It was just about perfect conditions for running Tunbridge Wells half at the weekend. Never an easy course to judge, with the dip down to Penshurst and then the two long climbs up to the far end of Langton Green before finally flattening out. Paddock Wood AC’s Steve Wright ran 1.19.52 to finish 22nd 3rd vet 50. Mike Walter and Matt Botten both achieving sub-90 times. 1.28.48 and 1.29.16 respectively. Followed in by Tom Liversey 1.35.04 and Steve Chivers 1.35.16 Jacqui O’Reilly posted a solid 1:37.38 run, on the way to her Marathon goal in April, with Carmen Caldwell also breaking 1:40 in her first race as a club member. Other Paddock Wood AC athletes running Sean McMullan 1.43.14: Colin Castle 1.47.08: Steve Lindse1.48.14: Mark Rich 1.56.02: Melissa Ferns 2.14.52.
Now if that all seems like hard work, imagine about 3.5 times that HM distance over the wilds of the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff, an ultra-distance of 70kms. The race started in the Brecon Beacons National Park followed the Taff trail and passed through Merthyr Tydfil, Aberfan and the memorial before reaching Pontypridd, the Cynon Valley and the Rhondda valley to the docks at Cardiff and Barry. That’s what Jen Wood got up to on Sunday, finishing as 1st Lady (and 7th overall!) in a ladies course record time of 6hrs 7m.
Another weekend and the indoor season continues for two senior Paddock Wood athletes. Last weekend the British Masters Indoor Champs were held in Sheffield over two days. Mark Woods and Trevor Crysell had mixed fortunes on Day One, Sadly Mark Woods was disqualified in the M60 200m for stepping on an inside lane after a solid start, possibly the first time ever disqualification for Mark.
Trevor Crysell started with an opening jump of 8.96 in the M55 triple jump which was good enough to get him a silver medal, this was quickly followed by another silver medal in the M55 pole vault with a height of 1.72m.
Day 2 was more successful for Mark Woods with a bronze medal in the M60 60m missing out on silver by 4/100ths of a second. Crysell continued with his collection of silver medals with a jump of 4.22m in the M55 Long Jump.