Our AGM was originally scheduled for the Monday 20th April 2020 and we were just about to send you the details when the full effects of the Covid-19 restrictions were announced and put into place. Therefore as I’m sure you will understand that we will have to postpone the AGM to a later date. As yet we are unable to confirm a date until we know when restrictions on travel and social distancing have been lifted.
Please rest assured that your committee and coaches are all still working hard behind the scenes to ensure the club keeps running, facilities are maintained, and the club stays up to date, with the aim of being able to hit the ground running (literally!) when we are allowed to resume normal daily life.
If you need any help or advice (training or otherwise) from the club and coaches during this difficult time please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org your running (jumping and throwing) friends are still here for you.
Liz Bignell (Duffin)
Firstly, all coaches and committee members would like to wish everyone good health during these uncertain times. The club would like to remind all athletes it would be wise to observe the social distancing guidelines during your training. Although you are quite capable of arranging you own training plans, if anyone would like further advice or guidance, Richard Elliott and John Tilston are happy to support and if necessary provide schedules for your individual goals during the current ban on social gatherings. If you require additional support please contact us via email, text or phone. In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves and one’s close to you. Happy running.
Paddock Wood AC, organisers of the Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood Half Marathon, take the health and safety of all our entrants, helpers, spectators and local residents very seriously.
With this in mind and following the recent government and England Athletics advice, we have no alternative but to postpone this year’s event and make priority the health of our nation the number one consideration. We are proposing to move the race to Sunday 6th September 2020, with a 9.30am start. All existing entrants will automatically be re-registered to the new race date. If you are unable to race on the proposed new date or have any other race questions, please contact Sportsystems (our online race entry provider) by the 30th April asking for a full refund. Their email address is – email@example.com If you want a refund and have also purchased a race t-shirt this can be refunded to, just advise Sportsystems.
We appreciate this decision will be disappointing for everyone but with the current situation surrounding COVID-19 and the world in an unprecedented situation grappling with the global pandemic, the health of everyone is a priority. We hope you understand this is not a decision we wanted to make.
We as a club are a charity and all the money we make from the event goes to various charities (this year’s main race charity is the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance). We hope you can work with us on some ongoing issues. One being the race medals which have already been made with the original race date on them (05-04-20). We will be handing these out to all finishers on the revised race date as we don’t want to incur further costs and environmentally, we don’t want 2500 medals going into landfill.
We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you all fit and healthy on Sunday 6th September.
The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
Therefore, all our training sessions are cancelled until further notice
As know doubt you have already heard the London Marathon on 26th April has been postponed.
This I think was inevitable given the global draw of the event and the numbers of runners and spectators involved.
Please read the attached message from the races Event Director Hugh Brasher I received earlier today.
Hopefully the race will go ahead as they plan on the 4th October and we will then get the opportunity to man the Mile 22 Water Station.
When I hear any news please be assured you will all be the first to know.
Thank you once again for volunteering and hopefully we will see you all in October.
LM Mile 22 Water Station Leader.
Full details and the application form for the Paddock Wood Startrack 2020 week are available on the Startrack page.
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.