Over 60 children took part in the annual Paddock Wood AC week of athletics last week. In its 29th year the children aged from 6-15 years were coached in a range of athletic events including high jump, javelin, hurdles and relays. The week culminated in a competition with all children doing a run, jump and throw to gain points for their teams which this year were World Athletics host citied; London, Doha, Beijing and Moscow. The individual age group winners were awarded a trophy. In the 6-7 years the best boy was Alfie Austin and the best girl Kelsie Allcorn. In the 8-9 years the best boy was Dennis Roberts and the girl’s winner was Maise Chalken, 10-11 years best boy was Maurice Roberts with Briony Young taking the girl’s prize. In the older group, 12s and over, Lucy Tallon won it for the 3rd year in a row and Alex Stone won the boys. The winning team were London, who all received medals.
On the Sunday the juniors were at the last Kent Young Athletes league held at Medway Park, Gillingham. With so many away on holiday all teams were slightly depleted, but Paddock Wood AC, in a joint team with Folkestone RR, had some good results. Once again Joe Stone and Joseph Hyland topped the javelin, with Joe taking the A with a PB of 34.10m a grade 1 performance and Joseph winning the B 24.76. Joe went on to come 2nd in the A long jump 4.74m and Joseph 3rd in the B 3.78m a PB. In the 200m Joe was again 2nd equalling his PB 27.0s, whilst Joseph did the 75mH 16.6s. In the U15 girls Jess Penny ran a PB in her hurdles 13.2s, she jumped 4.15m in the long jump and 1.25m in the high jump. U15 Harvey Fordham won the high jump 1.72 and the B long jump 4.94 and threw the javelin for the first time in a non-scoring event 28.31m. Alex Stone threw a PB in the javelin 36.52m a grade 2 throw. He also filled in on the hammer to gain extra points throwing 19.51m and putt a PB in the shot 10.02m. Liam Simms covered the 300m 41.3s a PB and the 100m 12.6s and ran both the 4x100m and 4x300m relays.