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.

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