Sep 10

Boxend Triathlon Weekend

Simon Smith, Gary Malliband and Karl Wright were all in triathlon action at the weekend. Simon was first up on Saturday competing at the Boxend Sprint National Championship Triathlon, competing in distances of 750m swim, 12.5 mile bike and 3.2 mile off road run Simon powered home in a time of 1:09:40 for 6th place in his age group. Gary and Karl were up next on the Sunday taking part in the Standard distance European Qualifier Triathlon covering distances of 1500m swim, 28 mile bike and 6.2 mile off road run. Gary clocked a finish time of 2:42:02 for 9th place in his age group with Karl following in 2:48:38 and 24th in his age group.

Sep 05

Eton Dorney Triathlon

Gary Malliband travelled to Eton Dorney lakes (venue of the 2012 Olympic rowing events) to take part in the Standard Distance Triathlon. In a mass start (the first in a long time) Gary took on the 1500m swim in the 19 degree water followed by 8 loops of a fast flat 25 mile bike course followed by a similar 6.2 mile run. The weather was a little chilly to start but with light winds turned out to be the perfect temperature for Gary to clock a finishing time of 2:15:07 to take 3rd place in his age group.

Aug 09

Culford Triathlon

Thetford AC triathletes were met with some cool and breezy conditions at the local Culford Sprint Triathlon at the weekend. The pool based triathlon consisted of a 300m swim, 12 mile bike and 2.4 mile run all based at Culford School. There were course pb’s for Gary Malliband, Karl Wright, Lukasz Rysinski and Richard Crewe. Gary finished in 58:40 for 2nd in his age group with Karl closely behind in 59:30 for 5th in his age group. Lukasz 1:01:00 (2nd in age group) and Richard 1:04:48 (7th in age group). Also competing for Thetford were newcomer Sara Santillo who achieved a time of 1:15:57 and 2nd place in the female 40-44 category and Brian Wright who is a regular to this event in 1:23:04 for 3rd in the 65-69 age category.

Aug 05

Norfolk County Championships

Norfolk County Track and Field Championships 2021 – Day 1

Several of Thetford AC’s junior athletes took part in day 1 of this year’s Norfolk County Championships, held at the UEA. There were lots of medals won with great performances from all.

In the U15 age group Alicia Mae Howard achieved pb’s all round, taking home the bronze medal after finishing 3rd in the shot (8.21m) and then 5th place in the javelin (22.45m).

Tom Norkett won the bronze medal, finishing 3rd in the discus with a pb throw of 20.92m.

Racing in the 800m, Jake Dorbin finished just outside the medals in 4th place with a time of 2:13.2.

In the U20 age group Asha Soanes made it a treble of medals, finishing 3rd in the long jump with a jump of 4.88m, 2nd in the shot (9.18m) and then taking the gold medal in the Javelin (30.95m) to become County Champion.

Jessica Norkett then successfully became 800m County Champion, winning with a new pb of 2:14.5.

It was a great day with TAC hoping to continue the success on day 2 of the Championships at the end of August.

Aug 03

East Anglian League Report

East Anglian League Action

There was finally league action for Thetford Athletics Club juniors, with the East Anglian League being held for the first time at Great Yarmouth following the easing of Covid restrictions.

In the U11 age group Poppy Findlay ran the 80m, coming first in her heat in 13.1 seconds with Lyla Pitchford clocking 13.3 seconds to finish 3rd. Lyla also jumped 3.13m in the long jump, finishing in 7th place.


The U13 age group saw Olivia Pitchford finish 4th in the 100m in 15.5 seconds and 4th in the long jump with a leap of 3.58m.

Making her East Anglian League debut, Rosie Jackson finished 4th in the 200m with a time of 33.3 seconds. She then came home in 3rd place in the 800m with a great time of 2:43.9.


Bethany Wilson, the sole Thetford AC U15 girl came 2nd in the 1500m with a new pb of 5:13.1. The under 15 boys saw Alfie Findlay come 1st in the 800m B string (2:33.5) with Jake Dorbin finishing in 3rd place in the A string setting a new PB of 2:12.7.

Thomas Norkett finished in 3rd place in the discus with a pb throw of 18.06m and then followed this up with a 1st place in the Hammer (22.18m).


In the Senior Women’s age group, Jess Norkett ran the 400m for the first time, finishing in 1st place in a time of 59.7 seconds. She then set a new pb in the 200m, finishing in 1st place with a time of 27.8 seconds.

Asha Soanes jumped 4.84m in the long jump to finish in 3rd place. She also finished 2nd in the shot with a throw of 8.22m and then threw the javelin 29.58m to take 1st place.

Floyd Scott was the only senior male athlete and finished in 2nd place in the 100m (12.6) and 3rd in the 200m with a time of 25.8 seconds.

Jul 15

England Standard Distance Triathlon Championships Success


Charlotte and Simon Smith travelled to Woodhorn Museum (near Newcastle) to take part in the Triathlon England Standard Distance Championships at the weekend. The standard distance race (1500m lake swim, 28 mile bike and 6 mile run) was held at the museum sight where the fast and furious bike course incorporated a scenic coastal route and the trail run course flowed around the lake and through transition several times to engage with some very supportive spectators. After a forecast of heavy showers the weather was warm and breezy with Simon finishing in 2:19:19 for 6th place in his age group. Charlotte completed the course in 2:29:22 to claim gold in her age group and an impressive 3rd place overall.

Jul 12

Holkham Middle Distance Triathlon Success


The stunning grounds of Holkham Hall set the scene for the Holkham Middle Distance 70.3 Triathlon at the weekend. Three TAC athletes took part in the swim, bike, run event consisting of  a 1900m lake swim, 56 mile undulating bike course and a 13.1 mile rolling run around the Holkham estate. Conditions were warm and breezy and Simon Smith was the first TAC competitor to finish in a course PB of 4:42:40 for a very impressive 3rd place in his age group of 171 athletes. Next to finish was Karl Wright – again a course PB in 5:28:22 and 44th of 164 in his age group. It was first time on this course for Lukasz Ryzinski who finished in 6:10:14 for 106th place in his age group.


Jul 05

Triathlon and Half Marathon achievements

Gary Malliband has been in action twice in the last month – firstly in the Nottingham 70.3 triathlon (postponed from 2020) after a long wait due to covid and a lot of training Gary was finally able to take part in the event which consisted of a 1900m swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. After a weather forecast that predicted a wet race it actually turned out to be mainly dry and Gary recorded a personal best for that distance covering the course (and its amended and rather large transition area) in 5:16:40.

Two weeks later Gary was back in action after a last minute entry into the Holkham Half Marathon. The race was held in the beautiful grounds of Holkham Hall and included off road, paths and undulations. Gary clocked another personal best for that distance of 1:36:35 and finished a very impressive 3rd in his age group.

Jun 15

Norwich Half Marathon Success

After a chilly May, temperatures warmed up at the weekend for Linda Cusack who took part in the Norwich Half Marathon. Under blue skies and 25 degrees Linda finished 1st in her age group in a time of 2:15:26

Jun 08

Grafham Water Middle Distance Tri

Simon Smith was at Grafham Water at the weekend taking part in the Grafham Middle Distance Triathlon. In his first triathlon in 2 years (due to covid) it was great to be back racing at the event which consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Weather conditions were ideal on the undulating bike course with light winds and the temperature warmed up for the run. Simon completed the course in a time of 4:36:03 for 5th in his age group and a personal best at that distance.

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