men’s 400m, Island Games 400m hurdles silver medallist Sam Wallbridge will face stiff competition from Teddy Le Clerc as well as the evergreen Dale Garland.
The action gets underway at 1pm, the timetable is available via the event page here.