Aug 19

South of England Championships


The South of England Track and Field Championships was this year held at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, Kent. Athletes from all counties south of the Midlands contest these championships to be crowned South of England Champion.

On the first day, Thetford athlete Jessica Norkett was victorious in the U17 Women’s 1500m, and after a hard fought battle, took the gold medal and championship title.

On the 2nd day of the championships, after finishing 1st and 4th in the heats the previous day, Thetford athletes Ben and James Peck contested the final of the U15 Boys 1500m. James came home in 5th place and Ben just behind in 8th.

Aug 18

Culford Summer Sprint Triathlon

Thetford Athletics triathletes took part in the Summer Sprint Culford Triathlon at the weekend. The race is popular with local triathletes and the weather was warm and kind if a little on the breezy side. For James McKellar and Claire and Russell Slattery it was their first ever triathlon and they all finished the 300m swim, 20k bike and 4k run successfully. James in 1:19:33, Russell 1:31:36 and Claire in 1:42:11. First to finish for Thetford AC was Karl Wright in a pb time of 59:38 for 2nd in his age group. Other finishing results include Richard Crewe 1:07:16 (pb), Brian Wright 1:18:28, Heidi Smith 1:21:38 (pb) and Janet Thomson 1:25:54.

Jul 29

Norfolk Day 10k

Seven runners from TAC took part in the first Norfolk Day 10k on Sunday morning. The route had to be slightly changed last minute due to a tree that had fallen on the course after heavy rain and storms so the course distance was a little short. In finishing order for TAC – Jason Elrick 42.39 (5th)
Peter Elliott – 42.59, Andrew Smith – 47.32, Shirley Stanley – 51.30, Kayleigh Bailey – 52.45, Anna Dean – 56.35, Heidi Smith – 61.56.

Jul 29

Worstead 5 Success

Linda Cusack completed The Worstead 5 mile race at the weekend as part of  The Sport Link Grand Prix Series, it was a very warm evening but an enjoyable course and very well organised. She was the sole TAC member and finished in a time of 39:05 for 2nd in her age category 60-64.

Jul 29

East Anglian League Action

The latest round of the East Anglian Track and Field League was held at Braintree.
The sole Thetford AC athlete competing in the U11 boys age group was Monty Findlay. Monty contested the 80m (12.4) and long jump (3.38m).
In the U13 Girls Alicia Mae Howard came 4th in the 100m (15.4), 4th in Shot (6.54m) with a Pb throw and 3rd in Javelin (19.85m) which was her second Pb of the day.
Bethany Wilson came 2nd in the 1500m (5:29.9) and 4th in the long jump (3.75m).
In the U13 boys Daniel Clouston came 6th in the 200m with a pb (31.6) and 2nd in the 800m (2:32).
Alfie Findlay contested the 800m (2:46.1) while Thomas Norkett came 4th in the discus with a pb throw of 10.88m.
The U15 Girls saw Abigail Clouston come 6th in the 300m with a pb of 31.6 and 4th in the 800m (2:32.7) which was also a pb.
U15 boy Ben Peck came 6th in the 200m with a Pb run of 28.7, 6th in the Javelin (14.87m) and then came 1st in the 1500m (4:25.3).
The U17 women’s event saw Jessica Norkett front run the 1500m to finish in first place with a 5 second pb (4:36.6) and also break the County record which has stood since 1982.
Josh McGuire, representing the U17 men finished 6th in the 100m (12.9), 5th in the 200m (25.5) and 3rd in the high jump (1.35m).

Jul 22

Box End Triathlon

Box End Watersports Centre Bedfordshire was the setting for the Sprint and Standard distance triathlons held there at the weekend. The race was a Championship and League race in the Eastern Region Triathlon League. Simon Smith from Thetford AC was competing in the sprint distance 750m lake swim, 20k bike and 5k off road run and finished in an impressive 1:06:17 for 5th place overall and 3rd in his age group. Steve Dickens was taking part in his first Standard distance triathlon 1500m lake swim, 40k bike, 10k off road run and finished in a time of 2:45:15 for 12th place in his age group.

Jul 22

Quad Kids

The 2019 Quadkids series came to a close and the overall standings for the series saw great results for Thetford AC junior athletes, with a high number of juniors taking part.
Overall standings for Year 4+5 boys were: Monty Findlay (9th), Charlie Fowler (12th), Connor Burgess (17th) and Archie Jackson (32nd).
Representing Thetford in the 4+5 Girls were: Olivia Pitchford (9th), Lyla Pitchford (23rd), Lexi Aldridge (32nd), Evi Rose Burgess (36th), Rosie-Mae Jackson (44th) and Caoimhe Campbell (47th).
Contesting the Year 6+7 boys series were: Giles Attfield (8th), Alfie Findlay (14th), Lucas Rose (18th), Jacob Campbell (24th) and Thomas Norkett (42nd).
The sole Thetford AC representative in the Year 6+7 Girls series was Alicia Mae Howard. Alicia finished the series in 4th place.
It was great to see so many junior athletes competing in the series and many of which was their first experience of competition. All athletes were great representatives of the club.

Jul 22

Summer Trails Series Race 3

On a warm humid evening last week it was the last in the series of the Summer 5k Trails Series at High Lodge. Regular attendees at this event were Thetford AC’s Kayleigh Bailey and Richard Crewe. Kayleigh topped off a great series of results with another 2nd place in a time of 28:14, this followed up 1st and 2nd places in the series previous races. Richard was unfortunate to lose a headphone during the race and lost several places due to this and finished in 7th place, this follows up his previous successes of 1st and 5th places.

Jul 16

English Schools Track and Field Championships 2019

This weekend saw the prestigious English Schools National Track and Field Championships held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. This event is renowned as the 4th biggest Track and Field event in the world behind the Olympics, World and European Championships and sees some of the best young athletes in the country represent their county for the right to be crowned English Schools Champion in their event. It is one of the highlights of the junior track and field calendar. Qualification is a culmination of success at County and Regional level, along with the need to achieve the qualifying times or distances for their event.
This year Thetford AC had three athletes qualify in their chosen events. These athletes were Jessica Norkett, Asha Soanes and James Peck.
Jess, qualifying for the third year in succession, was part of the Norfolk Schools team. Jess contested the Intermediate Girls 1500m, finishing in 7th place in heat 1 and finding herself only 0.4 second off making the final.
Fellow Thetford AC athlete Asha, representing Norfolk Schools for the second time, contested the Intermediate Girls Long Jump finishing in 25th place overall.
Qualifying for the first time and representing Suffolk Schools, James contested the Junior Boys 1500m. James had a great race finishing in 3rd place in his heat and following it up with a 7th place finish in the final.
All athletes should be very proud of their achievements, showing dedication and commitment in order to gain selection for these championships.

Picture of the Norfolk Team on the parade lap around the track.

Jul 16

Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog

It was the turn of the Brandon Fern Hoppers to host the annual Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog run; a fun 5.5  mile undulating forest run consisting of bomb holes and tracks to challenge runners of all abilities. Thetford AC has a magnificent turn out and some successful results. In finishing order results were – Tyler Howard 36:32, Chris Greenough 37:13, Charlie Stone 38:01, Louise White 39:01 (1st female), Peter Elliott 40:07, Richard Crewe 40:39, Sabine Schaefer 41:21, Jason Elrick 42:34, Andrew Fleet 42:59, Andrew Smith 44:06, Nicola Greenough 47:42, Shirley Standley 48:07, Anna Dean 51:39, Kelly McGill 52:04, Kayleigh Bailey 52:05, Carri Vendy 52:05, Steve Norbury 52:58, Wendy Howard 54:56, Ann Kirton 55:56, Georgie Sheward 1:05:11, Avril Squire 1:12:12

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