Track & Field events and news
Forthcoming Track and Field events can be found the in Events Calendar.
Last weekend at the Kent County Championships just 4 athletes competed for Paddock Wood AC; more had entered but for some reason or another did not turn up. On Saturday Kimberley Garcia, in her first ever competition on the track, competed in the U/15 girls 200m. She was drawn in lane 8, which for a first timer is one of the most difficult lanes to run in. She ran an excellent time of (29.9s). She is a first year U/15 so has plenty of time to improve. W35 Elizabeth Duffin competed in the senior women’s Javelin, an event she has won in previous years. Due to certain circumstances, she has only managed to get in one training session, so to win the Silver Medal was a great achievement even though her throw was some meters down on her best.
On Sunday, James O’Gorman in his first year as a U/17 won 2 medals. The first was a Silver in the Discus with a PB throw of 32.61m nearly 2 metres better than previously. He won a Bronze medal in the Shot 9.08m. U/23 Mason Doyle won a Silver in the Senior High Jump 1.75m, well below his previous best.
The previous weekend was the first Kent Young Athletes’ League match, held at Norman Park Bromley. In a combined team with Folkestone AC they did well winning their Division 2 match. Of the Paddock Wood athletes competing in the combined team U/13 Alex Stone won his Long Jump 3.20m, came equal first in the 75m hurdles (16.4s) and 2nd in the Shot Put 4.87m. U/13 Mollie Dew was 5th in the 70m hurdles (16.5s), was 5th in the 75m sprint (13.2s) and 4th B string in the Long Jump 2.76m. U/15 Toby West jumped a PB in his Long jump 4.20m finishing 3rd.
At Canterbury on Monday night, it was the second Kent Masters League match, for the men it was a fairly good turnout, but for the ladies only two made the match. W65 Sue James ran the W35 200m coming 3rd (41.4s) with Julie Woods in the W50 race coming 2nd (40.0s). They both competed in the Long Jump where Julie won the W35 with a PB of 2.94m, with Sue James covering the W50 to come 4th. In the W 50 Discus Julie threw 9.76 and Sue in the W60 did 9.25m. Sue also ran the W60 1500m and won in a time of (7m 21.6s). The team finished 3rd. In the men’s team Trevor Simms ran a PB in the 200m M35 (27.3s) whilst Trevor Crysell won the B race (28.8s) also a PB.Mark Woods had an easy win in the M50 200m (26.3s) putting him in the top 8 for the UK rankings. M35 Daniel Grimwood came 4th in the 1500m (5m 03.9s). Richard Bidois ran the M50 race coming 3rd (5m17.5s). Alan Newman was 2nd in the M60 race (5m 34.4s). David Welham came 3rd in the M50 Long Jump 3.87m, with Trevor Crysell doing a token jump just to get the points in the M35 competition 1.86m. David also competed in the Discus for the first time finishing 4th in the M35 14.39m. Mark Woods came 2nd in the M50 23.79m and M75 Mick Duffin won the M60 Discus with 19.82m, which puts him in top place in the UK rankings for his age group. The team finished 2nd behind Tonbridge AC.
One of our younger athletes U/11 Lucy Tallon competed at the Hayward’s heath Open meeting held at the K2 Crawley she broke 2 Club records on the day. She came 1st in the 60m (9.4s). 1st in the 150m (23.8s) and 3rd in the Long Jump 3.09m a PB.
Addressed to Club Secretaries and to Coaches
Selection qualifier for 2016 Inter-County selection at 3,000m
u17 Males, u17 Females (Match on 17 July)
Senior Females (Match on 10 July)
- Selection for 3,000m will be made from top 6 in Kent 3,000m Championships Weds 22 June
- NO ONLINE ENTRY – all done on paper to Entry Secretary
- use this link Kent Championships 2016 – ENTRY FORM – 3,000m
- entry deadline – form must be received by Entry Sec on Monday 20 June
If you miss the qualifier you may apply to be included in the selection pool as a wildcard nomination and give your 2016 season best as well as the reasons for missing the qualifier
Please send email to Kent Selectors at this address with details requested below
– Main Kent Selections will be decided Weds 25 May and published weekend 28 May
– however, selections for the 3,000m will be added to the Team sheet straight after the results of 22 June
– Deadline for 3,000m wildcard applications is midnight Weds 22 June
Do not send form to Kent Selectors
Kent AA Selectors & Team Managers
email and mobile number (parental if you’re under 17)
Name of your Main Club
EA Registration number
Reason for absence at designated qualifier
This season’s best at 3,000m
confirmation that you are available on the day of the Inter-Counties
Please see the document below for full details of the events for this seasons Dartford Harriers Open Meetings.
PWAC masters athletes made a fine start to the 2016 season in the Southern Counties Veterans (Kent Division) League at Sutcliffe Park last Friday (April 29).
The men won their Division 2 match by two points and the women were a close second in Division 2 also by two points. The women should have won by a few points but a couple of gaps on the team sheet and an incident that caused Liz Duffin to miss her 400m race through absolutely no fault of her own cost us the win. However, with six fixtures this is a marathon not a sprint and we have an early opportunity to put things right in a few days at Canterbury in the next match on Monday (May 9). Would all team members please confirm their availability to the Team Manager, Alan Newman, particularly if you were unable to compete in the first match. The full results are attached.
Our first ever Southern Athletics league 16th April 2016
Paddock Wood AC athletes travelled to Hastings for the first match of the Southern Athletics league. It is the first time the club have been in this league, but with the Southern Women’s League folding the club needed new competition. Unfortunately, with the Brighton Marathon the next day and the London Marathon the following Sunday, none of the club’s distance runners were competing. So the club only had 5 men and 3 women taking part. All 3 ladies were coming back from injury so limited themselves to their events. Sharon Hawkins, who had only started training again just 3 weeks before ran the 400m (87.1s) the 800m (3m.07.1s) the 1500m (6m.16.7s) and the 3000m (12m 46.6s), all valuable points for the small team. Team Managers Elizabeth Duffin and Kate Maryon covered all the throws. Elizabeth’s first event was the Hammer where she came 2nd with 24.67m amidst a hailstorm and rain. She did the Shot Put 6.05m 3rd, the Discus 14.15m 3rd and the Javelin 22.49m 3rd A string. Kate did the B string events coming 3rd in the Shot 5.25m. 4th in the Discus 14.63m and 2nd in the Javelin 16.15m.
In the Men’s team Stuart Cawse, in his first run on the track for Paddock Wood, did well to come 4th in the 400m (62.8s) and 4th in the 800m (2m 31s). Another newcomer was David Welham M55 who competed in the Long and Triple Jumps, which he had not done for 3 years. He jumped 4.05m in the Long Jump and 8.54m in the Triple Jump. Mark Woods M50, also just covered the throws due to a nagging injury. In the Shot, he came 4th with a PB of 8.93m; he was 5th in the Discus 18.26m, 4th in the Hammer 19.88m and 5th in the Javelin 25.92m. Men’s team Manager Alan Newman ran the 5000m (19m 37.7s) finishing 5th. U/17 Aaron Rowland ran in the 1500m an event he has not done since he was an U/15 and came 5th (5m 08.7s). With more athletes competing next time, the club should get a better overall score and final position.
Southern Athletics League
Unbelieveably, there are just a few days to go before the first track and field meeting in the Southern Athletics League at Hastings on Saturday, 16th April. Your club has invested valuable funds in entry fees and will be providing officials to support the meeting. All we need now are some athletes so we can put Paddock Wood AC back on the map as a competitive club in both men’s and women’s athletics.Your team managers have ordered a sunny day and the fish and chips after the match are worth the journey themselves, so if you are male or female; can run, jump or throw and are willing and available please urgently contact your team managers: Liz Duffin, Kate Maryon, Alan Newman or John Tilston. YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!!
Kent Veterans League
Similarly, the Kent Veterans League is about to commence on Friday 29th April at Sutcliffe Park starting at 6:45pm. There are different events at each meeting for men and women in age categories over 35; over 50 and over 60. The first match has 400m; 3000m; triple jump and hammer for both sexes and pole vault for men. Your team manager this year is Alan Newman, after several seasons’ sterling work by Richard Bidois. If you wish to take part in this league you must contact Alan Newman as soon as possible.
The timetable of events for the TAC Easter Open Meeting has been added to our event listing – https://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk/event/tonbridge-easter-open-meeting/
Please see the letter below for details and the availability form for the 2016 Kent Young Athletes’ League.
The start of the track and field season is fast approaching and PWAC will once again be participating in the Southern Athletics League. Anyone who will be 15 by 31st August 2016 is eligible to compete in this team, we have no upper age limit!!
(U17 and U20 athletes are restricted by UKA rules as to the number & type of events they may compete in at one match)
Please see the documents below for further details.
Please see the letter below about the changes to the Youth Development League for the forthcoming season.