Alastair Chalmers and Hannah Lesbirel both produced significant improvements in the 100m at the final evening Intertrust Track & Field Challenge event of 2018.
Chalmers has been prolific over 400m hurdles in the past two seasons, taking Island Games and Commonwealth Youth Games titles as well as two British age group records – and he stepped down in distance impressively to go second on the Guernsey rankings for 2018 by just edging out Joe Chadwick’s season’s best of 11.08sec by two-hundredths. Chalmers’ 11.06 only places him 11th on the island all-time list – however on a list full of historical manually timed performances he could arguably lay reasonable claim to be considered as high as 7th.
Lesbirel in effect went one better as she raised herself up from 9th to 6th on the all-time list of Guernsey 100m sprinters as she too grabbed the number 2 spot for 2018. 12.46sec was a pleasing step forwards for the Island Games 200m champion and Island record holder, and she won’t be too concerned to have fallen a mere two-hundredths short of Indi Gallagher’s leading time for 2018.
Outside of the two big names, it didn’t seem to be the best night for sprinting as plenty of the other regular speedsters fell short of their seasons bests.
Over the slightly longer distance of 300m Rhiannon Dowinton twice demonstrated her strong form over a new personal distance as she first took victory over the 300m hurdles in a very smooth looking 46.13sec – before coming back less than an hour later to clock a PB of 43.20 as she prepares for the National England Athletics Championships in a few days’ time. The 300m was won by U15 Ben Stevens in 39.24 ahead of Amelia Lees’ 42.68sec. It was Stevens’ first electronic time over the distance that he’s been excelling at for Beaucamps and the island schools team earlier this season. In the 400m hurdles, Toby Glass produced a credible solo-run to go sub-60sec with 59.40.
Dale Garland was also in action over the long sprints and looked impressive in going sub-50 for the first time this summer with 49.94sec ahead of middle distance trio Richard Bartram, Sam Lesley and Isaac Powers.
The middle distance event of the night looked intriguing and delivered a three-way battle at the front as expected. It was eventually Dan Galpin who prevailed and also secured the PB he has been chasing for a number of weeks now – his winning time 4:04.61. Ed Mason and Alex Rowe were second and third and will still be very satisfied with their evening’s work as Mason claimed a sizeable SB and Rowe was mere tenths-of-a-second off his PB time from earlier this summer.
The standout performance outside of the leading trio was James Priest who again moved his time on significantly to 4:13.44. Further back, the field included a number of exciting battles and head-to-heads in the 4:40 range.
Josh Avery and Rebecca Le Tissier both launched the 600g javelin out over 30m yet again as they maintained their consistency in the event this year, and there were PB’s across the age groups from Charmaine Johnson, Arthur Aylmer and Beth Powell.
The high jump bar went up to 1.44m but U13 Dylan Truffit had to settle for a still-impressive 1.42 on this occasion ahead of Tim Ap Sion and Phoebe Page who both cleared 1.36.
Videos courtesy of Chris Chalmers. Further videos of this event and others are available on his channel HERE.
Full results are available to download below.