The British number 1 javelin thrower, Matti Mortimore (above), will lead the entries in undoubtedly the highest standard of javelin competition to ever take place on the island.
Spectators can expect to see Mortimore launch his javelin close to three-quarters of the Footes Lane pitch on Saturday, as his PB set this year stands at a UK leading 75.79m.
The existing all-comers’ record was in fact set with the “old” specification of javelin all the way back in 1959 by Richard Miller of Reading AC at 63.25m. The new specification generally flies approximately 10% or so less distance because the weight is distributed closer to the front of the javelin. In 2003, using the new implement, Gustav Melen of Gotland was crowned Island Games champion here with 60.37m.
Any doubt regarding the rightful current record will surely be erased on Saturday by Mortimore.
Mortimore’s opponents also all sit in the top ten of the senior UK rankings. Greg Millar, Steven Turnock and Joe Harris have all thrown well this season and could be in form to improve their best marks at Footes Lane. Millar has already beaten the not insignificant 70m barrier this season.
There is an island-themed sub-plot to Joe Harris’ appearance – he was sixth in last year’s Island Games where he threw for the Isle of Man. Fifth place in that final was Guernsey’s James Bougourd, who will be looking to get as close to the visiting stars’ efforts as he can. Harris has improved his PB by around 10m since that Island Games final, so the match up now looks a little different. However Bougourd is still new to the sport and will thrive off the stiff opposition and use the experience to move forward.
The javelin is one of the main attractions of the meeting, and the timetable is available via the event page here.
All spectators are welcome and entry is free. The Rugby Club Bar will be open for business throughout the event and snacks and tea and coffee also available.