Galpin aims to go faster – and soon

ABI GALPIN got her indoor season off to a flying start by smashing the Guernsey 60m record at Manchester’s Sportcity on Sunday.

Abi Galpin, pictured in action on home soil last summer, has broken the Island women's 60m record. (Picture by Martin Gray, 30380335)
Abi Galpin, pictured in action on home soil last summer, has broken the Island women's 60m record. (Picture by Martin Gray, 30380335)

Further cementing her position as Guernsey’s fastest female sprinter of all time, the 21-year-old covered the indoor straight in 7.50sec. to complete a treble of major Island records – alongside last year’s 100m and 200m marks.

That put her a whole tenth inside Kylie Robilliard’s decade-old Guernsey mark, as well as providing a potent springboard for upcoming targets.

Notably, she won her heat from Trafford’s Trezeguet Taylor, who last year took the England U17s title for 100m with 11.75. Galpin’s own 100m best is 11.90.

‘I’m really happy with the time as I wasn’t sure what I was capable of – I haven’t done a 60m race since early 2020,’ Galpin said.

‘The race itself was a strong line-up and it was great to beat people who have run 11.7s for 100m, so I think that bodes well for the summer season ahead.’

Galpin backed up her record run with a 7.52 against mixed opposition.

Before an exciting summer that would ideally include lining up for the Commonwealth Games, the Bath University student has a busy indoor programme set out.

‘I’m still hoping to go a bit faster over the next few weeks,’ added a sprinter who eyes an outing in Loughborough this coming weekend before the BUCS and British Championships in February.

Galpin’s run deservingly caught the attention of previous holder Robilliard.

The Guernsey sprint-hurdles great retired from athletics around three years ago to focus on her career, but she paid tribute to her promising successor on social media.

‘Records are there to be beaten,’ she said.

‘I’m pleased to have held it for as long as I did, as a sprint hurdler.

‘If that’s the starting point I’m sure there is much more to come from Abi.’

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