Paddock Wood AC were at various parts of the South East over the weekend. On Sunday saw the juniors at their first competition in over a year at Central Park Dartford in the Kent Young Athletes league. As it was the first weekend after the easing of lockdown the club only had a few athletes free to come. Those they did go were all first timers to track and field competition. In the U13 girls Tilly Ryan started the day off in the 70m hurdles finishing 5th 16.1s. She came 4th in the long jump 3.16m and 5th in the 75m 12.5s. Megan Rein joined Tilly in the hurdles coming 2nd B string 17.6s, she jumped 1.05 in the high jump and ran 24.2s in the 150m. U13 William Hirst ran the 100m 15.4s and the 200m 32.5s and joined in the relay which came 4th. Philip Dagostin had a good result in the long jump finishing 3rd B 3.59m Philip also did the shot where he was 4th B string 4.82m. U15 Molly Rein ran 14.9s in the 100m then had to dash back to the long jump, both being at the same time and jumped 3.24m. Molly also ran the 4x100m relay.
M65 David Perman was at the Hercules Wimbledon & Vets AC open meeting where he competed in the discus, his first competition since September 2019.Throwing a 1Kg discus he threw 13.84m on the UK rankings he is 6th but 1st in the South East.
On Saturday Senior women Becky Morrish ran in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 5K run and ran a PB in 18:14m and was 4th lady home. Also on Saturday Darren Hendley ran the North Downs Way Ultra 50 mile run. The race began in Farnham at the western end of the North Downs, following the North Downs Way National Trail. The course then continued on to the steepest climb of the race up to the top of Box Hill. Then onto Knockholt Pound and the 50 mile finish. Darren completed the course in 10:39:34m.Another long distance runner on Saturday was Ellie Parks who competed in the Jurassic Coast Ultra 58Km race. Starting at Corfe Castle round to Weymouth. She ran the course in 12:24:25, 35th lady out of 232 ladies taking part. Ian Sutherland ran the furthest at the weekend running 100.9Km Taking the same route as Ellie, Ian travelled onto Bridport for the extra miles, in a time of 13:46:43 placing him 17th man over the line. On Sunday Mark Rich ran in the Rye 10 mile race which started and finished in Peasmarsh, in a time of 1:28:50.
The previous weekend John Tolhurst ran the Deal 5 mile race in 34:38 placing him in 1st place for the M65 age group.