Hat-trick of British finals for Channel Islands AC

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Competing against seven other top club sides, the Channel Islands team made its mark by finishing in the top three or four for most events and, in the process, pushed much better known clubs including host club Bedford – Paula Radcliffe’s home club – further down the table.

Shetlander Ben Kerr (20), standing in for Guernsey’s Dale Garland, finished in the top three of all of the events he competed in, including a gutsy 3m 60 cm in finishing third in the pole vault.

Meanwhile Jersey’s Peter Irving set a new PB in winning the 400m hurdles while Guernsey’s Lee Merrien won the 1500m, Tom Druce won the 800m hurdles and Lee Garland won the steeplechase.

In the ladies’ events Lauren Thérin was second in shot and discus – and elbow injury sustained on the Saturday prevented her throwing in the discus -, Guernsey’s Kylie Le Robilliard won the 100m hurdles and 100m while Michelle Ryan was second in the hammer.

‘So I was pleased by our overall performances, including Steve Prosser finishing fourth in the 100m, and Stephanie Le Cornu third in her 400m,’ said Winnie.

‘Jamie Stevenson was third in the shot and discus while David Felton was fourth in the hammer; but these are young athletes, taking on some of the best senior athletes in the British Isles.

You must put their performances into perspective.

‘Next weekend we’re back in the men’s divisional competition, with our ambition to get into the British League next season, although we are still struggling financially.

Despite ESC’s help, we could still do with a major sponsor to help us.’ The CIAC’s British plate final is on 19 August, again at Bedford.

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