Last Saturday saw the second round of the Lower Age Group Youth Development League matches at Erith, where Paddock Wood AC competed in a combined team with Folkestone RC. The weather was much improved from the last meeting at Woodford. U15 Harvey Fordham remains unbeaten in the high jump coming 1st with 1.75m, the long jump was immediately after and he managed to jump 5.14m which won the B string competition. Alex Stone had a good day winning the discus with a PB throw of 31.42m, he threw another PB in the javelin 32.92m finishing 3rd and 2nd in the B hammer which he does to make some points with 21.56m. PBs were also in order for Alex Gray in both the 200m 25.1s and the 100m 12.2s. Liam Simms not to be outdone ran a PB in the 100m non-scoring 12.4s and another in the 300m 42.3s. Liam O’Neil ran a PB in the 1500m 5m .07.4s. Liam also threw a PB in the javelin throwing a heavier weight in this age group with 17.18m. In the U15 girls Molly Brown achieved three PB’s in the 100m 13.6s, in the high jump 1.40m and in the shot 6.61m. Abigail Exall ran the 1500m for the first time 6m 17.7s. Jess Penny ran a PB in the 75mH 13.4s and was 1cm off her PB in the long jump 4.31m. Elizabeth Ositelu claimed PBs in both her 200m 31.4s and the 100m non-scoring 14.6s. In the U13 boys Joe Stone who is number 3 in the UK for the long jump won the event with 4.71m. Joe also won the javelin with a PB throw 30.76m and came 2nd in the 200m 27.4s. Aaron Brown threw a PB in the javelin 14.91m and jumped 3.74 in the long jump. U13 girl Charlotte Parker in her first competition of the season ran a PB in the 75m race 11.0s and then ran another PB in the 150m 22.8s.
The following day the senior athletes were at Tooting Bec for the Southern Athletics League, Division 3 South East. Harry Young and Steve Wright had a clean sweep in the 1500m with Harry taking the A string 4m 25.5s, knocking 5s off this PB and Steve the B 5m 57.5s. Steve claimed 2nd place in the 2000m Steeple Chase and another 2nd in the 3000m 10m33.6s which was a PB. Trevor Crysall got 3rd in the triple jump 9.21m and 3rd in the long jump 4.47m. Trevor also did the javelin 23.01m. Mark Woods and M60 David Perman covered the remaining throws. Both throwing the senior men’s weight. In the discus Mark threw 19.82m and David 9.89m, the hammer Mark 20.13m, David 13.41m and the shot Mark 7.62m and David 4.39m. David also competed in the B long jump and gained valuable points in this really close match. In the ladies W35 Elizabeth Duffin won the 100m hurdles 26.4s, came 2nd in the Javelin 21.89m, Elizabeth also did the pole vault 1.50m, came 2nd in the B long jump and 2nd in the triple jump where she had to pull out after one jump because of injury. She claimed another 2nd in the B discus 14.12m. Nikki Whiffen did the A discus 15.52m, she won the B javelin 12.70m and also won the B hammer 20.97m. Daughter U17 Charlotte came 2nd in the A hammer 29.45m and did a PB with the 4kg shot 5.85m and went on to win the B 100m 14.2s. U17 Rosie Elspass clocked the same time in the A string 100m 14.2s, she came 2nd in the high jump 1.35m and 2nd in the long jump 4.40m.