Last Saturday Paddock Wood AC young athletes were at the last in the Lower Youth Development meetings in a composite team with Folkestone RC at Dartford. Once again in the pouring rain for most of the day U15 Thiago Marinez won his 200m race 25,4s and came 2nd in his 100m 12.3s.U15 girl Abi Palmer came 2nd in her javelin 15.34m a PB .She jumped 3.71m in the long jump and threw the hammer 14.54m. The club only had one U13 boys competing Jonah Fernandes he jumped a PB in his long jump 3.57m, competed in the shot for the first time 3.97m and ran the 75m 12.0s.U13 girl Abi Seal won the B 10.9s and jumped 3.49m in the long jump. Lucy Burrows-Cloude won the shot 6.61m, she ran the non-scoring 75m 11.2s and threw the javelin 11.75m way below her best. Doing a standing throw due to a previous ankle injury, Jola Fasakin won the B javelin her first time of throwing the javelin 10.98m and ran a Non -scoring 75m 11,4s.Ellen Simmons ran the 150m 24.1s, ran the70m H 16.4s and did the high jump for the first time 1.05m. All 4 girls ran the 4x100m relay58.8s.
The previous weekend it was a cooler but windy day at Staplehurst, where eleven runners from Paddock Wood AC put in a strong performance in the Mid-Kent 5-miler.It was a tough turn towards Frittenden at 2 miles, directly into the wind along with the uphill drag into the village, but everyone survived the experience. Luckily the hill in the 4th mile was tree-protected from those troublesome elements and although it’s quite steep, it was over quickly with an immediate downhill recovery. Probably better conditions overall than the searing heat of the last few weeks though, and most runners responded well in the conditions. Mike Gibbs was first home for Paddock Wood in 22nd place 31.03m followed quickly by Matt Botten 28th 31.24m. Paddock Wood also had three second positions in the age groups; for M60 David Sampson 33.08m.W55 Harriot Sinclair 35.20m and W45 Jen Wood 33.34m.The wins were harder to come by this year as it seems both TW Harriers and Petts Wood were using it as a club grand prix race, having huge numbers present. Harriot was six seconds away from breaking the women’s club age group record which has stood since 2008, and given the course and conditions, it looks like she may set a new record at her next 5-mile race.W35 Ophelia Thenault wearing her club colours for the first time ran 43.30m.Just ahead of her was W55 Melissa Ferns 43.13s and W45 Rebecca Roberts 43.17m.W35 Rachel Brenner 46.54m, W60 Celia Barstow 52.14m and W70 Maggie Hoad 1hr 06.09m.