Oct 13

Bedford Duathlon European Championship Qualifier

On yet another very wet and windy October Sunday Simon Smith travelled to Bedford to take on the Standard distance duathlon race which is a qualifier for the European Duathlon Championships 2020. The race held at the Bedford Autodrome consisted of a 10k run, 40k bike followed by a 5k run and Simon finished in 2:02:20 for 4th place in his age group and a qualifying place in Europe. This accompanies the qualifying place he had already earnt for the Sprint distance race earlier in the year. It was only last weekend that Simon also discovered he had finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Region League Championships (a series of races held throughout the season to earn points). This tops off a very successful year after winning the bronze medal at the Sprint European Champs in Romania earlier in the Summer.

Oct 07

Ryston XC Race 1

The start of the cross country season saw the 1st race in the Ryston Runners Grand Prix Series, held at Shouldham Warren.
Racing in the U9 age group, Poppy Findlay came home in 9th place with her brother Casper Findlay finishing the boys race in 11th place.
Jake Dorbin was victorious in the U13 boys event, contested over 3km. Racing over the same distance, the U13 Girls race saw another top 3 finish for Thetford with Bethany Wilson finishing in 2nd place.
The U15 boys took on the 4km course and produced a 1st and 2nd place for Thetford. James Peck took the victory with Ben Peck finishing 3 seconds behind in 2nd.
The sole senior Thetford athlete, Gary Malliband, came 7th in the Masters 45-49 5km race.
All athletes had a great start to the Cross Country season.


Oct 07

Marriott Way 10k

Peter Elliott was the sole TAC representative in the Marriott’s Way 10k on Sunday 6 October, in torrential rain Peter came home in a chip time of 45:54 in 40th position.

Oct 05



I would like to say congratulations to Jess Norkett on her selection for the British Athletics Youth Talent Programme, beginning her journey on the Performance Pathway.

The YTP is a 2 year programme to help and support long term GB and Commonwealth Games potential, with only a small number of athletes across the country being identified to be part of the programme. 

The programme will give Jess the opportunity to learn, train and develop the necessary skills needed for senior success and development as a potential elite athlete. 

The programme not only covers training but also the physical, psychological, nutritional, lifestyle choices, career and finance along with communication and media aspects of being an athlete. 

This is a fantastic opportunity and has come about through hard work and determination, along with talent.

Dean Kirton 


Oct 01

Saxon Duathlon

Wet and windy weather was the theme for the local Saxon Duathlon held at West Stow at the weekend. Thetford AC were well represented in the event with some first time duathletes taking part. The race was a 5k run, 25k bike, 5k run. Both runs were off-road and first to finish and 3rd overall was Simon Smith in 1:19:11, next back for Thetford was Jason Elrick in 1:29:41 followed closely by Steve Dickens 1:30:04 for 1st in the veteran age group. Other results include Richard Doleman 1:40:17, Avril Squire 1:58:52, Heidi Smith 2:17:52, Jennie Chamberlain 2:17:52, Anna Dean 2:17:53.

Sep 30

Jolly Jaguars 10k

TAC members entered Jolly Jaguars 10k race on a very warm September 22nd, which could also see this being the last ever event staged at the old Coltishall airfield. Linda Cusack came first in her age group to make this a triple win in the Jaguars series, previous races being Mad March Hare 10k and Mike Groves 10k. Other results from Coltishall included Anna Dean 59.29, Avril Squires 59.57, Heidi Smith 1:17:34, Linda Cusack 50.26, Elizabeth Peck 59.56, Tim Gunter 52.45, Richard Dolman 46.27.


Sep 28

Outlaw X Half Ironman

Thetford AC were represented at the first time OSB Outlaw X event. The half ironman was held at Thoresby Hall near Newark Notts at the weekend. The triathletes were not blessed with the warm conditions of Norfolk and did complete much of the scenic 1.9k swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run in torrential rain. First back for Thetford and 9th female overall (1st in age group) was Charlotte Smith in 5:06:35, next was Karl Wright in only his second triathlon at this distance in 5:36:31 and then followed by Jim Mockford in 6:47:13.

Sep 26

Ipswich Half Marathon

On Sunday in the unexpected heat TAC were represented at the Great East Run Ipswich Half Marathon.
First back was Charlie Read in 1:26:57 followed by Mikeala Gates I. 1:43:12, next home was Andrew Smith with 1:51:17 closely followed by Heidi Texiera in 1:52:31 and Andy Fleet with 1:52:43 then Nicola Greenough in 1:58:10. Suzanne Fleet did not finish but managed the furthest she has ran since getting an injury at the Wibbly Wobbly.

Sep 24

Round Norfolk Relay

Round Norfolk Relay
The weekend of 14 & 15 September saw Thetford Athletics Club, for the first time, enter two teams into the Round Norfolk Relay. On a perfect weekend of weather, if a little too warm for some of the runners on the Saturday afternoon, the 198 mile route around the coast from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth, then in land to follow the border between Suffolk and Norfolk back up to Kings Lynn. 17 stages in little over 29 hours of running and cycling. Thetford may not have won any of the main prizes, but the 34 runners and numerous cyclists and support staff did complete the course and generated memories that will remain longer than the holding of any trophy!
Report by Paul Rayner


Sep 23

Thompson 5 and 10k Success

Thetford athletes were greeted with unexpected warm sunny conditions at the weekend for the annual Thompson 5 & 10k. The routes are a mix of off-road and tarmac and in the 5k Thetfords Kevin Vaughhan was 3rd male in 20:02, David Loomes followed in 20:52 and James Wooler 22:23. Lauren Goldsmith finished as 1st female in the 5k in 25:23.

In the 10k event it was Louise White from Thetford AC as 1st female in 42:28 and Sabine Schaefer claiming 3rd place in 49:05. Peter Elliott finished in 47:06 and Paul White in 56:51.

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