Emerging athletes impress on home turf- by Jamie Ingrouille
Richard Bartram’s impressive 1500m performance was one of the highlights of an eventful athletics meet on an unassuming morning at Footes Lane, which also fostered several standout performances at U13 level.
Bartram ran a personal best of 3:59.60 to gap a strong local field, which included Joe Yeaman (4:15.08) and Dan Galpin (4:17.16), in winning 1500m race A.
The pace had started to dip as a consequence of the fast first lap, but the resilient athlete dug deep in the closing stages to break the coveted four-minute mark for the first time.
Bartram, who is one of only a handful of athletes to have broken four minutes for 1500m on local soil, said: ‘I went out a little bit quick- about 61 (at 400), and a 2:05 (at 800) which was a couple of seconds quicker than what I wanted to do, then I really worked for that 300 (to 1100) and put in a decent last lap. I just about hung on.’
‘I think I had it in me with the training and that it was just a case of conditions and getting the pacing right, and it just about worked- I’m pretty happy!’
U13 athletes Kate Bain and Caitlin Jackson put in impressive performances in their respective events, with the latter earning a national top-10 ranking.
Bain took a measured approach to win 1500m race B in a time of 5:00.65, edging out Eliza Mason (5:04.22) and Summer Woodhead (5:05.37).
Birthday girl Jackson crept up to ninth place in the national U13 javelin rankings with an impressive throw of 30.27m. Her performance, which is also a new age group island record, was a near-three metre improvement on her previous best.
There were also some solid sprint performances despite mild, but persistent, headwinds.
Dependable sub-11 man Josh Allaway continued to impress by defeating South London athlete Bill Porter in winning 100m race A with a time of 10.99.
Hannah Lesbirel consolidated her stretch of strong form with a 25.08 clocking over 200m, which was her second fastest wind-legal time ever. She later backed this up with a 12.61 clocking over 100m, which is the fastest recorded by a Guernseywoman this year.
On the other end of the spectrum to the aforementioned youngsters, V55 athlete Chris Chalmers won 100m race C with a personal best of 14.37.
British V50 national medalist Melanie Garland was slightly off her best but still recorded a very respectable 4.20m in the long jump.