Footes Lane to welcome GB’s third-best female javelin thrower of all time

Footes Lane to welcome GB’s third-best female javelin thrower of all time
01 Sep

Laura Whittingham (left), who tops the national rankings and won the British title earlier this summer, will throw at Footes Lane on Saturday. Her personal best ranks her third in the British all-time list.

The highlight of last year’s Intertrust Athletics Games was the men’s javelin competition and Whittingham is keen to come to the island and emulate Matti Mortimore in claiming a victory and all-comers’ record.

The record is almost 15 years old and stands to Jersey’s Lauren Therin – it was set at 41.37m in September 2002. Whittingham’s personal best is 60.68m, and although she has been down on that mark this season, she set a seasons best on Tuesday in Italy of 55.74m. That throw marked an almost-one-metre improvement on her previous best – so she is clearly in form coming into the Intertrust event.

Opposition will be on hand in the form of young Emma Hamplett – she has won the England Athletics National Junior title for the last three editions and was selected to represent Great Britain at the IAAF World Youth Championships in 2015.

Both women will be part of a mixed throwing contest which will include three visiting athletes and the best throwers that Guernsey has to offer. The leading entrant for the men will be the returning Greg Millar (right), who wowed the crowd last year not only with his huge throws but with his gymnastics in his warm ups. Millar was extremely vocal in favour of the energy and atmosphere of last year’s meeting and will be hoping to produce a new personal best throw to close out his 2017 season on Sarnian soil.

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