Fitting finish to a great week’s work track

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Katie Silva, Hazel Le Cornu, Sophie Twinam, and Gemma Dawkins never looked likely to lose and they won the 4 x 400m relay in 3.54.97 to beat the Isle of Man into second place on 3.56.69.

Dawkins and Le Cornu also featured along with Jenna Murphy and Sophie Twinam in the silver medal-winning 4 x 100m relay team as they ran 48.56 for second place finishing behind the Isle of Man in 48.56 and ahead of the Isle of Wight in 50.08.

Stephen de la Haye was the only individual medal winner of the day as he bettered his personal best by 16 cm to take the bronze medal in the triple jump with Ross Jeffs in fifth with 13.31.

De la Haye said: ‘I’m pleased with the result but I wasn’t even hitting the board so I know I’ve got a bigger jump in me and I would hope to get at least 14m competing at the weekend.

‘It was a tough competition and the top two were well over 14m so I was always hoping to get the bronze and it’s great to get my first Island Games medal.’

The race of the night featured Guernsey’s 4 x 400m at the front as they finished inside the Commonwealth Games qualifying time to take the gold medal in 3.12.38 thanks to a superb final leg by Dale Garland.

Jersey, who pulled out of the 4 x 100m final, had Calum Forrest, Alan Harrison, Stephen Prosser, and Ross Jeffs in the longer relay where they finished fifth in 3.36.29.

Katie Silva was sixth in the 800m final, running 2.19.67 while Tom Brown was ninth in 4.13.89 and Toby Edwards 11th on 4.18.69 in the 1,500m.

Carol Knight was Jersey’s top finisher in the half marathon as she came ninth in 1.34.15 while Sam Horsfall was 15th in 1.38.05 with Guernsey’s Martine Scholes taking the win in 1.23.29.

Jon Coote finished 16th in the men’s event with 1.23.08 just one place ahead of Andrew Murfin in 1.24.54 while Bomber Lee was 22nd with 1.33.51. Aland’s Janne Holman took his third medal of the Games, as the former European marathon champion won in 1.06.34.

Coach Andrew Winnie said: ‘The whole week has been wonderful, it’s a wonderful island, and we’ve produced personal bests from the first day to the final day so it’s been something most of us will remember for the rest of our lives – it’s been a fantastic Games.

‘There have been more good performances in these Games than ever before, we might not have won so many medals but the performance levels have been so high.’

Most of the athletics team left Aland last night to make their way back to England in time for the British League matches this weekend.

‘As well as competing in the league we’ve got the English Schools to look forward to next week.

‘We go to that on Thursday and while the athletes will be tired I think it will be a bit special with some excellent performances.’

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