Jun 06

Team GB Star Gives Coaching Advice

Thetford AC had the pleasure of hosting a coaching session by newly retired Team GB 800m athlete Jenny Meadows and her husband Trevor Painter, who is also the current U20 Team GB coach.

Throughout her career Jenny has won 7 major championship medals and is the 4th fastest British female 800m athlete.

After recently retiring she has now turned her attention to coaching and inspiring the next generation of athletes along with being a pacemaker in major races.

The husband and wife team delivered a running mechanics workshop along with a question and answer session for all junior and senior members which proved a great experience and insight for everyone at the club and something which all members will benefit from.



Jun 05

Culford Triathlon attracts TAC members

Many of TAC’s members took part in the local Culford Sprint Triathlon at the weekend. In perfect weather conditions the athletes took on the 300m pool swim, 21k bike and 4k run course. For Richard Crewe it was only his second ever triathlon and for many others perhaps just their 3rd or 4th and finishing with many course pb’s.

Charlotte Smith finished as 1st female overall in 57:49 with her husband Simon finishing in 53:00 and 4th overall and 1st in his age group. Gary Malliband achieved a course pb in 59:13 and finished 2nd in age group, Karl Wright 1:00:11 another course pb, Lukasz Ryzinski 1:01:04 again another course pb, Richard Crewe 1:07:29, Brian Wright 1:14:03 2nd in age group.

Jun 02

Quad Kids Norwich

The first in the popular Quad Kids series was held at the Sportspark, University of East Anglia and proved a successful day for the young Thetford AC athletes. During the Quad Kids competitions athletes are tested across 4 events which includes a sprint, endurance run, howler throw and long jump. The athletes score points depending on how they do in each event and the points are totalled up at the end to give each athlete an overall points total.

In the Year 4&5 event Alfie Findlay (80m: 12.5, 600m: 2:13, long jump: 1.67m and howler: 22.3m) came 7th overall.

Monty Findlay (80m: 12.7, 600m: 2:25, long jump: 1.83m, howler: 20.7m) came 10th overall.

Thomas Norkett (80m: 12.6, 600m: 2.21, long jump: 1.56m, howler: 18.5m) came 16th overall.

Ronnie Hughes came 23rd overall (80m: 14.0, 600m: 2:34, long jump: 1.45m, howler: 23.0m).


In the Year 6&7 event Ewan Peck came 7th overall (100m: 15.5, 800m: 3:10, long jump: 3.60m, howler: 29.9m).

Isabel Smythe came 2nd overall and claimed the silver medal (100m: 15.3, 800m: 2:52, long jump: 3.82m, howler: 22.1m).

Alicia-Mae Howard came 10th overall (100m: 16.9, 800m: 3.13, long jump: 3.20m, howler: 21.5m).


The next event in the Quad Kids series will be held on May 19th in Thetford.

Jun 02

Thetford AC host Quadkids Series – Victory for Isabel Smythe

It was Thetford AC’s turn to host the latest round of the Quadkids Athletics series. It proved to be a great day with a record list of entries and many great performances.  During the Quad Kids competitions athletes are tested across 4 events which includes a sprint, endurance run, howler throw and long jump. The athletes score points depending on how they do in each event and the points are totalled up at the end to give each athlete an overall points total.


In the year 4 and 5 boys category, Thomas Norkett finished with 185 points (75m: 12.2, 600m: 2:22, howler throw: 24.7m and standing long jump: 1.63m). Ronnie Hughes had a total of 147 points (75m: 13.2, 600m: 2:31, howler throw: 22.5m and standing long jump: 1.32m). Giles Attfield completed the day with 200 points, (75m: 12.0, 600m: 2.11, howler throw: 25.2m and standing long jump: 1.65m).  Competing in his first competition, Lucas Rose finished with 217 points earning him 3rd place overall (75m: 11.6, 600m: 2.07, howler throw: 27.1 and standing long jump: 1.75m).

The only thetford athlete in the year 4 and 5 girls age group, also competing for the first time, was Caoimhe Campbell. She finished with 94 points (75m: 15.0, 600m: 2:32, howler throw: 6.4m and standing long jump: 1.40m).

In the year 6 and 7 boys age category, Charlie Garrod finished in 4th place with 217 points (100m: 15.0, 800m: 3.02, howler throw 36.4m and long jump: 3.36m). Ewan Peck finished with 211 points, (100m: 14.9, 800m: 2.58, howler throw: 31.6m and long jump 3.55m).  Jacob Campbell, making his debut for Thetford, completed the day with 54 points (100m: 18.6, 800m: 3.52, howler throw: 9.9m and long jump: 1.81m).

In the year 6 and 7 girls age group, Isabel Smythe was victorious, winning the age group with 221 points (100m: 14.7, 800m: 2:47, howler throw: 27.1m and long jump: 3.79m). Alicia Mae Howard finished the day with 165 points (100m: 16.0, 800m: 3.12, howler throw 24.7m and long jump: 3.06m.  Evie Harris, also in the same age group, finished with 157 points (100m: 15.8, 800m: 2:43, howler throw: 19.2m and long jump: 2.60m).

This rounded up a great day of performances for the Thetford youngsters. The next round of the Quadkids series will be held at Gresham’s School, Holt on Sunday 24th June.


Jun 02

Junior Athletes Shine at County Championships

The County Championships are an early highlight of the Track and Field season and this years Norfolk County Championships was held at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich.

Representing Thetford AC in the under 13 boys age group was Daniel Clouston. Dan competed in the 1500m and finished in 6th place (5:33.2).

In the U13 girls Isabel Smythe finished 3rd (2:41.2), earning her a bronze medal in the 800m and booked a place in the 200m final where she raced to a 6th place finish (30.7).

Bethany Wilson entered the 1500m and came a highly respectable 6th place (5:43.0).

Also in the U13 girls Alicia-Mae Howard finished 4th in both the Javelin (14.49m) and Shot Putt (4.62m) as well as finishing 16th in the Long Jump (2.97m).

There was a trio of medals for Asha Soanes in the U15 age group. Asha came 3rd in Long Jump (4.69m), 3rd in Javelin (21.49m) and 2nd in the Shot Putt (9.20m).

In the U15 boys Cameron Try had a great Championships with a hat-trick of gold medals across the throws events. He gained 1st places in Shot (12.01m), Hammer (30.39) and Discus (39.07m).

Elsewhere in the U15 boys age group, Josh McGuire made the final of the 100m where he finished in 8th place (13.8).

The sole Thetford athlete in the U17 girls age group was Jessica Norkett. Jess finished 3rd in the 1500m (4:46.0) in a race which saw all of the first three athletes breaking the County Championship record. She then followed this up with a 2nd place finish in the 800m (2:19.3).

In the U17 boys age group Ben Garrod made it through to the final of the 400m where he finished in 6th place (58.8).

Floyd Scott came 4th in his heat in the 200m (25.8).

There was a gold medal and 1st place finish for Joseph Nicholson in the U20 men’s Hammer event  (46.19m) and a 2nd place finish for Jordan Turner in the U23 men’s Hammer competition.


Across the border two Thetford AC Athletes were successfully competing in the Suffolk County Championships. James Peck finished 2nd in the U15 boys 1500m (4:32.6) whilst his brother Ben took the gold medal in the U13 boys 1500m (4:47.1).

Both the Norfolk and Suffolk County Championships proved highly successful for the Thetford athletes with many PB’s and medals won. Through their performances, several athletes have also now qualified to represent their county at the upcoming South of England Inter-Counties Championships.


May 30

Thetford Runners Mingle with the Stars

Runners from Thetford AC achieved some amazing times at the Vitality Westminster mile and Vitality 10k at the weekend. They were able to see sporting legends Mo Farah and Jo Pavey who took part in the 10k and also managed to grab a photo with Olympian Jessica Ennis. Natalie King clocked a very impressive 10k pb in 42:53, Jason Elrick 42:13, Richard Crewe 43:29, Andrew Smith 50:59, Kayleigh Bailey 54:59. The race attracted a huge turnout with 17,000 entries and started on The Mall and finished opposite Buckingham Palace taking in many famous sights including Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Richard, Natalie, Sam Belotti and Kayleigh also took part in the Westminster mile and clocked some very fast mile splits – Richard 6:00, Natalie 6:05, Sam 5:32, Kayleigh 7.10

May 24

TAC Represented at Duathlon European Qualifier

Steve Dickens from TAC competed in the recent Clumber Park Sprint Distance Duathlon. The event attracted almost 600 competitors and is a qualifying race for the 2019 ETU European Duathlon Championships. The race distance was a 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run. Steve finished in an impressive 1:10:45 which gave him 14th in his age group. He now faces a wait until September to find out if he qualified for the 2019 Championships.

May 22

Thetford Triathletes Hat-trick of P.B’s

Thetford Triathletes were back in action at two events over the weekend. In perfect warm and still conditions Simon and Charlotte Smith took on the Nottingham Outlaw Half Ironman which attracts 1500 competitiors. The race consists of a 1.2 mile lake swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. Simon finished with a course pb in 4:39:01 in 39th place overall. Charlotte also achieved a pb in 5:09:06 and finished 3rd in her age group and 11th female overall. First prize for supporting goes to Sabine Schaefer who travelled through the night to Nottingham for an impromptu visit and provided fantastic support throughout the race!

Elsewhere Gary Malliband competed in the Newmarket Sprint Triathlon involving a 300m pool swim, 14 mile bike, 2.4 mile run. Gary also achieved a pb in 1:03:12 coming 11th overall and 3rd in his age group.

May 22

Runners Triumph with Personal Bests

Thetford runners have been out in force again, firstly Andrew Smith of Thetford Athletics Club completed the Chester Half Marathon and achieved a pb taking over 3mins from his previous best. This was Andrew’s second race in a TAC vest.

Father and son Brian and Karl Wright took part in the Colchester Paras 10 at the weekend – a very hot 10 mile trail run including a river crossing and very deep boggy marshland. Karl finished in 1:15:56 (pb) and Brian in 1:31:21

Jason Elrick raced the Swaffham 10k in very warm conditions and achieved a very impressive time of 41:41 and finishing 29th out of 243.

May 10

Post Breckland 10k for Club Members

Thetford Club members took part in the post Breckland 10k race last night – an opportunity to run the course after volunteering at the main event. We had a fantastic turnout and some brilliant finishing times possibly including some p.b’s. In no particular order the results were – Tyler Howard 43:37, Donna Lea Finney 48:59, Marco Silva 49:00, Natalie King 44:14, Richard Povey 49:31, Paul Rayner 49:36, Simon Smith 39:45, Paul Taverner 50:02, Gary Malliband 45:12, Phill Bower 45:25, Richard Dolman 45:25, Sean John 45:41, Wendy Howard 55:56, Karl Wright 41:25, Louise White 41:57, Amy Spearpoint 52:12, Gillian Paremain 57:19, Jason Elrick 42:22, Allison West 57:24, Steven Norbury 52:58, Kayleigh Bailey 53:07, Clare Slattery 58:13, Sabine Schaefer 43:17, Richard Crewe 43:45, Sam Bellotti 43:46, Cliff Lear 54:22, Corrine West 59:36, Ann Kirton 1:03:10, Corrina Turner 1:03:48

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