May 06

Snetterton Track Racing News

On a chilly, windy April evening TAC runners were finally able to get back to racing at the Snetterton 5 and 10k track races. Fastest Thetford runner in the 10k was Gary Malliband finishing in 41:35 for a new PB and 19th place in his age group. He was followed shortly after by Chris Greenough in 42:22 for 23rd in the same 40-49 age category. Barry Smith completed the course in 47:09 and Andy Fleet in 49:47 followed by Nicola Greenough in 50:04. Linda Cusack was victorious in her age group (60-69) finishing in 52:15. Anna Hayward followed in 54:52. Four runners Carri Vendy, Kelly McGill, Suzanne Fleet and Kayleigh Bailey all ran together with a finishing time of 1:07:32. David Loomes was the sole Thetford runner in the 5k completing the track course in 17:51 for 17th place in his age group.

Apr 21

Finally some race news!

Racing was back over the weekend at the National British Duathlon Championships in Yorkshire. Held at the Croft racing circuit the standard distance race comprised of a 10k run, 40k bike followed by a 5k run. Race conditions were perfect with warm temperatures and light winds. The course included some fast laps of the race course on the bike but also an exciting undulating part on public roads. First home for TAC was Simon Smith after a strong race in a finishing time of 2:03:07 and an impressive 5th in his 45-49 age group. Charlotte Smith followed in 2:21:01 for 3rd place in her age group (40-44) and Steve Dickens finished in 2:30:18 for 21st place in the 55-59 age group.

Mar 19

COVID-19 Announcement

All Official club training is suspended until the end of April.

England Athletics have advised that all club training should be suspended for the safety of athletes and coaches.
I’m going to ask all club coaches to put together some training sessions to keep yourself fit. They will be emailed out and put on the clubs Facebook page.

Please stay safe everyone.

Dean kirton
Thetford AC
Chairman

Mar 18

Stowmarket Half Marathon

Linda Cusack completed the Stowmarket half marathon on Sunday 15th March. It was a breezy day with head wind and cross winds during the first half of the race but a nice tail wind for the final few miles. Linda finished in a time of 1:47:03 gaining her 1st in her age group and 138th overall out of 332 finishers.

Mar 16

Suffolk League XC

Pakenham was the location for all the action at the latest Suffolk Winter League Cross Country. Testing out the new course for the first time it was Bethany Wilson representing the Juniors and finishing 6th in the U13 Girls category in a time of 13:40. For the Seniors it was Gary Malliband completing the 5 mile muddy course in 38:06 for 21st in his age group. Sabine Schaefer followed closely in 39:35 for 3rd in her age group.

Mar 16

Go Beyond 15k Trail Run

Sabine Schaefer was the sole TAC competitor in the Go Beyond Events held at High Lodge at the weekend. Sabine was victorious in the 3 lap 15k trail run (although the course was actually closer to 18k) winning the race convincingly in 79:11 claiming 1st female and 4th overall.

Mar 16

Beowulf 10k

TAC was represented by Peter Elliott, Richard Crew and Steve Crawshaw on Sunday 15th March at the Beowulf off-road 10k in West Stowe. Peter finished in 45:59 in 5th place, 1st in his age group, Richard finished in 12th place in 47:21 with Steve finishing in 59:04.

Mar 13

Ryston XC Success for TAC

The final race of the Ryston Cross Country Winter Series was held 2 weeks ago with regular TAC members participating. In the final Junior race of the series Poppy Findlay finished in 7th in the U9 Girls in 3:48, Jake Dorbin once again took 1st place in the U13 Boys in 11:07, Alfie Findlay in the same age group finished in 4th in 12:16. Bethany Wilson achieved 2nd place in the U13 Girls in 12:42. For the Seniors it was Kevin Vaughan victorious again for the V55 Men in 24:33 and Karl Wright finished 4th in the Senior men in 26:31. All of the these results were collated into the overall series and Thetford Athletics Club were awarded 3rd place in the Visitors Club category. Jack Dorbin took the series win for the U13 Boys with Callum Wing taking 3rd. Bethany Wilson took 2nd place in the series in the U13 Girls and Kevin Vaughan overall 1st in the Mens V55; Kevin was also presented with the award for most Outstanding Performance.

Mar 12

Cambridge Half Marathon 2020

There was a good turnout at the Cambridge Half Marathon at the weekend from Thetford AC. The new course which included views of the Kings College proved fast and flat with many PB’s achieved. Thetford’s first runner to finish was Chris Greenough with a PB in 1:32:14 followed by Gary Malliband also with a PB in 1:36:57. Other Thetford runners included Robert Hamlen 1:38:31, Peter Elliott 1:39:35, Nicola Greenough with a PB 1:41:24, Sam Bellotti 1:41:24, Carri Vendy 2:08:05, Neil Vendy 2:08:09, Wendy Howard 2:14:12 and Ann Kirton with a PB in 2:14:12.

Mar 10

European Duathlon Championships

With blue skies and warm light winds Punta Umbria (Spain) was the perfect location for Simon and Charlotte Smith to take part in the 2020 European Duathlon Championships. For Simon is was due to be a double race weekend taking part in both the Sprint race (5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run) and the Standard distance (10k run, 36k bike, 5k run). The sprint race took part on Saturday with Simon excelling with some superb run and bike splits to finish in 1:01:53 for 16th place in his age group. On the Sunday Charlotte enjoyed the amazing Standard distance course of smooth tarmac and beautiful coastal stretches of road to finish her first GBR experience in 2:09:31 and 4th in her age group. Unfortunately for Simon his second race of the weekend was cut short after sustaining a foot injury during the first run. He later discovered after an X-ray that he had broken a bone.

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