Jan 16

Norfolk XC Championships


Hundreds of athletes from all over the County descended on Barnham Common for the 2020 Norfolk County Cross Country Championships, hosted by Thetford Athletic Club.

As well as being hosts, Thetford AC also had a good number of athletes taking part with Rosie-Mae Jackson being first up in the U11 girls race, contested over 2km. Rosie-Mae finished in 8th place with Charlie Fowler taking 16th place and Alex Collings 22nd in the U11 boys race.

The 3km Under 13 girls race saw a trio of athletes take part. Billie-Jordan Butler was just outside the medals finishing in 4th with Bethany Wilson next in 13th followed by Alicia Mae Howard in 17th place. The trio took home a bronze medal, with the team finishing 3rd overall.

Another medal followed for Thetford in the U13 boys event with Jake Dorbin racing home to a 3rd place finish with Daniel Clouston just behind in 5th place. Alfie Findlay was next for Thetford in 20th place followed by Jacob Campbell in 23rd. The trio of Jake, Daniel and Alfie were awarded a silver medal with the team finishing in 2nd place overall.

The sole Thetford athlete in the 4.2km U15 girls race was Natalia Jaworska who finished 17th. Ewan Peck completed the line up of Thetford juniors, finishing in 20th place in the U15 boys race.

For the Senior members of Thetford a 6 mile course awaited them. First back for the club was Kevin Vaughan to claim 2nd place in the male 55-59 age group. Karl Wright finished 18th in his age group whilst Louise White finished shortly after for 2nd place in the ladies 40-44 age group. Gary Malliband and Richard Crewe were next in 18th and 23rd place in the male 45-49 age group.


On the same day the Suffolk County Cross Country Championships was held at Culford School. Thetford AC had 3 athletes entered into these championships with Callum Wing first up to contest the 3km U13 boys race where he finished in 25th place.

Next to race in the 4.2km U15 boys race was Ben and James Peck. Ben took the bronze medal, racing home to a 3rd place finish with James just outside the medals in 4th.

Jan 13

Ryston Runners Cross Country

Thetford AC Junior and Seniors were well represented at the fourth round of the Ryston Runners Cross Country Series at the weekend. In the U9 Girls it was Poppy Findlay finishing in 9th place in 3:46, Bethany Wilson for the U13 Girls finishing in 2nd place in 12:12, and 2 podiums for the U13 Boys with Callum Wing 2nd in 12:18 followed closely by Alfie Findlay in 3rd 12:21. Next up it was the Seniors on the 5k course with Kevin Vaughan victorious in his 55-59 age group category in 18:06. Next was Karl Wright in 19:11 for 9th place and Tony Cantle 4th in the 60-64 age group in 23:01.

Jan 09

Thetford AC goes International!

Sabine Schaefer represented Thetford AC in the Dubener Silvesterlauf 10k (New Years Eve 10k), back in her local town in Germany. Sabine flew the flag for Thetford AC around the undulating Cross Country course finishing 2nd in her age group and 3rd female overall in 44:33.

Jan 09

Woodbridge XC Suffolk League

It was race 2 in the Suffolk Cross Country League held in Woodbridge that brought home some great results for Thetford AC. In the Junior 2 mile race it was Jake Dorbin and Bethany Wilson both finishing 2nd in their age groups (U13) in 12:10 and 14:00. For the Seniors it was Karl Wright home first for Thetford in 31:55 and 28th in his age group, Sabine Schaefer 33:21 2nd in age group, Gary Malliband 33:47 24th in age group and Ann Kirton finishing in 46:34 and 14th in her age group.

Dec 09

Ryston XC Race 3

It was round 3 at the Ryston Cross Country Series at the weekend. Thetford runners braved the chilly conditions for some superb performances through the forest. For the U15’s it was local stars James and Ben Peck who came 1st and 2nd in 9:40 and 9:41, in the U13 Boys it was Jake Dorbin and Callum Wing again taking 1st and 2nd places in 11:04 and 11:59. For the girls Bethany Wilson finished 2nd in the U13’s in 12:21. There were 2 senior runners for Thetford – Kevin Vaughan who again was mentioned for completing over 100 races at Ryston. He finished the 6.5k course in 24:09 for 1st place in his age group, Gary Malliband completed the course with a personal best in 27:27 for 6th in his age group.

Nov 25

Breckland Forest 10k

Seven Thetford Athletics Club members took part in the off-road Breckland 10k at the weekend. The course incorporates, mud, tracks, hills and bridleways and Thetford’s first runner back was Jason Elrick in 42:59. He was followed by Richard Crewe 45:23, Peter Elliott 50:03, Shirley Standley 55:20, Kayleigh Bailey 1:03:56, Graham Wade 1:05:48 and Heidi Smith 1:07:12

Elsewhere Jennie and Colin Chamberlain ran at the EAMA Wymondham10k. Jennie finished 12th in her age group in 58:03 while Colin ran through an achilles injury to finish 16th in his age group in 53:47.

Nov 19

Long Sutton 10k

Several Thetford Senior runners achieved PB’s at the weekend at the Long Sutton 10k. First back for Thetford was Jason Elrick 41:25 followed by Richard Crewe 43:20, Neil Vendy 46:27, Nicolas Jones 46:53 PB, Nik Greenough 48:04, Andrew Smith 48:05, Andy Fleet 49:45, Carri Vendy 51:05 PB, Kayleigh Bailey 54:54, Becky Burris 1:13:44


Nov 18

Adnams 10k

Peter Elliott and Jennie Chamberlain were the sole TAC representatives at the 11th Annual Adnams 10k in Southwold on 17/11/19. Peter finished in a new PB time of 42:09 placing him 69th from 771 and 8th in his age group with Jennie finishing in a time of 1:00:24 in race position 595 and 33rd in her age group.

Nov 17

Framlingham XC Race 1

Thetford runners were met with muddy conditions in the first race of the Suffolk League Cross Country Series. Framlingham Castle was the picturesque backdrop to set the scene for the Juniors who were first off on the 2 mile course. Daniel Clouston came home in 5th in the U13 boys in 15:06, Bethany Wilson was 4th in the U13 girls in 16:13. Next followed Abigail Clouston for 3rd place in the U15 Girls in 16:23 and Ewan Peck 16th in the U15 Boys in 17:21. The Senior team followed shortly afterwards and over the 5.5 mile course Louise White secured 1st place in her age group (6th female overall) in 43:13 followed shortly by Sabine Schaefer 2nd in age group and 7th female overall in 43:36. Gary Malliband finished in 32nd place in 46:19, Stephanie Clouston gained 5th in age group in 51:55 and Ann Kirton 13th in 65:57.

Nov 12

Ryston 100

Thetford AC’s Kevin Vaughan (pictured centre back) attended the Ryston 9k XC race on Sunday and discovered that it was his 100th run at Ryston. Kevin has been a regular competitor at the Cross Country race series over the years winning many many times on individual races and also in the overall age group race series. This award is quite rare as only a handful of others have achieved it.

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