Mar 18

Marathon no 99 for Lauren

Lauren Goldsmith completed her 99th marathon (and 5th in 5 weeks) at The Enigma Marathon in Milton Keynes. She completed the course in 5:27:09, Lauren now has 6 weeks to rest and prepare for the big 100 at The Breckland Forest Marathon. David Loomes also competed at the Enigma Marathon and finished in an impressive 3hr 24mins.


Mar 14

Cambridge Boundary Marathon Achievements

Three more of Thetford’s runners braved the wet and very windy conditions at the weekend to complete the Cambridge Boundary Marathon. The course which is 30% off-road and incorporates several hills was significantly harder with added adverse weather conditions. Sabine Schaefer achieved a pb by 7mins by finishing in a very impressive 3:36:19 and 4th female. Phill Bower followed shortly in 3:43:20 again another huge pb and 92nd place overall. Lauren Goldsmith completed in 5:52:00, her 3rd marathon in 3 weeks.

Mar 12

National Inter-County Cross Country Action


Several Thetford AC athletes had the honour of wearing their County colours and racing at the National Inter-County Cross Country Championships, held at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. Conditions proved tricky with the athletes having to battle through the relentless wind.

Thetford AC athletes got off to a flying start in the 3km U13 boys race. Ben Peck, representing Suffolk, produced yet another outstanding performance to storm home in 1st place and take the National Inter-County Cross Country title.

Representing Norfolk in the U13 girls race was Bethany Wilson. Bethany produced a solid performance over 3km, finishing in 188th place.

Another Thetford athlete donning the vest of Suffolk County was James Peck. Competing in the U15 boys 4km race, James produced another strong performance and raced home to a 58th place finish.

Tyler Howard wore the stripes of Norfolk in the U17 men’s race which was contested over 6km. Tyler put in a highly respectable performance, crossing the line in 265th place.

The sole senior Thetford athlete to earn a place in the Norfolk County team was Louise White. Racing over 10km, in a race that was also the British Cross Country Team Trials, Louise White was yet another Thetford athlete to do herself proud, finishing in 202nd place.

For some athletes, this event was the climax to what has been a long, tough Cross Country season of which they can be extremely proud of. 


Mar 12

Ryston Cross Country Series Success

The final race of the 2018/19 Ryston Runners Cross Country Series was held at Shouldham Warren in wet and windy conditions.
Bethany Wilson raced to a 1st place finish in the U13 Girls race and Callum Wing took 2nd place in the U13 boys race.
Thetford AC had a great series with many athletes taking home overall series awards. 
In the U13 boys category, Ben Peck took 1st place overall with Jake Dorbin claiming 2nd place overall. Ben was also awarded the Outstanding Performance award by the organisers.
Bethany Wilson was 1st overall in the U13 girls category.
There was also success for Thetford in the U15 boys category where James Peck claimed the series win.
Seniors also did the club proud with Simon and Charlotte Smith taking Veteran 40 men’s and women’s respective titles. Liz Peck was 3rd overall in the Vet 40 women’s category followed by Kevin Vaughan who claimed 2nd overall in the Vet 55 men’s series.
This proved a successful 2018/19 series for Thetford AC with the club claiming 3rd place in the Visitors Club competition.

Mar 11

Flying Start to the Multi-sport season for Thetford Athletes

Conditions were not ideal for three TAC triathletes starting the season with a multi-sport Duathlon race. For Simon Smith it was the Sprint distance comprising of a 5k run, 20k bike ride followed by a 2.5k run. Simon finished in a time of 1:02:21 earning him 2nd place in his age group and an automatic qualifying place in the 2020 European Duathlon Championships. Gary Malliband and Charlotte Smith completed the Standard Distance (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run). For Gary it was his first ever duathlon which he finished in 2:26:32 and 11th in his age group. Charlotte’s overall time was 2:25:26 which gave her 3rd female overall and 1st in her age group again earning automatic qualification into the 2020 European Championships.

Mar 03

Half and Full Marathons for Thetford Runners

Four Thetford runners took on the Cambridge Half Marathon at the weekend. With 10,000 competitors in wet and windy conditions Neil Vendy was first Thetford athlete back in 1:47:12, followed shortly by Andrew Smith in 1:48:43, Wendy Howard in 2:12:03 and Ann Kirton with a massive half marathon pb in 2:19:22.

Lauren Goldsmith finished yet another marathon today at the Phoenix Marathon in a seasons best of 4:39:24. Lauren is now very close to completing 100 marathons.

Feb 25

Marathon No 93 for Lauren

Elsewhere Lauren Goldsmith completed her 96th marathon (and 3rd marathon this year) in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey at the Dirty Dancing Themed Marathon. Lauren finished in 4:48:50.

Feb 25

TAC Out in Force at Tarpley

There were plenty of TAC vests on show today as Thetford runners competed at the Tarpley 10 and 20 mile events in Beyton near Bury St Edmunds. Under clear blue skies in glorious warm February sunshine the club runners put in a great performance on the undulating road courses. Gary Malliband was the first TAC member back for the 10 mile race in 1:13:46 (pb) and 12th in his age group. Other age group results included Charlotte Smith 1:15:03 (2nd), Steve Dickens 1:25:28 (14th) and Sean West 1:16:19 (22nd)

In the 20 mile race it was Sabine Schaefer first back for the club in 2:32:24 and 3rd in her age group. Natalie King followed in 2:52:00 (5th), Andrew Smith 3:08:26 (16th), Kelly McGill 3:14:36 (14th), Shirley Standley 3:19:03 (20th) and Kayleigh Bailey 3:59:21 (16th).









Feb 22

Nowton Park XC Series

The fourth Cross Country race of the Suffolk League Series took part in a sunny Nowton Park on Sunday. Thetford Athletics Juniors were first to take to the slightly muddy undulating 2.5 mile course and stormed home with some fantastic results. Abigail Clouston was first Thetford girl home in 16:27 and winning the Junior U15 Girl Category. Followed also by Daniel Clouston in 16:37 and 9th U13 boy, Bethany Wilson in 16:49 and 4th U13 Girl, Ewan Peck in 17:40 for 16th in the U13 Boys and Callum Wing in 19:15 for 21st U13 Boy. The Thetford Senior athletes followed with an extra lap of the course with Simon Smith finishing in 32:39 and 7th in his age group. Other age group results followed shortly after with Sabine Schaefer 37:19 in 3rd place, Gary Malliband in 38:05 in 23rd, Charlotte Smith in 38:59 for 8th, Cliff Clear 47:37 for 25th and Ann Kirton 52:26 in 16th place.

Feb 17

Marriotts’s Way Off-Road Marathon

Lauren Goldsmith completed the Marriott’s Way off road marathon which follows the path from Norwich to Aylsham and is supported by the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Lauren finished (with an extra mile detour) in 4:57:22.


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