Sportshall Sittngbourne 26th February
Last Sunday saw the last in the Kent Sportshall meetings held at the Swallows Leisure Centre Sittingbourne. Paddock Wood AC had 20 athletes competing. In the U11 age group, team 1 again excelled, just missing out on Gold for the 3rd meeting in a row, had to be content with the Silver team medal. 3 of the team had competed the day before in the Minithon at Lee Valley. Dillon Dew (Team 1) came 4th in the Speed bounce with 57 – this was equalled by Abigail Exall (team 3). Chloe Exall her cousin (team 2) jumped 56 bounces. Jess Penny (Team 1) got 55, a PB for her. All within the top 10 out of 46 athletes. Liam O’Neil (team 2) threw a PB in the Foam Javelin 15.25m with Joe Stone (Team 1) throwing 12.25m and Aaron Brown who had joined Dover RC to make up a team threw 12m. Molly Brown (Team 2) jumped 1.86m in the Standing Long Jump with Abigail just beating her with 1.87m. Joe Stone jumped 1.84m and James Boni (team 3) jumped 1.60m with Liam O’Neil doing the same distance. Hayden Phillips (Team2) jumped 36cm in the Vertical Jump, Dillon Dew came 2nd in this event with 51cm. Ollie Jury got 29cm and Kiera Conrad-Pickles, both (team 3), 27cm. Lucy Tallon and partner Joe Stone easily won the 2 lap race. Lucy jumped 1.85m in the Standing Long Jump. Team 1 Dew, Penny, Tallon and Stone came 2nd, Team2 O’Neil, Brown, Exall, Phillips were 8th and Team 3 Boni, Abigail Exall, Conrad Phillips, Jury were 13th out of 24 teams. In the U13 age group, Charlotte Whiffen jumped a PB in the Standing Triple Jump 5.82m and got a PB in the Speed Bounce with 79 bounces. She came 4th out of 29 athletes. Poppy Jury also U13 jumped 56 in the Speed Bounce. In the U13 boys, Harvey Fordham gained a PB in the Shot with 5.89m. Alex Stone also did a PB in the Shot 5.98m. Aiden O’Neil jumped a PB in the Standing Triple Jump 5.41m and the Speed Bounce 57 bounces. Sam Hockey in the U15 girls claimed a PB in the Speed Bounce with 83 bounces. Sam finished 3rd. Fin Hollyer finished 1st in the U17 boys with a PB in the Vertical Jump 58cm and equalled his Standing triple Jump 7.18m.
Lee Valley Minithon. 25th February
4 athletes from Paddock Wood AC competed in the Lee Valley Minithon. In the U11s Joe Stone came 6th in the 60m sprint (9.22s) out of 49 competitors, 5th in the 200m (30.4s) and 4th in the Long Jump 3.80m. Brother Alex in the U13 age group ran a PB in his 60m with (9.46s) his 200m he was 13th out of 38 athletes(31.3s) and jumped 3.54m in the Long Jump. In the U13 girls, both Lucy Tallon and Jess Penny are in their first year of the U13 age group. Lucy came 2nd in her 60m (8.63s) out of 44 athletes; Jess Penny ran 9.62 to come 26th her first time indoors on this track. In the 200m Lucy ran a PB (29.7s) and Jess ran (31.9s) .In the Long Jump Lucy came 2nd with 3.88m and Jess 3rd with 3.85m.
Southern Counties indoor Masters Champs.19th February.
The previous weekend it was the turn of the older athletes with the Southern Counties Masters Champs at Lee Valley. Mark Woods M55 won a Silver Medal in the 200m (26.63s) and a Bronze in the 60m (8.41s). In the W65 Sue James won a Gold Medal in the 800m (3m 34.58s) and came 3rd for Bronze in the 200m (42.42s). Alan Newman ran in the M60 800m winning Silver (2m 47.94s) and won another Silver in the 3000m (11m 49.71s). The club’s walkers, Angela and Malcolm, both won Gold in their respective walks with Angela in the W50 3000m walk (20m 17.34s) and Malcolm in the M60 race (16m 23.64s).