Paddock Wood AC claimed 9 new Masters County Champions at the weekend. The event the Kent County Masters championships was held at Erith. M60 Mark Woods was in fine form claiming 2 championship best performance wining the 100m 13.17s and the 200m 26.90s. The 100m previous CBP was held by fellow club member Les Percival from 2016. Mark was second in the shot 9.14m, 2nd in the discus 30.40m, 2nd in the javelin 24.40m a PB and 3rd in the hammer 22.95m. M65 John Tolhurst won both the 800m 2m 53.76s and the 5000m 21m 01.12s, a great achievement on quite a hot day, both runs were PBs. M80 Mick Duffin claimed 3 2nd places in the shot 6.52m a PB, the hammer 23.28m and the javelin 18.13m. Daughter W 40 Elizabeth Bignell won two events the javelin 20.95 and the discus 15.22m she came 2nd in the hammer 22.06m. W 35 Jacqueline O’Reilly became champion in her 1500m 5m 20.53s a new club record and the 800m 2m 36.5s and W60 Teresa Hinton won her shot 7.24m a CR. W75 Janet Duffin picked up the hammer for the first time in two and a half years to win the hammer in her age group. In the U 13 Championship Tilly Ryan in her first ever hammer event came 2nd 19.70m a club record and a PB. She also scored PBs in her shot 6.01m, her long jump 3.54m and her javelin 12.10m. Olly Keating competing in only his 3rd ever competition jumped 1.25m in the high jump and put the shot 6.65m. Two other U13s unfortunately had to miss out due to injury and illness. Their next competition will be cross country in October and Sportshall athletics in November.
Also at the weekend Paddock Wood AC competed in the Round Norfolk relay. The course of the Round Norfolk Relay mirrors the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages. Unique in character and concept, the race presents not only a tough physical challenge, but also a test of the organizational prowess of a club. Run over 24 hours, without a break (and carrying a baton), the event is much more than just a normal relay for it requires special preparation, planning and support. Competing in the event since 1998 the club finished 7th on this occasion, out of 53 teams from across the UK, issues with some injuries and a navigation error dropped the team down. Five out of the top 7 finishers were all from Norfolk. The team ran the course in 22 hours 43mins.