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).

Nov 11

Scenic 7 boasts PB’s

Senior members were on fine form at the Stowmarket Scenic 7 mile race. On a beautiful day and with a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day it was a sell out 432 people. Jason Elrick was first Thetford athlete home in 47:20 with a course PB, next was Richard Crewe in 50:48 another PB, then followed by Andrew Smith 54:42 another PB and Kayleigh Bailey in 61:11.

Oct 31

Great South Run

Andrew Smith was the sole Thetford AC runner at the Great South Run 2018. Inspired by his RNR run Andrew went on to achieve another PB in 1:18:42

Oct 29

Loki 5 and 10k

Thetford AC took to the Loki 5 and 10k events at the weekend. In the 5k Kayleigh Bailey finished as 2nd female. Taking part in the 10k was Jason Elrick (his second 10k race of the day!) who finished 4th overall, Richard Crewe (6th), Russell Slattery, Clare Slattery, Corrine West, Allison West, Gill Paremain. Corrina Turner joined in the Cani-cross 10k. Unfortunately no official times have been released.

Oct 28

Trowse 10k 2018

Jason Elrick had a busy race day at the weekend taking part in two 10k races on the same day. Jason achieved a course pb at the Trowse 10k (41:30) and finished in 50th place out of 569 overall. He then rushed to the more local Loki 10k to take part in that as well (see separate report for results).

Oct 17

Cross Country Season Starts on a High

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON STARTS ON A HIGH

This weekend saw the first race in the annual Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix series, held at Shouldham Warren.

Conditions were wet which gave the athletes a small taster of the kind of conditions they have to look forward to.

Thetford AC had a clean sweep of medals in the U13 boys race with Ben Peck finishing the 3km course in 1st place (9:54) with Jake Dorbin followed him home in 2nd place (12:01). Daniel Clouston completed the Thetford clean sweep with a 3rd place finish (12:22).

In the U13 girls race, Bethany Wilson was taking on the 3km course for the first time and did herself proud, finishing in 2nd place (12:29).

The sole competitor in the U15 boys race, again racing over 3km, was James Peck. James continued the success for Thetford, finishing in 1st place (9:46).

Abigail Clouston, competing in the U15 Girls race, came 3rd overall (11:56) and ended a great day for the junior athletes.

Competing for the seniors over 5km, Liz Peck finished in 2nd place (24:36) in the 40-44 year age group and Steph Clouston finished 4th (23:25) in the 45-49 age group. Karl Wright, competing in the Senior men’s race finished in 8th place (19:14) and Gary Malliband finished 8th (20:54) in the 45-49 age group.

Oct 17

Eastern Region Combined Events Championships Success

EASTERN REGION COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS

This years Eastern Athletics combined events championships was held at the Embankment Track, Peterborough.

Thetford Athletics Club athlete Asha Soanes competed in the U15 Girls Pentathlon and produced a dominant performance, taking the gold medal. This event also combined the Norfolk County Combined events Championships which meant that Asha was not on,y victorious in The Eastern Combined Events Championships but also the Norfolk County Combined Events.

Asha competed in the following events: Long jump – 475m; 75m Hurdles – 12.5 secs; Shot Putt – 10.05m; High Jump – 1.48m; 800m – 2:38.12.
This gave her a personal best points score of 2848 to finish the 2018 track season and U15 age group on a high, ready to take on the U17 age group next season.

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