Road Running Report – 26th August 2020

As you can see from the results section Steve, Kelly and Elspeth were the first to try one of Nice Works new race format under their Covid restricted guidelines.

Kelly has kindly written a race report below.

Well the course was a tough one – very hilly, but so well organised. Staggered start times, every 5 mins 10 people went off. Not many people entered so we had some gaps in between too which helped parking and toilets etc. Our temp was taken before we were allowed through to be called to the start line, we then were called forward individually and had to stand on an allocated spot which was 2 metres apart from the others in the group and then we were told to start. They placed the faster runners at the front so no problems over taking etc. At the toilets we were all given a antibacterial wipe to use for handles and door etc and they were well stocked with anti bac gel. Only 1 water station on the course for those doing the 10 miler which involved a table of water bottles that you picked up yourself and the same again after the finish. To be honest everyone took their own supplies so wasn’t needed, but good to see some if you did  forget. Medals will be sent out after the event in the post and no loitering afterwards. 

Although it was a completely different atmosphere as you would expect and it wasn’t very busy, the marshals were fab, you felt safe and at no point did you feel as though you were putting yourself at risk. It was just so nice to be involved in an event again and take part in something that was so well organised, we will definitely go to another.

For anybody interested after reading Kelly’s update Nice Work are organising further events of this type at Rye, Folkestone and Tunbridge Wells in September with further events planned. See the Nice Work website for details.

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Rep

Alternative Runs

  1. After all this time just wondering if anyone is bored with running round Paddock Wood and fancy a trot round Hildenborough instead?  Am aware there will a need to comply with current regs but happy to organise anything from flat to hilly in the 5 to 10 mile range, and have a socially distanced drink and chat in the garden afterwards. Let me know if there are any takers.
  2. Nice Work are organising a trial 5 mile socially distanced event with 5 minute wave starts at Rye on Friday 7th August. Details and entry on the nice work website. Cannot attend myself as I have another commitment. It would be handy to know how it goes as I understand if it goes well they will plan more later in the year. If anybody enters I would be grateful for your feed back.

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Rep.

Relaxation of Rules for Using the Track

The attached  documents have been updated to reflect the changes to EA Guidance dated 4th August.

Please read the documents which describe the rules and regulations from EA and the Government that are applicable to PWAC together with some of our own that we have had to impose. 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.

Kind regards,

Richard Harris

Weekly 30 Run Challenge

England Athletics has launched the Weekly30 Run Challenge – a free weekly virtual running challenge that encourages runners to compete each weekend whilst also enabling competition between clubs/groups and sports.

Are you ready to represent your club and sport in a new virtual running competition? If so, sign-up for the new @EnglandAthletics Weekly30 Run Challenge – a free weekly virtual running challenge encouraging runners of all levels to compete for 30 minutes each weekend (following government guidelines) whilst also enabling competition between clubs and different sports. You’ll be competing against an online community of other runners from across the country – the competition will be fierce and the pride of your club and sport is at stake! Every runner counts – find out more and sign-up at: https://bit.ly/Wk30Run

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

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

 

 

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.