May 19

Quadkids Report


The second round of the Quadkids series was held at the Grammar School and was hosted by Thetford AC. The event consists of all competitors earning points by contesting the Long Jump, Howler throw, Sprint and 600m/800m run.

Representing Thetford AC in the Year 4&5 boys event was Monty Findlay (9th with 185 points), Charlie Fowler (11th with 179 points), Archie Jackson (14th with 161 points) and Connor Burgess (21st with 127 points).

Contesting the Year 4&5 girls competition were Olivia Pitchford (10th with 167 points), Rosie-Mae Jackson (16th with 141 points), Lexi Aldridge (19th with 135 points), Caoimhe Campbell (22nd with 121 points) and Lila Pitchford (23rd with 118 points).

In the Year 6&7 Boys competition were Thetford athletes Lucas Rose (6th with 205 points), Giles Atfield (8th with 203 points), Jacob Campbell (10th with 183 points), Alfie Findlay (13th with 160 points) and Thomas Norkett (16th with 127 points).

The sole representative of Thetford AC in the Year 6&7 Girls competition was Alicia Mae Howard. Alicia finished in 3rd place with 184 points to take home the bronze medal.

All Thetford AC athletes were fantastic and for several, it was their first experience of a Quadkids competition.

May 19

County Success


Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Track and Field Championships took place throughout the weekend with representatives from Thetford AC taking part in both events.

Thetford AC athletes took to the UEA Sportspark Arena for this years Norfolk County Track and Field Championships. The championships proved highly successful for Thetford AC with athletes taking away several championship titles, county records and personal best performances.

One highlight of the weekend was the double success for Jessica Norkett. Jess, running in the U17 women’s age group, ran a time of 4:42 to not only take the 1500m county title, but also break the county record and achieve the qualifying time for the English Schools Championships to be held in Birmingham in July. Jess then followed this up by triumphantly winning the 800m (2:16.8) to become double county champion, winning both middle distance events.

There were also medal winning performances on the track with Abigail Clouston taking a hard earned bronze medal in the U15 Girls 1500m (5:05.8). Abigail followed this up with a 5th place finish in the 800m (2:33.4). Daniel Clouston also took the U13 boys 1500m bronze medal (4:57.4) along with a 4th place finish in the 800m (2:31.4).

Bethany Wilson ran a large pb in the U13 Girls 1500m to finish 5th (5:23.4) whilst fellow Thetford athlete Jake Dorbin also ran a pb to come home in 5th place in the U13 boys 1500m (5:00.3).

Also competing in the U13 boys age group, Thomas Norkett took home a bronze medal in the Javelin throwing 13:58m and a 5th place finish in the Discus (10.71m).

Ewan Peck, competing in the U15 boys age group, finished in 7th place in the 1500m (5:58.6), 5th in the 100m (14.1) and 8th in the Long Jump (4.10m).

Alicia Mae Howard had a great Championships. She was victorious in the U13 Girls Hammer (16.03m), taking the county title and setting a new county record. Alicia also gained a bronze medal in the Javelin (15.04), 4th place in the Shot (6.42), 5th in the 200m (32.0) and a 6th place finish in the 100m (15.4).

Another athlete to have multiple success throughout the championships was Asha Soanes in the U17 age group. Asha earned a trio of silver medals including Shot (10.29), Javelin (32.57) and High Jump (1:35m). She also had a 4th place finish in the 80m hurdles (13.1) and a 6th place finish in the Long Jump (4.47m).

Cameron Try took the gold medal and became county champion in the U17 men’s Discus (37.45m), following this up with a silver medal in the Shot (11.03m).

In the U20 men’s age group, Thetford athlete Joseph Nicholson earned another county championship title in the Hammer (45.09m) along with a silver medal in the Discus (23.26m).

Floyd Scott contested the 100m, finishing in 6th place (12.3) and the 200m where he finished in 7th place (25.1).

Elsewhere, Thetford athletes James and Ben Peck took part in the Suffolk County Championships held in Ipswich. Both boys contested the U15 boys 1500m with James claiming the silver medal (4:20.3) and running a pb which was just outside the English Schools qualifying time. Ben was just behind in 3rd place (4:25.2) with a personal best performance.

Both the Norfolk and Suffolk County Championships were a great success for Thetford AC  and all athletes can be very proud of the their performances.

May 14

Linda brings home trophy at Dereham 10

Linda Cusack was victorious in winning her age group at the Dereham 10 mile event last weekend. In warm sunny conditions Linda was the first V60-64 female athlete to finish in a time of 1:21:50, this also secured her the Norfolk Gold Medal which is part of the Sports Link Grand Prix Series. Other fellow Thetford runners followed – Chris Greenough 1:11:09, Nik Greenough 1:18:25 and Andy Fleet 1:27:43.

Also in Dereham husband and wife Jim and Stacey Mockford completed the Rat Race Dirty Weekender epic 20 mile and 200 obstacles race which resulted in Stacey taking 3rd place female.


May 12

Breckland 10k 2019

Thetford Athletics Club members were all out to support and volunteer help at the annual Breckland 10k which the club hosts. In contrast to last year on a blistering hot bank holiday the runners were blessed with cooler temperatures. First finisher was Dereham Runners AC Matt Pyatt in an impressive 33:54 and first female finisher was Sudbury Joggers Sandy Thorogood in 42:11. There was also a short fun run for children under 12 who all received a finishers medal.


May 09

Gear 10k

Thetford AC were well represented at the Kings Lynn Gear 10k last weekend. In ideal chilly conditions and having only just completed the London Marathon on the previous weekend Jason Elrick finished the course in 42.03, Charlie Stone 42.09, Richard Crewe 44.03, Paul Rayner 46.00, Nicola Greenough 46.51 and Stephanie Clouston 48.12

May 07

Fun Run at Breckland 10k

Thetford AC hosted a fun run at the annual Breckland 10k. The fun run was open to anyone up to the age of 12 and we had 30 entries including our youngest ever runners both age 1! The children completed 3 laps of the village hall field to earn a medal and some sweets!

May 07

Grafham Water Chilly Triathlon

Charlotte Smith competed in the Grafham Water Standard distance triathlon at the weekend. In testing chilly conditions Charlotte completed the 1k swim (shortened due to the cold conditions), 38k bike and 10k run in 2:16:41 to finish 3rd in her age group which would have been a qualifying place for the ITU World Championships 2020.

Apr 30

Super Sprint Triathlon

Gary Malliband was the sole Thetford Triathlete at the East Coast Triathlon in Gt Yarmouth at the weekend. In wet and very blustery conditions Gary completed the super sprint distance 250m swim, 16k bike, 3k run course in 49:12 for 12th place overall and 5th in his age group. Gary now looks forward to competing in his first Half Ironman in Nottingham in 2 weeks time.

Apr 30

TAC at London Marathon

Six Thetford Athletics Club runners were out in force at The Virgin Money London Marathon at the weekend. For some it was their debut at London and others an opportunity to try and achieve a course PB. Among huge support and near perfect cool running conditions Louise White who achieved her place by qualifying at a previous race ran a PB in 3:33:04, Jason Elrick followed shortly after in 3:37:07, Tina Plumley (also pre-qualified at a previous marathon) 4:02:32, Carri Vendy in 4:23:02, Paul White in 4:29:38 and Corinne West in 5:40:02.

Apr 29

Lauren completes 100th Marathon!

Lauren Goldsmith completed her 100th marathon yesterday at the annual Breckland Forest Marathon, she finished in 5:56:51.

Lauren’s first marathon was in February 2015 – Enigma Quadzilla, which was actually 4 marathons in 4 days! Her fastest marathon was Chester marathon in October 2018 4:37:47. Lauren says her most enjoyable marathon was the Poppy line marathon which is a scenic 26 miles through Sheringham and Cromer. And her most challenging one……. Well there has been lots but Lauren believes it was probably the Chester Marathon in 2015 when she had injury problems and had to hobble for 10 miles to the finish. Congratulations Lauren on achieving 100 marathons.


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