Dec 09

South of England Regional County Action

SOUTH OF ENGLAND REGIONAL COUNTY ACTION

Some of the best athletes from the South of England travelled to Oxford for the South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships where strong winds proved challenging.

Having the honour of being selected to represent Norfolk were Thetford AC athletes Jessica Norkett, Tyler Howard and Abigail Clouston.

Abigail Clouston was the first of the Thetford trio to race, competing in the U15 Girls race which was contested over 4km. Abigail finished the tough course in 79th place (16:04) and was the 6th Norfolk athlete to cross the line.

Tyler Howard was next up in the 5km U17 men’s race. Against a strong field, Tyler finished the race in a competitive 95th place (18:29) and was the 7th Norfolk athlete Home.

Jessica Norkett was next up for Norfolk in the U17 women’s 5km race. With conditions deteriorating Jess competed well against a tough field, racing home to an impressive 11th place (18:48) and was the 1st Norfolk athlete to cross the finish line.

James and Ben Peck had the honour of representing Suffolk in the same competition. Ben Peck was first off in the U13 boys race, contested over 3km. Ben put in a superb bronze medal winning performance, coming home in 3rd place and was the 1st Suffolk athlete to finish.

James Peck contested the 4km Under 15 boys race for Suffolk, finishing in an impressive 13th place (14:10) and was the 2nd Suffolk athlete Home.

All of the Thetford athletes did themselves proud and will be working hard to try to impress the selectors and earn another chance to wear their County colours at the National Championships in March, if selected.

 

Dec 09

Ryston host third XC race in series

Ryston Runners hosted their third cross country race of the season with Thetford AC bringing home some great results. In the Juniors 3k race Bethany Wilson and Callum Wing represented the club with Bethany finishing 1st female in the U13 in 12:12 and Callum achieving a PB in the boys U13 in 12:58. In the Seniors 6.5k race Simon Smith finished 1st in his age group in 24:28, Karl Wright 9th in age group in 26:13, Gary Malliband achieved a PB in 27:38 for 5th place in age group, Charlotte Smith was 1st in age group in 29:14, Liz Peck followed shortly after for 3rd in 32:24 (PB) and Brian Wright was placed 3rd in the 65+ age group in a speedy 33:43.

Dec 07

Santa Fun Run 5k

TAC members took part in the annual 5k Santa Fun Run at the weekend and celebrated with mince pies at the finish!

Nov 29

Suffolk League Opener

 

SUFFOLK LEAGUE OPENER

The 2018/19 Suffolk Cross Country League began at Framlingham with the stunning backdrop of Framlingham Castle. This picturesque course includes racing around the moat and proves a popular venue.

For the juniors, Ewan Peck completed the U15 boys course to finish in 15th place. Tyler Howard was victorious in the U17 boys event, racing to 1st place.

For the seniors, Thetford Athlete Karl Wright finished in 38th place and Gary Malliband came home in 27th place in the over 45 age group.

Nov 29

Regional Success for Norkett

REGIONAL SUCCESS FOR NORKETT

Jessica Norkett’s Cross Country season got off to a flying start by claiming the Eastern Regional Cross Country Championship crown. The championships, held at Chantry Park in Ipswich, saw Jess compete in her first race in the U17’s after moving up an age group. Jess completed the undulating 6km course in a time of 22:33, finishing 33 seconds ahead of the rest of the field to take the U17 women’s title.

The other athlete to compete for Thetford AC in this championship was Jake Dorbin. Jake, competing in these championships for the first time, raced in the U13 boys race.

Against a strong field, Jake finished in an impressive 12th place, completing the 3km course in 11:26.

Nov 26

Breckland Forest 10k

Our TAC regular event runners took to the forest at the weekend to take part in the Breckland Forest 10k. Some fantastic results followed with Jason Elrick finishing in 6th overall out of 167 in 42:29, Richard Crewe 17th place in 46:52, Natalie King finished 4th female in 48:13 and Kayleigh Bailey 21st female in 56:32.

Nov 18

Snetterton Half Marathon 2018

Thetford Athletics Club were well represented at the Snetterton Half Marathon at the weekend. Chilly conditions were ideal for running when many of the club members took to the local Snetterton race track for the half and full marathon. First male home for Thetford was Jason Elrick with a course pb 1:31:48, first female for Thetford was Louise White again with a pb in 1:32:34. Many other pb’s followed with Karl Wright 1:33:09, Natalie King 1:38:31, Richard Crewe 1:40:10, Charlie Stone 1:41:50, Lukasz Ryzinski 1:42:03, Russell Slattery 1:42:22, Richard Dolman 1:42:33, Rachel Greenfield 2:04:58, Clare Slattery 2:07:23, Kayleigh Bailey 2:08:43, Allison West 2:13:33, Shirley Standley 2:13:05, Sarah Pymer 2:13:48, Paul White 2:18:28.

Lauren Goldsmith represented the club for her 91st full marathon and completed it in 4:55:49.

Nov 18

Eton Dorney Sprint Duathlon

Simon Smith had a successful race in the Eton Dorney Sprint Duathlon. In chilly conditions Simon completed the 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run in 1:08:51 to achieve 2nd place overall.

Nov 14

Triathlon League Success

Simon and Charlotte Smith were both successful in winning the Eastern Regional Triathlon League Age Group Series 2018. To qualify for a chance to win this triathletes must compete in a minimum of 3 league races and at least one race must be sprint distance and another one standard distance or longer. Simon topped the leader board in his age category with Gary Malliband 4th in his first year in the league. Karl Wright was 19th and Steve Dickens 98th. Charlotte Smith was first female in her age group. All of the TAC members points from these races are then put into a club league and considering Thetford’s small triathlon group we came a very impressive 7th club out of 56!

Nov 11

Ryston XC Race 2

Junior and senior members of Thetford AC joined Ryston Runners for the 2nd race in the Cross Country Series. For the juniors it was a 3k forest run and Thetford were highly successful with Jake Dorbin finishing as 1st U13 boy and Abigail Clouston 2nd  U15 girl. Also finishing strongly were Bethany Wilson 4th U13 girl and Callum Wing 9th U13 boy. In the U11 boys race brothers Monty and Alfie Findlay finished well in 10th and 12th place. In the Senior race it was 9k and first home for Thetford was Simon Smith in 33:48 for 1st in his age group. Karl Wright followed 34:58 (12th in age group and a course PB), Gary Malliband 37:36 (9th in age group and course PB), Charlotte Smith 40:35 (1st in age group), Stephanie Clouston 41:51 (4th in age group and course PB) and Liz Peck 44:26 (2nd in age group).

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