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.