Track & Field events and news
Forthcoming Track and Field events can be found the in Events Calendar.
British Masters Athletic Federation National Championships, Birmingham – Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th August 2014
Sue James and Alan Newman represented PWAC at the BMAF National Masters Championships in the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on the weekend of 9th and 10th August. These championships are open to any athlete aged over 35 and the oldest competitors were Switzerland based 95-year-old Charles Eugster, who won the M90 plus 100m (25.76) and 200m (58.03) for British age-group records and the 1970 Commonwealth Games discus champion, Rosemary Chrimes (81), who won the over-80 high jump (1.06), long jump (2.34), shot (8.34), discus (20.79), hammer (23.87) and javelin (12.40).
The weather was warm and sunny on Saturday for the 400m and 1500m but the remnants of Hurricane Bertha had an adverse effect on times on Sunday for the 800m and 5000m races.
Cat Event Pos Name Time W60 400m 3rd Sue James 89.36 (BMAF Bronze) W60 800m 3rd Sue James 3:26.35 (BMAF Bronze) W60 1500m 1st Sue James 6:44.99 (BMAF Gold) M60 1500m 4th Alan Newman 5:17.51 M60 500m 4th Alan Newman 19:43.81
Saturday saw the last of the Southern Women’s League matches of the season at Wimbledon. There were some good results. Maria Heslop, having competed in the Tonbridge Park Run in the morning, ran the 3000m, after lapping most of the other participants she won, 28 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed runner (10m 36.6s) also a PB. She claimed another PB in the 1500m finishing 2nd (5m.08.2s). She gained valuable points for the club running the 400m coming 2nd B string (73.5s). Jane Dew, competing for the first time in the league, came 2nd B string in the 3000m (13m 15.7s) and 4th B in the 800m (3m.01.1s). Team Manager Elizabeth Duffin won the Hammer 24.59m, came 2nd in the High Jump and 100mH, 3rd in the Javelin and 4th in the Shot Putt.
Sarah Shepheard won her 200m (30.6s) and threw a PB in the Hammer 19.66m to take 2nd in the B string. Sarah was 2nd in the A 400m (68.9s). Her sister Caroline won the B javelin 18.88m and ran season’s best times in both the 100m (15.8s) and the 200m (33.3s). Their mum Lorraine covered the B Shot and the Discus. In the younger section 11 year old Isabelle Cole, in her first ever Shot Putt competition, came 3rd with 4.79m. She also tried her hand at Discus, throwing 9.24m. Samantha Hockey finished 2nd in the U/15 Javelin 16.51m and 3rd in the 100m (15.4s).
Erin Frankel ran a PB in the 100m (17.2s) and came 3rd in the B Long Jump 2.88m. Unfortunately, due to traffic problems she missed her High Jump competition, so did a non-scoring Javelin and threw a PB of 10.27m.
The team finished 4th on the day and although Paddock Wood had equal league points as the fourth placed team they were pushed down to 5th place for the season as they had less match points.
The PWAC Track & Field Club Championships will once again be held at the Tonbridge AC Open Meeting on Bank Holiday Monday.
25th August 2014 – first events at 10.00am
Online entries are available on the Tonbridge AC website.
Advance Entry will close at 09:00AM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
Advance Entry £5 per athlete; Entry on the day £8 per athlete
Single fee covers all the events you enter – to be paid when collecting your number on the day.
You must register and collect your numbers at least 30 minutes before your first event.
Letter of thanks from Richard Bidois to all athletes who competed in the SCVAC league this season.
Sue & Alan’s report on their recent trip to the World Masters Indoor Champs. in Budapest can be found on the Parkrun website.
Kent Young Athletes’ League
This league caters for U/13 and U/15 Boys and Girls. There are 4 matches, all in Kent as the league name suggests.
Team Managers are Carol and Laura Wellbelove.
We compete in this league along with SFactor from Lewisham.
UKA Youth Development League
This league caters for the U/17 and U/20 Men & Women. There are 4 matches at various venues and we face stiff competition in this league, but I feel confident we can hold our own.
Team Manager is Mick Duffin.
We compete in this league as a composite team with Invicta East Kent and wear a special vest.
Southern Women’s Track & Field League
This league caters for our senior and Veteran ladies as well as U/20, U/17 and U/15’s.
Team Managers are Liz Duffin & Kate Maryon. This is a good league because it enables the more nervous first timers on the track to have a go without too much pressure.
Southern Men’s Track & Field League
This league caters for our Senior and Veteran men as well as U20 and U17’s.
Team Manager (Provisionally) is Mark Woods. We have been out of this league for a couple of years and some members have expressed a desire for some more competition, so we re-affiliated a couple of weeks ago. With the coming of our training track very soon we should be able to get some good performances.
Southern Veterans’ League (Kent)
This is your chance as a Veteran (or Master) athlete to compete under floodlights. It is designed for Men & Women aged 35 and over. Each match takes place on a Monday or Friday evening and due to the ages of some of the competitors we often have to have the floodlights on as we take so long to do anything. (Only Joking – but you should see some of us trying to hurdle with a Zimmer Frame!)
Team Manager is Richard Bidois. Veterans aged 35 or so are mostly still in peak condition, so there are some really good performances in this league. Even those of us aged 70 and over are competitive, or try to be!
Don’t be shy. If you fancy a go on the track or in field events just ask one of the team managers above who will give you a lot of advice and assistance.