Chalmers believes sub-50 is on the cards

ALASTAIR CHALMERS opened the curtains on this rather different season with a spectacular show over the 300m hurdles yesterday.

Alastair Chalmers is well clear of the rest of the field in the home straight of yesterday’s 300m hurdles race. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28459356)
Alastair Chalmers is well clear of the rest of the field in the home straight of yesterday’s 300m hurdles race. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28459356)

Chalmers tackled the rare distance at Footes Lane and his 35.35sec. run ranks him fourth in the UK’s all-time list, slotting in ahead of Commonwealth Games hurdles champion and Olympic medallist Alan Pascoe.

The 20-year-old intends to use this proven form as a springboard to bigger things – particularly that elusive sub-50sec. run for the standard 400m hurdles.

What is certain is that he cut a classy figure in a field comprised solely of four Island Games medallists yesterday.

Sam Wallbridge and Peter Curtis have also secured top-20 UK rankings after finishing neck-and-neck just under 38sec., but Chalmers proved a level above even those two.

‘Especially in a field like this, with no mad competition, I was really, really happy to run a really rapid time,’ said Chalmers.

‘If I can put that into my 400 hurdles, then we’re looking at a solid, solid time – getting close to the dangerous times.

‘That’s well worth sub-50. Last year I was ill with glandular fever and coming out this year and feeling fit and healthy, especially through this pandemic, is just a massive blessing.

‘If I ran 49 over the 400 hurdles in Guernsey on my own… it’s always been a huge goal of my career and I think this is probably the year I’m going to do it, if I just keep my head down.’

Sarah Mercier and Abi Galpin also made their mark in the record books yesterday.

Mercier inched down her own Guernsey 5,000m record with 16-29.58 and Abi Galpin improved the existing 300m flat mark, running 39.87 to eclipse the best performance of fellow youngster Sophie Porter.

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