It was great to be back at FB Fields for our annual Track & Field Club Championships on Sunday (25/07/2021). Seeing the field laid out by the groundsmen and so many athletes and spectators was great, after not being able to hold a full day event in 2020. And the weather was kind – a bit more windy that the competitors might have liked, but sunny and warm.
The most exciting events of the day were the senior mens sprints. The 400m had Will Brown win in 51.4, and led both Matthew Brown (U17) and Jem Gurner to PBs in 53.0 in 53.6. Peter Irving ran an excellent 400m Hurdles, with 54.1 being his fastest performance since 2013.
Both the 100m and 200m were really competitive races, with Tyler Johnson easing to victory in both, with himself and Steven Mackay going under 11secs, with 10.7 and 10.8 respectively. They were help with a following wind, as was the case in all the sprints. In the 200m, the wind was only just above the legal limit, Tyler came home in 21.3, with Steven again following in 21.8. Will Brown, Aiden Loane and Peter Irving battled it out for the other places and finished within 3 10ths of each other.
In the ladies sprints, Lucy Hunt won the 400m in a PB of 60.4. Hayden Pister edged forward her 100m PB again with a win in 12.7, in one of the few races with a legal wind speed.
In the distance events the windy conditions put paid to too many fast times in the 800m races, although Gem Gurner continued his strong season with a win in the mens race and Casper Whitewood (U17) won the 1500m in a PB of 4:29.9.
On the field there were fewer athletes than expected due to a combination of injuries, holidays and Covid. Steven Mackay jumped 6.55m for a windy win in the long jump, with Jonty Butler getting close to his PB as well. Lucy Woodward threw a respectable 33.01m in the Javelin and Cameron Campbell threw 43.91 in the discus.
Many thanks Paula Allbut for organising this event, and to all the officials and parents who helped out with tasks, small and large. Our Sponsor, FCM Trust, was on hand to man the kitchen and ensure the athletes and officials were kept fed and watered throughout the day. Mr Bradley did a sterling job on the BBQ as usual, which even attracted customers from the adjacent cricket match. And a shout out to Dave Woodsford who kept the crowd entertained with his lively commentary throughout the day.
Full results can be found here. Enjoy the photos of the event, courtesy of Max Young of Sportscast Jersey.