PWAC Press Report – 7th August 2023

Paddock Wood AC hosted their Startrack Athletics week, held at their track at Puntland’s leisure centre. They have been holding the event for over 32 years. Over 45 children with ages ranging from 6 to 15 years took part. Each day they had to chance to try all of the athletics events including high jump, hammer and javelin. On Thursday the children were divided into 3 teams named this year from cities which have hosted or are going to host the Olympic Games Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris. Each child then competed in a run, jump and throw to earn points for their team. On Friday afternoon teams went head to head in an obstacle relay to add to the scores. Individual winners were Oliver Denton who scored 69 points wining the boys 6/7 category and Tamsin Baker the girls with 67pts. In the 8/9 ages Stanley Thomas took it for the boys 120pts and Jemima Baker won the girls 128pts. 10/11s was won by Austin Day with 135pts and Jola Fasakin for the girls 143pts. It was a close thing in the 12 plus group with Harry Lenham wining for the 2nd year running with 148pts. Abi Seal taking the girls trophy 167pts.

It was a disappointing turn out for the last in the Southern Counties Masters league held at Central Park Dartford the previous week. Just two ladies took part. These two ladies have competed in all of the matches in the league this season. Trying to cover as many events as possible W40 Elizabeth Bignell came 2nd in the in the long jump with a seasons best 3.23m, 2nd in the discus and cleared a height in the high jump to get a point 1.05m. W60 Teresa Hinton ran the 100m 18.5s, she won the high jump 1.10m jumped 2.81m in the long jump and came 3rd in the discus. Also the previous week M70 David Perman competed in the Blackheath and Bromley Open Summer meeting at Norman Park throwing a seasons best with the 4K hammer 17.56m.

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