PWAC Press Report – Lee Valley Southern Counties Masters champs

Just 3 athletes from Paddock Wood AC travelled to Lee Valley on Sunday for the Southern Counties Masters championship. They came back with 6 medals between them. W50 Teresa Hinton claimed 3 first places. All PBs. She won the 60m hurdles 12.57s, the shot 7.37m and the long jump 3.57m. M50 Trevor Crysell won Silver in the 200m 29.50s, Bronze in the long jump 4.15m and another Silver in the triple jump.9.28m. M55 Mark Woods ran the 200m 27.7s

PWAC Club Grand Prix Events 2020

The remaining events for this year are:-

  • Feb  Any parkrun in the month at Bedgebury
  • Mar Any parkrun in the month at Tonbridge
  • Apr  Any parkrun in the month at Kingdom
  • May Sun 3rd Hildenborough 5 or 10 Mile
  • June Sat 20th  Boxhill 5 or 10k
  • July  Sun 5th Cliffe woods 5 mile
  • Aug  Sun 2nd  East Peckham 10k
  • Sep  Sun 13th Larkfield 10k
  • Bonus Event Best 1 mile time trial.

The distance running sub committee hope to see another good turnout of runners again for this years competition.

The Virgin Money London Marathon and PWAC Need Your Help

(Please read this message carefully)

Become a Mile 22 Water Station Volunteer

The criteria for volunteering at the 2020 Virgin London Marathon (VLM) has not changed from 2019.  No juniors under 14yr old’s are allowed to volunteer (due to data protection issues) and all juniors 14 -17yrs who do volunteer must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The minimum number of volunteers in the team is 60, the maximum number is 100.

Volunteers if you helped last year all you have to do this year is let me know you would like to help again this year. Any NEW volunteers to the event will have to sign up themselves to the team’s online portal. I will send out the link on request to any newcomers wishing to come along.

Paddock Wood Athletic Club has once again been given the honour of manning the mile 22 water station in The Highway E1.  This is directly opposite the halfway point of the race so the ideal place to take in the race atmosphere and watch not only your fellow club runners but approx. 40,000 other runners trying to tame the marathon. They will all be relying on us for support, help and let’s not forget the main reason we are there to keep the runners well hydrated.  The club have had this honour for the last 30 years.

This year’s VLM will be held on Sunday 26th April.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the world’s largest mass participation marathon and one of Great Britain’s greatest sporting events / spectacles.  Return travel by luxury coach to the water station is provided free of charge, paid for by the VLM.  T shirts, caps and gloves are also provided along with ponchos should they be required.  It is a long day and will probably be even longer this year due to problems last year that I’m sure you have heard about.

The coaches leave Paddock Wood at 7:30am sharp and the return in the early evening, sorry but I cannot be more precise at this point as I am unsure when the road will be open for us to leave but it will be later than last year. It is hard work but it can also be very enjoyable and satisfying to know you have been a help to so many runners.

I will also be looking for a small group of people (men and women) to go up on what has become affectionately known as the early bus (leaving at 5:30am) to help take delivery of the water, tables etc.


Should you or your family or friends wish to help at the mile 22 water station, YOU need to contact me and let me know, if you are new to the event you will need to sign up online once I have sent you the link.       Please don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to help LM & PWAC.

Richard Elliott

VLM Mile 22 Water Station Team Leader

01892 832093 / 07970817664

Kent Grand Prix Fixtures 2020

The following dates have been announced for this years competition.


Canterbury 10   – 26th Jan

Tunbridge Wells Half – 16th Feb

Dartford Half – 15th Mar (Long Course Champs)

Ted Pepper 10k – Friday 8th May (Bank holiday amended for VE day)

High Elms 10k – 14th June

Sevenoaks 7 –  12th July

Kent Coastal Marathon – (date tbc – presumed 6th Sept)

Larkfield 10k – 13th Sept (Short Course Champs)

Sittingbourne 10 – Oct 4th (date not yet posted, but always first Sunday in October)

Tonbridge Half – Oct 11th


KFL Update – Report – 18th January 2020

Paddock Wood AC (PWAC) has just competed in the 4th and 5th rounds of the Kent Fitness League with good turn outs and some very fine performances. At Shorne Country Park 2 weeks ago a new race venue for the league PWAC had 26 runners out representing the club over a demanding course. First home for the club was Harry Young who finished in 10th place. Adam Tibbals and James Ridger raced hard to the finish line and ended 15th and 16th respectively. First lady home for the club was Mandy Barker followed by Kate Cole. Ellie Parks made her debut in the league as well as in a PWAC vest and finished tired but still smiling.

PWAC’S combined team finished 4th on the day with the ladies finishing 10th and the men 2nd.

We travelled a little further afield last weekend to a very windy but at least dry for a change Minnis Bay Birchington where PWAC had another 26 runners competing.

Harry Young was once again first home for the club with a storming run to finish in 3rd place. Adam Tibbals and James Ridger were once again the next home for the club in 16th and 18th respectively. Mandy and Kate were the first 2 ladies home for the club.

A number of the clubs runners braved the rather cold North Sea to wash off the mud.

PWAC finished 3rd combined team, the ladies moved up a place finishing in 9th place and the men carried on their fine form finishing 2nd.

With only one match remaining the PWAC Combined men’s and ladies team sit in 3rd place behind Medway and Maidstone AC who have already won the league for this season and Sevenoaks AC who are 2nd. In the female standings PWAC ladies team are currently 6th with the men 2nd, so still a lot riding on the last match at Canterbury on February 9th. Well done everybody who has helped put Team PWAC in this fantastic position.

Targeted Events and PWAC Club Grand Prix January to March 2020

Targeted Events

05 Jan KFL Shorne Woods

12 Jan KFL Minnis Bay

26 Jan Canterbury 10 miler

08 Feb KXCL Norman Park Bromley

09 Feb KFL Rough Common Canterbury

16 Feb Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

15 Mar Dartford Half Marathon (includes Kent individual and team championships)

The rationale here is to continue to support John Tilston (team manager for the Kent Cross Country League) and Richard and Jeanette Elliot (team managers for the Kent Fitness League) PWAC are having their best results in both leagues and this should be continued in these races of the season.

Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and Dartford would a logical step for our PWAC spring marathoners preparations, and with other PWAC athletes also entering we would have teams competing in the first three events of the Kent Grand Prix. Dartford is the County championships including teams in the usual age group categories for both men and women.

PWAC Club Grand Prix Events

Jan 19 Any Parkrun at Malling

Feb 19 Any Parkrun at Bedgebury

Mar 19 Any Parkrun at Tonbridge

As last year the first three events are parkruns so as to allow those spring marathoners to do so to compete without interfering with their build up training – remember any Saturday parkrun in the month will count in this competition.

Please support your club and team managers in these events where you can.

PWAC  Distance Running Sub -Committee  

Round Norfolk Relay 2020

The Round Norfolk Relay will be held on 19-20th September 2020. There will be more information in the New Year but please speak to Dave Sampson or I at training should you have any questions or are interested in running or helping with driving or cycling.


James Ridger

Age Grading Update – December 2019

The 2019/2020 Pentathon cup competition is now well under way. Current positions for results reported to the website to the end of November are as the attached table.

If you think you have any results missing please e-mail the website and let us know.

Remember to qualify for the cup competition you need to have completed 5 of the 7 standard events listed by 31st August 2020.

John Tolhurst

PWAC road Running Rep