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Six Paddock Wood AC athletes competed in the South East Regional Sportshall Final at Burgess Hill on Sunday. Three U13 girls were in the team. Kelsie Allcorn won a silver medal coming 2nd in the St triple Jump with a jump of 6.56m. Kelsie also competed in the Obstacle relay race team who won the race. Kathleen Knight Misson finished 5th in the shot 8.03m she also was part of the 4×1 lap relay team which came 2nd and the 4 x2 which the county won. Alathaea Jenkins just missed out on a medal in the speed bounce finishing 4th with 81 bounces, she was also in the wining Obstacle relay race team. The team came 1st and goes to the National final in Stoke on the 6th April. In the U13 boys team Jonah Fernandes was part of the obstacle relay team and ran a non-scoring 1 lap race. The team came equal 1st and also goes to Stoke for the National final. U 15 boy William Hirst finished in 25th place out of 40 competitors. He did 81 bounces in the speed bounce, jumped 7.14m in the St Triple jump and ran the 4 lap race 51.2s. In the U11 Fun in athletics in the morning Elsie Jenner was in the Kent team that finished 3rd. Elsie came 5th in the chest push with 6.75m and 5th in the St Long jump 2.05m.
At the Tunbridge Wells half marathon on Sunday male vet 40 Ian Sutherland was the clubs first athlete home in 01:28:33. Mat Botten was close behind in 01:29:17. Nicholas Denbow Vet 55 1:32:46. Paul Roberts male vet 40 01:36:02, John Tolhurst was first male Vet 70 across the line 01:42:43. Kim Stanley 5th male vet 65 01:47:17 and Richard Outten male vet 45 01:56.06.
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Paddock Wood ACs Harriet Court won the U17 Kent County Championship heptathlon at the weekend at Medway Park Gillingham. She won with a points total of 4178 a new club record and 5 personal bests. It started with the 80mH 13.71sa PB followed by the high jump 1.48m a PB, the shot 10m.61m, the 200m 28.85s a PB. Harriet jumped another PB in the long jump 4.78m. Due to an elbow injury it was a below par javelin 35.40m but it meant 186 extra points than her nearest rival. She ran a 12s PB in her 800m 2m 23.9s.to clinch the Championship.
In the Masters Championships W60 Teresa Hinton became a triple Kent Champion claiming the title in her hammer 22.02m a PB, the shot 7.52m a SB and the 100m 18.44s.M70 Les Percival won a silver in the 100m 16.08s, a bronze in the 200m 31.89s and another Bronze in the 400m 76.06s. W40 Elizabeth Bignell won the javelin 22.27m and came 2nd in the hammer 24.46m.
In the U13s Kent championship Lucy Burrows –Cloude won a silver medal in the shot 6.82m and ran 11.20s in the 75m. Kathleen Knight Misson ran her 75m in 10.78s a PB. She jumped a PB in the long jump 4.40m coming 5thand ran the 150m 21.60s.Ellen Simmons ran a PB in her 60mH 14.36s. Jola Fasakin jumped 3.27 a PB in the long jump, and ran the 75m 11.43s. Jonah Fernandes was the club’s only boy competing he jumped a PB in the long jump 4.00m and ran the 100m 14.91s.
The Kent Relay Championships were held on Sunday at the Julie Rose Stadium Ashford as well as the Masters Championship jumps. Paddock Wood AC had two teams entered. The U13 girls’ team made up of Ellen Simmons, Jola Fasakin, Lucy Burrows-Cloude and Kathleen Knight Misson came 2nd in their heat to qualify for the final 57.1s. In the final they came 5th 57.4s a great achievement against the bigger Kent clubs. Our senior men’s team with U17 Benji Folley, U20 Alex Stone, Ale Gray and U23 Jason Davis qualified for the final in their heat, with a fastest looser time 46.5s. They came 5th in the final 47.1s but moved up to collect the bronze medals, as two teams ahead of them got disqualified. Also on Sunday M60 Teresa Hinton competed in the long and triple jump claiming a silver medal in the triple jump 6.82m and a bronze in the long jump 2.89m. M55 Trevor Crysell got a silver medal for his 4.47m in the long jump, a bronze medal in the triple jump 8.76m and came 2nd in the pole vault 1.60m. M40 Elizabeth Bignell equalled her PB in the pole-vault 1.80m coming 2nd.
The previous weekend Ian Sutherland ran the Big Half in London 1hr 34m.09s. Ellie Parks completed the course in 3hr 02m13s.Steve Wright was further afield running the Isles of Stockholm Half Marathon 1hr 22m 17s. Last weekend Matt Botten and Daren Hendley travelled north to take part in the Great North run Matt finished in 1hr 32m35s and Darren 1hr 59m 29s avoiding the heavy rain which started about 4pm. Finally last weekend Chris Bosworth took part in the Rye Ancient trails 30K. This multi terrain run takes the runners through the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty in East Sussex he completed the event in 3hr 42m 26s.
Paddock Wood AC Athletes across several age groups were competing at the weekend. W40 Elizabeth Bignell was competing in the British Masters Championships at the Moorways Stadium Derby coming away with three Bronze medals. Her first in the hammer 25.34m, her second in the pole-vault 1.70m and her third medal in the javelin 22.06m. She also competed in the 80mH but a poor start let her down and she finished 4th. M55 Trevor Crysell was also competing, in the long jump jumping 4.322m finishing in 5th place and the triple jump again finishing 5th 8.06m.
Also on Saturday some U11s were competing in the run jump and throw at the Medway and Maidstone open meeting at Gillingham. U11 Nicholas Humphreys ran 12.50s in his 75m jumped 3.45m in the long jump and ran the 600m 2m.17.11s. Stanley Thomas ran a PB in his 75m 12.6s, he jumped 2.89m a PB in the long jump and ran another PB in the 600m 2m22.30s. Joshua Allen also claimed three PBs in the 75m 12.83s, the long jump 3.53m and the 600m 2m.28.07s. The youngest member to compete was 8 year old Hudson Caldwell in her first competition on the track running the 75m in 13.71s the long jump 3.06m and running the 600m 2m 33.43s. The previous Saturday U17 Harriet Court was competing in the England Athletics U15/U17 open championships in Birmingham after her first throw she was in 2nd place but her shoulder unfortunately started to hurt so this meant it ended up her best throw and put her into 4th place with 45.08m. Two of the girls ahead of her were both second year U17s.
The previous Monday Paddock Wood AC athletes were at the Mike Rowbottom Memorial Open Meeting at Tonbridge. Two U13 girls were competing in the Kent U13 pentathlon championships. Ellen Simmons ran the 75m hurdles 15.11s she jumped a PB in the high jump 1.18m, jumped 3.13m in the long jump she putt the shot 3.43m and ran the 800m 3m 09.71s. Jessica Patterson ran a PB in her hurdles race 16.18s, jumped 1.06m in her high jump, in the shot she did 3.69m, scored 3.38m in the long jump a PB and ran the 800m 3m 26.97s. Both girls are first year U13s. In the U11 age group Nicholas Humphreys ran the 600m in a PB time 2m 11.64s he jumped 3.67m a PB in the long jump coming 2nd and ran 12.44s a PB in his 75m. Joshua Allen ran his 75m race in 13.04s jumped 2.99m in the long jump. Stanley Thomas ran 12.91s in the 75m jumped 2.68m in the long jump and ran 2m 26.53s in his 600m.in the U11 girls Isla Fossey ran the 75m 12.48s.Maya Trice jumped the long jump 2.70m In the U13 boys Max Rein ran the 100m 16.02s, he jumped 3.60m in the long jump. U15 sister Megan Rein jumped 4m in the long jump and won her heat of the 100m 14.67s. She beat fellow team mate U17 Harriet Court in to 2nd place 14.71s.Harriet also ran the 300m in a PB time 44.34s.U17 Molly Rein ran the 100m 14.69s she jumped 3.92m in the long jump. U20 Alex Gray won the triple jump 12.79m. M70 David Perman threw a seasons best in the hammer 18.52m. W40 Elizabeth Bignell jumped a PB in the pole-vault 1.80m she threw 24.29m in the hammer and 19.93 in the javelin.
Paddock Wood AC athletes travelled to the K2 stadium at Crawley on Saturday for the last in the Southern Athletics league matches. In a combined team with Folkestone RC the club finished 3rd on the day but second overall for the season. U20 Alex Gray won the A string long jump 6.86m and the triple jump 12.59m and Alex Stone won both of the B strings with 12.11m in the triple jump and 5.43m in the long jump. Alex went on to win his javelin 36.02m. U23 Jason Davis rana PB in his 100m 11.7s coming 2nd, he was 3rd in the 200m 24.4s. M60 Mark Woods ran the B 200m 28.2s. SM Harry Young ran a PB in the 5000m 17m23.0s. M50 Steve Wright joined Harry in this race running it in 18m 23.1s.Steve also ran the 400m 69.8s the 1500m 5m15.8s and the 800m 2m 37.1s PB. First time competing this season U17 Aaron Miller jumped a PB in the high jump 1.55m coming 2nd and U20 Harry Trimmer wining the B string 1.45m. Both did a non-scoring long jump Harry jumped 4.77m and Aaron 4.40m. M70 David Perman again gained valuable points for the club competing with a much heavier weight in the hammer 11.72m a PB with the 7.26k hammer and was 3rd in the shot. The 4 x 100m men’s relay team of Woods, Gray, Stone and Davis claimed a new club record 47.7s.Steve Wright joined three Folkestone athletes in the mixed 4 x 400m relay 4.50.4s.
W40 Elizabeth Bignell did her usual multi events. Competing in the pole vault first, equalling her PB 1.75m, from there straight to the hammer 21.57m, as this finished over to the shot 6.02m. From there to the javelin 29.82m, then the triple jump 6.34m the final field event the discus 15.91m. She then ran a leg of the 4 x100m relay with three girls from Folkestone. W60 Teresa Hinton won the B hammer 17.69m and did the shot 6.36m. The previous Wednesday David Perman competed in the Cambridge Harriers open meeting at Sutcliffe Park throwing his correct weight hammer 17.29m. On the same day Steve Wright ran the Clapham Common 10K race finishing 8th overall and 2nd in the M50 category 38.42m.
The last match in the Kent Young Athletes league took place at Central Park Dartford on Saturday. With the sun was shining but blustery wind for this last meeting for a change no rain. There were some good results for Paddock Wood AC. In the U13 girls there was a double win in the shot with Lucy Burrows –Cloude wining the A string 6.57m and Abi Seal taking the B string 6.19m her first time in this event. Lucy threw a PB in her javelin 14.65m and ran the 100m 11.4s. Abi Seal ran the A 100m 11.1s and jumped a PB in the long jump 3.67m. Ellen Simmons joined Abi in the long jump also jumping a PB 3.21m, she claimed a second PB in the 70m hurdles 14.8s and she completed a hat trick with another PB in the 150m 24.0s. In the U15 girls Abigail Palmer was another athlete to score PBs. She ran the 100m 15.7s and threw the javelin 16.59m both PBs, she jumped 3.56m in the long jump. Megan Rein joined Abi in these events she equalled her PB in the 75mH 16.5s, ran the 100m 15.0s and jumped 3.64m in the long jump. U15 boy Thiago Marinez won his 100m 12.9s and came 2nd in the shot with a PB 8.07m but had to pull out of the long jump due to injury. Nathan Palmer won his hammer 15.21m his first time in this event he won the B shot 6.42m a PB and ran 100m 15.6s. William Hirst out for the first time this season jumped a PB in his high jump 1.45m jumped a another PB in the long jump 4.45m and ran the 800m 2m 33.4s. In the U13 boys Jonah Fernandes jumped a PB in the long jump 3.70m ran the 200m 32.3s and ran the non-scoring 100m 15.0s. Max Rein won the B long jump 3.66m, ran the 100m 16.3s and competed in the 1K walk for the first time finishing 3rd in 7m 12.7s. Lucas Whittle ran the 100m 15.6s he jumped 3,31m in the long jump and ran an 800m 2m 52.7s his first ever 800m. The team finished 4th on the day and 5th overall for the season.
Paddock Wood AC hosted their Startrack Athletics week, held at their track at Puntland’s leisure centre. They have been holding the event for over 32 years. Over 45 children with ages ranging from 6 to 15 years took part. Each day they had to chance to try all of the athletics events including high jump, hammer and javelin. On Thursday the children were divided into 3 teams named this year from cities which have hosted or are going to host the Olympic Games Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris. Each child then competed in a run, jump and throw to earn points for their team. On Friday afternoon teams went head to head in an obstacle relay to add to the scores. Individual winners were Oliver Denton who scored 69 points wining the boys 6/7 category and Tamsin Baker the girls with 67pts. In the 8/9 ages Stanley Thomas took it for the boys 120pts and Jemima Baker won the girls 128pts. 10/11s was won by Austin Day with 135pts and Jola Fasakin for the girls 143pts. It was a close thing in the 12 plus group with Harry Lenham wining for the 2nd year running with 148pts. Abi Seal taking the girls trophy 167pts.
It was a disappointing turn out for the last in the Southern Counties Masters league held at Central Park Dartford the previous week. Just two ladies took part. These two ladies have competed in all of the matches in the league this season. Trying to cover as many events as possible W40 Elizabeth Bignell came 2nd in the in the long jump with a seasons best 3.23m, 2nd in the discus and cleared a height in the high jump to get a point 1.05m. W60 Teresa Hinton ran the 100m 18.5s, she won the high jump 1.10m jumped 2.81m in the long jump and came 3rd in the discus. Also the previous week M70 David Perman competed in the Blackheath and Bromley Open Summer meeting at Norman Park throwing a seasons best with the 4K hammer 17.56m.
Last Saturday Paddock Wood AC young athletes were at the last in the Lower Youth Development meetings in a composite team with Folkestone RC at Dartford. Once again in the pouring rain for most of the day U15 Thiago Marinez won his 200m race 25,4s and came 2nd in his 100m 12.3s.U15 girl Abi Palmer came 2nd in her javelin 15.34m a PB .She jumped 3.71m in the long jump and threw the hammer 14.54m. The club only had one U13 boys competing Jonah Fernandes he jumped a PB in his long jump 3.57m, competed in the shot for the first time 3.97m and ran the 75m 12.0s.U13 girl Abi Seal won the B 10.9s and jumped 3.49m in the long jump. Lucy Burrows-Cloude won the shot 6.61m, she ran the non-scoring 75m 11.2s and threw the javelin 11.75m way below her best. Doing a standing throw due to a previous ankle injury, Jola Fasakin won the B javelin her first time of throwing the javelin 10.98m and ran a Non -scoring 75m 11,4s.Ellen Simmons ran the 150m 24.1s, ran the70m H 16.4s and did the high jump for the first time 1.05m. All 4 girls ran the 4x100m relay58.8s.
The previous weekend it was a cooler but windy day at Staplehurst, where eleven runners from Paddock Wood AC put in a strong performance in the Mid-Kent 5-miler.It was a tough turn towards Frittenden at 2 miles, directly into the wind along with the uphill drag into the village, but everyone survived the experience. Luckily the hill in the 4th mile was tree-protected from those troublesome elements and although it’s quite steep, it was over quickly with an immediate downhill recovery. Probably better conditions overall than the searing heat of the last few weeks though, and most runners responded well in the conditions. Mike Gibbs was first home for Paddock Wood in 22nd place 31.03m followed quickly by Matt Botten 28th 31.24m. Paddock Wood also had three second positions in the age groups; for M60 David Sampson 33.08m.W55 Harriot Sinclair 35.20m and W45 Jen Wood 33.34m.The wins were harder to come by this year as it seems both TW Harriers and Petts Wood were using it as a club grand prix race, having huge numbers present. Harriot was six seconds away from breaking the women’s club age group record which has stood since 2008, and given the course and conditions, it looks like she may set a new record at her next 5-mile race.W35 Ophelia Thenault wearing her club colours for the first time ran 43.30m.Just ahead of her was W55 Melissa Ferns 43.13s and W45 Rebecca Roberts 43.17m.W35 Rachel Brenner 46.54m, W60 Celia Barstow 52.14m and W70 Maggie Hoad 1hr 06.09m.