SCVAC League – Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford – 15th May 2017

The stand out performance from the second round match in the SCVAC League at Ashford on Monday (15 May) was the third place achieved in Division 2 by the Paddock Wood women’s team, AKA Julie Woods! Our women’s team now holds second overall, in a promotion position, behind Bromley Veterans and ahead of Ashford AC. Julie collected 15 points from second places in the W50 200m, long jump and discus before politely declining a suggestion that she could run all four legs of the 4x100m relay!

The men’s team continues to struggle with the rarefied atmosphere found in Division 1. Top performances were Mark Woods’ win in the M50 200m (26.7) and Alan Newman’s second in the M60 1500m (5:32.4). Mark mopped up spare points in the M50 long jump and discus before closing the 4x100m relay team that had fought back from an indiscretion with the baton.

Determined efforts were made by Trevor Simms in M35 200m and relay; Trevor Crysell (M50) in M35 200m, long jump and relay; Les Percival in M60 discus (4th) and relay and Dave Perman (M65) with the unfamiliar M35 discus, double the weight and a greater diameter than the implement his age group normally throws. However, the travails of flustered Frenchman, Yann le Roux – who arrived vestless and breathless with ten minutes to spare for his M35 1500m after becoming delayed in London – did not help his points return, despite an impressive time (4:45.7).

The next meeting is a local trip to Tonbridge School on Friday 2nd June, starting at 6:45pm.

Southern Counties Veterans League 2017 – Availability

Dear Master Athletes and Helpers

Once again we need your support for the 2017 SCVAC League. Athletes are needed for over-35; over-50 and over-60 track and field events and officials/helpers are needed for the triple jump and javelin (no previous experience necessary as on the job training will be provided).

Attached you will find an availability sheet with all the fixtures, venues and events set out for your convenience. Please fill in your details at the top of the attached form and email back to the Team Manager, Alan Newman at

Please also include a note regarding your event preferences and any dates you are NOT available. If you can come along to support and offer some assistance, please also reply by email.

For ease of reference, the competition dates are Friday 28th April; Monday 15th May; Friday 2nd June; Monday 19th June; Friday 7th July and Monday 17th July – get them in your diary now.

The dates and events we need officials/helpers are 28th April (Triple Jump); 2nd June (Javelin) and 7th July (Triple Jump).


I am not a member of SCVAC. Can I still compete? Yes, as long as you are a member of PWAC and have paid your EA competition fee.
Are guests allowed to compete? Yes, provided there is a lane free and no delay to the programme. Not in the long throws, though.
What time do matches start? All matches start at 6:45pm. Detailed timetables will be circulated to selected athletes by email.
Are there standards for entry. No, anyone can compete. Although competition is keen the main aim is to have fun and try new things.
What Division are PWAC in? Our men are in Div 1 and our women are in Div 2. The aim is to get both teams in Div 1 and to stay there.
Any rule changes for 2017? Yes. No guests allowed in hammer, discus or javelin. Four trials allowed in shot and long jump this year.

Important: Do not miss out on the opportunity to compete in this low key but well organised veterans athletics league. We have had the track to train on for a couple of seasons so lets put that training to good use and show our rivals what we are capable of.

Many thanks,

Alan Newman

Southern Counties Veterans League 2017 – Dates and Venues

Paddock Wood AC will again be competing in the 2017 SCVAC Track and Field League. There are six matches and the provisional dates and venues are:

Friday 28th April – Norman Park, Bromley
Monday 15th May – Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
Friday 2nd June – Tonbridge School
Monday 19th June – Central Park, Dartford
Friday 7th July – Erith Stadium
Monday 17th July – Medway Park, Gillingham

Paddock Wood will be competing in Division 1 (men) and Division 2 (women) in 2017 and further details are in the attached timetable. All men and women aged over-35 who are England Athletics registered athletes are eligible to compete and Team Manager, Alan Newman will be making contact in January to ascertain your availability to represent your club in this friendly competition. Please note the dates and venues in your 2017 diary.

PWAC Press Report – Masters, Multi Events and U/13 County Champs – 13th September 2016

Last weekend saw several athletes from Paddock Wood AC take part in the County Masters Champs and U/13 Championship at the Erith track Bexley. The club came away with 6 county championships.

M60 Les Percival in the 100m ran a Championship Best Performance to win his event in (13.68s). He went on to win Gold in the 400m (66.07s). Also in the M60 Dave Perman became Kent Champion the Hammer 18.67m. David has only just started competing again after retirement. In the M70 category 76-year-old Mick Duffin became the Masters County Champion in the Javelin 22.67m, then won Bronze in the Hammer 23.16m and came 2nd in the Discus 17.01m. Daughter Elizabeth Duffin, in the W35 events, won the Javelin 21.62m, also to become County Champion and won the Discus as well. She was 3rd in the Hammer, all throws well below her best due to a back injury. W40 Kate Maryon won Bronze in her 100m (15.15s) and Silver in the Long Jump 4.14m.

In the U/13s Harvey Fordham came 5th in his Long Jump 4.46m and was 6th in his 100m heat (14.64s). Alex Stone ran (16.22s) in his heat of the 100m, then Jumped 3.73m in the Long Jump and threw  5.04m in the Shot Putt. Grace King just competed in the 75m coming 4th in her heat (11.36s) just missing out on the final by 2 places.

PWAC Press Report – 6th September 2016

On Bank Holiday Monday several athletes from Paddock Wood AC took part in the Norman Fowler Memorial & Avril Bowring Memorial Open meeting. With ages ranging from U/11 to 60 years. This also incorporated the PWAC club champs.

In the U/11s Lucy Tallon retained her unbeaten record in the 75m winning in (10.86s). She is ranked 4th in the UK for her age group, when she ran (10.75s) at Medway last Saturday. Lola Crysell, in her first ever run in a competition, ran (13.71s). Joe Stone won his heat in (11.61s). Joe jumped a PB in his Long Jump 3.86m and Lucy jumped 3.59m, setting a PB until Saturday in a competition at Medway, when she bettered it by jumping 3.71m. Joe Stone ran the 600m (1m 58.96s) another PB. In the U/13 boys, Harvey Fordham ran the 100m (14.67s) and jumped 4.60m in the Long Jump, a PB. Alex Stone ran (15.62s) in the 100m and (33.33s). In the 200m, he jumped a PB in the Long Jump 3.85m. Liam Simms competed in the 100m (16.20s) and the 200m (34.03s). In the U/13 girls’ Grace King ran the 100m (15.11s). Maia Hyland competed in the Javelin and threw a PB of 20.58m. It was a close race in the U/15 girls 100m between Jasmine Etheridge and Kimberly Garcia, with Kimberley Garcia (14.32s) just beating Jasmine on the line (14.37s). Kimberley ran (29.58s) in her 200m race. Jasmine jumped 1.35m in the High Jump, threw the Javelin 21.37m. U/15 Spencer Elphick led from start to finish in his 800m race (2m 33.3s) and then threw 23.28m in the Javelin. James O’Gorman in the U/17 category threw 30.11m in the Discus and 9.26m in the Shot. Trevor Crysell M45 ran the 100m (14.70s) then jumped a PB in the Long Jump 4.70m. Les Percival M60 ran a season’s best in the 400m (64.48s). Elizabeth Duffin suffering from a back injury sustained when a hammer wire broke during training covered the Hammer, Javelin and Discus throwing well below her best. David Perman M60 competing this year after several years’ layoff threw the Hammer 17.10m, the Shot 5.14m and the Discus 14.50m.

SCVAC and SAL Press Report – 26th August 2016

Last Saturday saw the last of the Southern Athletics Leagues for Paddock Wood AC at Hastings. Luckily, the track was fairly sheltered but the strong winds did have an effect on some of the long throws. Once again, the club suffered from lack of athletes mainly due this time, to the holiday period. In addition, Sharon Hawkins who had been to all the matches had to pull out at the last minute due to injury. In the men’s team, there were just two athletes, both in the Masters category. Mark Woods M55 ran (13.7s) in the 100m and (28.1s) in the 200m. M60 Les Percival joined him in his first SAL meeting, running the B string 100m in exactly the same time (13.7s) and the B 200m (27.8s) a season’s best. Les also ran the 400m (65.9s). The wind did effect the runners at various points of the track due to the fact that it kept changing direction. In the ladies’ team there were just 3 athletes – 2 who had not competed in the league before. For Elise Rendall it was her first ever competition on the track, an experience she enjoyed. She ran the 800m, coming 3rd (2m.48.2s) and teamed up with Maria Heslop in the 3000m with Maria winning in (10m 45.6s) and Elise won the B string (12m 01.9s). Both did the 1500m, each coming 2nd.  In the A race Maria ran (5m 13.1s) and Elise ran (5m 49.1s) in the B race. Elizabeth Duffin covered the Hammer Javelin, Shot and Discus. The team finished last on the day but not last in Division 3E . A big thank you to Leslie Stone who was the only person who volunteered to help on Saturday.

The previous weekend was the last of the Kent Young Athletes League matches. U/13 Harvey Fordham out for the first time this season after breaking an ankle, won the B 100m (14.1s). He also won the High Jump 1.20m, and then the Long Jump 4.38m. Alex Stone won the B 75m hurdles (18.3s) and finished 2nd in the Shot 5.27m. In the U/13 girls, Grace King came 2nd in the 150m (22.2s) and 4th in the High Jump 1.15m. Maia Hyland joined Grace in the 150m coming 2nd in the B race (24.5s). Maia also competed in the Javelin 14.81m. Mollie Dew won the B string 70m H (16.00s) and came 4th in the Long Jump 3.21m. The only U/15 girl competing was Lilly Ebsworth who ran a PB in the 100m (13.4s) equalled her PB in the 200m she ran (27.6s) equalling another PB  and was 2nd in the Long Jump 4.39m, her 3rd PB of the day. The club, which is a combined team with Folkestone AC, won the Division 2 match for the season and move up to Division 1 next year.


SCVAC and SAL Press Report – 30th May 2016

Last Friday saw the 3rd in the Southern Counties Masters league held at Norman park Bromley. It was a much better turn out from the club’s ladies after only 2 competed last time. W35 Kate Maryon and Elizabeth Duffin, both not 100% free from injury, decided in their terms to jog the 100m just to get a point. Despite their jog they both won their 100m easily with Kate taking the A string (15.6s) and Elizabeth the B in (17.0s) both slow times but enough to win. Julie Woods came 2nd in the W50 (18.6s) and W60 Sue James won her race (19.00s). Elizabeth went on to win the W35 Javelin 22.91m and the Shot Put 6.51m. Julie Woods won the W50 Javelin 10.68m and came 2nd in the W50 Shot 5.94m. Sue James 2nd in the W60 5.20m. Claire Day had an easy win the W35 800m (2m.34.2s) she was nearly half a lap ahead. Day joined Woods, Duffin and Maryon in the 4x100m relay they won in a time of (63.5s). The relay was run as a combined Div 1&2 race in which overall they finished 3rd. They won the match with Swanley in 2nd place and Tonbridge 3rd.

In the men’s match, it was again a tussle with Tonbridge. In the M35 100m Trevor Simms fished 3rd (13.6s )equalling his PB and in the B race Trevor Crysell ran (14.5) and was given 1st place, with the Tonbridge athlete getting the same time but given 2nd place. In the M50 100m Mark Woods had an easy win (12.9s) and the same for Les Percival in the M60 race (14.2s). .James Ridger came 2nd in the M35 800m (2.14.1s), Wayne Balmer came 3rd B (2m.16.0s). Richard Bidois finished in 3rd place (2m.37.5s). Percival, Simms, Balmer and Woods won the 4x100m (52.8s) beating Tonbridge who clocked the same time. In the field, Mark Woods won the M50 High jump 1.40m, was 2nd in the Shot 8.20m and 2nd in the Javelin 20.01m just getting one throw after his exertions in the 100m. Wayne Balmer came 2nd in the M35 Javelin 35.77m and 3nd in the Shot 7.64m. Trevor Crysel, after a quick coaching session, managed to clear the bar in the M35 High Jump 1.10m to gain valuable points. M75 Mick Duffin claimed 2nd place in the M60 shot 6.10m. The club came 2nd just 7 points behind Tonbridge – a great effort on the night.

On Sunday, it was the turn of the Younger athletes in the 2nd Youth Development league at Sutcliff Park, where Paddock Wood are in a combined team with Ashford, Thanet and Invicta. James O’Gorman, although 2 metres down on his PB, came 2nd the U/17 Discus 30.28m, he finished 4th in the Shot 9.10m. Finlay Hollyer jumped a PB in his triple Jump 9.99m and jumped 4.54m in his Long jump. Finlay also ran the 4x100m relay. Aaron Rowland won the U17 B 3000m race (10m.55.53s). In the ladies U/17 Ellie Spragg in her first ever run in competition ran (15.07s) for the 100m and (31.47) for the 200m. Emily Etheridge had only competed once before as a U/15. She ran the B 200m (31.95) and ran the 100m as a U/20 (15.28s). Both girls ran the U20 4×100 relay and then the U17 4x300m relay. Holly Preston claimed a PB in the Hammer 22.28m but was well below her best in the Discus with 11.98m. She only managed 2 throws as it clashed with her Long Jump 3.22m. Holly also ran the 4x100m relay but unfortunately the team were disqualified. The combined team came 4th on the day.

The previous Sunday it was the 2nd Southern Athletics league match, also held at Sutcliff Park with more ladies out the team did slightly better but only 4 men turned out. Nadir Raveh in his first competition since 2010 ran a PB in the 100m (11.28s) and the 200m (23.42s). Mark Woods ran the B 100m (13.37s). Mark also covered the Shot 8.25m and the Discus 19.73m. Daniel Grimwood came 4th in the 3000m (10m 53.89s). He also tried his hand at Long Jump for the first time and jumped a creditable 3.88m. Another first for Daniel was the Discus where he managed 9.96m, but still scored vital points for the club. Mason Doyle competed in the High Jump coming 2nd with 1.78m. In the ladies events, Joint team manager Elizabeth Duffin finished 3rd in the 100m Hurdles (21.31s), 3rd in the Hammer 25.11m , 3rd in the Javelin 22.92m, 4th in the Shot 6.34m and jumped a PB in the Triple jump 7.58m. Lorraine Shepheard covered the B shot 3.89m. The other manager of the team Kate Maryon jumped 1.28m in the High Jump to come 3rd. She was 4th in the Long Jump 3.82m and 3rd in the Javelin 17.21m. Holly Preston tried her hand at High Jump for the first time and managed 1.08m she came 3rd in the B Long Jump 3.09m and finished being A discus 14.11m. Sarah Shepheard ran the 5000m slightly under the weather from her Birthday celebrations the night before, but still manged to break 20minutes in a time of (19m 46.99s). She also ran the 1500m coming 3rd (5m 10.94s). Sarah came 4th in the B Hammer 18.67m. Sharon Hawkins came 3rd in the B 5000m (21m 22.60s) and was 4th in the 1500m (6m 15.24s). Maryon, Duffin, Preston and Shepheard ran the 4x100m relay in (60.9s). The team finished 5th.