Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2018

Paddock Wood AC held its 27th Startrack week during the 1st week in August. 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.

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2017

Paddock Wood AC held its 28th Startrack athletics week at its track at Putlands. Luckily the weather was kind and the children only had one wet session. It was attended by over 60 children with ages ranging from 6 to 14. They had a chance to try all the various disciplines involved in track and field athletics. Coaches from the club and teenage club members helped for the week. At the end of the week they were divided into 4 teams, these were teams competing in the world championship at the Olympic Stadium. Great Britain, Kenya, Jamaica and USA. The children did a run, jump, and throw to earn points for their team. The last event was the obstacle relay where the teams were able to gain valuable points for the final score. There were medals for the winning team and trophies for the top scoring boy and girl on each age group. Winner of the 6/7/8s group were Jack King & Rebecca Cross. In the 9/10/11s the winners were Joe Stone & Lucy Tallon. The final age group were 12s and over, Isabel Shelley won the girls and Alex Gray won the boys. The winning team was Great Britain from Jamaica, USA came next and then Kenya.   All participants took home a goodie bag.

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2016

Last week saw the 26th Startrack week of athletics take place at Paddock Wood AC’s track based at Putlands Leisure Centre. Over 90 children took part doing running, jumping and throwing. With the help of the some of the club’s teenage members, who acted as group leaders, plus 10 of the coaches from the club, it was a very successful week. Just one day was spoilt by some rain but not enough to stop the activities. At the end of the week, the participants were divided into teams and each had a run, jump and throw to do, which earned them points for their respective teams. On Friday, they had the obstacle relay devised by the team leaders. Points from this were added to the team scores to give an overall position. The winning team were the Americas with Africa gaining top points in the relay, which brought them up to second. Australasia came 3rd and Europe 4th. Individual prizes were given to the best boy and girl in the various age groups. In the 7/8 category Rebecca Cross was the best girl with 83 points and the best boy was Jack Hames with 130 points. Jess Penny was top girl in the 9/10s 150 points and Dillon Dew top boy 114 points. Isabella Shelley was the 11/12 winner with 191 points and Harvey Fordham won for the boys 166 points. The last category, 13s and over, was won by Lilly Ebsworth with 197 points and Samuel Cross gained 181 points to get the trophy for this age group. Every child went home with a certificate, T-shirt, juicy apple and goodie bag, all of which the club provided at the last minute as British Athletics, who usually provide these items as part of the scheme, pulled out.

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2015

The 24th Startrack Athletics Week, organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club that took place at Mascalls School and the new track at Putlands was an outstanding success. 90 children aged from 6 to 15 took part over the week. They had the chance to try out High Jump, Long and Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, Discus, Shot, Hurdles, Sprints and Middle & Long Distance running. 14 coaches supervised the week and 8 teenage athletes from the club, who made sure the groups were in the right place at the right time. The bonus this year was that for the first time the participants were able to use the facilities at the new track. Once again, the weather stayed fine but if it had rained, we still had Mascalls sports hall to use. We were pleased with the slightly smaller numbers, as using the track for the first time it gave us a chance to see how things went.

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 names after GB’s top athletes; Team Ennis; Team Farah; Team Rutherford; Team Asher-Smith and Team Johnson Thompson. The team that won the gold medals this year Team Johnson Thompson. There were also trophies for the top boy and girl in 6/7 age groups. The winners of this group were Jacob Ritchie and Phoebe Jepps. In the 8/9 years Rowan MacDonald-Gay won for the 2nd year running, Jess Ritchie won the girl’s trophy. The 10/11 years winners were Harvey Fordham for the boys and Isobel Shelley the top girl.  The 12 & over winners were Ted Peachey and Davina Peers. Everyone went away with a goodie bag and T-Shirt.

Further details about Startrack can be found on the British Athletics wesbite.


Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2014

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2014

The 23rd Startrack Athletics Week was held from Monday 4th – Friday 8th August and organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club

139 children took part in the 23rd Startrack week organised by Paddock Wood AC. With the weather on their side, the children tried their hands at various athletic events from High Jump, Long and Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer and Shot Putt and all distances in running. At the end of the week the children were divided into teams, this year named after lesser known Pacific and Indonesian island which are part of the Commonwealth. Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa.

Each child did a run, a jump and a throw from which they scored points. These results were added together for a team total, the winning team this year was Vanuatu and they were all presented with gold medals. Trophies were also awarded for the boy and girl winners in the various age groups. In the 6/7 years group Joseph Hyland and Izzy Rayner were the winners.

Tom Creasy and Holly Tapp took the 8­9 year old prizes. Freddy Gache and Ella Root claimed the 10­11 year group and Tristan Stocker and Asha Root won the 12 years and over. All participants took home a goody bag.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in another successful week.

 

Further details about the Paddock Wood STARTRACK can be found in the Startrack pages.

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2013

The 22nd Startrack Athletics Week was organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club

Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in another successful week.

The 22nd Startrack Athletics Week, organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club at Mascalls School, was an outstanding success. 120 children aged from 5 to 14 took part over the week. They had the chance to try out High Jump, Long and Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, Discus, Shot, Hurdles, Sprints Middle & Long Distance running and Pole vault. The week was supervised by 21 coaches and athletes from the club. Startrack is a scheme that introduces children to athletics. Paddock Wood A.C has been hosting the event for the last 22 years and the club holds the record for the longest running of the event in the UK.

The week culminated in competitions, with every participant 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 named after places that have held the World Championships over the past years. The winning team this year was Berlin. There were also trophies for the top boy and girl in each age group. The winners in the 6/7 age group were Dillon Dew and Lucy Tallon. In the 8/9s Harry Griffiths, who had won the younger age group last year, was a winner plus Ella Root. Keeping it in the family George Griffiths won the 10/11 boys competition with Lexi Gentry-Potter winning for the girls. William Cunningham won the oldest age group with Georgiana Crawley. The winning team was Berlin with Paris in 2nd place.

Next year Startrack will be held on the new track at Putlands

Janet Duffin

Startrack 2013 photos

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2012

Startrack Week 13th August – 17th

The 21st Startrack Athletics Week, organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club at Mascalls School, was an outstanding success. 127 children aged from 5 to 16 took part over the week. They had the chance to try out High Jump, Long and Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, Discus, Shot, Hurdles, Sprints and Middle & Long Distance running. The week was supervised by 22 coaches and athletes from the club. Once again the weather stayed fine but if it had rained Mascalls had made arrangements for the use of their big 2012 sportshall. On Tuesday Matt Short, who lives in Paddock Wood and carried the Olympic Torch on a stage of the relay at Hastings, brought his torch along and everyone had a chance to hold it – even the adults were in the queue. Matt, who lost part of his leg to cancer at the age of 16, answered questions about his participation in the torch relay and his disability.

The week culminated in competitions, with every participant 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 the top 5 Olympic teams USA, China, Korea, Russia and GB. The team that won the gold medals this year was USA. There were also trophies for the top boy and girl in 5 age groups. It was a tie for the 5/6 years boy with Albert Webster and Rowan MacDonald-Gay both receiving a trophy. Millie Leaver won the girl’s trophy. The 7/8 years winners were Harry Griffiths for the boys and Ryana MacDonald-Gay for the girls. Ryana won the younger age group last year. 9/10 years was Phoebe Leach and James Crawley. 11/12 years Joelle Wilton and Gabriel Roberts. The 13 & over winners were Luke Morgan and Toby Watson. No-one qualified in the girls section. Startrack is a scheme that introduces children to athletics and this year was made even more special due to the Olympic Games.

Janet Duffin

Startrack 2012 Photos

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2011

Monday 1st – Friday 5th August 2011 at Mascalls School

The Aviva Startrack scheme organised by Paddock Wood A.C has been going now for 20 years and is the longest running continuous scheme in the UK.

Held at Mascalls School over 5 days it allows children aged 5 to 16 years to experience all aspects of athletics with the exception of Pole–Vault.

There were over 20 coaches and helpers to look after the 145 children that attended.

Over the 20 years this scheme has been running, Thursday was the first entirely wet day that the course had experienced but thanks to Mascalls School we were able to use their large 2012 hall for indoor throwing along with the sportshall for the jumps.

The children had a chance to try the Javelin, Discus, Shot Putt and Hammer Throw events, as well as Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump, Hurdles, Sprinting, Middle Distance running and Race Walk.

At the end of the week the children are divided into teams, this year the teams were Vikings, Normans, Saxons, Celts, Romans and Crusaders.

They compete in a run, jump and a throw and earn points as individuals as well as for their team.

The Crusaders won the team medals with Saxons in 2nd place and Celts 3rd. All the participants were given medals this year as a celebration of the 20 years of Startrack.

Individual trophies were awarded to the best boy and girl in each of the age groups. In the 5/6years group the female winner was Millie Leaver and joint winners in the boys were Ross McGlynn and Dillon Dew.

The 7/8 year group was won by Ella Wood and Freddie Cunningham.

There were joint winners in the 9/10s with Charlotte Clark and Lucy Delaney both winning trophies, Todd McGlynn won the boys. Jessica Cross and Daniel Blades were the 11/12 year winners.

15 year old Tom Hollamby was a runaway winner in the 13 and over group throwing more than 31 meters in the Javelin and Jumping 1.52m in the High Jump. Laura Wellbelove was the female winner.

Over the 20 years that Paddock Wood Athletic Club has been organising their Startrack Weeks they have played host to over 3000 children from as young as 4 years, introducing them to the sport of Track & Field.

Startrack 2011 Photos

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2010

The Paddock Wood event was held at Mascalls School on Monday 2nd – Friday 6th August

The 19th Startrack organised by Paddock Wood Athletic Club at Mascalls School was an outstanding success.

A record 163 children aged from 5 to 14 took part over the week.

They had the chance to try out High Jump, Long and Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer. Discus, Shot. Hurdles, Sprints and Middle & Long Distance running.

The week was supervised by 28 coaches and athletes from the club.

Once again the weather stayed fine but if it had rained Mascalls had made arrangements for the use of their big 2012 sportshall.

The week culminated in competitions, with every participant 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 Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia and France.

The team gold medals were won by France.

There were also trophies for the top boy and girl in 5 age groups.

5/6 years boy Alex Scott and girl Ryana MacDonald-Gay.

7/8 years winners Cameron Johnston and Tegan Leaver.

9/10 years Jack Delaney and Kathleen Faes.

11/12 years Jake Cunningham and Jessica Cross.

The 13 & over was Tom Hollamby who jumped 1.50m in the High Jump and threw over 27m in the Javelin and Nicole McCloud winning the girls.

Congratulations to Mick & Janet Duffin and all their helpers for another successful Startrack with 160 youngsters participating in a great week.

Startrack 2010 Photos

Paddock Wood STARTRACK 2009

The Paddock Wood event was at Mascalls School Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August

At the beginning of August Paddock Wood A.C held their 18th Startrack week at Mascalls School.

Over 140 children took part in everything from High Jump to Hurdles, Javelin to Shot Putt, they were supported by a team of 20 helpers and coaches from the club.

Having been split into age groups they had a leader from the club for the week who led them to each event.

The children spent 4 hours a day participating in all athletic events except Pole-Vault.

At the end of the week they were split into teams named after big cats- Lions, Pumas, Panthers, Leopards and Tigers – and took part in competitions to earn points for themselves as well as their teams.

Individual winners were:-

5 to 6 years old Joshua Jones and Eleanor Cox

7 to 8 years Chae MacDonald-Gay and Jennifer Hodgson

9 to 10 years Ben Lovering and Alice Carey

11 to 12 Amy Hutson and Tom Hollamby

13 and over Pandora Banbury and George Chambers

Following two tries at the now traditional Obstacle Relay, the winning team were the Lions

During the morning of the last day, an attempt was made to beat Paula Radcliffe’s 3000m record of 8m 22.20 seconds by a continuous relay of legs 50 – 100metres long.

A team of staff comprised of 13 to 16 year-olds managed to do this in 7m 50.9 seconds – a remarkable run. The Startrack teams were way outside the record.

Well Done to everyone involved, especially all the helpers and

Mick & Jan Duffin – Paddock Wood STARTRACK Organisers

Startrack 2009 Photos