Jul 16

Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog 2018

Brandon Fern Hoppers hosted the annual Wibbly Wobbly Forest Log Jog on Friday evening at High Lodge. The event was a very warm evening 5 mile forest run through undulating paths of Thetford Forest. TAC were victorious with Louise White finishing first female overall in a time of 34:46. A good turnout for the club followed with other members posting some great times – Jason Elrick 36:02, Natalie King 38:40 (2nd female), Richard Crewe 39:15, Sabine Schaefer 39:51, Andrew Smith 42:00, Richard Povey 42:23, Shirley Standley 47:19, Kayleigh Bailey 48:03, Russell Slattery 48:05, Allison West 51:25, Clare Slattery 55:14, Ann Kirton 55:49, Corinne West 59:33.

Jul 10

Lord Mayor’s 5k


The Lord Mayor’s 5k was first staged on 1996 and is widely regarded as the best 5k road race in the East of England. It immediately precedes the annual Lord Mayor’s Street Procession through Norwich city centre and provides an opportunity to race on a two-lap traffic-free course in front of an enthusiastic crowd estimated to exceed 50,000. The course has a strict 10 minute cut off at the half way point. Tyler Howard and Jason Elrick represented Thetford AC with very impressive times; Tyler in 19:06 and Jason in 20:50.

Jul 10

Norwich Standard Tri

Five Thetford athletes were in action at the annual Norwich Triathlon weekend. They all took part in the Standard distance triathlon (1500m lake swim, 40k bike, 10k run) at Whitlingham Lake near Norwich. The event saw Gary Malliband take on his first triathlon at this distance and for Karl Wright and Lukasz Ryzinski it was only their second time at this distance. First home for Thetford was Simon Smith in 2:09:06 for a course pb and 9th place overall. Charlotte Smith was 2nd female overall in 2:22:59, Gary Malliband 2:26:52 in 30th place, Karl Wright 2:30:46 for 40th place and Lukasz 2:37:55 in 57th place with a total of 146 athletes completing the course.

Jul 02

Holkham Half Ironman 2018

Thetford AC members Steve Dickens and Simon Smith competed in the beautiful setting of Holkham Hall at the OSB Half Ironman 70.3 event. The event attracted over 1200 competitors and  began with a 1900m lake swim continuing into an undulating bike ride of 56 miles followed by a blistering hot 13.1 mile run. Both did amazingly well in the hot conditions, Steve finishing in 6:02:36 and Simon in 4:47:44 (5th in age group).

Jul 02

Harling 10k 2018

Thetford runners were out in force during the heatwave at the East Harling 10k on Sunday 1st July. Nine members of TAC took on the annual event hosted by Harling AC with a record 339 finishers. First home for Thetford was Jason Elrick in 43:34 followed closely by Karl Wright 43:37. TAC’s first female finisher was Sabine Schaefer in 44:11 (course pb and 2nd in age group) with Natalie King next in 44:48 (pb and 3rd in age group). Other results were – Richard Crewe 44:09, Stacey Owen 51:34, Linda Cusack 52:16, Kelly Mcgill 54:21, Martin Godfrey 56:42

Jun 22

Fritton Lake Olympic Triathlon

Karl Wright and Lukasz Ryzinski of Thetford AC competed in the Fritton Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon at the weekend. Both taking on the distance of 1500m lake swim, 40k bike, 10k run for the first time at the picturesque setting of Fritton Lake. Conditions were warm and windy with Karl completing the course in 2:27:59 for 51st place, Lukasz followed in 2:36:37 for 77th place.

Jun 18

TAC Member in 24hr Run Fundraiser

Phill Bower from TAC and colleague Mark Jacklin took on the Suffolk Trail Festival 24 hour run to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds. At the weekend they took turns to run one 8km lap before handing over to the other and vice versa for the whole 24 hour period. They achieved their goal of 200km which gained them first place in the 2 man team event for running the furthest distance. The route was a beautiful cross country loop and was more undulating than expected. They received much support along their journey from fellow runners, locals and also a visit from a representative from the Hospice.

They would like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship. If you would like to make a donation this can still be done at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2623-squadron-rauxaf

Congratulations to them both from all at TAC!

Jun 06

Team GB Star Gives Coaching Advice

Thetford AC had the pleasure of hosting a coaching session by newly retired Team GB 800m athlete Jenny Meadows and her husband Trevor Painter, who is also the current U20 Team GB coach.

Throughout her career Jenny has won 7 major championship medals and is the 4th fastest British female 800m athlete.

After recently retiring she has now turned her attention to coaching and inspiring the next generation of athletes along with being a pacemaker in major races.

The husband and wife team delivered a running mechanics workshop along with a question and answer session for all junior and senior members which proved a great experience and insight for everyone at the club and something which all members will benefit from.



Jun 05

Culford Triathlon attracts TAC members

Many of TAC’s members took part in the local Culford Sprint Triathlon at the weekend. In perfect weather conditions the athletes took on the 300m pool swim, 21k bike and 4k run course. For Richard Crewe it was only his second ever triathlon and for many others perhaps just their 3rd or 4th and finishing with many course pb’s.

Charlotte Smith finished as 1st female overall in 57:49 with her husband Simon finishing in 53:00 and 4th overall and 1st in his age group. Gary Malliband achieved a course pb in 59:13 and finished 2nd in age group, Karl Wright 1:00:11 another course pb, Lukasz Ryzinski 1:01:04 again another course pb, Richard Crewe 1:07:29, Brian Wright 1:14:03 2nd in age group.

Jun 02

Quad Kids Norwich

The first in the popular Quad Kids series was held at the Sportspark, University of East Anglia and proved a successful day for the young Thetford AC athletes. During the Quad Kids competitions athletes are tested across 4 events which includes a sprint, endurance run, howler throw and long jump. The athletes score points depending on how they do in each event and the points are totalled up at the end to give each athlete an overall points total.

In the Year 4&5 event Alfie Findlay (80m: 12.5, 600m: 2:13, long jump: 1.67m and howler: 22.3m) came 7th overall.

Monty Findlay (80m: 12.7, 600m: 2:25, long jump: 1.83m, howler: 20.7m) came 10th overall.

Thomas Norkett (80m: 12.6, 600m: 2.21, long jump: 1.56m, howler: 18.5m) came 16th overall.

Ronnie Hughes came 23rd overall (80m: 14.0, 600m: 2:34, long jump: 1.45m, howler: 23.0m).


In the Year 6&7 event Ewan Peck came 7th overall (100m: 15.5, 800m: 3:10, long jump: 3.60m, howler: 29.9m).

Isabel Smythe came 2nd overall and claimed the silver medal (100m: 15.3, 800m: 2:52, long jump: 3.82m, howler: 22.1m).

Alicia-Mae Howard came 10th overall (100m: 16.9, 800m: 3.13, long jump: 3.20m, howler: 21.5m).


The next event in the Quad Kids series will be held on May 19th in Thetford.

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