Year end event rankings 2017. Links to ranking lists at end of text.
The Guernsey Athletics Club has released the year end rankings for 2017 performed by Guernsey qualified athletes. 400m specialist Cam Chalmers was the standout performer at national and international level, having taken third place in July’s World Trials and setting a 45.64 sec island record two weeks previously. He also anchored GB’s U23 4x400m squad to European gold. Younger brother Ala also produced a superb run to claim Commonwealth Youth gold over 400m Hurdles. Our other national champion was Sophie Porter who ran 39.99 seconds indoors to claim the U17 300m title – but this performance does not feature in the lists as it is not recognised as a standard senior distance.
Far from simply being a sprinting masterclass, 2017’s status as an “Island Games year” drew superb competitive depth across the entire spectrum of events.
Sprints & Hurdles
Josh Allaway continues to produce his best performances when it matters most, running Caymanian Olympian Kemar Hyman closer than expected in taking silver in a very competitive Island Games 100m final. His time of 10.55 seconds was the fastest 100m ever run by a Guernseyman, although rendered ineligible for record purposes by a 5.2m/s tailwind. Allaway also took his tally of sub 11 second runs up to 20 – no other Guernsey athlete has made double figures – and he duly headed the 100m & 200m rankings with official times of 10.96 and 22.05.
Cameron Chalmers took over half a second off the previous 400m record with his 45.64 performance and comfortably heads those rankings. Athletics Weekly’s merit rankings place the 20 year old 4th nationally – ahead of relay stalwart Martin Rooney.
The women’s longer sprints records also took a battering with several runners going below the previous bests. Hannah Lesbirel’s 24.95 200m saw her become the first Guernseywoman to dip below 25 seconds – although she went quicker in her brilliant but wind-assisted Island Games gold-medal run. Indi Gallagher’s Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games run of 56.34 seconds topped the 400m times.
It was not a vintage year for Kylie Robilliard, but she still topped the 100m & 100m Hurdles rankings with 12.59 & 15.54 respectively.
The Island Games 400m Hurdles final fostered a 1-2 for Guernsey with Ala Chalmers and Sam Wallbridge ultimately securing Commonwealth Games selection with their bests of 52.06 and 52.58. Ala, like his brother, features in the AW merit rankings and at seventeen years old is the youngest in his discipline by some margin.
Distance athletes Sarah Mercier and Louise Perrio ripped up the record books with a series of stellar performances. Mercier topped the 5000m rankings as well as setting 3000m & road 10k records of 9:33.41 and 34:45 respectively. Not to be outdone, Perrio set new records over 10,000m and Half Marathon; on her Marathon debut, she removed nearly five minutes from the previous record with 2 hrs 49 minutes 59 sec – a time that remarkably would sit at 23rd in the MEN’S ALL-TIME list. The only major female endurance record that remained at the end of the year was Mercier’s 5000m mark from 2014.
It flew under the radar a little, but Perrio’s double gold (10,000m, Half Marathon) and bronze (5000m) saw her leave Gotland’s Island games as the most successful individual female T&F competitor across all islands. The endurance stalwart ended the year with a superb sixth place in the English National 10,000m Champs and in the process took nearly a minute off the island 10,000m track time with a new mark of 35:12.68.
In what he announced as his final island games year, Lee Merrien duly led the 10,000m, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon rankings. It was a good year for competitive Marathon depth, with five new names finding themselves in the all-time top 25.
The middle-distance events had a feel of a changing of the guard as the 800m, 1500m and 5000m rankings were topped by up-and-coming athletes. Simon Murphy took his best down by four seconds to top the 800m rankings with 1:56.23, whilst teenagers Richard Bartram (1500m/3:59.60) and Dan Galpin (5000m/15:39.89) also made significant improvements.
Perrio topped the women’s 1500m rankings with a new personal best run of 4:38.2 just before her 35th birthday whilst Eliza Mason, a runner less than half her age, topped the 800m rankings with 2:18.36.
Javelin remains the island’s top throwing discipline. US-based Zoe Fitch set a new under-23 record with her 41m38cm throw in California, whilst James Bougourd also improved his best to 57m64cm. Both athletes were sadly outside the Island Games medal spots, with Fitch an agonising fourth and Bougourd fifth.
Though he has yet to graduate to the senior weight, 17-year old Thomas Brierly continues to make progress with the discus. Brierly is one of many junior throwers excluded from these rankings because of the juniors’ implement specifications, with exciting young throwers like Caitlin Jackson and Rebecca Le Tissier also being absent.
The experienced Jon Guille was again the leading horizontal jumper with 13.52 triple and 6.39 long whilst the high jump rankings were topped by 16 year old Lucas Rive who produced his best when it counted and cleared 1m82cm in Gotland’s high jump final.
Away from her preferred 400m and 400m hurdles events, Sophie Porter continues to improve her Long Jump – 5m53 was the furthest jump by a Guernseywoman for a number of years and consolidates her fourth-place position in Guernsey’s all-time list. In her first serious attempt at the discipline, 14 yr old Sofia Mella produced a 10m41cm triple jump to top the rankings.
Link to Event Rankings Men 2017
Link to Event Rankings Women 2017
Link to All Time Lists