Jan 14

Ryston XC Race 4

Ryston Runners hosted the fourth race in the Cross Country series at the weekend. In dry and windy conditions Thetford Athletics Club juniors brought home some great results with James Peck and his brother Ben storming home both in 1st place for the U13 and U15 Boys. Callum Wing had a strong run finishing in 9th place for the U13 boys. The U13 girls also remained powerful with a 3rd and 4th place finish for Bethany Wilson and Isabel Smythe in the U13 girls. For the Seniors it was a 5k race with Simon Smith in the 40-44 age group first back for Thetford in 18:14 for 2nd place. Karl Wright followed in 19:27 for 14th place, Gary Malliband shortly after in 20:37 for 7th place and Brian Wright 3rd place in the 65-69 age group in 25:09. For the Senior Ladies Charlotte Smith finished 1st in her age group in 21:18 and Liz Peck 2nd in the same age group in 24:50.


Jan 10

Thetford Host Regional XC Championships

Around 450 athletes from across the county descended on Thetford’s Barnham Common on Sunday for this years Norfolk County Cross Country Championships, hosted by Thetford AC and its team of volunteers.

Competing for the first time in a TAC vest were Charlie Fowler and Olivia Pitchford, Charlie finished in a strong 15th place and Olivia came home in 29th. In the U13’s the boys were represented by Jake Dorbin in 10th place, Daniel Clouston in 14th and Ewan Peck in 23rd. Bethany Wilson was first home for Thetford with 9th place in the U13 Girls while Isabel Smythe came in for 14th and Alicia-Mae Howard in 20th. Both the boys and girls Thetford teams earned 4th place overall. The sole competitor for Thetford in the U15’s was Abigail Clouston finishing in 10th place. The last race for the juniors was the U17’s; contesting the 6.8km course Tyler Howard produced a strong performance racing home to an 8th place finish.

Jessica Norkett had a medal winning run finishing in 3rd place and taking home the bronze medal. This performance also guaranteed Jess a place in the Norfolk County team for the forthcoming National Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Loughborough.

There was more success to follow in the Senior races with Kevin Vaughan bringing home the gold medal and county title for the Masters 55-59 race. Another medal followed with Louise White produced a strong run to bring home a silver medal for the Ladies 40-44 category. Richard Crewe finished in 16th place in the Mens 40-44 category and Tim Gunter in 12th place in the 55-59 age group.

Jan 09

1000 Miles for 2018

Eight TAC athletes completed the 1000 miles run challenge for 2018. Kelly McGill, Clare Slattery, Richard Crewe, Avril Squire, Lauren Goldsmith, Natalie King, Allison West and Louise White all received a memento medal for their huge achievement of running 1000 miles in 2018.

Dec 31

Barrow Half Marathon 2018

Shirley Standley was the sole TAC runner at the Barrow Half Marathon post Christmas 2018. Shirley closed the year with a successful  finish time of 1:59:39.

Dec 16

Woodbridge host second XC Race in Suffolk Series

Thetford Junior and Senior runners took on the second race in the Suffolk Cross Country league in Woodbridge. Thetford AC were well represented in both events; the Juniors came home with some fantastic results. For the U17 boys Tyler Howard was 1st, Abigail Clouston was 1st U15 female and Bethany Wilson 2nd U13 female. Still to follow was Daniel Clouston 6th boy U13, Ewan Peck 13th boy U13 and Alicia Mae Howard 10th female U13. In the Senior 5 mile race it was Simon Smith to finish first Thetford athlete for 7th in his age group. Karl Wright followed for 25th in age group, Gary Malliband 24th, Stephanie Clouston 4th and Wendy Howard 23rd.

Dec 09

South of England Regional County Action


Some of the best athletes from the South of England travelled to Oxford for the South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships where strong winds proved challenging.

Having the honour of being selected to represent Norfolk were Thetford AC athletes Jessica Norkett, Tyler Howard and Abigail Clouston.

Abigail Clouston was the first of the Thetford trio to race, competing in the U15 Girls race which was contested over 4km. Abigail finished the tough course in 79th place (16:04) and was the 6th Norfolk athlete to cross the line.

Tyler Howard was next up in the 5km U17 men’s race. Against a strong field, Tyler finished the race in a competitive 95th place (18:29) and was the 7th Norfolk athlete Home.

Jessica Norkett was next up for Norfolk in the U17 women’s 5km race. With conditions deteriorating Jess competed well against a tough field, racing home to an impressive 11th place (18:48) and was the 1st Norfolk athlete to cross the finish line.

James and Ben Peck had the honour of representing Suffolk in the same competition. Ben Peck was first off in the U13 boys race, contested over 3km. Ben put in a superb bronze medal winning performance, coming home in 3rd place and was the 1st Suffolk athlete to finish.

James Peck contested the 4km Under 15 boys race for Suffolk, finishing in an impressive 13th place (14:10) and was the 2nd Suffolk athlete Home.

All of the Thetford athletes did themselves proud and will be working hard to try to impress the selectors and earn another chance to wear their County colours at the National Championships in March, if selected.


Dec 09

Ryston host third XC race in series

Ryston Runners hosted their third cross country race of the season with Thetford AC bringing home some great results. In the Juniors 3k race Bethany Wilson and Callum Wing represented the club with Bethany finishing 1st female in the U13 in 12:12 and Callum achieving a PB in the boys U13 in 12:58. In the Seniors 6.5k race Simon Smith finished 1st in his age group in 24:28, Karl Wright 9th in age group in 26:13, Gary Malliband achieved a PB in 27:38 for 5th place in age group, Charlotte Smith was 1st in age group in 29:14, Liz Peck followed shortly after for 3rd in 32:24 (PB) and Brian Wright was placed 3rd in the 65+ age group in a speedy 33:43.

Dec 07

Santa Fun Run 5k

TAC members took part in the annual 5k Santa Fun Run at the weekend and celebrated with mince pies at the finish!

Nov 29

Suffolk League Opener



The 2018/19 Suffolk Cross Country League began at Framlingham with the stunning backdrop of Framlingham Castle. This picturesque course includes racing around the moat and proves a popular venue.

For the juniors, Ewan Peck completed the U15 boys course to finish in 15th place. Tyler Howard was victorious in the U17 boys event, racing to 1st place.

For the seniors, Thetford Athlete Karl Wright finished in 38th place and Gary Malliband came home in 27th place in the over 45 age group.

Nov 29

Regional Success for Norkett


Jessica Norkett’s Cross Country season got off to a flying start by claiming the Eastern Regional Cross Country Championship crown. The championships, held at Chantry Park in Ipswich, saw Jess compete in her first race in the U17’s after moving up an age group. Jess completed the undulating 6km course in a time of 22:33, finishing 33 seconds ahead of the rest of the field to take the U17 women’s title.

The other athlete to compete for Thetford AC in this championship was Jake Dorbin. Jake, competing in these championships for the first time, raced in the U13 boys race.

Against a strong field, Jake finished in an impressive 12th place, completing the 3km course in 11:26.

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