Full results are available at: https://www.thebighalf.co.uk/results/2020/
Age-Grade (WMA 2015)
Paddock Wood Ac athletes were at various venues around the country at the weekend. Furthest afield were two juniors athletes who had qualified for the U20/U17/U15 National Champs in Sheffield.
U15 Joe Stone in his first year as an U15 ran a PB in his 60m 8.02s and ran another in the 60mH 9.57s. Majority of the boys in these races were 2nd year athletes U17 Alex Gray competed in the triple jump jumping 12.22m again 12 out of the 15 competing were 2nd year athletes.
At Lee Valley it was the British Masters Championship.3 of our athletes were competing. M55 Mark Woods took part in the British Masters pentathlon finishing 4th with a PB score of 2378 points. Also a club record. Mark ran a PB in the 1000m 4m.09.06, Jumped 1.35 in the high jump, 4.18 in the long jump, ran 12.50 in the hurdles 12.59 a PB and putt the shot 8.91m. In the main masters Championship W55 Teresa Hinton ran a PB in the 60m hurdles 12.31s a club record, claimed another PB and a new club record in the shot 7.52m this put her 4th in the UK rankings and jumped 3.22m in the long jump. M65 les Percival ran the 200m 30.58s.
Michael Gibbs was the clubs only runner in the Brighton Half marathon coming in 179th 1hr 27m 19s.Ian Sutherland and Darren Hendley were pacing, Ian at Hampton Court half marathon and Darren at the Wokingham Half.
The teeth of Storm Denis and a start delayed by an hour didn’t deter eight hardy (foolish?…) club members from taking part in last weekend’s Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon in what must class as pretty atrocious conditions. An already difficult course was added to by rain, high winds and running water on most of the course. The long hill climbs out of Penshurst up through Fordcombe were made more difficult than usual by strong and gusting headwinds and calf-deep flooding just before Langton Green. Times were never going to be spectacular, especially with many targetting spring marathons in the coming months, but a late charge by Ian Sutherland saw him the first club member home in a more than respectable 1:27:28, 40th place overall. He was followed soon after by Nick Denbow (46th), 1:28:00 and David Sampson (53rd), 1:28:52. These two placed 4th and 6th respectively in the 50–59 age group category. Just 30 seconds outside the 90-minute mark was Mike Walter in 74th with Daniel Grimwood 15 seconds further back in 80th and Steve Wright was 126th in 1:35:19. Kim Stanley was the 280th male home in 1:44:20 which was good enough to earn him 5th in the over-60 age category. Final club member home was Steve Lindsay who broke the 2-hr barrier by 40 seconds. It was a shame no PWAC ladies made the start line but no blame can be attached to them for not taking up the challenge of Storm Denis.
Just 3 athletes from Paddock Wood AC travelled to Lee Valley on Sunday for the Southern Counties Masters championship. They came back with 6 medals between them. W50 Teresa Hinton claimed 3 first places. All PBs. She won the 60m hurdles 12.57s, the shot 7.37m and the long jump 3.57m. M50 Trevor Crysell won Silver in the 200m 29.50s, Bronze in the long jump 4.15m and another Silver in the triple jump.9.28m. M55 Mark Woods ran the 200m 27.7s