PWAC Press Report – 5th September 2018

The previous weekend saw Paddock Wood AC athletes of all ages attend the Dartford open meeting and U13 Pentathlons, using the meeting as a basis for the club champs, which are usually held at Tonbridge. U13 Jessica Penny came 4th in the Girls Pentathlon just 10 points off a medal. Jess performed below her usual standard, coming back from holiday the night before. Her long jump 1.21m was 14cm under her PB. Her shot put showed a great improvement with 5m, also her 800m (2m 51s) 11seconds faster than the previous year. Joe Stone represented the boys in this event. Joe achieved 4 PBs. The first in the 75mH (14.61s), the second in the shot 7.55m, the third in the high jump 1.22m and the fourth in the 800m (2m 45.41s). In the long jump he jumped 4.16m. Joe came 6th. This is Joe’s first year as an U13 so shows good potential for next time. The previous day Joe and his brother Alex Stone competed at the Crawley open in torrential rain. Joe won the long jump 4.45m and was 1st in the 200m (29.8s). Alex jumped 4.37m in the long jump and ran the 100m (13.92s).

At the Dartford open meeting U11 Lola Crysell ran PB’s in the 75m (13.05s), another in the 150m (26.48s) and claimed the 3rd in the long jump 3.05m. Also in the same age group Nico Walters claimed PBs in all his events, the 75m (12.26s), the 150m (25.57s) and the 600m (2m11.88s). Henry Simms, in his first ever competition ran the 75m (13.39s) and the 150m (27.83s). U13 Thomas Harker improved on his discus PB by nearly 3 metres 13.31m. John Janse in his first ever track competition did the 75mH (16.01s) and then ran the mile, the only U13 to do it (6m 44.15s). Joseph Hyland also had a good day, running a PB in his 800m (2m 56.83s), jumped another in his long jump 3.42m and then the 100m (16.37s). U15 Harvey Fordham ran (13.77s) for 100m just 2 hundredths off his PB, jumped 4.36m and did the high jump 1.52m. Alex Stone threw a PB in his discus 23.76m ran the 200m (28.67s).Liam Simms  ran the 100m (13.88s)equalling his PB and the 200m ( 28.65s) Maia Hyland threw a PB of over 2.5m in the U15/17W javelin 32.69m a club record for the 500g javelin, she threw another in the discus 24.47m. Charlotte Whiffen couldn’t repeat her club record throw of the previous week threw 33.87m in the hammer and did the shot 6.86m. U17 Kimberley Garcia another returning from holiday the night before was feeling a bit under the weather ran the 200m (29.31s) the 300m (46.93s) and the 100m (13.82s). Max Cornford in his first track meeting for the club ran the 100m (13.73s) the 200m (28.50s) and the long jump 4.30m. U17 Spencer Elphick threw a below par javelin of 31.91m.

W35 Elizabeth Duffin won the Javelin 22.36, threw 14.40m in the discus and 22.91m in the hammer. W50 Niki Whiffen threw a PB in the hammer 24.02m a CR and 6.24m in the shot. Mike Duffin M78 threw the hammer 22.04m and the javelin 19.52m with injury to his right hand. M50 Trevor Crysell who had just come back from the British Masters champs in Birmingham the day before won his 400m (63.54s) a PB, in the 200m (28.96s) and in   the long jump he did 4.26m.M65 Les Percival who had also competed the day before in Birmingham where he won a Bronze medal in the 400m, ran it again (69.28s). M65 David Perman threw the hammer 18.21m, the shot 5.22m and the discus 11.18m.

PWAC Press Report – 21st August 2018

Last Saturday Paddock Wood AC travelled to Sutcliffe Park for the last in the Southern Athletics League matches. With practically all the younger members of the team on holiday and three older members injured, it was down to four masters’ athletes to cover as many events as possible. In the ladies W35 Elizabeth Duffin won the Javelin 22.38m, she came 2nd in the hammer 24.07m a season’s best. She also did the shot and discus. W50 Nikki Whiffen competing in the league for the first time, came 1 st B string in the hammer 19.39m, a really good result for Nikki who usually throws a lighter 3Kg implement. Again in the javelin she came 2 nd 15.47m with a heavier weight. Nikki joined Elizabeth in the shot and discus. M55 Mark Woods and M60 David Perman covered the men’s throws, with both throwing a heavier weight than normal. Mark won the Javelin with 23.94m with David claiming 2 nd place in the B string. In the hammer Mark was 2 nd 19.69m and David 1 st B 14.22m. Both covered the shot and David the discus. They were joined by some members of Folkestone RC who covered some of the longer distance races. The combined team came 3 rd on the day.

The following Monday Charlotte Whiffin competed in the Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC Open Meeting. Her first throw started with a PB of 36.67m, setting a new club record for an U15W. Her 5 th was 36.73m another PB and new club record. Her final throw of the series was 38.55m some 3m more than her best before the day.

PWAC Press Report – 6th August 2018

Last week Paddock Wood AC held its 27th Startrack week. Luckily the fine weather carried on for the week with just a shower first thing Monday. About 60 children took part, some for the whole week, some for the odd day, but it gave them all a chance to try their hand at all the jumps (except pole-vault), throws and various running events.

On Monday James Whitaker, the British Javelin Champion who trains at the Paddock Wood track ,came and talked to the children wearing his GB kit and his British Champs  gold medal. He showed them how he started and progressed. Then demonstrated his throwing technique. The children then had the chance to ask questions.

The week culminated in competitions, with every athlete doing a run, jump and throw to earn points for their team. Then each team took part in the obstacle relay. The teams this year were past cities that had hosted the European Championships. Amsterdam, Helsinki, Berlin and Zurich. Just 30 points separated the top 2 teams.  With Zurich taking the top prize. The top boy and girl in the different age groups won a trophy. In the 6/7/8 years group Zac Howard won the boys and Masie Chalklen won the girls. Maurice Roberts won the 9/10 year old group and Amelia Salmon took the girls. Joe Stone for the second year running took the 11/12 year group with Lucy Tallon taking the girls – again for the second year. Alex Gray took the 13/14 group along with Lauren Harker. Everyone went away with a goodie bag and T-Shirt.

On Sunday it was the last Kent Young Athletes League meeting of the season at the Erith track. Many of the athletes taking part had taken part in the Athletics the week before. In division 1, U13 Jess Penny had a storming run in the 75m hurdles, winning easily in (12.2s), was 2nd in the high jump 1.35m equalling her PB and 4th in the long jump.  Izzy Rayner, in her first ever high jump competition won the B string with 1.20m  Izzy also did the shot for the first time, and was 5th in the javelin 14.43 a PB. Twin sister Jess ran the 800m just missing out on her PB (2m51.3s). Joe Stone won the U13 boys Long Jump 4.41and tried his hand at the hammer, after trying it out at Startrack and threw 12.26m. Liam O’Neil ran a PB in the 800m (2m37.4s) and put the shot 4.75m. In the U15 boys Alex Gray equalled his PB in the 100m (12.4s) and jumped a PB in the long jump 4.93m. Alex Stone won the B shot with a PB throw 8.39m and claimed another PB in the long jump 4.45m. U15 girl Rosie Elspass jumped a PB in the long jump 4.64m. In Division 2 U13 Emma Townend ran a PB in the 70mH (15.9s) and ran another in the 800m (3m 11.9s). Charlotte Parker ran (11.7s) in the 75m and (23.8s) in the 150m.  U13 boy Mathew Oaks jumped a PB in the long jump 3.49m and ran the 100m (16.00s). In the U15 boys Liam Simms ran a PB in the 100m (13.8s) and jumped another in the long jump 3.88m. Aiden O’Neil ran 14,6s in the 100m and (30.9s) in the 200m. It all depended on the result of this match to decide who stayed in Division 1. Despite a lack of athletes in the U15 girls the rest of the team with Folkestone RC manged to stay in 6th place for the season thus avoiding relegation.

Athletics World Cup

Congratulations to Miriam & Barry Dorrity who were selected to officiate at this years resurrected Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium in July. Miriam had a great day timekeeping, and acting as chief timekeeper, and Barry worked hard track judging, and also thoroughly enjoyed the event. Both Miriam and Barry are working towards their Level 4 timekeeping & track judging qualifications respectively, which will allow them to officiate at national level events, which is a great achievement and requires a lot of travelling around the UK to complete the requirements, but they still find time to come and officiate for the club. They are also regularly involved in Para Athletics events at Stoke Mandeville along with our other track judge Ray Clark. As I type this Miriam & Barry will be enjoying a break in Berlin, watching the European Athletics Championships.
So a huge thank you to all of our officials (including those I haven’t mentioned) for giving up your time to represent our club at local, national and international events, without you our teams could’t compete in all our leagues.
So maybe you’ve had to finally admit that you might not make it as an athlete to the next world championships or even the Olympics, but you could still make it as an official! Please ask if you are interested in becoming an official, a short course (paid for by the club) is all it takes!
Liz Duffin

Guy’s On The Run – 24 Hour Challenge

In October Guy Web will be running continuously round our track for 24 hours. He will obviously need a considerable amount of support during the 24 hours, so if you can spare some time to support and encourage him, please add your name in one or more of the time slots on the spreadsheet below.

PWAC Press Report – 17th July 2018

It was the 4th match in the Southern Athletics League on Saturday where Paddock Wood AC athletes travelled to the David Weir Centre at Carshalton. With no Folkestone athletes coming it made for a very small team, but there some good performances.  U17 Kimberley Garcia ran a PB in the 100m (13.2s), came 2nd in the 200m (21.1s) and did the triple jump for the first time 9.06 to finish 2nd . W35 Elizabeth Duffin threw a seasons best hammer 23.19m, came 2nd in the javelin 21.25m, covered the shot, discus and B triple jump. M55 Mark Woods claimed 2 PBs in the Javelin 28.24m and the discus 25.08m and threw 18.45m in the hammer all senior weights.  M60 David Perman, also throwing above his age group competed in the B string shot, hammer, discus and javelin finishing 2nd in three of the events. U20 Fin Hollyer jumped 4.93m in the long jump, 9.61m in the triple jump and ran the 200m (26.3s) a season’s best.

On Monday night Paddock Wood athletes were at the final Southern Masters League match of the season at Gillingham. W45 Fiona Townend in her first ever track experience came to do the W35 100m finishing 2nd (17.00s) and 800m3rd (3.16.3s) but ended up doing the long jump and discus as well. She was 2nd in the long jump 3.12m and 3rd in the discus 10.09m. W55 Julie Woods had 3 good 1st places in the W50 100m (18.5s) the long jump 2.83m and the discus 12.12m. W70 Janet Duffin did the W60 discus finishing 3rd with 6.98m. The ladies finished 3rd on the night and 3rd for the season.   M55 Mark Woods competing in the M35 age group fished 2nd in the 100m (12.9s), won the discus and was 3rd in the long jump 4.02m. M50 Trevor Simms won his 100m (13.5s). M50 Trevor Crysell won the long jump 4.60 and came 3rd in the  discus 17.22m. He ran in the B M35 100m (14.1s). David Perman competed in the M60 long jump and gained extra points which kept the club up into 4th place for the night, beating Bexley B and Sevenoaks by 1 point. Paddock Wood AC fished 3rd for the season.

The previous weekend, another hot day saw Paddock Wood AC younger athletes at the Kent Young Athletes league match, staged at the Julie  Rose Stadium Ashford. The club is in a combined team with Folkestone RC. It was essential to do well this match to keep the Division 1 team out of the bottom 2 to avoid relegation next season.

The day started well in the 70m hurdles with U13 Jessica Penny gaining an equal first place time (12.4s) but was given second place overall. Jess made up for it by winning the high jump 1.30m. Jessica Rayner ran a PB in her 1200m race (4m 33.8s).  In the U13 boys Joe Stone ran a PB in the 100m (13.7s), came 3rd in the long jump 4.20m and 3rd in the javelin 25.83m. Liam O’Neil ran (5m18.3s) in the 1500m, did the high jump for the first time 1.15m and threw the javelin 16.69m. In the U15 boys Alex Stone came 2nd in the javelin 26.20m, threw 20.49m in the discus and came 3rd in the shot 8.03m. Alex Gray, back from injury, ran the 100m (12.4s) a PB and jumped another in the long jump 4.75m. Harvey Fordham having problems with an injury could only jump 1.45m in the high jump and 4.17m in the long. He made up for it by running both the 4x100m relay and the 4x300m relay. Charlotte Whiffen won the U15 girls hammer 34.01m, did the shot 6.10m and tried her hand at discus 13.74m. Lauren Harker ran a PB in the 1500m (5m 37.9s) and jumped 3.45m in the long jump to gain valuable points. Rosie Elspass jumped 1.35m in the high jump and ran the 100m (14.4s).

In division 2  U13 Emma Townend ran a PB in her 1200m (5m 01.4s), another in the 70m hurdles (16.2s) and (25.4s) in the 150m race. Kiera Conrad-Pickles also did the hurdles (16.7s) the 150m (24.6s) and the 75m (13.0s). In the U13 boys Jacob Kemmitt ran the 1500m (5m.48s). Jacob was joined by Felix Wright (5m 51.6s) Felix also did the javelin for the first time 12.72m. Thomas Harker came 2nd B string in the javelin 12.47m jumped 2.87 in the long jump and threw 10.65m in the discus. Mathew Oaks came 4th in the long jump 3.19m and ran the 200m (34.0s). All four boys ran the 4x100m relay. U15 Aiden O’Neil ran a PB in his 100m (13.9s) did another PB in the long jump 3.64m and ran the 300m for the first time (48.9s)  The division 1 team finished 6th on the day with the combined age groups. The Division 2 team were 6th.

PWAC Club Grand Prix 2018 – June Update

The attached table shows the latest position in our club competition.

Currently Dave Sampson has a healthy lead in the mens competion  from Tom Barker

The ladies competition is very close with only 10 points covering the first 3 Mandy Barker, Sue Chivers and Becky Morrish.

Just to remind you the remaining fixtures are:-

July 15th               Sevenoaks 7

August                 Bedgebury Parkrun any date in the month

September 16th  Larkfield 10k

October               First Kent Fitness League Fixture – date to be confirmed

PWAC Press Report – 26th June 2018

Southern Athletics League

Athletes from Paddock Wood AC travelled to Tooting Bec athletics track on Saturday for the
3 rd match in the Southern Athletics League. Paddock Wood were co-hosting the event. With
another extremely hot day the longer distance athletes found it hard work.

Best performance of the day was by U17 Kimberley Garcia wining her 100m race in (13.4s)
and then coming 1 st again in her 200m (27.1s) a PB. Elizabeth Duffin covered 5 events
including the 100m H which she has not run for 3 years and came 2 nd . She was also 2 nd in the
javelin 22.27m., the discus 14.33m and the hammer and 4 th in the shot.

In the men’s section Steven Wright competed on the track for the first time since 2002
when he competed in the steeplechase. He competed again in this event coming 2 nd
(8m16.1s). Steven ran the 800m (2m27.5s). He then tried his hand at discus 14.21m and the
javelin 10.63m after a bit of coaching, gaining extra points. Trevor Crysell ran the 200m
(29.9s) and the 400m (65.0s) a PB. In the triple jump he came 3 rd with 9.00m. Rob Everitt ran
a PB in the 800m (2m 22.5s). Rob ran a non-scoring 5000m (18m.28s). U17 Fin Hollyer, as
well as helping officiate, came 2 nd in the long jump 4.93 and 3 rd in the triple jump with
10.06m. Also in this age group Leon Deprelli ran the 100m (12.7s). U20 Charles George ran
the 5000m for the first time (17m 27.0s). M60 David Perman, again covering all the throws,
threw the senior men’s weights finished 3 rd in the B javelin, the shot put and discus and 4 th in
the A hammer 13.52m. Jointly with Folkestone RR the team came an excellent 3 rd behind
Kent AC and Cambridge Harriers.

Lower Youth Development League

U13Jessica Penny again was unbeaten in her 70n hurdles with a PB of (11.95s) an AA grade 2 time. Jess also won the B high jump and was 3 rd in the long jump 4.18m. Jess Rayner ran a PB in the 1200m (4m34.49s). Molly Brown won the A high jump 1.25m and won the non-scoring 75m (11.28s). Abigail Exall joined Molly in this race coming 2 nd (12.32s). Abigail ran an 800m for the first time (3m 06.25s).

Joe Stone won the U13 javelin 27.43m, came 2 nd in the long jump 4.18m and 3 rd in the 100m. Jacob Kemmitt took on the 1500m, his preferred event is the 800m. He came 2 nd in the B race (5m 34.96s).Joseph Hyland came 2 nd in the B 800m (2m.58.81s) a PB and ran the non-scoring 100m (15.64s).

In the U15 girls Rosie Elspass won the high jump with a PB of 1.40m, came 2 nd in the long jump 4.18m and ran the 100m (14.14s) another PB. Maia Hyland finished 2 nd in the Javelin 24.90m, was 2 nd in the B discus 15.25m and 3 rd in the shot 6.89m a club record.

In the U15 boys Harvey Fordham jumped 1.55m to claim 2 nd place, but unfortunately did not score any result in the long jump which is so unusual for him. Alex Stone was 2 nd in the B discus 17.60m, was 3 rd in the javelin 27.43m and ran a PB in the 300m (44.56s). Despite recovering from an injured ankle Liam Simms ran a good 800m (2m 51.88s) a PB and ran the 200m 929.15s) another PB.

The combined team with Folkestone came 3 rd on the day behind the host club Woodford Green and Essex ladies and another local club Orion Harriers.

PWAC Press Report – 5th June 2018

On Sunday, again in very warm conditions, Paddock Wood AC’s junior athletes were at Dartford for the second match in the Kent Young Athletes League series. With several absentees due to injuries the composite team with Folkestone RC did exceedingly well in all age groups apart from the U15 girls.

In the U13 boys Division 1 Joe Stone won the Long Jump 4.31m and came 3 rd in the Shot 7.00m a PB. He was unable to stay for any other events due to another commitment. Joseph Hyland competing in this league for the first time ran a Non-Scoring 800m (3m .03.33s) and jumped a PB in the Long Jump 3.37m. U13 Jessica Penny maintained her unbeaten record this season in the 70m Hurdles with a PB (12.1s). She came 3rd in the Long Jump 4.11m. Jess Rayner, who really prefers a longer distance, ran the 800m (2m50.05s). In Division 2 U13 girls, Kiera Conrad- Pickles ran a PB in the 75m (12.17s) and came 2 nd B string in the 150m (24.09s). Emma Townend ran a PB in the 70m Hurdles (16.2s) came 2nd in the B Long Jump 2.49m and ran the 800m (3m 12.18s). Abigail Exall, in her first league competition, ran (12.08s) in her75m and (23.7s) in the 150m. She was 2nd in the Long Jump 3.63m.

In the U15 boys Division 1 Alex Gray, returning after 5 months off due to a knee injury, ran a PB in the 100m (13.00s) and another in the 200m (26.6s). Alex Stone also ran a PB in the 100m (13.82s). In the Shot Put Alex claimed another PB 8.17m and came 2nd in the B Discus 19.86m. Harvey Fordham jumped into 2 nd place in the High Jump 1.63m and 4.75m in the Long Jump. In Division 2 Aiden O’Neil ran a PB in the 100m (14.33s) ran (30.17s) for the 200m. In the Long Jump he scored 3.28m.

In the U15 girls Phoebe Rennie ran a PB in the 100m (13.88s) and jumped a PB in the High Jump 1.30m. Maia Hyland threw 22.78m in the Javelin and 15.75m in the Discus, way below her best. Poppy Jury joined Phoebe in the 4x100m Relay.