An exceptionally warm evening brought about some big PB’s across the full range of age groups and events.
Whilst Jonny Guille took the win and seems to be finding his way back into form, it was a couple of under 15’s who caught the eye. Guille’s winning mark of 6.27m was cruelly ruled out for ranking purposes by a 2.1m/s wind – and U15 Tim Ap Sion suffered a similar fate on his final leap as he looked to have equaled an Island Record dating back to 1997. Unfortunately his 5.86 was aided by 2.3m/s wind assistance – however this doubtless augers well for his next outing in the discipline on Sunday. Fellow U15 sprinter/jumper Amelie Carpentier also had a night to remember as she leapt 4.80m to claim second spot in the women’s competition behind Gibraltar 2019 jumper Sofia Mella. The latter snuck over the B Standard for Guernsey 2021 with 4.91m.
The competition benefited from strong depth in the senior and upper junior men, with five men exceeding 5.80m, including throwers James Bougourd and Josh Avery (5.85 & 5.83w), and returning English decathlete Ed Moyse (5.94).
The shot putt was held on the brand new circle located in front of the southern-most section of the Garenne Stand and the athletes experienced a significantly enhanced atmosphere compared with previous competitions held in the far north-west corner of the stadium. Moyse showed his versatility as he took victory with 10.96m ahead of fellow former-decathlete Dale Garland’s 10.57m. U20 Steven Marley coincidentally tied Garland’s distance, albeit with the U20 implement of 6kg compared with the senior 7.26kg.
Entry was pleasingly plentiful in an event which has not been a traditional strength on Sarnian shores and the closest battle came at the 3kg competition where the U15 girls met veteran-55 Charmaine Johnson. The latter just about saw off U15 Island record holder Aideen Le Prevost 8.95 to 8.88m.
The javelin throwers were back on the runway only a few days since their last outings – and particularly given that many had dabbled in long jump and/or shot putt already it was understandable that some of them failed to hit the same heights as previously.
James Bougourd took victory over Josh Avery, as did Ali Higgins (pictured, top) over Kira Avery – but all four fell short of their recent bests despite solid marks across the board.
Performance of the evening in the javelin came from Debbie Doherty with the 500g implement – setting a new PB with 29.11m to further extend her lead at the top of the W50 UK rankings. The mark would also have seen her top the national list last season.
Videos courtesy of Chris Chalmers
Photo courtesy of Martin Gray – Guernsey Sport Photography