Track & Field events and news
Forthcoming Track and Field events can be found the in Events Calendar.
The document below shows the full timetable for the Tonbridge AC Open Meeting on Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018.
Online entry forms will be available via the Tonbridge AC homepage.
Alan Newman’s summary of the 2017 SCVAC League can be found in the document below.
The stand out performance from the second round match in the SCVAC League at Ashford on Monday (15 May) was the third place achieved in Division 2 by the Paddock Wood women’s team, AKA Julie Woods! Our women’s team now holds second overall, in a promotion position, behind Bromley Veterans and ahead of Ashford AC. Julie collected 15 points from second places in the W50 200m, long jump and discus before politely declining a suggestion that she could run all four legs of the 4x100m relay!
The men’s team continues to struggle with the rarefied atmosphere found in Division 1. Top performances were Mark Woods’ win in the M50 200m (26.7) and Alan Newman’s second in the M60 1500m (5:32.4). Mark mopped up spare points in the M50 long jump and discus before closing the 4x100m relay team that had fought back from an indiscretion with the baton.
Determined efforts were made by Trevor Simms in M35 200m and relay; Trevor Crysell (M50) in M35 200m, long jump and relay; Les Percival in M60 discus (4th) and relay and Dave Perman (M65) with the unfamiliar M35 discus, double the weight and a greater diameter than the implement his age group normally throws. However, the travails of flustered Frenchman, Yann le Roux – who arrived vestless and breathless with ten minutes to spare for his M35 1500m after becoming delayed in London – did not help his points return, despite an impressive time (4:45.7).
The next meeting is a local trip to Tonbridge School on Friday 2nd June, starting at 6:45pm.
Details of the 2017 Southern Athletics League and the athelete’s availability form can be found in the links below.
Dear Master Athletes and Helpers
Once again we need your support for the 2017 SCVAC League. Athletes are needed for over-35; over-50 and over-60 track and field events and officials/helpers are needed for the triple jump and javelin (no previous experience necessary as on the job training will be provided).
Attached you will find an availability sheet with all the fixtures, venues and events set out for your convenience. Please fill in your details at the top of the attached form and email back to the Team Manager, Alan Newman at email@example.com
Please also include a note regarding your event preferences and any dates you are NOT available. If you can come along to support and offer some assistance, please also reply by email.
For ease of reference, the competition dates are Friday 28th April; Monday 15th May; Friday 2nd June; Monday 19th June; Friday 7th July and Monday 17th July – get them in your diary now.
The dates and events we need officials/helpers are 28th April (Triple Jump); 2nd June (Javelin) and 7th July (Triple Jump).
I am not a member of SCVAC. Can I still compete? Yes, as long as you are a member of PWAC and have paid your EA competition fee. Are guests allowed to compete? Yes, provided there is a lane free and no delay to the programme. Not in the long throws, though. What time do matches start? All matches start at 6:45pm. Detailed timetables will be circulated to selected athletes by email. Are there standards for entry. No, anyone can compete. Although competition is keen the main aim is to have fun and try new things. What Division are PWAC in? Our men are in Div 1 and our women are in Div 2. The aim is to get both teams in Div 1 and to stay there. Any rule changes for 2017? Yes. No guests allowed in hammer, discus or javelin. Four trials allowed in shot and long jump this year.
Important: Do not miss out on the opportunity to compete in this low key but well organised veterans athletics league. We have had the track to train on for a couple of seasons so lets put that training to good use and show our rivals what we are capable of.
Paddock Wood AC will again be competing in the 2017 SCVAC Track and Field League. There are six matches and the provisional dates and venues are:
Friday 28th April – Norman Park, Bromley
Monday 15th May – Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
Friday 2nd June – Tonbridge School
Monday 19th June – Central Park, Dartford
Friday 7th July – Erith Stadium
Monday 17th July – Medway Park, Gillingham
Paddock Wood will be competing in Division 1 (men) and Division 2 (women) in 2017 and further details are in the attached timetable. All men and women aged over-35 who are England Athletics registered athletes are eligible to compete and Team Manager, Alan Newman will be making contact in January to ascertain your availability to represent your club in this friendly competition. Please note the dates and venues in your 2017 diary.
Last weekend saw several athletes from Paddock Wood AC take part in the County Masters Champs and U/13 Championship at the Erith track Bexley. The club came away with 6 county championships.
M60 Les Percival in the 100m ran a Championship Best Performance to win his event in (13.68s). He went on to win Gold in the 400m (66.07s). Also in the M60 Dave Perman became Kent Champion the Hammer 18.67m. David has only just started competing again after retirement. In the M70 category 76-year-old Mick Duffin became the Masters County Champion in the Javelin 22.67m, then won Bronze in the Hammer 23.16m and came 2nd in the Discus 17.01m. Daughter Elizabeth Duffin, in the W35 events, won the Javelin 21.62m, also to become County Champion and won the Discus as well. She was 3rd in the Hammer, all throws well below her best due to a back injury. W40 Kate Maryon won Bronze in her 100m (15.15s) and Silver in the Long Jump 4.14m.
In the U/13s Harvey Fordham came 5th in his Long Jump 4.46m and was 6th in his 100m heat (14.64s). Alex Stone ran (16.22s) in his heat of the 100m, then Jumped 3.73m in the Long Jump and threw 5.04m in the Shot Putt. Grace King just competed in the 75m coming 4th in her heat (11.36s) just missing out on the final by 2 places.
On Bank Holiday Monday several athletes from Paddock Wood AC took part in the Norman Fowler Memorial & Avril Bowring Memorial Open meeting. With ages ranging from U/11 to 60 years. This also incorporated the PWAC club champs.
In the U/11s Lucy Tallon retained her unbeaten record in the 75m winning in (10.86s). She is ranked 4th in the UK for her age group, when she ran (10.75s) at Medway last Saturday. Lola Crysell, in her first ever run in a competition, ran (13.71s). Joe Stone won his heat in (11.61s). Joe jumped a PB in his Long Jump 3.86m and Lucy jumped 3.59m, setting a PB until Saturday in a competition at Medway, when she bettered it by jumping 3.71m. Joe Stone ran the 600m (1m 58.96s) another PB. In the U/13 boys, Harvey Fordham ran the 100m (14.67s) and jumped 4.60m in the Long Jump, a PB. Alex Stone ran (15.62s) in the 100m and (33.33s). In the 200m, he jumped a PB in the Long Jump 3.85m. Liam Simms competed in the 100m (16.20s) and the 200m (34.03s). In the U/13 girls’ Grace King ran the 100m (15.11s). Maia Hyland competed in the Javelin and threw a PB of 20.58m. It was a close race in the U/15 girls 100m between Jasmine Etheridge and Kimberly Garcia, with Kimberley Garcia (14.32s) just beating Jasmine on the line (14.37s). Kimberley ran (29.58s) in her 200m race. Jasmine jumped 1.35m in the High Jump, threw the Javelin 21.37m. U/15 Spencer Elphick led from start to finish in his 800m race (2m 33.3s) and then threw 23.28m in the Javelin. James O’Gorman in the U/17 category threw 30.11m in the Discus and 9.26m in the Shot. Trevor Crysell M45 ran the 100m (14.70s) then jumped a PB in the Long Jump 4.70m. Les Percival M60 ran a season’s best in the 400m (64.48s). Elizabeth Duffin suffering from a back injury sustained when a hammer wire broke during training covered the Hammer, Javelin and Discus throwing well below her best. David Perman M60 competing this year after several years’ layoff threw the Hammer 17.10m, the Shot 5.14m and the Discus 14.50m.
Last Saturday saw the last of the Southern Athletics Leagues for Paddock Wood AC at Hastings. Luckily, the track was fairly sheltered but the strong winds did have an effect on some of the long throws. Once again, the club suffered from lack of athletes mainly due this time, to the holiday period. In addition, Sharon Hawkins who had been to all the matches had to pull out at the last minute due to injury. In the men’s team, there were just two athletes, both in the Masters category. Mark Woods M55 ran (13.7s) in the 100m and (28.1s) in the 200m. M60 Les Percival joined him in his first SAL meeting, running the B string 100m in exactly the same time (13.7s) and the B 200m (27.8s) a season’s best. Les also ran the 400m (65.9s). The wind did effect the runners at various points of the track due to the fact that it kept changing direction. In the ladies’ team there were just 3 athletes – 2 who had not competed in the league before. For Elise Rendall it was her first ever competition on the track, an experience she enjoyed. She ran the 800m, coming 3rd (2m.48.2s) and teamed up with Maria Heslop in the 3000m with Maria winning in (10m 45.6s) and Elise won the B string (12m 01.9s). Both did the 1500m, each coming 2nd. In the A race Maria ran (5m 13.1s) and Elise ran (5m 49.1s) in the B race. Elizabeth Duffin covered the Hammer Javelin, Shot and Discus. The team finished last on the day but not last in Division 3E . A big thank you to Leslie Stone who was the only person who volunteered to help on Saturday.
The previous weekend was the last of the Kent Young Athletes League matches. U/13 Harvey Fordham out for the first time this season after breaking an ankle, won the B 100m (14.1s). He also won the High Jump 1.20m, and then the Long Jump 4.38m. Alex Stone won the B 75m hurdles (18.3s) and finished 2nd in the Shot 5.27m. In the U/13 girls, Grace King came 2nd in the 150m (22.2s) and 4th in the High Jump 1.15m. Maia Hyland joined Grace in the 150m coming 2nd in the B race (24.5s). Maia also competed in the Javelin 14.81m. Mollie Dew won the B string 70m H (16.00s) and came 4th in the Long Jump 3.21m. The only U/15 girl competing was Lilly Ebsworth who ran a PB in the 100m (13.4s) equalled her PB in the 200m she ran (27.6s) equalling another PB and was 2nd in the Long Jump 4.39m, her 3rd PB of the day. The club, which is a combined team with Folkestone AC, won the Division 2 match for the season and move up to Division 1 next year.
The provisional timetable for the forthcoming Club Championships is available in the document below. Tonbridge AC may make some changes to the timetable and we will endeavour to keep this list up to date.