Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood Half Marathon – 6th September 2020

It is with regret we are going to have to cancel the Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood HM planned for Sunday 6th September. We have reviewed the current government guidelines along with the UKA advice for holding road races and for numerous reasons we cannot safely hold the race. We take the safety of our runners, volunteers, helpers, club members and the residents of Paddock Wood very seriously and cannot justify 2000+ people running safely.

We as a committee feel that holding a race in April 2021 will not be viable either. So, we are planning to hold the 2021 Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood Half Marathon on Sunday 5th September with a 9.30am race start. Everyone entered for the 2020 race will automatically be moved to the 2021 entry list and need to do nothing more. If you are unable to make the 5th September date next year, then please click on the following link and complete the deferral form by the 31st of August 2020. Your entry will then be moved to the 2022 race which will take place on Sunday the 3rd of April 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refunds (as per T&Cs when entering).

As you can appreciate, all the money we raise goes to local charities, most of which have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We as a race will try and support these charities, local organisations like the Guides and the local schools, who all be benefit from our race, in the coming months and thank them for their support.

Thanks again for your patience, continued support and we look forward to seeing you safely for our race on 5th September 2021.

Paddock Wood HM committee

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

As stated in my email of 12th July the attached  documents have been updated to reflect the changes to EA Guidance dated 7th July. It is now permissible to have multiple groups of 6 at the track in any one session. In our environment this translates to:

  • One middle distance and one sprints/hurdles OR Two Sprints/hurdle groups
  • Plus, a throws group, a long jump and a high jump group at each session.

Please read the attached 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. Please read the overview document and then for more detail refer to the full document and follow the link to the EA website.

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

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:

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.



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 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.