Charlie breaks hurdles record in 8.9 seconds!

20th June 2013

St Martin’s Year 6 pupil, Charlie Driscoll, has erased one of Primary Schools longest standing records. Competing in the 60m Hurdles, Charlie ran two superb races not only beat Dale Garland’s 20 year old record once, but twice! Dale’s record stood from when he was a Castel youngster at 9.3 seconds and interestingly is someone who Charlie looks up to today.

‘I see my role model as Dale Garland – he is good at everything and really inspiring’, Charlie explained to Oliver Tracey after the race.


Photo courtesy of the Guernsey Press


Charlie comfortably ran home in 9 seconds in the semi-final heat but left more in the tank for the final. Lining up in the blue and yellow vest Charlie cleared each hurdle with ease to dip under the line in a brilliant 8.9 seconds! As parents and children watched on – Charlie was beaming with joy!

Although clearly a talented athlete, Charlie has also performed well on the football pitch representing local side St Martin’s AC, Bristol City Academy and Guernsey. He led Guernsey to victory in the Under 11 Muratti with 2 goals and has regularly travelled to the UK to play for City against a host of other top clubs.

If Charlie keeps working hard and learning from coaches he will have bright future ahead of him whether it be on the athletics track or football field.

Alun Williams, who helped organise the competition highlighted that Charlies performance winning the individual event epitomised the event. He said “Charlie Driscoll, the winner of the Tony Bougourd trophy, was really impressive with his hurdling – and breaking Dale Garland’s record is indicative of the potential future he has in athletics”.

Congratulations Charlie!