Allaway clocks his second fastest time over 100m
SUSPENSE awaited as top sprinters Josh Allaway and Cam Chalmers lined up for a shot at Tom Druce’s 100m island record in Sunday’s Intertrust Track & Field Challenge.
The former is in excellent form and was targeting Druce’s 10.66sec. mark in one of his last serious opportunities to do so, while Chalmers has already surpassed Druce’s international prestige over the quarter-mile and looked to take this to the single straight.
In the end, Allaway was sharper out the blocks and through the acceleration, clocking 10.75 to upstage a fast-closing Chalmers in 10.77 – a quick time for Allaway and a tied personal best for Chalmers, but simply not enough to eclipse Druce’s mark.
Allaway was nevertheless happy with his performance coming off the back of his recent British Championships appearance, where he was satisfied to run 11.08 into a headwind.
‘Potentially, that was my last local race,’ he said.
‘I’m in quite good form, but the wind was not that favourable in the British champs – relatively, it was a good time, though, and the conditions were great today, so it was my second-fastest time ever and it’s good to get in back-to-back runs.’
Back in third place, prospective Island Games athlete Lucas Rive claimed a solid PB of 11.28.
The earlier women’s 200m was billed as a duel between island-record holder Hannah Lesbirel and top junior sprinter Indi Gallagher, both of whom are approaching top form following quieter starts to their seasons.
Gallagher impressed by taking the victory in a big seasonal best of 25.22, edging out Lesbirel back in 25.31.
But the biggest surprise arguably came from fellow under-20 Abi Galpin, who chopped over half-a-second off her previous best with a great run of 25.26 to nestle in between the two established stars in a very close race.
- More in Tuesday's Guernsey Press.