On a warm August night Carl Holden ground out an impressive 10,000m victory but arguably the stars of the show were the island’s young middle distance runners with a string of fast times and impressive victories for 18 year old Richard Bartram and 16 year old Rebecca Toll.
In the opening 25 lap event Holden was challenged by Josh Lewis in the initial stages but a gap appeared just after halfway and Holden crossed the line nearly a minute clear in 34 min 23.7 seconds.
An invitational 800m which was assembled with a 2 minute time the target did not disappoint. An opening lap, paced by Ed Mason, saw the field take the bell in 59 seconds with Richard Bartram close in attendance and Dan Galpin a few strides behind. With his duties done Mason peeled off with 300m remaining but Bartram drove impressively for the line and was rewarded with a new personal best of 2 minutes exactly, Dan Galpin was second in 2:01.2 with Alex Rowe (2:02.5) and Joe Yeaman(2:03.8) also clocking personal bests in 3rd and 4th.
Nat Whitty took the pacemaking duties in the women’s race and was followed through the lap by Eliza Mason. It was clear a fast time was on the cards but Rebecca Toll, who had been tracking from a distance, was the fastest of all and ran strongly to pass Mason in the final 200m to post a new PB of 2:20.1. 14 year old Mason has improved over a range of events this season and this was no exception with her own time of 2:22.9 also within the island games development standard.
After an injury disrupted year Toll has finished her season on a high note. Even whilst specialising in sprint and jump events she has always shown good endurance and pace judgment and this was further underlined by the Dale Garland coached athlete.
Bartram meanwhile is due to move to study at Bath University along with fellow Alan Rowe coached middle distance runners Dan Galpin and Chris Way. It is an exciting time for a strong group of hard working athletes.
|Date:||August 24, 2016|