Sep 27

3rd Place Finish for Thetford

After reaching the top eight following a sterling performance throughout the season, Thetford’s U17 Boys team earned their place in the East Anglian League Final at Bury St Edmunds. It is the second time in three years that a Thetford team has made it to the grand final of the region’s main athletics league competition after many of the same boys reached an identical point as Under 15s.

However, on this occasion, the U17s went one stage further as several tremendous performances resulted in the team grabbing third place in the competition.

Aiden Try finished 2nd in the 800m with a time of 2:07.4 whilst there was a fifth place finish in the 400m sprint where he clocked a time of 55.2. Over in the field events, Try secured a third place finish in the Triple Jump with a final leap of 10.97m.

William Jaura secured a hat-trick of personal best performances in his attempt to gain as many points for the team as possible, starting with a second place in the ‘B-string’ 100m sprint with a time of 11.8 followed by a third place in the ‘B-string’ 200m clocking 24.2 along the way. Jaura then threw 8.81m in the Shot Putt competition for fifth position.

Sam Rolph leapt 3.91m in the Long Jump event to secure sixth place followed by a 7th place in the ‘A-string’ 100m with a time of 25.2. Rolph managed a fifth place finish in the ‘A-string’ 100m with a time of 12 seconds.

Harley Swan ran 56.3 over 400m for second place in the ‘B-string’ event followed by 4th place in the 1500m with a time of 4:29.4. Swan also threw a personal best of 4.17m for fifth position in the javelin competition.

There was a second place in the Hammer Throw competition for Joseph Nicholson recording a distance of 41.37m whilst he threw a PB of 8.45m in the Shot Putt for third spot. Nicholson also threw 20.14 for fifth place in the Discus event.

James Parker-Hammond ran 2:32 for fifth position in the ‘B-string’ 800m. Parker-Hammond also leapt 1.25m in the High Jump for 5th place.

Despite finishing behind U17 winners, Ipswich Harriers (165 pts) and second place Nene Valley Harriers (143 pts), a third place finish on 114 points represented a fabulous day out for the hard-working and talented Thetford team who finished above many significantly larger clubs such as City of Norwich and Cambridge & Coleridge.

Elsewhere, Thetford’s senior athletes were in action at the Wissey Half-Marathon where Sabine Schaefer was the third place female athlete, finishing on a time of 1:32.34.  Craig Goldie finished in 28th place recording a time of 1:30.19 whilst Karl Wright ran 1:35.54 for 48th position. Charlotte Smith ran 1:46.14 to finish in 93rd place.

Feb 02

Peck Competes in Suffolk Champs


Thetford Athletics Club’s James Peck was the club’s sole representative at the Suffolk County Cross Country Championships at Heveningham Hall.

Competing in the Under-13 Boys category, Peck finished in 21st place out of the 34 taking part, completing the course in a time of 13:37. The race was won by Ben Bayley of St Edmund Pacers in a time of 11:24.

Jan 12

Norkett opens her campaign in sixth place

Thetford Athletics Club junior athlete, Jessica Norkett, opened her campaign within the under-15 age group with a tough outing at Lee Valley, participating in the South of England Indoor Championships. Norkett, competing in an indoor competition for the first time, came 6th in the 800m with a personal best time of 2:36.

Thetford’s senior and junior athletes were also in competition in the latest round of the Ryston Cross -Country Grand Prix near Downham Market. Sandra Bowers was victorious in the V55 category, running a personal best time of 20:50 on her way.Sabine Schaefer also ran into the top spot within the V35 race with a time of 20:59. In a successful category for Thetford, Charlotte Smith took second spot, completing the course in 21:37. There was a third place finish for  Tina Plumley within the V40 category with 21:53 a personal best time. Steph Clouston also clocked a PB in the same race with a time of 24:38 seeing her take 6th spot.

V45 male Craig Goldie raced to 3rd place with a personal best time of 19:21 whilst there was also a PB for Phil Bowers in the V55 race who finished in 5th place with a time of 20:34.

There were plenty of positive performances from the junior athletes with Charlie Stone taking second spot in the U17 category with a personal best time of 19.01. Harley Swan was victorious in the U15 age group with a time of 10:10. Ben Garrod finished fifth in the U13 boys race with a time of 12:11, wdahilst Abigail Clouston raced to third spot in the U11 girls race with a time of 8:45. Charlie Garrod’s 8:44 was good enough for fourth place in the U11 boys race. There was a PB performance of 3:24 for Alicia-Mae Howard which see her grab fourth place. 

 Jess Lee Valley

May 04

Breckland 10K 2015 Results !!


Breckland 10K 2015 Results



May 03

Breckland 10K

Online and postal entry for the 2015 Breckland 10K is now closed.  There are some places available for on-the-day entry.


Apr 29

Breckland 10K

Postal entries for the 2015 Breckland 10K are now closed.  There are still some places left, available through our online entry and some may be available on the day.  To guarantee a place register online before Monday.

Feb 22

Mud-fest at Nationals

Thetford’s junior athletes endured the toughest conditions at this year’s English National Cross Country Championships. It was London’s turn to host this annual event, taking place on the infamous Parliament Hill in the north of the capital. Thetford’s athletes came ready prepared for the challenge that Parliament Hill would face them with as did the rest of the athletes from clubs in the south of the country as this course is typically the venue for the South of England Cross Country Championships which were this year held in Brighton instead to two high profile races at the same venue.

The sole female athlete to compete from Thetford was Jessica Norkett, a first timer over this course. However, Norkett performed extremely well under stiff competition, managing a highly creditable  252nd position in her first year as an Under 13 and tackling the mud-soaked course, known for its tough hills, in a time of 15:29min. A massive 433 youngsters completed the course, which indicates how impressive Norkett’s first time finish was.

The Under 15 boys were well represented in the race, with Harley Swan the first Thetford athlete to come home in 147th position and with a time of 18:27. Tom Mead was the next Thetford athlete to cross the line in 195th place with a time of 18:48 followed by Aiden Try in 210th place with a time of 18:56. There was a 280th place finish for Charlie Stone who completed the course in 19:55 whilst Kieran Moody finished with a time of 20:16 for 306th spot. Again, there was a large field with 371 athletes completing the course and many more starting the race but pulling out before the end due to the tough conditions underfoot. With so many Thetford boys competing, they also registered a ‘team’ score and finished in 30th place out of the 37 teams who were able to field a full squad of four athletes. Tonbridge AC won the team event in the U15 category with Miles Clisham from Coventry Godiva Harriers the overall race winner.

Parliament Hill Montage

Elsewhere, two of Thetford’s junior athletes gave strong performances at the penultimate round of the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League which took place at Heveningham Hall near Stradbroke. Jessica Norkett was on form again to cross the line as the third U13 girls in a time of 13:56min whilst Aiden Try was on form to also register a third place finish in the U15s race with a time of 11:35. Thetford’s senior athletes were also on show with Kevin Vaughan securing first place in the Men’s V50 category with a time of 34:14. In double success for Thetford’s senior athletes Louise White also registered a victory in the Ladies V35 category with a time of 41:10. There was a fifth place finish for Tony Cantle in the V55 race with a time of 41:58. Paul Rayner finished with a time of 44:29 for 13th place in the V50 category. Karl Wright was 32nd in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 40:59 whilst his father, Brian Wright crossed the line in a time of 45:50 for 9th place in the V60 category.

Feb 17

Fancy something different? Try a head torch run.

Do you fancy a change from your normalhead-torch running routine? Why not join Corrina for a guided head torch run through Thetford Forrest to see the tree’s and wildlife in a new light. Night running is both challenging and exciting and gives a whole new dimension to the sport. If you have a head torch, feel brave and fancy giving it a go, join Corrina and friends next Tuesday night. For more details drop Corrina an email on

Feb 17

Thetford Athletes’ Forest Run

Thetford Athletics Club’s junior and senior athletes were in action this weekend at the latest round of cross country races that form part of the Ryston Runners Grand Prix through the forest at Shouldham Thorpe.

The Under 9 Boys kicked off the event with Thetford’s Ewan Peck finishing in 14th place with a time of 3.37min with Ben Peck in 15th position with a time of 3.42. Pippa-Rainbow Swan was Thetford’s sole competitor in the Under 9 Girls event and completed the course in a time of 5.03 for 28th position.

Cameron Try lead the way for the Thetford athletes in the U11 Boys competition, finishing TAC Ryston-small8th with his fastest time of the season of 9.57min. James Peck was in 12th spot with a time of 10.07. There was an eighth place finish for Abigail Clouston in the U11 Girls race with a time of 10.07. There was a lofty fourth place finish for Ben Garrod in the U13 Boys event as he completed the course in a time of 12.00min.

Thetford were well represented in the U15 Boys category with a second place finish for Harley Swan in a time of 10.52. Charlie Stone finished in fourth spot in a time of 11.09 with Kieran Moody one place further back in fifth with a time of 11.35.

Senior athlete, Simon Smith, finished 3rd in the V40 category with a time of 34.43min. There was a fifth place finish for Sam Wing in the Senior Ladies race, crossing the line in 45.19. Charlotte Smith took the honours in the V35 Ladies race, winning the event in a time of 40.11. Tina Plumley took second spot on the V40 category with a time of 41.53.

Thetford athletes were also in action but this time representing their county school’s teams in the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships. The event took place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital School near Ipswich with places in the English Schools Cross Country Championships up for grabs.

Harley Swan was the highest placed Thetford athlete within the Norfolk Schools Team, finishing the race in overall 7th position and was the second Norfolk athlete home. Swan completed the race in a time of 13.18min. Aiden Try finished 28th with a time of 14.03 and was the eight Norfolk athlete to finish with both boys hopeful of making the Norfolk U15 squad for the national championships taking place in Blackburn during early March. Thetford’s Tom Mead also participated in the race but represented the Suffolk Schools Team, completing the course in a time of 14.21 for 50th position.

Thetford’s Jessica Norkett and Maddie Rolph represented the Norfolk Schools Team in the U13 event with Norkett finishing in 28th position and Rolph in 45th place.

Feb 14

Breckland 10K

Thetford Athletic Club are pleased to announce that entry is now open for the 2015 Breckland 10K road race and fun run.

The race is held at Croxton Village Hall on May 4th and is open to runners 15 years and older through postal or online entry. Entries for the children’s fun run will only be accepted on the day.

Click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at the start line.

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