Sep 03

Thetford Juniors in National Championships

After achieving the required entry standard for the England Athletics National Track and Field
Championships, three Thetford athletes earned the right to be part of, and compete against the
best young athletes in the country.
This years National Championships were held at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium
over two days.
Day one of the Championships saw Jessica Norkett compete in the U17 women’s 1500m. Jess
came home a credible 14th place in the 1500m final, holding her own amongst a strong field.
The National title was taken by Olivia Mason from Cumbria, who is a regular England U18
representative, in a time of 4:33.
Day 2 proved a difficult day for all of the athletes due to the wet conditions which made it far
from ideal for competing. Asha Soanes competed in the U15 girls shot Putt. Like all events,
Asha was up against top quality competition and put in a great performance finishing in 12th
place with a best throw of 9.29m. The event was won by Havering AC athlete Omolola Kuponiya
with a throw of 12.15m.
Cameron Try was next up in the U15 boys Discus competition. Cameron was highly ranked
going into the competition and proved this with a fantastic 7th place finish, throwing the Discus
out to 36.39m. The U15 Discus championship was won by Dillon Clayton from Blackheath and
Bromley with a throw of 43.49m.
All of the athletes have worked extremely hard throughout the season to achieve the qualifying
requirements and should be extremely proud of themselves. They have represented themselves
and the club impeccably.

Sep 02

St Neots Tri Qualifier for European Championship

Charlotte Smith qualified for the European Triathlon Championships Standard Distance 2019 at the weekend. The qualifying race was held at St Neots and included a 1500m river swim, 45k bike, 10k run. Charlotte finished in 2:26:27 for 2nd place in her age group.

Aug 27

Multi-sport events at Mildenhall

Three TAC members competed in multi-sport events over the weekend at Mildenhall Sport Centre. Jason Elrick did the duathlon (5k run, 20k bike, 5k run) and finished in a very impressive 4th place overall in 1:23:40. Natalie King competed in her first ever Aquathlon (300m pool swim, 5k run) and finished 2nd female in 29:46. Richard Crewe had a great result in the triathlon (300m pool swim, 20k bike, 5k run) finishing in 23rd place in a time of 1:16:09.

Aug 19

The Great War Centenary Dereham 5k

Thetford Seniors were out in force again at the weekend at the Great War Centenary Dereham 5k. The race is hosted by Dereham Runners and a bespoke medal was available to all 500 finishers. Natalie King excelled finishing 1st in her age group and achieving a PB in 20:09. Karl Wright was first Thetford male home in 19:42 and earning him 80th place overall. Other Thetford athletes included Jason Elrick (20:06), Marco Silva (20:25), Richard Crewe (21:09) Donna Finney (21:50), Stacey Daniele Owen (24:40) and Kayleigh Bailey (24:40).

Aug 06

Norwich 10k

In blistering hot temperatures 8 Thetford runners completed the Norwich 10k. The route takes in some iconic sites of Norwich including Norwich Castle, Cathedral and Football Stadium. Thetford Athletics Club were well represented with Natalie King first home for the club in a superb PB 43:14 and 2nd place in her age group. Followed shortly afterwards by Jason Elrick 45:30, Richard Crewe 46:33, Sam Bellotti 47:03, Richard Gunter 49:26, Kayleigh Bailey 55:40, husband and wife Anna and Alan Dean finished in 1:11:28.

Jul 29

Chelmsford Sprint Triathlon 2018

This weekend 3 triathletes Simon and Charlotte Smith and Gary Malliband experienced a dip in temperatures at the Chelmsford Sprint Triathlon. In wet and windy conditions they completed the 800m lake swim, 18k bike ride and 5k run. Simon finished 3rd overall in 1:05:42, Charlotte as 2nd female in 1:11:43 and Gary 19th overall and 4th in his age group in 1:14:26

Jul 23

Thunder Run 2018


Five TAC runners participated in the tenth edition of the Conti Thunder Run; a 24 hour off-road run challenge. Competing as a relay team Stacey Owen, Tracey Cady, Kayleigh Bailey, Jim Mockford and Richard Crewe took turns to run a 10k lap continuously for 24 hours. Head torches and steady footing were required throughout the night! The team completed a very impressive 21 laps in total.

Jul 16

Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog 2018

Brandon Fern Hoppers hosted the annual Wibbly Wobbly Forest Log Jog on Friday evening at High Lodge. The event was a very warm evening 5 mile forest run through undulating paths of Thetford Forest. TAC were victorious with Louise White finishing first female overall in a time of 34:46. A good turnout for the club followed with other members posting some great times – Jason Elrick 36:02, Natalie King 38:40 (2nd female), Richard Crewe 39:15, Sabine Schaefer 39:51, Andrew Smith 42:00, Richard Povey 42:23, Shirley Standley 47:19, Kayleigh Bailey 48:03, Russell Slattery 48:05, Allison West 51:25, Clare Slattery 55:14, Ann Kirton 55:49, Corinne West 59:33.

Jul 10

Lord Mayor’s 5k


The Lord Mayor’s 5k was first staged on 1996 and is widely regarded as the best 5k road race in the East of England. It immediately precedes the annual Lord Mayor’s Street Procession through Norwich city centre and provides an opportunity to race on a two-lap traffic-free course in front of an enthusiastic crowd estimated to exceed 50,000. The course has a strict 10 minute cut off at the half way point. Tyler Howard and Jason Elrick represented Thetford AC with very impressive times; Tyler in 19:06 and Jason in 20:50.

Jul 10

Norwich Standard Tri

Five Thetford athletes were in action at the annual Norwich Triathlon weekend. They all took part in the Standard distance triathlon (1500m lake swim, 40k bike, 10k run) at Whitlingham Lake near Norwich. The event saw Gary Malliband take on his first triathlon at this distance and for Karl Wright and Lukasz Ryzinski it was only their second time at this distance. First home for Thetford was Simon Smith in 2:09:06 for a course pb and 9th place overall. Charlotte Smith was 2nd female overall in 2:22:59, Gary Malliband 2:26:52 in 30th place, Karl Wright 2:30:46 for 40th place and Lukasz 2:37:55 in 57th place with a total of 146 athletes completing the course.

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