PWAC Press Report – 27th May 2019

Last Saturday saw the second round of the Lower Age Group Youth Development League matches at Erith, where Paddock Wood AC competed in a combined team with Folkestone RC. The weather was much improved from the last meeting at Woodford. U15 Harvey Fordham remains unbeaten in the high jump coming 1st with 1.75m, the long jump was immediately after and he managed to jump 5.14m which won the B string competition. Alex Stone had a good day winning the discus with a PB throw of 31.42m, he threw another PB in the javelin 32.92m finishing 3rd and 2nd in the B hammer which he does to make some points with 21.56m. PBs were also in order for Alex Gray in both the 200m 25.1s and the 100m 12.2s. Liam Simms not to be outdone ran a PB in the 100m non-scoring 12.4s and another in the 300m 42.3s. Liam O’Neil ran a PB in the 1500m 5m .07.4s. Liam also threw a PB in the javelin throwing a heavier weight in this age group with 17.18m. In the U15 girls Molly Brown achieved three PB’s in the 100m 13.6s, in the high jump 1.40m and in the shot 6.61m. Abigail Exall ran the 1500m for the first time 6m 17.7s. Jess Penny ran a PB in the 75mH 13.4s and was 1cm off her PB in the long jump 4.31m. Elizabeth Ositelu claimed PBs in both her 200m 31.4s and the 100m non-scoring 14.6s.  In the U13 boys Joe Stone who is number 3 in the UK for the long jump won the event with 4.71m. Joe also won the javelin with a PB throw 30.76m and came 2nd in the 200m 27.4s. Aaron Brown threw a PB in the javelin 14.91m and jumped 3.74 in the long jump. U13 girl Charlotte Parker in her first competition of the season ran a PB in the 75m race 11.0s and then ran another PB in the 150m 22.8s.

The following day the senior athletes were at Tooting Bec for the Southern Athletics League, Division 3 South East. Harry Young and Steve Wright had a clean sweep in the 1500m with Harry taking the A string 4m 25.5s, knocking 5s off this PB and Steve the B 5m 57.5s. Steve claimed 2nd place in the 2000m Steeple Chase and another 2nd in the 3000m 10m33.6s which was a PB. Trevor Crysall got 3rd in the triple jump 9.21m and 3rd in the long jump 4.47m. Trevor also did the javelin 23.01m. Mark Woods and M60 David Perman covered the remaining throws. Both throwing the senior men’s weight.  In the discus Mark threw 19.82m and David 9.89m, the hammer Mark 20.13m, David 13.41m and the shot Mark 7.62m and David 4.39m. David also competed in the B long jump and gained valuable points in this really close match. In the ladies W35 Elizabeth Duffin won the 100m hurdles 26.4s, came 2nd in the Javelin 21.89m, Elizabeth also did the pole vault 1.50m,  came 2nd in the B long jump and 2nd in the triple jump where she had to pull out after one jump because of injury. She claimed another 2nd in the B discus 14.12m. Nikki Whiffen did the A discus 15.52m, she won the B javelin 12.70m and also won the B hammer 20.97m. Daughter U17 Charlotte came 2nd in the A hammer 29.45m and did a PB with the 4kg shot 5.85m and went on to win the B 100m 14.2s. U17 Rosie Elspass clocked the same time in the A string 100m 14.2s, she came 2nd in the high jump 1.35m and 2nd in the long jump 4.40m.

PWAC Press Report – 15th May 2019

Harvey Fordham won 3 trophies at the Kent County Championships at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford over the weekend. His first win came in the U15 boys Long Jump which he won with a jump of 5.42m, he then won the high jump with 1.70m and his final win was in the triple jump 10.73m, also a PB. Alex Stone won a bronze medal in the U15 boys triple jump with 10.23m, a PB, Alex also got PBs in his javelin, 30.72m and discus, 28.52m, with a busy weekend Alex also made the final of the U15 boys 300m running (42.98s) in the heats (PB) and (43.31s) in the final. U17 Charlotte Whiffen won silver in her hammer with a PB and club record throw of 40.00m.  W35 Elizabeth Duffin won a silver medal in the Senior Women’s javelin, 21.32m. On the Sunday U17 Maia Hyland won silver the U17 Women’s javelin, 29.02m. U15 Elizabeth Ositelu in her first ever competition won a silver medal in the triple jump, 7.60m and ran (14.8s) in the 100m. U15 Alex Gray just missed out on a medal in the long jump finishing 4th with 5.01m. In the 100m heats he came 2nd (12.62s) and qualified for the semi-final where he ran (12.23s), qualifying for the final where he ran (12.36s). Liam Simms ran a PB in the heat of his 200m (25.96s).  U15 Jess Penny was 4th in her heat of the 75mH (13.70s). Jess Rayner in the same age group ran a PB in the 1500m (5m 40.2s). Twin sister Izzy threw a PB in her javelin 19.02m.

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.

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

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


  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.