Sep 12

TAC Victory at Iceni Events

TAC runners were out in force at the weekend at the local Iceni Marathon, half marathon and 10k events. Coming home as 1st place female in the off road trail marathon was Louise White in 3hr 37min – setting a new course record. Other marathon runners were Natalie King and Shirley Standley who ran together in 4hr 57min as well as Clare Slattery and Audrey Norbury in 5hr 53min. In the half marathon Lukasz Ryzinski was 1st overall in 1hr 53min, Tim Gunter was next home for TAC in 2hr 2min, Steve Norbury in 2hr 15min and Charlie Stone 2hr 19min.

Yet more success followed in the 10k with Jason Elrick finishing 1st overall in 41:42 and Stacey Owen was 1st female in 46:54 with Andrew Smith finishing in 49:32.

Sep 12

Fritton Lake Triple Big Swim 2018

Sabine Schaefer and Simon Smith from TAC took part in the Fritton Lake Big Swim which comprised of 3 individual swims – 5k, 3k and 1500m. This would have been the equivalent of almost 400 lengths of a standard swimming pool! Overall in the triple event Simon finished in 8th place with a total swim time of 2:47:40 and Sabine was 18th with a total swim time of 3:18:51 (6th female).

Sep 10

Great North Run 2018

Kayleigh Bailey and Martin Godfrey joined the stars and elites at the Great North Run 2018. With a record breaking number of people running and in unusually warm temperatures for September, Kayleigh clocked a time of 2:17:18 and Martin 2:13:56

Sep 10

Clacton Standard Triathlon

Gary Malliband travelled to Clacton to take part in the Standard Distance Triathlon. The event which raised money for the Brain and Spine Foundation consisted of a 1900m choppy sea swim, followed by a 40k bike and 10k run. Gary finished in 2:28:43 to secure 9th place in his age group.

Sep 09

County Honours at South of England Championships

COUNTY HONOURS AT SOUTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

Four Thetford AC athletes earned a County call up and represented Norfolk at the South of England U15 & U20 Inter-Counties Track and Field Championships, held in Oxford.

Representing Norfolk in the U15 boys Discus was Cameron Try. Cameron finished the day in 6 place, throwing the discus out to a best throw of 36.71m.

Asha Soanes competed in the U15 girls High Jump where she jumped a pb of 1.50m to finish in 5th place. Asha also finished 8th in the Shot Putt with a best throw of 9.95m.

Thetford athlete Joseph Nicholson, competing for Norfolk in the U20 men’s Hammer event, finished in 6th place with a best throw of 42.67m.

Jessica Norkett, having to run up an age in the U20 women’s age group, was selected to represent Norfolk in 1500m. Jess came home to a 4th place finish in a time of 4:49.

This event rounded off a great season for many of the athletes involved. All have taken great pride in representing both club and County throughout the season and have done themselves proud.

Sep 09

Senior County Honours for Jess

Thetford athlete Jessica Norkett was selected for the Norfolk Senior ladies team for the Hibbard Trophy event held in Bury St Edmunds. This event brought together athletes from the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk,Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex to contest for the Hibbard/Bemax trophy.

Jess represented Norfolk in the senior ladies 800m b race where she stormed to a comfortable 1st place finish, ending the season on a high with a personal best time of 2:18.

Jess was then chosen to be part of the senior ladies 4x400m team, running a 400m race for the first time. The team flew round all four legs to a first place finish with a combined time of 4:06.

The Norfolk senior ladies team finished in 2nd place overall just behind Cambridgeshire who were victorious and took the Bemax Trophy.

Sep 06

Wissey Half Marathon

Father and son Brian and Karl Wright took part in the Wissey Half Marathon on Sunday. The race started and finished in the village of Oxborough and is a fast flat run round the Norfolk countryside. In very warm conditions Karl completed the course in 1:43:45 and Brian in 2:07:07

Sep 03

South of England Regional Track & Field Championships

This years South of England Track and Field Championships was held at Lee Valley Athletics
Centre.
The weekend proved successful with several Thetford athletes bringing home medals.
Ben Peck grabbed the first medal for Thetford with a superb 3rd place finish in the U13 boys
800m. Along with a bronze medal, Ben also ran a pb time of 2:16 in heat 3.
James Peck finished 5th in heat 1 of the U15 boys 1500m and gained qualification to the final
by being 3rd fastest loser. James then went on to finish 7th in a strong final running a time of
4:31.53.
Jessica Norkett was the sole Thetford female athlete competing and earned Thetford AC’s 2nd
medal of the championships. Jess came home with a bronze medal, racing to a 3rd place finish
in the U17 women’s 1500m with a time of 4:46.9, just 0.3 of a second behind 2nd place.
Another athlete with Thetford connections was Joe Smythe. Joe had an outstanding
Championships, winning his heat of the U17 mens 400m with a Pb time of 50.5. He then
followed this up with another pb in the final where he finished in 3rd place with a time of 49.9.

Sep 03

Athletes Shine in National Championships

Due to their success at the County and Regional Schools Track and Field Championships, three
Thetford AC athletes qualified and were selected to compete for Norfolk at the prestigious
English Schools Championships.
In the past, many top level athletes such as Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill have also graced
this competition and for those who are selected, it is often the highlight of the season and a
fantastic experience being away with the team for two days. The athletes parade is also an
experience not to be missed.
The Championships this year were held at a very hot and sunny Alexander Stadium in
Birmingham and featured many of the top young athletes in the country, all battling it out for the
prize of an England vest for the forthcoming International Schools Championships.
After qualifying and being selected for the championships last year in the Junior Girls (U15)
800m, Jessica Norkett qualified and returned for a second time, this year being selected for the
Inter Girls (U17) 1500m. In what was always going to be a tough race and being the bottom of
the age group, Jess proved she deserved to be there and ran a 3 second Pb to finish in 9th
place in heat 1 in a time of 4:43.
Asha Soanes, competing at these championships for the first time, was selected for the Junior
Girls (U15) Shot Putt. Asha threw fantastically and finished in 5th place with a throw of 10.83m.
Cameron Try was another Thetford athlete qualifying for the first time. Cameron was selected
for the Junior Boys (U15) Discus and did himself proud throwing the Discus an amazing 37.42m
to finish in 10th place.
Another athlete with strong Thetford AC connections and also qualifying for the first time was
Joe Smythe. Joe was selected for the Intermediate Boys (U17) 400m. Joe had a strong run,
finishing 5th in heat 1 in a time of 52.67.
All athletes can be very proud of their achievements and at being selected. They have all done
themselves, their County, club and Schools proud.

Sep 03

Quadkids Success for Smythe

The final round of the Quadkids series was held at Kings Lynn. Thetford athlete Ronnie Hughes
finished in 16th place in the years 4&5 age group and earned 146 points (80m 13.6; 600m 2:29;
Standbg Long Jump 1.28m; Howler 24.8m).
Isabel Smythe finished in 1st place in the year 6&7 girls event, gaining 214 points (100m
14.4;800m 2:47; Long Jump 3.63m; Howler 23.2m).
Isabel had a fantastic Quadkids series and amassed a total of 658 points, finishing 1st overall
and taking home the 2018 series trophy for the year 6&7 girls.

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