Nov 24

Snetterton Half Marathon, 19th November

Over at Snetterton Race Circuit on Sunday was the annual Half Marathon, this course consists of three 7km laps around the iconic race circuit to make up the relatively flat 13.1 miles.

Thetford AC seniors were out in force at this event with Karl Wright leading the charge for the team with a time of 01:33:20 shortly followed by Louise White with a time of 01:33:40 (PB).

Following in their footsteps for Thetford AC were also Jason Elrick (01:36:31), Richard Dolman (01:36:21), Charlie Stone (01:36:35), Richard Crewe (01:37:36), Łukasz Ryziński (01:43:46), Paul Rayner (01:44:03), Ray Reeves (01:45:32), Natalie King (01:46:07), Gary Malliband (01:48:03), Paul Taverner (01:53:45), Kayleigh Bailey (02:03:41) and Julie Reeves (02:26:40)

Nov 23

Ryston XC Series, 19th November

The second race of the Ryston Runners Grand Prix series took place at a sunny Shouldham Warren. Thetford athlete Monty Findlay was the sole representative in the U9 boys race and over 800m, finished in 14th position with a time of 3:34.

The U11 girls event saw Bethany Wilson race to a 2nd place finish, tackling the 2km course in a time of 8:49, followed by Alicia-Mae Howard in 7th with a time of 9:42.
Competing for the U11 boys was Callum Wing who finished in 12th position (9:16) and Alfie Findlay who completed the course in 9:36 and a 17th place finish.

Following on from the juniors was the seniors race which was competed over a distance of 9km, setting the trend for the Thetford senior athletes was Kevin Vaughan who was victorious in the men’s V50 category in a time of 31:49.

Following in Kevin’s foot steps was Sabine Schaefer who was victorious in the women’s V40 category with a time of 36:46. Also representing the club in the women’s V45 category were Tina Plumley who finished 4th (41:17) and Ann Kirton (51:51), Wendy Howard was also competing in the women’s V40 category finishing 9th with time of 50:41

– Jessica Norkett

Nov 22

Eton Dorney, 18th November

On Saturday both Charlotte Smith and Steve Dickens went to Eton Dorney to represent the club in a standard and sprint duathlons respectively.

Charlotte Smith competed in the standard distance consisting of a 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run, Charlotte finished with a time of 2:20:53 and came 3rd female overall.

Steve Dickens competed in the sprint distance consisting of a 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run. Steve finished with a time of 1:21:06 and came 13th overall and 7th in the veteran age group category.

Nov 21

Eastern counties xc champs, Nowton park, 18th November

Thetford athletes proved their good form at the recent Eastern Athletics Cross Country Championships held at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds.

U13 girl Abigail Clouston got the day off to flying start with a 2nd place finish, tackling the 3km course in a time of 12:27. Also in the same race was Isabel Smythe who finished in 18th position in a time of 14:08. In the U13 boys race Thetford had a number of great performances resulting in them claiming the 3rd place team prize.

James Peck was the first Thetford athlete home finishing in silver medal position with a time of 10:59, followed by Ben Peck who completed the course in a time of 11:55, placing him 8th. Next in 13th position with a time of 12:15 was Oliver Sanders followed by Ewan peck who finished a respectable 32nd in a time of 14:03.

The sole Thetford athlete in the U15 girls race was Jessica Norkett who completed the 4km course in a time of 16:24, placing her 6th. Ben Garrod was the first of the U15 boys home completing the course in 15:17, also placing him in 6th position. Tyler Howard came home in 14th place with a time of 16:06 which rounded up a great day of performances for the Thetford athletes.

– Jessica Norkett

Nov 20

Framlingham XC, 5th November

The picturesque backdrop of Framlingham Castle was the setting for the first of the Suffolk Winter League cross country series and it proved to be a very good day for the Thetford athletes.
Kicking off the day was Thomas Norkett who was the sole competitor in the U11 fun run, completing the 800m course in a time of 3:58 placing him 12th overall.

First home in the U15 boys race, tackling the 4km course was Ben Garrod in 3rd place with a time of 13:42. Tyler Howard followed in 9th spot finishing the course in a respectable time of 14:44. Completing the Thetford charge was Zak Mitchell who finished in 16th place in a time of 16:40.
The only Thetford competitor in the U13 age group was Ewan peck, he tackled the same distance and completed the course in a time of 17:14 finishing in 15th position.

Following on from the juniors was the seniors race which was contested over approximately a 5 mile course divided up into two laps. First home for the seniors was Louise White in a time of 39:13 coming 2nd in the women’s V40 category, shortly followed by Cliff Bailey with a time of 40:18 who was victorious in the men’s V55 category. Also completing the course with respectable times were Sabine Schaefer (42:37), Tina Plumley (46:54), Steve DIckens (48:13), Wendy Howard (59:54) and Ann Kirton (60:04).

Nov 14

Thetford AC endure the cold winds

On Sunday six of Thetford AC athletes endured the really cold winds to take part in the Stowmarket Scenic 7, a unique picturesque 7 mile race in Suffolk which is relatively flat with only a couple of undulations.

The course starts at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre and heads out through Onehouse and Harleston then makes a three-mile loop back to Harleston before returning along the same route through Onehouse and back to the finish.

Out of the 423 competitors first home for Thetford was Jason Elrick in 56th place with a time of 49:08 followed by Richard Crewe in 86th with a time of 52:04. Natalie King finished 118th with a time of 54:34 and Kayleigh Bailey finished 197th in 59:22, finishing with a joint time of 01:07:49 were both Wendy Howard and Ann Kirton in 314th and 315th place respectively.


Nov 01

Racing News

This week Thetford AC athletes were out in force taking part in several events around the country, ranging from 10km in Suffolk, 10 miles in Cambridgeshire and a Marathon in East Sussex.

East Sussex

Over in East Sussex was Sabine Schaefer who took part in the Beachy Head marathon on Saturday. It took place down at Eastbourne, Sussex and with 1500 runners in its 21st year it was a massive event which involved over 300 steps and 3500ft of elevation including the Seven Sisters hills on the coastline.

It was a gruelling but beautiful course which generally takes runners 45mins to an hour longer than a normal flat road marathon, Sabine completed the course in 4hr 19min and finished 30th female out of 869.


In Cambridgeshire was a race known as Fenland 10, the event takes part in West Walton and consists of a fast flat 10 mile winding route through the local villages. This years race saw 310 runners looking to get a personal best, amongst them were 5 of Thetford AC athletes who all achieved a that goal.

First home for Thetford AC was Karl Wright finishing in a time of 01:07:22 (PB) achieving 15th place in the men’s senior category, following closely behind was Louise White who claimed victory in the women’s V40 category with a time of 01:10:48.

Lukasz Ryzinski who was competing for the first time in a 10 mile race finished in 23rd place in the men’s senior category with a time of 01:12:59 (PB). Stephanie Clouston finished 7th in the women’s V45 category with a time of 01:23:02 (PB) and Liz Saxton claimed 16th place in the women’s senior category with a time of 01:31:40 (PB).


In Suffolk was the Bury St Edmunds running festival hosted by HaverSports which included a 10km race, a Half Marathon and a full Marathon. Representing the club in the 10km event was Stacey Daniel Owen who finished 5th in the women’s V30 category with a time of 46min 29sec, Jason Elrick finished 12th place for the men’s V40 category with a time of 40min 30sec.

Also representing the club in the Half Marathon was Natalie King who finished 14th in the women’s V40 category with a time of 1hr 56min and Tony Cantle came 3rd in the men’s V50 category with a time of 1h 40min, running the full Marathon distance was Luvuyo Mfazew, who finished 15th in the men’s V30 category with a time of 6hr 11min.

Oct 25

Racing News

Racing on Sunday 22nd; three of Thetford AC athletes who took part in the Trowse 10k race hosted by City of Norwich Athletic Club on the southern outskirts of Norwich.

The two lap course takes you along quiet roads through the heart of Trowse and close to Whitlingham Hall and is value for money with beautiful scenery and great viewing opportunities for supporters and spectators.

Representing Thetford AC were Richard Crew, Jason Elrick and Kayleigh Bailey.  First home for Thetford was Richard in a time of 43:04 shortly followed by Jason Elrick with a time of 44:24 and Kayleigh with a time of 54:00.

Oct 23

Smith takes victory in Triathlon England East Region League

On Wednesday 18th, Triathlon England hosted their AGM at Stansted, London. Including the AGM they also presented the Individual East Region awards to the respected winners in all the different age categories.

Representing Thetford Athletic Club amongst the winners was Charlotte Smith who was awarded 1st for the Veteran Women category, the trophy was presented by Jonathan Davies who is the chief ‘Technical Official’ and often at some of the races in the region.

Overall the club came 25th out of 54, achieving some great results both for the club and individually were Simon Smith who came 8th in the Veteran Men category, in the same category was Steve Dickens who came a respectable 106th place and Karl Wright who was 22nd in the Senior Men category.

The club has had a great first year of triathlons and duathlons within the region and is looking forward to the next season. If you wish to know more about the club please contact us via our website.

Oct 20

Smiths Qualify for European Championship

Four Thetford AC athletes took part in the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon, an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.

Simon Smith, Charlotte Smith and Daniel Ward all took part in the standard distance of 10km run, 40km bike and a 5km run, both Simon and Charlotte Smith qualified for the standard European duathlon Championship next year in Ibiza by coming 2nd in their age group’s respectively.

Charlotte came 9th female overall in a time of 02:18:23, Simon was 12th overall with a time of 01:59:50 and Dan finished in a respectable 49th overall and 7th in his age group time of 02:09:13.

Also at Bedford was Steve Dickens who competed in the sprint duathlon distance which consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run. Steve finished in 01:08:54 and 17th in his age group, 138th overall.

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