Chalmers drops down distance to take another record

Chalmers drops down distance to take another record
01 Aug

He has been making waves over the 400m for months but Cameron Chalmers finally took to the track over a shorter distance yesterday and duly lowered the Island U20 record to 10.77sec. It was a scintillating run on a clear sunny day at Footes Lane, and he and the other sprinters were treated to a rare tail-wind down the home straight.

He had looked to have gone faster in the earlier round of the 100m but a software malfunction with the electronic timing denied him and his opponents some very fast times. Josh Allaway in particular, and Alastair Chalmers looked to have run close to their PB’s. The former came back for the second race and was dragged to 10.97 by the 400m specialist. Not a bad return for the sprinter who is dealing with a knee complaint.

But it was Chalmers who was satisfied with his morning’s work, and he and onlookers seemed to believe there might be more time to be found in his run if he can put the race together more effectively.

It was Hannah Lesbirel who took the honours in the women’s equivalent, clocking 12.70sec and 12.77sec in the respective rounds – both times inside her previous PB. Vicky Mann edged Hannah Barrett in the first round 13.16 to 13.17, but the roles were reversed in the second round as the latter improved to 13.09. Lesbirel will be hoping her 100m form will translate to a PB over her favoured 200m this Wednesday when she travels to Lee Valley.

The U17 women’s 300m is arguably Guernsey’s strongest event in terms of depth this year – and this was further illustrated with two PB’s in the two-person race. English Schools finalist Sophie Porter and Island Games semi-finalist Indi Gallagher were both absent due to holidays, and Amelia Lees had only just returned from hers – but the race still yielded high quality times. Becca Toll returned to competitive action for the first time this summer following an injury battle, and straight away produced a PB with 42.37sec. It was a welcome return with the South of England Champs on the horizon. Though she’d led for much of the race, Toll was eventually headed by Jasmine Norman who went inside her PB to take the victory – posting a time of 41.87.

In the men’s equivalent, Peter Curtis ran a lone race over one lap to clock a new PB of 54.18 as he embarks on a new event focus having previously limited himself to the shorter sprints.

In the 1500m there were PB’s for the top three, who were led home by Dan Galpin in 4:13.33 – he was followed by Richard Bartram and Joe Yeaman in 4:20 and 4:24 respectively. It was an impressive win for Galpin who had only just returned from a 2 week family holiday.

Rhiannon Dowinton posted a fast 11.84 in the 75m hurdles but was aided by a 2.4m/s wind. Training partner Sofia Mella recorded her fastest ever time of 12.54.

In the field, there were plenty of PB’s in the javelin, with Rebecca Le Tissier possibly the pick of the throwers with 32.04m (500g) and also PB’s for youngsters Josh Avery and Alex Brouard. Debbie Doherty threw a big seasons best of 29.17m (600g) to go 2nd in the UK for the W45 category.

All results are now available on the Power of 10 and below.

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