KFL Nurstead Court – 28th December 2014

A big thank you to the 16 runners who turned out at Meopham today, the 5th race of the season.
It was a lovely if somewhat chilly morning at Nurstead Court  and the race was run over what can be described as a true cross country course, with a water obstacle that the runners had to tackle twice.
Harry Young who was our only junior member running today (doing 1 complete lap of the seniors course) had another good race.
Colin Tricker kept up his fine form finishing in 4th place.
Sarah Shepherd ,Emma Hollands, Martin Taylor, Pete Buckingham and Nick Brown all put in good performances once again, with non of our runners showing no side affects from over indulging over the Christmas festivities.
PWAC in 8th place overall.
We even had 2 winners on the raffle.
The next race in the series is on the January 18th at Minnis Bay, Birchington, Thanet.
This will be race number 6 of the 7 KFL race series, please remember those in contention for an individual age category prize have to finish 5 races.
Happy New Year to one and all, see you back at training on the 6th January
Richard & Jeanette

SportsHall Ashford – Sunday 7th December 2014

Four U/11 teams from Paddock Wood AC competed in the Kent County Sportshall Championships held at the Stour Centre, Ashford on Sunday. There were 33 teams competing from all over Kent. In Team 1 Harvey Fordham was paired up with Holly Tapp. Their first event was the Standing Long Jump which Harvey won with a Jump of 2.05m and Holly came 12th with 1.78m this was out of 61 competitors. Their other field event was the Overhead Ball Throw where Harvey came 5th 7.50m and Holly 11th 6.78m. The other two members of the team were Mollie and Dillon Dew. Mollie had an excellent Speed Bounce finishing 5th with 54 bounces, Dillon jumped 46. Dillon beat his sister in the Vertical Jump, coming 11th with 43cm and Molly 42 to come 13th. All team members did an Under & Over Relay and either a flat race or hurdles. The team fished 5th.

Team 2 consisted of Freya Kirk-Martin and Joe Stone and Elaya Eldridge and Alex Stone. Freya’s best event was her Vertical Jump 0.34cm and Joe’s was the Overhead Ball Throw 5m. Alex did well in the Standing Long Jump 1.56m whilst Elaya proved strong in the Speed bounce 46 bounces. The team came 19th.

Team 3 was made up of Martha Peachy paired with Rhys Mitchell, who was at a sportshall competition for the very first time. He did extremely well in the Speed Bounce with 47. Martha came 13th with 53 bounces. Mathew Brown threw 5.25m in the ball throw whilst Liam O’Neil threw 5m. The team finished 27th.

Our youngest team which consisted of two new comers and two more experienced athletes came 32nd. Alasdair Dow did exceedingly well in the Standing Long Jump coming 29th out of 61 with a jump of 1.62m. Demi Barker did 38 bounces in the Speed Bounce, an event which she has only practised a few times. Eddie Kirk –Martin was only going to come and watch then decided to have a go himself. Having missed the practices they had at training, he did well taking part in the vertical Jump and the ball throw. Eva Wilson did well in the Vertical jump with 34cm. The team finished 32nd .

In the older age group U/17 Mia Morgan won 2 gold medals. She won the Vertical Jump with 46cm and the Standing Long Jump 1.66m. She won a Silver medal in the Speed Bounce with 68 Bounces. U/15 James O’Gorman claimed a Bronze medal in the Shot Putt 9.34m and just missed out on a medal in the vertical jump by 2 cm. Samantha Hockey was unlucky not to get a medal in the events she covered. She did an excellent 78 in her Speed Bounce and 2.00m in the Standing Long Jump.  She won her 4 lap heat and just missed on the third place in the overall results. Eloise Winton competed in the U/15 girls. She jumped 5.14m in the Standing Triple Jump and putt the Shot  6.41 a PB.

Kent Masters Cross Country Championships, Sparrows Den, West Wickham – 6th December 2014

Click here for the male results.

Click here for the female results.

M40 (9.5k)

Rob Rowland
Richard Bidois

(No team)

M50 (9.5k)

No competitors

M60 (5k)

Alan Newman
Kent M60 champion
John Tolhurst
Richard Harris

(4th team)

M70 (5k)

Richard Harris

W35 (5k)

No competitors

W45 (5k)

Maria Heslop
Kent silver medal

W55 (5k)

Sue James

Richard Harris was denied an individual M70 bronze medal as he ran unselfishly as an M60 team member. The M60 team was fourth behind Blackheath and Bromley Harriers, Sevenoaks and Canterbury Harriers and missed the team bronze by just six points. It was a shame that a few more grown-ups could not be tempted as there were certainly team medal shots. Alan Newman finally took his first Kent masters title, after supporting these events for over 20 years.