PWAC Club Grand Prix 2019 – May Update

The first three events have now been completed and the results to date are as the attached document.

The ladies event is currently headed as follows:-

1st  153 Points  Shirley Exall

2nd 118 Points  Natasha Wild

3rd  117 Points  Annie Ross

4th  115 Points  Sue Chivers

The mens event is currently headed as follows:-

1st 172  Points  Rob Everitt

2nd 134 Points  Nick Brown

3rd   125 Points  John Tolhurst

4th  122 Points  Steve Large

The next event is the Kings Hill 10k on 9th June, followed by the Staplehurst 5 on 15th July.

The last event the Hildenborough 5 was attended by 29 members, a great turnout and we had 4 age group winners!

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Representative

Pentathon Cup Update April 2019

The attached table shows the current standings for the 2018/2019 Pentathon Cup competition inclusive of all results reported to the website up to the end of April.

Remember to qualify for the competition you must complete 5 of the 7 standard race distances by the end of August 2019.

The standard distances are 5k, 5mile, 10k, 10 mile, ½ marathon, 20 mile and marathon.

Remember whilst we endeavour to pick up most results it is your responsibility to ensure all your results are on the website for inclusion in the competition.

If you have any queries about the competition or the use of age gradings please catch me at club training or send me an e-mail.

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Rep.

Round Norfolk Relay 2019

As the dust settles after the PWHM and marathon season, the club starts preparing for our entry in the Round Norfolk Relay. This year the race falls over the weekend of the 14th-15th September. It will be our 21st year at the event. Please put this date in your diaries!

For the uninitiated, the Round Norfolk Relay is a 17-stage race (requiring 17 runners) covering a total of 197.93 miles. The race attracts over 60 clubs from around the country. The stages vary in distance from 5.49 miles up to 19.67 miles and are run around the clock. Last year we managed to complete the course in a very respectable 22 hours, 40 minutes and 19 seconds (average 6 min. 53 seconds per mile).

Ideally we would like to enter the ‘Club’ Category which requires at least 5 females and, without condition to gender, 6 masters (men over 40 and women over 35 on race day). 

As always, we would like to field the strongest team possible and the target will be to beat our own club record of 21hours 18minutes and 5 seconds. Therefore, if you are interested in either running or helping (i.e. with driving the mini-bus, driving support vehicles, cycling alongside the runners etc) please let me know.

This race really is a unique experience for the runners and helpers involved and it is quite aptly billed as ‘the ultimate cub challenge’.  Full race details can be found on the following website:  www.roundnorfolkrelay.com

 James Ridger

PWAC Press Report – 22nd April 2019

It was the first league meeting of the season and Paddock Wood AC athletes travelled to Norman Park, Bromley for the Southern Athletics league (13th April). The day was cold with snow and hail storms, but there were some good results.

U17 Charlotte Whiffen in her first year in this age group threw the 4kg hammer for the first time in competition and broke a club record with a throw of 30.55m to come 2nd. W50 Mum Nikki also threw a PB with a 4Kg 21.17m. They also competed in the shot together Nikki put 5.85m and Charlotte 5.72m. W35 Elizabeth Duffin tried her hand at pole-vaulting for the first time and gained maximum points, she also did the discus 14.52m, the javelin 20.54m, the long jump, high jump and 100m hurdles. Rosie Elspass won the long jump 4.28m was 4th in the high jump with 1.35m and she ran the 100m in 14.44s. Kimberley Garcia won the triple jump 9.02m but due to the track running late she only got the one jump in this event. Kimberley ran the 200m (29.9s) and the 100m (14.03s). Garcia, Elspass, Duffin and Charlotte Whiffen ran the 4x100m relay to come 2nd (58.23s) just over 1 second off the club record.

A rather depleted men’s team covered as many events as they could with M55 Mark Woods and M50 Trevor Crysell covering the 200m Mark (27.61s) and Trevor (29.14s). Mark put the shot 7.80m, the discus 17.87, the hammer 18.21m and the javelin 21.47m. Trevor threw a PB in the javelin 24.41m, jumped 4.44m in the long jump and 8.13m in the triple jump. M65 David Perman covered the B throws with 12.61 in the hammer throwing a 7.26k instead of his age group weight of 5Kg, he also did the discus with 10.44m and the shot.

On Easter Monday athletes from the club were at the Norman Fowler Memorial open meeting at Tonbridge. With the weather warm and sunny there were some good performances. Highlight of the day was the performance of Harvey Fordham in the high jump where he cleared 1.80m putting him in the top 4 in the country in the U15 age group. Harvey also jumped another PB in the long jump 5.29m. In the U11 races Alfred Everett ran the second fastest time in the 75m (11.54s) with Nico Walters not far behind with (11.89s). Both competed in the long jump Alfred jumping 3.89m and Nico 3.49m, they also ran the 600m, both getting PBs in all three events.

In the hammer U17 Charlotte Whiffen throwing her correct weight 3kg threw 37.47m, Mum W50 Nikki threw 26.06m with the 3kg weight. M65 Dave Perman threw 16.88m. U13 Joe Stone jumped 4.89m in the long jump but didn’t beat his PB of the day before at Crawley where he jumped 4.95m which was a club record, Joe also did his first pole vault competition jumping 1.90m another club record. U15 brother Alex threw a PB in the javelin 30.18m and another in the discus 24.60m. Liam Simms ran a PB in the 300m (43.59s) and the 150m (19.91s). U15 Jess Penny ran a PB in the 75m hurdles (13.43s) and jumped 1.30m in the high jump. Jess Rayner ran a PB the 1500m (5m 51.98s). Elizabeth Duffin (W35) threw 23.52m in her first hammer throw of the season and 14.64m in the discus, she also did the shot and javelin gaining seasons bests. M50 Trevor Simms ran a PB in both the 150 (20.38s) and the 300m (46.14s). M50 Trevor Crysell also ran a PB in the 300m (45m.9s) and the 150 (21.13s) then he threw the 700g javelin 24.85m a PB. M55 Mark Woods did (19.97s) in his 150m. Kim Garcia ran a PB in the 150m (20.19s) and gained an outdoor PB of 45.70s in the 300m.

30th Paddock Wood Half Marathon

I would like to thank everybody who helped on Sunday and in the lead up to the half marathon this year. The race has come a long way over the last 30 years; in 1990 we had 690 entries compared to this year where we sold 2538 entries and had 2050 finishers. This year, Nicholas Torry impressively won the race in nearly ideal running conditions in a time of 1.05.34 which was only 28 seconds off the course record. Eilidh Bell won the women’s race in a time of 1.19.00. PWAC was well represented with 41 running.

At the front of the race the quality was quite amazing.  We had:
15 finishers under 1 hr 11 minutes
87 finishers under 1 hr 20 minutes

To ensure we continue to put on one of the most popular and well-run races in the South East, this race relies upon people coming together as a club and community. I am part of a strong committee who have given up hours of their own time to ensure Sunday was a success. The feedback we have received so far has been very positive.

I must make a special thanks to Pete and Fiona Buckingham who are leaving the club and committee after this year’s race. They have, as always, been an immense support and help with the half marathon over the years, so they will be sorely missed not only at the half marathon but at the club.

I am pleased to announce Paul Mace will be taking over from Mike Ridger who will also be standing down as chief marshal this year. Thank you for all the support and help you have given to me with this role during the years that I have been race director.

The race sponsors were once again Lambert and Foster. They have been great to work with and were responsible for coming up with ideas such as the ’selfie stand’ and humorous mile marker boards.  We look forward to hopefully working with them again.

My thanks go out to my fellow race committee colleagues, our race officials, all the marshals on the course, SE Medical, Raynet, Hendley Removals for their immense support over the race weekend, the Guides who did a fabulous job in the baggage area, Mack for supplying the bananas, SERV Bloodrunners, Waitrose for their donation, Tonbridge Land Rover for supplying the lead vehicle,  Antalis for supplying the water at the finish and donating to the pace flags/backpacks, Sunninghill Construction for supplying the crowd barriers, Richard Oldershaw for updating the websites daily and other club members and non members who, over the weekend helped make this race so successful and finally, of course to all the runners. It’s also worth mentioning the strong team of guys who were out at 1.00am on the Sunday morning putting signs up and mile markers in preparation for the race. Thanks also goes to those who put up barriers and signs on the Saturday and directly after the race clearing up – thank you!

Darren Hendley organised the Race Pacers which were a great mix of both men and women, club and non-club members.  The Pacers were a good addition to the race and have been well received.  Thank you to Darren for sorting this out.

I have been informed that the refreshment stand made another large profit so thank you to everyone involved and to everyone who provided some splendid cakes.

Our race charity was again the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, who we are proud of working so closely with. Due to the success of the race and the online donations, we will be able to provide them with a large donation in the coming weeks.

Please feel free to pass on any feedback to me in ways you think we can improve the race – please email me direct or through info@paddockwoodac.co.uk

We are looking for one or two people to join our half marathon committee. If you are interested, please drop me an email or see me at training and I can answer any questions you may have. It’s a great committee and your contributions will be appreciated.

The provisional date for next year, the 31st running is Sunday 5th April 2020.

 

Well done to you all and thank you again.

James Ridger

Race Director

PWAC Club Grand Prix – Results after Malling parkrun

Points Name
53 Shirley Exall
47 Natasha Wild
45 Mandy Barker
43 Kate Cole
38 Lauren Harker
37 Sue Chivers
36 Lorraine Sheppard
36 Diana Tilston
33 Abigail Exall
33 Annie Ross
32 Penny Roberts
30 Julie Harker
28 Molly Brown
25 Kelly Large
21 Jeanette Elliot
Points Name
60 Rob Everett
60 David Sampson
56 Nick Brown
51 Alfred Everett
50 Steve Large
46 Tom Barker
44 John Tolhurst
43 Sam Harker
41 David Cogle
37 James Hoad
35 Phil Northfield
35 John Tilston
31 Jamie Tilston
30 Paul Mace
29 Paul Graves
28 Ron Carr
28 Noel Davy
26 Mark Wild
25 Tom Harker
24 Aaron Brown
22 Richard Elliot

Note

  1. The April round of the competition is any parkrun at Tonbridge during the month of April
  2. The May event is the Hildenborough 5 mile on Monday 6th. (If you prefer to enter the 10mile event do so and I will adjust the results pro -rata by a standard formula so 10 mile times will also qualify) NOTE Entries are filling up for this so enter asap.

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Rep.

Age Grading Update – March 2019

The attached table shows the current standings for the 2018/2019 Pentathon Cup competition inclusive of all results reported to the website up to the end of March.

Remember to qualify for the competition you must complete 5 of the 7 standard race distances by the end of August 2019.

The standard distances are 5k, 5mile, 10k, 10 mile, ½ marathon, 20 mile and marathon.

Remember whilst we endeavour to pick up most results it is your responsibility to ensure all your results are on the website for inclusion in the competition.

If you have any queries about the competition or the use of age gradings please catch me at club training or send me an e-mail.

John Tolhurst

PWAC Road Running Rep.

URGENT – Tuesday Night Track Access

Please be aware that hammer throw coaching takes place every Tuesday evening between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

For health and safety reasons the track cannot be used whilst throwing is taking place.

All members are asked to be aware of this restriction and that entry to the track is forbidden during these times.