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2015 NatWest Island Games / First silverware for Team Shetland

Leon Johnson, Matthew Cox and Bobby Bristow celebrating their silver medal in the team's half marathon - Photo: Maurice Staples

TEAM Shetland got off to a flying start at the first day of the NatWest Island Games, when the 142-strong team won one silver and four bronze medals.

The men’s half marathon team opened the tally when they won silver at the very first event of the Jersey games.

Maurice Williamson receiving the bronze medal in the hammer throw - Photo: Maurice Staples

Bobby Bristow was the fastest of the three local runners, finishing 6th in a time of 74:44. He was followed by Leon Johnson who was 10th with 76:23. Matthew Cox crossed the finishing line in a time of 85:57.

The second medal on Sunday morning came when cyclist Christine McLean finished the woman’s individual time trial in third place, fractions of a second ahead of fourth placed Clare Treharne, from Jersey.

Two years ago, in Bermuda, McLean was unfortunate when she missed out on a bronze medal by just half a second in the same competition.

There were more smiling faces later in the day when Sanna Aitken, Wendy Hatrick, Lynsey Henderson, Frances Hutchison and Louise Parr won a triathlon team bronze medal.

In the individual contest Henderson finished 8th in a time of 2:28:31.65 followed by team mate Louise Parr in 9th, around 40 seconds behind Henderson.

There were two more bronze medals later in the day:

  • Scott Smith in action in table tennis on Sunday - Photo: Maurice Staples
    John Magnus Laurenson and Bryan Sutherland in the Olympic Skeet team shooting event;
  • and Maurice Williamson who came third in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 47.96 metres.

In other results from Sunday, Shetland’s football team drew 0–0 in a tough game against the Isle of Wight, while the isles’ badminton team lost both its games 4-1 against the Isle of Man and Bermuda.

Shetland’s table tennis team also lost both its games against Menorca (0-6) and Guernsey (0–7), as did the volleyball team after a hard-fought match against Bermuda (0-3).

Shetland athlete Alan Williamson qualifying for the 800m semi finals on Sunday evening - Photo: Maurice Staples

Meanwhile, both Sophie Moar and Faye Cox qualified for the final of the women’s 100 metres race, while Emma Leask had no problems getting through to the semi-finals of the 400 metres.

Shane Odie and Alan Williamson qualified for the semi finals in the men’s 800 metres, and Sophie narrowly missed out on a bronze medal by four centimeters in the women’s triple jump.