Monday 1st – Friday 5th August 2011 at Mascalls School
The Aviva Startrack scheme organised by Paddock Wood A.C has been going now for 20 years and is the longest running continuous scheme in the UK.
Held at Mascalls School over 5 days it allows children aged 5 to 16 years to experience all aspects of athletics with the exception of Pole–Vault.
There were over 20 coaches and helpers to look after the 145 children that attended.
Over the 20 years this scheme has been running, Thursday was the first entirely wet day that the course had experienced but thanks to Mascalls School we were able to use their large 2012 hall for indoor throwing along with the sportshall for the jumps.
The children had a chance to try the Javelin, Discus, Shot Putt and Hammer Throw events, as well as Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump, Hurdles, Sprinting, Middle Distance running and Race Walk.
At the end of the week the children are divided into teams, this year the teams were Vikings, Normans, Saxons, Celts, Romans and Crusaders.
They compete in a run, jump and a throw and earn points as individuals as well as for their team.
The Crusaders won the team medals with Saxons in 2nd place and Celts 3rd. All the participants were given medals this year as a celebration of the 20 years of Startrack.
Individual trophies were awarded to the best boy and girl in each of the age groups. In the 5/6years group the female winner was Millie Leaver and joint winners in the boys were Ross McGlynn and Dillon Dew.
The 7/8 year group was won by Ella Wood and Freddie Cunningham.
There were joint winners in the 9/10s with Charlotte Clark and Lucy Delaney both winning trophies, Todd McGlynn won the boys. Jessica Cross and Daniel Blades were the 11/12 year winners.
15 year old Tom Hollamby was a runaway winner in the 13 and over group throwing more than 31 meters in the Javelin and Jumping 1.52m in the High Jump. Laura Wellbelove was the female winner.
Over the 20 years that Paddock Wood Athletic Club has been organising their Startrack Weeks they have played host to over 3000 children from as young as 4 years, introducing them to the sport of Track & Field.