KXCL Footscray Meadow – Report – 24th November 2018

Sat 24th November saw the opportunity for the Men to take on their double header cross country weekend, starting with the leagues penultimate event at Footscray Meadows.  With the previous evenings presentation still fresh in some of our heads it was going to be a fussy kind of event for some but the 5 runners who turned up with even more supporters were not shy from the challenge.
With a group huddle, trying to keep warm, near the rear of the pack prior to the start we eased steadily into the slightly longer than 10k course with an ambition to work our way through the field and finish strong.  Mike Gibbs and Steve Wright were keen to work their way through the field as was Sam Harker.  Mark Wild and John Tilston were committed but maybe with less urgency to start with.  Steve was soon to catch up and overtake Mike but Mike had a plan and a second wind allowing him to take back the team lead finishing 123rd (44:08).  Steve was not far behind and true to form finishing 130th (44:25).  Sam’s efforts to maintain a healthy lead at the beginning were held for the majority but Mark Wild had other ideas and managed to find an outstanding drive on the last half a mile and overtake Sam on the last 200m finishing 157th (47:05).  Sam was a very brief distance behind and completing the team of 4 to score finishing 159th (47:11).  Despite John suffering with a shoelace malfunction half way round and regaining his position with others he was unable to hold on to them as well and completed the teams involvement in 166th (47:48).
The clubs team finished 18th on the day and holds on to 14th overall with one final venue outstanding.
As mentioned we had a strong support crew from previous junior runners to female welly running partners willing to attend and cheer the runners along, oh and stop them chatting.  Thank you to all of you for making the effort and your support – it was greatly appreciated.
The next and final event will be held on Sat 9th Feb 2019 (venue to be confirmed nearer the time) so please do your best to keep this date free to field a strong team of males and females (no junior race).
Happy running folks!

Important Changes to the London Marathon Water Station Criteria

Important information is enclosed within this article and the supporting document

Please take the time to read this article and the document below carefully and to think what impact that the new policy requirements may have on you / your family / and friends

Following the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, London Marathon Events have undertaken a comprehensive review of the full drink station and volunteering process.

This review has involved numerous staff members from London Marathon Events, up to and including the Race Director. Feedback provided by water stations as well as knowledge from within the LM team and expertise from marathons around the world has been used to agree on a series of changes to the way in which water will be provided to the runners on the course for 2019.

To summarise, at the 2019 event, some stations historically used on the route will no longer be used. Significant changes have also been made to the way in which the water stations are staffed and changes have also been made to the process for pre-event registration and communication between water station volunteers and London Marathon Events.

London Marathon Events are confident that implementing these changes will result in significant improvements. Namely, we will see a huge reduction in the volume of plastic waste generated by the event whilst still ensuring the Virgin Money London Marathon remains the best marathon in the world and delivers a world class experience to all runners.

It is hoped that the changes will ensure that the Virgin Money London Marathon remains at the pinnacle of the running world and it is believed that making these changes will play a significant role in allowing this to happen.

Please be aware that the PWAC committee have discussed these changes at length and their impact on the club.

Although the changes to junior participation in particular will affect a number of our water station volunteers and their families.  it has been agreed by the PWAC committee that as a club we should still be involved once again at the water station in probably what is the best mass participation marathon in the world.

I have agreed to be the water station Team Leader once again with Jeanette as my appointed named assistant.

Should  you , your family or friends wish to become a water station volunteer please let me know ASAP by email.  I will then send  you out  the sign up link as soon as I receive it from LM.

Please make sure you have read the attachment it will explain everything and that you fully understand its consequences to you and your family

Should you require any further information or have any questions please feel free to ask.

Regards

Richard Elliott

London Marathon Water Station Team Leader

Mob: 07970817664

Email: richard.elliott@hotmail.co.uk

KXCL Danson Park – Junior Report – 10th November 2018

Danson Park, a fast and relatively flat course and with Zephryus the God of weather looking favourably on us, made this a good day for Cross Country.

Jess Rayner representing Paddock Wood in the U13 Girls 3k race placed 32nd with a time of 12:36. Joe Stone, Liam O’Niel and Thomas Harker ran in the U13 Boys 3k race gained another team point for Paddock Wood. Joe Placed 55th in 11:54, closely followed by Liam 59th in 12:01 and Thomas finishing 77th in 14:37.

Lauren Harker ran in the U15 Girls 4k race coming 34th in 16:17 and as there was no Senior Men Harry Young took part in the U20 Men 5k coming 16th in 17:05.

Overall positions after 3 matches.

Leslie Stone.

KXCL Danson Park – Report – 10th November 2018

Saturday 10th November saw our next outing at Danson Park near Bexleyheath.  The men had the day off so all the focus was on the juniors and senior women.  Despite KFL being a focal point the following day we were still fortunate to field a team of 5 ladies.
Becky Morrish was always going to be first home for the team despite feeling under par over the 3 laps, 5k course in 7th (17:51).  It was only a matter of less than 3 minutes before Mandy Barker was to appear on the home straight, narrowly missing out on a couple of positions, coming in 52nd (20:15).  Julie Harker managed to maintain her smiles around the course, comfortably coming in 138th (25:46).  The remainder of the team were not far behind with Jane Pilbeam in 146th (26:30) and Diana Tilston being delighted with her 5k (albeit recording slightly short) cross country terrain time in 154th (27:40).
The women’s team (3 to score) finished in 16th and remain 16th on 197 points after 3 events.
After 3 events the current individual performance standings are as follows:
3 races
25th – Mandy Barker
59th – Julie Harker
63rd – Diana Tilston
2 races
67th – Becky Morrish
131st – Jane Pilbeam
1 race
172nd – Kate Cole
197th – Fiona Buckingham
212th – Keeley Hoad
216th – Natasha Wild
The next fixture will be held Saturday 24th November at Foots Cray Meadows (no senior women).  The final meeting will be held on Saturday 2nd February (no juniors) so please put these dates in your diary.
Happy running folks!

KXCL Somerhill – Report – 27th October 2018

Saturday 27th October was our 2nd Kent Cross Country event, held at Somerhill School, Tonbridge.  The only way I can describe the course would be with lots of ups and downs and little on the flat.  Despite some sunshine at times temperatures didn’t really get to a comfortable level.  Jackets were certainly in order with extra layers required at the end to keep warm, more than likely due to the northerly breeze which came down overnight bringing the temperature down to low double figures if we were lucky.

However this didn’t put anyone off meaning everyone expected and more, arrived ready to take part.  Starting the seniors off were a fantastic team of 9 strong women raring to tackle their 5k course.   Becky Morrish was soon to take her position near the front of the pack and provided a strong and outstanding achievement finishing in 3rd with a time of 18:59.  Mandy Barker showed her remarkable recovery is coming together well finishing 60th in 23:01.  Coming in 73rd with a slightly unclear head from the night before was Kate Cole in 23:52.  Fiona Buckingham was proving her motivation to return to fitness is underway bringing home 102nd for the club in 26:18.  Julie Harker embraced the terrain in 119th with a time of 28:02 taking 35 seconds off her previous time last season.  Well done Julie!  Keeley Hoad was less than a minute behind in 124th finishing in 28:45.  Jane Pilbeam shortly followed in 127th, 29:18 with Natasha Wild and Diana Tilston close on her tail in 131st, 30:10 and 133rd, 30:51.

With the first 3 to score a team Becky, Mandy and Kate achieved 11th pushing our ranking up to 16th overall.  With Fiona, Julie and Keeley completing a team of 6 to score they achieved 9th position, ranking 11th overall.  Well done ladies!

The men were out in force also.  With a range of strengths over a team of 13 not including Simon Poole’s non scoring run.  First home, upgrading his run to the seniors 10k route apposed to U20’s 5k route was Charles George in 54th with a strong time of  38:11.  Not far behind was our newest member Adam Tibbals taking on the challenging 3 laps in 81st with a time of 39:54.  Not far behind was Clive Gigney in 94th with a time of 40:28 taking nearly 2 minutes off his previous time last year.  Well done Clive!  With less than 2 minutes to spare Daniel Grimwood accepted the hilly challenge towards his bigger marathon goal and concluding the team of 4, finishing 122nd in 42:11.  David Sampson was pictured close to Daniel throughout and therefore close behind in 135th, 42:51 with similar results to Clive, knocking off nearly 2 minutes off his time last year.  Well done David!  Michael Gibbs was next in sight embracing the course with a position and time of 143rd, 43:22.  Mark Wild was next in for the club after a delayed few seconds at the start but fighting his way through the pack to finish 174th in 45:15.  Pete Buckingham found 5th gear during the final lap to take a few places allowing him to finish strong in 186th, 46:01.  John Tilston took on the challenging ‘slopes’ finishing 192nd, 46:40.  Phil Northfield was ever so close behind in 193rd, 46:43 and completing the close quartet was Paul Mace with 195th, 46:52 and Sam Harker with 196th, 46:59.  Michael Conrad-Pickles concluded the men’s race in 224th, 51:23.

With the first 4 men to score, Charles, Adam, Clive and Daniel achieved a respectable 13th from a very tough crowd.  For the first time ever we were able to score a team of 12 also, achieving 6th position, ranking 7th overall.

Finally a thank you goes out to all who took part and supported throughout including Richard and Jeanette Elliott for making the journey to cheer everyone on.

Happy running folks!

KAB Children’s Activity Athletics Day

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Paddock Wood Athletic Track

On Wednesday 29th August, Nicola Tallon, one of the Kent Association for the Blinds Children’s Mobility Instructors, organised an athletic day with Paddock Wood Athletic Club at their track.  A number of Paddock Wood AC coaches also volunteered their time to help support 10 of our visually impaired children. We did have 4 more children booked to attend the day but unfortunately they did not arrive, this was possibly due to the bad weather, it rained heavily all morning but despite the rain all the children got involved and fully participated in running, throwing and jumping activities. We had originally planned a full run, jump, throw competition but due to the poor weather, we concentrated on the events separately.

The sprinting session looked at speed and technique with the older boys keen to learn a full sprint start. We were also able to add relay races with baton changes.

The throwing session in the morning consisted of shot put. Paddock Wood AC have Dave Perman who is the lead coach for shot put and he was on hand to give great advice and support to all the children. In the afternoon Javelin was the throwing event, this was led by Mick Duffin, KAB had 1 young lad who was really keen to try out this event, by the end of the session Mick voiced to the young lad’s mum that he had shown real potential.

The jumping session took place in the afternoon, just as the rain stopped!! We wouldn’t have been able to do long jump in the rain so we were really lucky that it had stopped. Elizabeth Duffin was our long jump coach and she was able to give great advice and support on the run up and the jump to each child individually and all the children thoroughly enjoyed this “rain free” activity….

At the end of the day all the children agreed that they had really enjoyed the day but the one thing all their evaluation forms stated was “they didn’t enjoy the rain!!!”

Many thanks to PWAC for supporting our visually impaired children with this activity session.

PWAC Press Report – 7th October 2018

St Johns leisure Centre Tunbridge Wells hosted the first Sportshall Athletics meeting of the season. Over 100 children took part with ages ranging from 8 to 14 years. Paddock Wood AC had athletes taking part in the U11s and U13s U15s. There was a slightly different format this year with the U11s taking part in all of the 5 fields events but pairs were nominated for their best 3 events for two athlete or 2 events for the other members of the team . Maurice Roberts had an excellent day wining the foam javelin 17m, coming 2nd in the standing long jump 2.03m, 2nd in the vertical jump 47cm. Partner Aaron Brown came equal 5th in the foam javelin 14m and managed 54 seconds on the balance beam to finish 10th  he did 51 bounces in the speed bounce.   This was out of 57 competitors. The other 2 members of the team were William Hirst and Nico Walters. William’s best events were the balance beam 45 seconds and the speed bounce 44 bounces. Nico managed 47 in the same event and threw 10m in the javelin. The team came an excellent 3rd to claim the bronze medals.  Team 2 were Tilly Ryan in her first ever competition for the club and Lucas Mounter who did some Sportshall last season. Tilly threw 10m in the foam javelin and jumped 1.41m in the standing long jump. Lucas jumped 1.45 in the long jump and threw the javelin 9.50m.   In the older age Joe Stone won the overall U13 boys competition which is being run in a league form this year, with all results being carried over to the final match in February. Joe won the shot 7.75m, the standing triple jump 6.81m, the vertical jump 53cm and the 2 lap race (22.3s). Lenny Roberts jumped 40cm in the vertical jump and 64 in the speed bounce. In the U13 girls Molly Brown also did well finishing 2nd overall just 12 points behind the leader. She won the shot 6.25m and the vertical jump 53cm she was 2nd in the standing triple 6.36 and 2nd in the 2 lap (22.9s). Abigail Exall finished 5th out of the 21 girls competing with her best event the standing triple jump 6.31m coming 3rd and the 2lap 3rd again (23.5s). Charlotte Parker in her first Sportshall competition finished an excellent 12th jumping 42cm in the vertical jump and 5.23m in the standing triple.  The team are currently in 2nd place. In the U15 boys Harvey Fordham jumped a PB in the standing triple jump 7.87m, won the vertical jump 59cm and won the 2lap (22.2s). Alex Stone threw a big PB in the shot 9.50m and ran (22.7s) for the 2 lap race.  Harvey is in the lead with Alex 3rd in the overall standings.