Jun 28

Summer Trails Series Race 2

It was another weather perfect evening for running at the Thetford Trails Race and High Lodge. With 5 and 10k race options on offer TAC athletes opted for the 5k and produced some great results. In 1st place overall was David Loomes in 19:41, Charlie Stone followed for 3rd place in 21:21, Richard Crewe was 5th in 23:53 and Kayleigh Bailey finished 2nd lady in 28:41.

Jun 27

24 Hour Endurance Run

Huge congratulations are in order for TAC’s Phill Bower who took on the challenge of  running in a 24 hour event. Last year with friend and work colleague Mark they completed 121 miles over the 24 hours and decided that they would take on the challenge again and try and beat that target.
Again the event had great conditions for running the 5 mile XC loop and things started off well as they were completing laps in a comfortable 50 minutes.
There was a much stronger entry in the pairs this year and initially they were holding 6th place,
Keeping the rhythm going they actually moved up to 3rd as the light was fading.
Unfortunately around 10pm Mark started to feel ill and was unable to keep any food down, he did attempt to carry on but lack of food forced him to drop out for 3 hrs..
Never the less Phill kept his stints going and worked through the night running around the 1hr mark for the loop then feeding /resting over the next hour.
Amazingly they moved up into 2nd but eventually finished in 3rd covering 111 miles .
Phill would like to add thanks to crazy Sabine and Sandra B for their support while jogging around the loop with him and and Kelly B for the bacon sandwich early Sunday morning.
Phill is already thinking of a new strategy/plan to take on this massive event next year.

Jun 18

Fritton Lake Sprint Triathlon

In preparation for the forthcoming Holkham Half Ironman triathlon Richard Crewe participated in the Fritton Lake Sprint Triathlon at the weekend. Taking on his first competitive open water swim Richard completed the 750m swim, 21k bike and 5k run in 1:28:50 for 14th place in his age group.

Jun 11

Lotus Test Track 10k

Thetford AC Runners visited the local Lotus car racing track on Friday evening for 5 and 10k races hosted by Harling Athletics Club. The 10k race involved 4 laps of the racing track and after a very wet and windy day temperatures were perfect for running. First back for TAC was Jason Elrick in 42:16 and 10th place overall followed by Richard Crewe 43:36, Sam Bellotti 44:34, Peter Elliott 45:32, Lauren Goldsmith 47:17 (5th female), Kayleigh Bailey 57:06 and Heidi Smith 1:02:13.

Jun 11

Norfolk County Schools Championships

The Norfolk County Schools Championships was held at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich. Five athletes from Thetford AC braved the terrible conditions, with heavy rain and strong winds.
In the Junior Boys Oliver Sanders came 5th in the 100m (12.6) and 3rd in the 200m (25.5).
Abigail Clouston contested the Junior Girls 1500m and came away with a 3rd place finish (5:09.7).
Cameron Try was victorious in the Inter Boys Discus, throwing 36.11m to take the County Schools title.
In the Inter Girls, Asha Soanes came 3rd in the Javelin (30.15m) and 2nd in the Shot (11.0m).
Jessica Norkett raced in the Inter Girls 1500m and finished in 2nd place (4:49).

The athletes finishing in the top 2 in their event would ordinarily progress to the Anglian Schools Championships but unfortunately, the championships have been cancelled this year. Certain Thetford athletes will now have to wait to see if they have earned selection to compete at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham in July.

Report by
Jess Norkett
Junior press officer.

Jun 11

Quadkids Action

This seasons Quadkids series continued at the UEA Sportspark and was hosted by City of Norwich AC. The event consists of all competitors earning points by contesting the Long Jump, Howler throw, Sprint and 600m/800m run.
Representing Thetford AC in the Year 4&5 boys event was Charlie Fowler (13th with 180 points) and Connor Burgess (23rd with 132 points).
Contesting the Year 4&5 girls competition were Olivia Pitchford (10th with 181 points), Lexi Aldridge (23rd with 132 points), Lyla Pitchford (27th with 121 points) and Evie-Rose (39th with 98 points).
In the Year 6&7 Boys competition were Thetford athletes Lucas Rose (6th with 205 points), Giles Atfield (12th with 187 points) and Jacob Campbell (18th with 155 points).
The sole representative of Thetford AC in the Year 6&7 Girls competition was Alicia Mae Howard. Alicia finished in 5th place with 191 points.
It was good to see another great turnout of Thetford athletes for this latest Quadkids event.

Jun 09

Mike Groves 10k


Linda Cusack and Anna Dean completed the Mike Groves 10k on Sunday 2nd June, in very warm conditions..
A well organised event, run around the former RAF Coltishall airfield.
Anna completed in 1:05:59 and Linda in 51:19 for 1st place in her age category.

Jun 06

Culford Sprint Triathlon

Triathletes from TAC were blessed with warm, sunny conditions on Sunday for the local Culford Sprint Triathlon. First to finish from TAC was Simon Smith in 54:05 for 1st in his age group. Followed by Charlotte Smith 57:24 3rd female, Gary Malliband 59:55 2nd in age group, Steve Dickens 1:01:10 also 2nd in age group, Karl Wright 1:01:21 6th in age group, Richard Crewe 1:08:12 11th in age group and Brian Wright 1:16:36 2nd in age group. Lukasz Rysinksi unfortunately had to withdraw after discovering a puncture in transition after the swim.

Jun 06

Junior Westminster Mile


Three Thetford AC junior athletes travelled to London to take part in the British Mile Road Championships which was part of the Vitality Westminster Mile event.

The route saw the athletes start at Green Park and finish outside Buckingham Palace.

In the U17 Women’s race and taking part in her first road race, Jessica Norkett finished in 6th place in a time of 5:25.

In their first experience of the Westminster Mile James Peck took part in the U15 Boys race, finishing in 11th place (4:47) whilst Ben Peck finished 4th (4:57) in the U13 Boys race.

This was a great experience for the athletes, running in an iconic location.

Jun 06

East Anglian League Opener


The opening meet of the East Anglian Track and Field League took place in Bury St Edmunds with several Thetford AC athletes making their debuts.

Representing the U11 Girls was Rosie-Mae Jackson (600m: 2:23.1; Long Jump: 2.54m); Lexi Aldridge (600m: 2:28.7, 80m: 14.8); Lyric Allen (80m: 12.3, 600m (2:03.9) and Caoimhe Campbell (80m: 14.2, Long Jump: 2.31m).

In the U11 boys were Monty Findlay (80m: 12.3, Long Jump: 3.70m) and Archie Jackson (80m: 22.3, Long Jump: 2.49m).

The U13 girls were represented by Bethany Wilson (2nd 1500m: 5:38.1 and 3rd in Long Jump: 3.67m) and Alicia Mae Howard (2nd in Shot: 6.43m, 3rd in Javelin: 14.37m and 5th in 100m: 15.5).

In the U13 boys there were Jacob Campbell (7th in 100m: 15.0, 2nd in 800m: 2:34.2 and 5th in Long Jump: 3.38m), Daniel Clouston (2nd in 1500m: 5:07), Alfie Findlay (3rd in 1500m: 6:03.6, 5th in Shot, Long Jump: 4.58m) and Jake Dorbin (2nd in 800m:2:28.8).

The sole competitor in the U15 Girls was Abigail Clouston who came 2nd in 1500m (5:08.5).

Oliver Sanders contested the U15 boys and came 2nd in the 100m (12.2) and 2nd in the 200m (25.6).

In the U17 men’s Josh McGuire came 4th in the 100m (12.6) and 3rd in the 200m (25.3).

Floyd Scott rounded things off in the Senior Men’s by coming 5th in the 100m (12.2) and 4th in the 200m (25.0).

There were some great performances and it was good to see so many U11’s taking part in the EAL for the first time.

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