Not for the first time this summer, the javelin was the main point of interest at Footes Lane as the local Track & Field season drew to a close.
The distances were not as spectacular as the 70m throws witnessed at the season’s highlight, the Intertrust Athletics Games back in July, but it was an event noticeable for its late season competitiveness. Top male and female throwers James Bougourd and Zoe Fitch were both absent but it still made for an interesting competition.
Rebecca Le Tissier is harbouring hopes of a late charge into the Island Games reckoning and did her chances no harm at all with a pleasing debut with the senior implement. She won the women’s competition with 29.30m, a mark which is 1.2m short of the Development Standard for Gotland. The youngster will be looking to find the extra distance she needs early next summer. Behind her, Debbie Doherty closed out a pleasing summer of javelin competition with 27.28m – only a little down on her seasons best and meaning she finishes the season ranked 3rd nationally in the W45 category.
Elliott Robert and Mario Cacace battled out the U17 competition with 29.50 and 28.19 respectively, and U13’s Caitlin Jackson and Josh Avery showed some very impressive late season form.
Jumps specialists Eve Bott and Alice Hunt won the high and long jump competitions respectively, recording solid marks of 1.50m and 4.82m. The latter looks a likely selection for Gotland after a genuine break-through season in 2016 in all three jumps disciplines.
On the track there was an Island Games A Standard for Sophie Porter in the 400m, her time 59.55sec on her debut in the event. The multi-talented hurdler took an acclaimed bronze medal at last week’s national U17 championships and is expected to gain selection for a number of events in Gotland.
Elsewhere there were wins for Joe Chadwick in the 100m and high jump, Reese Jackson in the 300m, Rhiannon Dowinton in the 75m hurdles and Richard Bartram in the 1500m. Sprinter Abi Galpin, who has clocked a large number of sub-13sec 100’s this season, returned to some form with a 12.87sec clocking ahead of Hannah Lesbirel.
Results are on Power of 10 and below.