Sep 11

Iceni Running Festival 2019

Thetford Athletics Club runners took part in several of the Iceni Running Festival events on Sunday. In the 10k Kayleigh Bailey and Peter Elliot were victorious finishing 1st female and 1st male in 53:26 and 42:41.  In 2nd place was Andrew Smith in 46:53 and Karl Coutts followed for 3rd place in 49:50. In the half marathon event David Loomes was 2nd in 1:39:26 and Richard Crewe 6th in 1:49:17. In the full off-road marathon it was Louise White of TAC to finish first female in 3:47:04 and Shirley Standley 3rd female in 4:37:32.

Sep 09

Triathlon Race News

Holland-on-Sea was the venue for the Clacton Standard Triathlon at the weekend. With a chilly start Simon Smith was participating in the Standard distance race which forms part of the Eastern Regional Triathlon League. Taking on his first sea swim triathlon Simon conquered the race distances – 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run in fantastic style to finish 2nd overall and 1st in the V40 age category in a time of 2:05:29.

Previously at the beginning of August, Simon and Charlotte Smith encountered warmer conditions at the Trifarm Sprint Triathlon in Chelmsford, again this race was part of the same Eastern Regiona League.The Sprint race comprised of an 800m lake swim, 20k bike and 5k run and saw Charlotte finish as 1st female in 1:11:49 and Simon as 2nd overall in 1:04:05.

Sep 02

National Track and Field Championships


Thetford Athletics Club trio Jessica Norkett, James Peck and Ben Peck all achieved the qualifying times in their respective events for this year’s England Athletics National Championships. They therefore travelled to Bedford where the championships were once again held at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.

Competing in the U15 Boys 3000m, Ben Peck had a fantastic battle down the home straight, finishing in 2nd place and missing out on 1st place by 0.07 seconds.

James Peck contested the U15 Boys 1500m. After finishing 4th in heat 2, James then followed this up the next day with an 11th place finish in the final.

Jessica Norkett qualified for the U17 women’s 1500m where she finished in an admirable 8th place in the final.

Aug 20

Junior League Action Finale


The final round of the Eastern Young Athletes League was held at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich. In this league Thetford AC athletes form a composite ‘Team Norfolk’ along with several other clubs.

In the Under 13 Girls, Bethany Wilson came 3rd in the 1500m (5:39.2) and 6th in the Long Jump (3.58m).

Competing for the U13 Boys, Jake Dorbin was victorious in the 1500m (4:57.2).

Alfie Findlay, also representing the U13 Boys, came 6th in the 200m (34.1) and 5th in the 800m (2:48.1).

Competing up an age group in the U15 Girls was Alícia Mae Howard. Alicia threw a pb in the Shot to come 6th (6.52m), finished 6th in the 100m (15.7) and 2nd in the Hammer with a fantastic pb throw of 25.63m.

In the U17 Women’s competition, Asha Soanes contested the 200m (30.9), came 2nd in the shot with a throw of 10.93m and 1st in the B string Long Jump (5.58m).

Overall it has been a great EYAL series for the Thetford athletes.

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.

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