Jan 24

Thetford AC host Norfolk County cross country championships

Thetford AC were the proud hosts of the 2018 Norfolk County Cross Country championships which took place at Barnham Common. There were a record number of entries as athletes from clubs all across the county came to compete on what proved to be a tough course, The Thetford didn’t disappoint and produced a number of outstanding performances.

First up were the U11’s who took on a 2km course with Daniel Clouston being the sole Thetford boy and finishing 9th place (9:53). First back, representing the girls, was Bethany Wilson finishing in 5th (10:10) who was followed by Evie Harris in a time of 10:43 placing her 11th. Completing the Thetford team of girls was Alicia Mae Howard who raced to a 14th place finish (11:04).

Next were the U13’s who tackled the longer course of 3km. Ollie Sanders finished 8th (12:28) with Charlie Garrod just behind in 10th place (13:01). Completing the course in 15:35 was Ewan Peck who finished a respectable 23rd.
In the girls event, Abigail Clouston finished a creditable 5th place (12:33) whilst Isabel Smythe raced home in 15th place (14.13).

The last of the Thetford juniors to compete were the U15’s who ran a 4km course. The only female competitor was Jessica Norkett who raced to an impressive 4th place (16:34). The first boy back was Ben Garrod who finished 6th (15:38), with Tyler Howard the next to return finishing 11th (16:26). Zak Mitchell completed the Thetford team coming home in 20th position (18:55). The impressive performances of the Thetford trio of U15 boys meant that they managed to claim the bronze medal in the team event.

Elsewhere some members of Thetford AC were competing in the Suffolk County Championships held at Culford School. In the U13 boys event, James Peck finished in an excellent 4th place (12:09) closely followed by his brother Ben Peck in 6th (12:46). Next to finish was Callum Wing in 20th position (15:49). These great individual performances also led to Thetford taking 3rd place in the team event.

Due to their performances in the Norfolk County Championships, Jessica Norkett and Abigail Clouston have gained automatic selection for the Norfolk team for the upcoming National Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships to be held at Loughborough. Likewise, James Peck has gained selection for the Suffolk team.

Dec 13

Ryston Runners XC

The third event in the Ryston Runners Grand Prix series held at Shouldham Warren was made even more interesting due to the wintery conditions.

In the U11 girls race Bethany Wilson stormed home in 2nd place with a time of 9:11 whilst Callum Wing, in the U11 boys event came 8th with a time of 9:44.

The seniors race was contested over a 6.5 Km course with Gary Malliband finishing 10th in the men’s V45 category in a time of 30:50 and Tina Plumley finished 2nd place in the women’s V45 category with a time 30:58.

Dec 12

Suffolk XC Results

The second event of the Suffolk XC series took place in Woodbridge the other week with our seniors taking on the challenging 5 mile course.  

Sabine Schaefer took the lead for Thetford AC with a time of 31:30 (PB) with Cliff Bailey following behind in a time of 32:01 and Steve Dickens in 37:42.

Dec 11

South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships

Several of Thetford AC’s junior athletes swapped the red and white vest of their club for their county colours, as they were selected to run for their county teams at the South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships held in Oxford. The athletes certainly did their club and county proud with some fantastic performances against the best athletes in the South of England in what was extremely cold and icy conditions.

Abigail Clouston, representing Norfolk, took on the 3km course in the Under 13 girls race and came home in 28th position in a time of 11:58. Next up, representing Suffolk, were brothers James and Ben Peck who were tackling the 3km U13 boys course. James finished in an outstanding 5th place with a time of 10:29, helping the Suffolk U13 boys team claim the gold medal in the team event. Ben Peck came home in 72nd position in a time of 11:30.

Next up, representing Norfolk in the U15 girls race, was Jessica Norkett who took on the 4.5km course. Jess finished a highly respectable 36th place with a time of 15:41.

The final Thetford athlete to have the honour of representing Norfolk was Ben Garrod. He tackled the 4.5km U15 boys course, finishing in a credible 93rd place with a time of 15:04 in what was his debut county race.

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.


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