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The cross-country season came to a close at the weekend
at Ryston with Thetford Athletics Club left celebrating on several fronts.
The Ryston Runners Cross-Country Event comprises of a series of monthly races near Shouldham Thorpe taking place between October and March.
A number of Thetford athletes had individually successful seasons with, most notably, a clean sweep of the medals taking place in the U13 Boys age group where Aiden Try took gold, with the silver going to Jamie Fairweather and the bronze to Tom Mead.
The junior men's title was won by Joe Kirton with Stacey Owen and Sam Wing taking the silver and bronze medals respectively in the senior ladies category.With over 15 athletes from Thetford rewarded for their regular participation in the Ryston series and an increasing number of athletes finishing in higher order places, Thetford Athletics Club were left celebrating 2nd place in the Team Award and also achieved the much-coveted 'Most Improved Club' trophy.
Two Thetford Athletic Club runners took part in last Sunday's Virgin London Marathon. On an unexpectedly warm sunny day, Richard Dolman and Audrey Norbury (pictured) both completed the 26.2 mile course in very respectable times.
Richard, who was running the marathon for his second time, covered the distance in 3hours 52 minutes - a personal best by some 28 minutes. Audrey was running London for the fourth time and finished in 4 hours 14 minutes, raising £750 for her chosen charity, St. Nicholas Hospice Care. Having trained through a snowy and bitterly cold winter, ironically marathon day was the warmest day of the year so far. Both athletes are, however, very pleased with their performances and now enjoying a well earned rest.
Thetford AC were also represented in the recent Bungay marathon with Melanie Floyd (pictured) coming home in 5:22.
Three junior athletes from Thetford Athletics Club made a solid start to the Quad Kids track and field season at Kings Lynn. The four-fixture competition which continues throughout the season is aimed at athletes from school years 3 through to year 8 with each athlete required to compete in four separate disciplines; a sprint, middle-distance run, throwing event and a jump. Each athlete collects points along the way which increase as their performance improves with points from each leg of the competition being taken forward to the next stage.
Cameron Try (left) produced personal bests in 3 out of his 4 events with 11.9s for his 75m sprint, 24.95m for the vortex throw and 1.88m standing long jump. Jessica Norkett (centre) produced personal bests across the board with a 12.3s 75m sprint, 2:18.9 for her 600m run, 1.59m standing long jump and a 14.45m vortex throw. Adam Moore (right) secured personal bests with his vortex throw of 25.66m and his standing long jump of 1.74m.
Thetford Athletics Club have also had adult representation in competition once again with Sarah Robinson taking part in her first marathon in London on 21 April. Having torn some tendons in her ankle and leg six weeks prior to the event, she had missed a lot of training and had to walk rather than run, but was determined to complete the course. Despite never having trained past 14 miles and some very painful blisters, she finished in a time of 7:36:57. Sarah was raising money for Arthritis Research UK as her husband has suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis for a number of years and raised almost £400.00