Apr 29

Open Water Swimming Sessions at West Stow

Open water swimming starts again on Saturday 27th April at Larkwood Lakes, 10:30-12:00. Please be aware that all swimmers will be asked to complete the club’s disclaimer so that records are up to date. It would be beneficial to complete the form before arrival so water time can be maximised. Please use the link https://westsuffolkwheelers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/openWaterSwimmingRulesRegulationsDisclaimer.pdf
Whilst the predicted weather will continue to warm the water, full length wetsuits will be mandatory as the current temperature is struggling to reach double figures.
Just so you are aware, the site has now been converted to accommodate caravans and camping. This will not effect the swimming session but may have an impact on parking. The site owner is looking into various options and we will let you know the details once finalised.
We will be using the same normal operating procedure (NOP) as last year where each participant will be issued with a numbered wrist band, on which their emergency contact details will be written.
Each participant must wear their allocated wrist band for the duration of their swim so it can be used in case of an emergency.
All Risk Assessment and Emergency Action Plan documentation has been updated to meet BTF requirements and available on request. This has additional information to those found on the website which will be updated as soon as possible.
The cost of the session is £4 and this year we are also able to offer coaching as part of some sessions. We look forward to seeing lots of you at the lake and watch this space for the updates mentioned and details about junior open water sessions.


Apr 15

Boston Half and Full Marathon 2019

In Lincolnshire 4 other TAC members competed in the half and full marathon events in Boston. On a flat but very windy course Sabine Schaefer finished the half marathon course in an impressive 1:33:13 for 2nd place in her age group. Gary Malliband followed with a PB in 1:37:17 and Charlotte Smith also with a PB in 1:38:50. Lukasz Ryzinski was the sole Thetford runner in the marathon but completed the course in 4:33:46.

Apr 14

Bungay 5k and Half Marathon

Thetford Runners took to the Bungay Hills where the Bungay Black Dogs hosted a Festival of running weekend. There were 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon and a doggie run on offer. After running a marathon last weekend Kayleigh Bailey completed the 5k course in 25:21 for 9th female and 5th in her age group. Jason Elrick, Richard Crewe and Andy Fleet took on the hilly and windy half marathon; Andy achieved a PB in 1:45:24, Jason Elrick 1:34:51 and Richard Crewe 1:39:34.

Apr 09

TAC at Norwich Half Marathon

Wet and chilly conditions greeted Thetford runners at the Norwich Half Marathon on Sunday. This didn’t deter some fantastic times and results. Andrew Buckley completed in 1:28:05, Chris Greenough 1:35:10, Russell Slattery 1:45:10, Linda Cusack claimed a half marathon pb and 3rd in her age group in 1:52:16 and Corrine West followed in 2:27:02.

Apr 09

Manchester Marathon PB’s

Six Thetford athletes have been training hard over the Winter months to complete the Manchester Marathon which was held at the weekend. The event was host to almost 14,000 runners and is said to be one of Britains flattest marathon courses with amazing crowd support. With near perfect weather conditions there were P.B’s all round with Neil Vendy being the first Thetford runner to finish his first ever marathon in 4:01:21, he was followed by Andrew Smith 4:13:32, Sean West 4:15:46, Rachel Greenfield 4:23:03 (first marathon), Kelly McGill 4:28:42 and Kayleigh Bailey 4:37:59

Apr 09

England School Honors for Thetford Brothers


Two brothers, who run for Thetford AC and Suffolk, had the honor of making their England debuts at the weekend at the SIAB Home Countries Cross Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Finishing in the top 8 at the English Schools Championships last weekend earned James and Ben Peck a place on the England Schools team to take on their equivalent athletes from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

James and Ben were both part of the Junior Boys team with the race being contested over 4km. James came home in 7th place with his brother Ben close behind in 8th place.

England claimed 7 out of the first 8 finishers in the Junior Boys race meaning that England successfully took the team honors.

To earn the right to represent their Country was an outstanding achievement for them both and one they can be immensely proud of.

Apr 07

PB’S & Awards for Lauren & David

David Loomes raced both the 5 and 10k events at Barrow this weekend. David won both of the races and also achieved a 10k pb in 38:45. Lauren completed their success by finishing 1st female in the 10k race (2nd overall) also achieving a pb in 47:58

Apr 07

Haverhill 10k

Peter Elliott & Avril Squire competed the the Haverhill 10k on Sunday 7 April with Peter finishing in 26th place in 47:19 and Avril finishing in 61st place in 53:15.

Apr 07

Norfolk Athletics Awards Winners


Norfolk Athletics held their annual awards evening at Wymondham Rugby Club. The awards were to honor the outstanding Norfolk athletes and their  performances during the 2018/19 season.

Thetford AC athlete Jessica Norkett was crowned the Under 17 Women’s Norfolk Track Athlete of the Year. This was just reward for a fine season which included, amongst others, a gold medal in the 1500m at the Norfolk Schools Championships, 1st place in the 1500m at the Eastern Region Championships, 3rd place in the 1500m at the South of England Championships and qualifying  for the England Athletics National Championships where she reached the final of the 1500m.

This culminated in Jess achieving qualification and gaining selection for the English Schools Track and Field Championships where she represented Norfolk.

Also receiving an award was Ben Peck. Ben received a Special Achievement award for his outstanding Cross Country season which saw him win multiple regional and national titles, including the National Cross Country Championships. The season ended with Ben being selected for the England Schools team at the recent Home Countries School International held in Dublin, where he finished in 8th place.

Apr 06

Duathlon Double Success

Simon and Charlotte Smith had double success at the Eton Dorney Windsor Sprint Duathlon at the weekend. The 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run event took place at Dorney Lakes (home of the 2012 Olympic rowing venue) with Simon finishing 3rd overall in 1:12:39, Charlotte followed for 1st place female in 1:22:35.

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