The track will be open for restricted use by members only from Monday 25th May

It is important that you read the attached documents which describe the rules and regulations from England Athletics (EA) and the Government that are applicable to PWAC together with some of our own that we have had to impose. Please read the overview document and then for more detail refer to the full document and follow the link to the EA website.

REMEMBER!! Maximum of 2 people only or one family from the same household at the track at any one time. The main gates are monitored by CCTV and random checks will be made.

The main track gate is fitted with a combination padlock. Please lock the gate after entry and exit to prevent unauthorised access. When making a booking you will be told the code for the combination padlock. If you have any queries regarding the booking system please email these to mike.ridger@outlook.com

Please ensure you follow the sanitising rules these are for yours and others safety.

Richard Elliott has said that he is available for one to one coaching, contact him by email at richard.elliott@hotmail.co.uk.

Training Videos

Liz and Janine have created some circuit training videos to help us keep fit during the current situation. There are currently 4 videos in the playlist – accessible from the menu in the top right hand corner of the Youtube window.

If you have any videos you’d like to add to the list, please let us know.

 

PWAC AGM – POSTPONED

Dear Member,

Our AGM was originally scheduled for the Monday 20th April 2020 and we were just about to send you the details when the full effects of the Covid-19 restrictions were announced and put into place. Therefore as I’m sure you will understand that we will have to postpone the AGM to a later date. As yet we are unable to confirm a date until we know when restrictions on travel and social distancing have been lifted.

Please rest assured that your committee and coaches are all still working hard behind the scenes to ensure the club keeps running, facilities are maintained, and the club stays up to date, with the aim of being able to hit the ground running (literally!) when we are allowed to resume normal daily life.

If you need any help or advice (training or otherwise) from the club and coaches during this difficult time please get in touch with us at info@paddockwoodac.co.uk your running (jumping and throwing) friends are still here for you.

Best Wishes

Liz Bignell (Duffin)

Club Secretary

To all adult athletes

Firstly, all coaches and committee members would like to wish everyone good health during these uncertain times.  The club would like to remind all athletes it would be wise to observe the social distancing guidelines during your training.   Although you are quite capable of arranging you own training plans, if anyone would like further advice or guidance, Richard Elliott and John Tilston are happy to support and if necessary provide schedules for your individual goals during the current ban on social gatherings.  If you require additional support please contact us via email, text or phone.  In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves and one’s close to you.  Happy running.

Regards

John

Paddock Wood Half Marathon – POSTPONED

Paddock Wood AC, organisers of the Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood Half Marathon, take the health and safety of all our entrants, helpers, spectators and local residents very seriously.

With this in mind and following the recent government and England Athletics advice, we have no alternative but to postpone this year’s event and make priority the health of our nation the number one consideration. We are proposing to move the race to Sunday 6th September 2020, with a 9.30am start. All existing entrants will automatically be re-registered to the new race date. If you are unable to race on the proposed new date or have any other race questions, please contact Sportsystems (our online race entry provider) by the 30th April asking for a full refund.  Their email address is – enquiries@sportsystems.co.uk  If you want a refund and have also purchased a race t-shirt this can be refunded to, just advise Sportsystems.

We appreciate this decision will be disappointing for everyone but with the current situation surrounding COVID-19 and the world in an unprecedented situation grappling with the global pandemic, the health of everyone is a priority. We hope you understand this is not a decision we wanted to make.

We as a club are a charity and all the money we make from the event goes to various charities (this year’s main race charity is the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance). We hope you can work with us on some ongoing issues. One being the race medals which have already been made with the original race date on them (05-04-20). We will be handing these out to all finishers on the revised race date as we don’t want to incur further costs and environmentally, we don’t want 2500 medals going into landfill.

We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you all fit and healthy on Sunday 6th September.

James Ridger

Race Director

Updated Coronavirus Statement from England Athletics

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.  Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

Therefore, all our training sessions are cancelled until further notice

 

 

London Marathon Postponement

As know doubt you have already heard the London Marathon on 26th April has been postponed.
This I think was inevitable given the global draw of the event and the numbers of runners and spectators involved.
Please read the attached message from the races Event Director Hugh Brasher I received earlier today.
Hopefully the race will go ahead as they plan on the 4th October and we will then get the opportunity to man the  Mile 22 Water Station.
When I hear any news please be assured you will all be the first to know.
Thank you once again for volunteering and hopefully we will see you all in October.
Richard Elliott
LM Mile 22 Water Station Leader.

PWAC Press Report – 25th February 2020

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.

PWAC Press Report – Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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.