Presentation Evening Results

On Friday 21st November, Paddock Wood AC held its annual awards dinner at the Hadlow Manor Hotel and over 100 members attended.

Senior Women’s Track Award went to Sarah Shepheard who had just spent 3 years at Middlesbrough University, now back running cross/country as well as track and field. Senior Women’s Field Award went to Elizabeth Duffin, as well as being team manager for the Southern Women’s League she competes and has represented Kent at an inter-counties match this year.

U20 Women’s Field Award was won by Caroline Shepheard. U20 Men’s Field Award went to Mason Doyle who has improved on his High Jump PB to 1.91m when he won the Kent County Championship.

U17 Women’s Track Award went to Hannah Etheridge who had her first competition on the track this year in the Youth Development League. U17 Women’s Field Award was won by Francesca Williams who broke the club’s Javelin record this year and was also selected to represent Kent in an Inter-Counties match.

U15 Girl’s Track Award went to a newcomer on the track for Paddock Wood, Victoria Farish. U15 Boy’s Track Award was won by Harry Young who not only competes on the track but cross/country as well. U15 Girls’ Field Award was won by another newcomer to the track, Eloise Winton. U15 Boy’s Field Award was claimed by James O’Gorman who could equally have won the track award.

U13 Girls’ Track Award went to Erin Frankel, U13 Girls Field Award went to Sam Hockey, the U13 Boys Track Award went to Toby Emm and the U13 Boys Field Award was won by Toby West.

The U/11 Boys Sportshall Award went to Harvey Fordham, who at the last Sportshall broke a long standing record for the standing Triple Jump. U11 Sportshall Girls Award was won by Freya Kirk-Martin.

Veteran Female Track award 35-49 was won by Eileen Hudson. Veteran Male Track 35-49 Award went to Andrew Day. Kate Maryon took the Veteran Female Field 35-49 Award. Veteran Male Field 35-49 Award went to a newcomer to the masters’ ranks – Paul Balmer. Veteran Female Track 50-59 Award went to Carol Emery. Mark Woods took the Veteran Male Track Award 50-59 whilst his wife Julie took the Veteran Female Field Award 50-59. Veteran Male Field Award 50-59 went to Dennis Fallon. Sue James, who competes in both cross/country and track took the Veteran Female Track Award 60 & Over. Partner Alan Newman won the Veteran Male Track Award 60 & Over. Veteran Female Field Award 60 & Over went to retired Deputy Head teacher Mary Brown. Veteran Male Field Award 60 & Over was won by Coach, Official and Vet 70 KCAA Javelin Champion Mick Duffin.

Rachel’s Endurance Award was won by Mia Morgan. The Les Percival Endurance Award is the boys’ equivalent of the previous award and was won by Toby Emm. Ladies Endurance Shield went to Emma Hollands.  Men’s Endurance Shield was won by Andrew Day. Maggie Mitchell Memorial Award This winner has already won one award tonight Sarah Shepheard. Maria Heslop won both the Pentathon Cup ,this one is awarded for points won in various races over various distances where points are gained for age-related performances and the Road Running Grand Prix Award.

The Coaches Award this year went to Colin Tricker and James O’Gorman won the Athletes’ Athlete Award, voted for by the club’s junior athletes. Janet Duffin won the England Athletics Volunteer of the Year for the South East Region of England. It had previously been presented at the County AGM, but it was decided to present it again in front of club members.


Janet Duffin – England Athletics South East Regional Volunteer of the Year

In the presence of county friends and colleagues Janet Duffin was presented her Volunteer of the Year award at the Kent County AA AGM by David Ralph Regional Councilor and KCAA Chairman.Janet has been a dedicated coach, official, athlete, committee member, Treasurer, Secretary, Press Officer & Team Manager for her club Paddock Wood AC for over 28 years. Cajoled by her husband into helping start an athletics club for the town’s children 28 years ago, she has never looked back. Within the county she has dedicated herself to many roles, being most well known as the Kent County Sportshall Athletics Secretary and County Team Manager. In this role she has helped Sportshall athletics flourish in the in the county of Kent. Also very notably Jan has been organising the club’s annual star track scheme for 23 years, which has seen over 3000 children pass through its doors. At Startrack she sees many athletes coming back year after year and then join the club. Her enthusiasm has helped instil many skills and a love of athletics in countless young people.

Janet Duffin

Athletics Officials Taster Day – 23rd November 2014

Calling All Prospective Officials

Taster Day – There will be a taster day for anyone interested in becoming an official at Tonbridge School on Sunday the 23rd November from 9.30 to 1pm. It is the only taster day I can offer this autumn, with the view to have two L2 courses in the spring, dates still to be arranged. The taster day is primarily for people showing an interest in becoming officials and I hope you can promote this to anyone in your club. The aim will be to have EDM* available, as well as explaining what happens as an official. Please let me know of any names of attendees ASAP. Of course any newer and less newer!!! officials are also welcome to ask questions or get some practical advice.

*Note: For the uninitiated, EDM is Electronic Distance Measuring. Anyone who is a qualified surveyor should have no trouble with this as it is quite easy to operate once it is set up and calibrated. It can be used for all the long throwing events plus Long, Triple and High Jumps as well as Pole Vault. Non-surveyors can also use it.

Please let Mick Duffin know ASAP if you wish to attend and learn something new.

Winifred Buckingham

We regret to announce that Paddock Wood AC’s oldest member, Winifred Buckingham, passed away late on Friday night aged 95. Win was the mother of Janet Duffin, Mother-in-law of Mick Duffin and Grandmother of James and Elizabeth Duffin. Her passing followed a short stay in Pembury Hospital where she had full medical attention but was getting increasingly frail. The Duffin family have been very grateful for the messages of sympathy extended from those members and friends they have seen and been in contact with since Friday. Many Thanks.

Pentathon Cup Results 2014

Congratulations to Maria, who has won this year’s competition with the highest-ever total. Well done also to Claire and Andrew Day, and to Shirley Exall who all competed in all seven distances. The star denotes an age-graded best score, and the ‘winners’ on this front are Shirley Exall and Andrew Day, both with 7 new age-graded bests; clipping at their heels were Nick Brown and John Tilston with 6 new age-graded bests. I believe it is also a record number of members who have competed: a total of 89 this year! Well done and happy running to one and all.                                                               Miriam Dorrity

Age graded update – September 2014

For the benefit of any newer members, the Pentathon Cup is a club competition that runs from September to August every year. Your time for officially measured runs, in any of the 7 distances, is calculated according to a set of tables to give an ‘age-graded’ score. At the end of the year, your total is calculated based on your performances for your best five runs from the given distances, which are: 5k, 5miles, 10k, 10miles, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon. You are automatically included in the competition as soon as you complete a race in any of these distances and the results are displayed on the website.

Happy running!                                                                                    Miriam Dorrity

Pete Buckingham (and band) playing at Olive Stores – 27th September 2014

Pete Buckingham will be performing on the 27th September at the Olive Stores at the Hop Farm. A few from the club have already booked tickets, but he hasn’t been able to see and talk to all the members and would like to make as many people as possible aware of the Olive Stores. If you can’t make it for the gig perhaps you might like to pop down to the Olive Stores one evening or weekend for a bite to eat or drink.

If you would like to go on the 27th the doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are £20 pp including 1st drink and a Pizza, but if you want to see the band only the tickets are £10 pp (including 1st drink) the band will start at 9:30pm.

10% of all ticket sales will go towards the Parkinsons Charity.