There were an increased number of athletes involved in the second Intertrust Field Fest following the series’ debut last month. The long jump and discus in particular saw significantly larger turnouts than seen in recent seasons, and the women’s hammer was a genuinely classy affair too.
The series is in place to develop field events from U13 upwards but this does include bolstering the Island Games squad for next year, and three athletes secured standards on a warm evening at Footes Lane. Abi Galpin had beaten the 5m barrier in the long jump for the first time in the previous Field Fest but had fallen short of the 5.05m A Standard on that occasion. Last night however she went out to 5.08m after showing much improved discipline on her approach. Veteran Dale Garland however only achieved one legal jump from the three attempts he took but 6.67m saw him also secure an A Standard distance.
At the other end of the stadium, Alice Hunt was back in high jump action and proceeded to clear an Island Games Development Standard of 1.55m and only 1cm short of her PB from the 2016 season. The multi-talented jumper already has the Development Standard for the triple jump too and will aim to make it a hat-trick with a long jump standard before the season is out.
The biggest high jump of the night went to Ben Solway, another athlete with a number of strong events as he went straight from his PB of 1.58m in the high jump to then go and improve by over half a metre on his previous best in the long jump with 5.41m.
In the throws the performance of the evening was delivered by visitor Ellen Thrall, partner of local middle distance star Richard Bartram. The Gloucester athlete launched the 3kg hammer out to 46.96m ahead of local thrower Sia Banbury’s 41.11.
The discus was notable for a genuine upsurge in participation and this yielded many PB’s across all age groups including U13’s preparing for next week’s inter-insular and also some athletes debuting in club competition following Tuesday’s Island School Sports event.
Across all events there were 26 personal bests achieved.
Full results are available on Power of 10 here and to download below.