Jersey Spartan was represented at the recent South of England Championships, held at Bedford International Stadium. Conditions for the championships were very hot and rather blustery, but favourable for the short sprinters and jumpers.
It was a busy weekend packed with breath-taking action as the Jersey Spartan athletes vied for titles, finals and personal bests.
Having nursed a Hamstring injury for the 10 days prior to this competition, Tyler Johnson took silver in the 400m. There was some controversy with officials and athletes as to when the final should have taken place, but Johnson recovered from the heats and composed himself for the final. With a slow and controlled start, Johnson pushed on with 200m to go working his way through the field, but it was a little too late and he was just edged out in the final 30m to taking the silver medal in a time of 49.12.
In the short sprints personal bests were attained by Steve Mackay (100m – 11.10 and 200m – 22.60) and U20 athlete Aidan Loane (100m – 11.40 and 200 – 23.50). Steve Mackay also competed in the long jump where he finished in 6th place just 1 cm shy of his personal pest with 6.51m. Jersey Spartan stalwart Peter Irving completed the Jersey Spartan representatives attaining 6th place finishes in both the 110m hurdle and 400m hurdle finals.