Feb 11

Ryston Runners Cross Country Series

The fifth installment of the Ryston Runners Cross Country Series was held at Shouldham Warren.
Bethany Wilson came 2nd in the U13 Girls 3km race whilst Ben Peck was victorious in the U13 boys race, also contested over 3km, breaking his own course record.
The final junior Thetford AC athlete to race was James Peck. James came home 1st in the 3km U15 boys race.
Kevin Vaughan, the only senior Thetford athlete to compete, completed a trio of 1st place finishes for Thetford by winning the Master 55-59 race.

Feb 10

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon

Three senior Thetford Athletics Club runners travelled to London to take part in the brand new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon which starts and finishes in the park; home of the 2012 London Olympics. David Loomes finished in 1:29:38 with Jason Elrick to follow in 1:30:51 and a PB as well as 3rd in his age category, Charlie Stone also achieved a PB in 1:34:03.

Feb 04

Barrow 5k Success

David Loomes and Lauren Goldsmith were in top form at the Barrow 5k at the weekend. David finished in 1st place and also set a new course record in 19:28, Lauren grabbed 2nd female position in 25:41.

Feb 03

Athletics Indoor County Championships


Kings Lynn was the venue for the 2019 indoor track and field county championships which also incorporated the Keith Ward Championship event.

A contingency of Thetford AC athletes competed and brought back an impressive number of medals and county titles.

Competing in his first event since moving into the U13 age group was Thomas Norkett. Thomas came 4th in heat 3 of the 60m sprint (9.8) and 14th in the Long Jump (2.81m). He then followed this up by taking home the bronze medal in the Shot Putt with a 3rd place throw of 4.77m.

Representing Thetford in the U13 Girls age group was Alicia Mae Howard and Lyric Allen. Alicia Mae was victorious in the Shot Putt, taking the county title with a throw of 6.11m. She then finished 7th in the Long Jump (3.12m) and qualified for the final of the 60m, finishing in 6th place (9.8).

Lyric produced a gold medal performance in the 60m, taking home the county title.

Ollie Sanders was the sole Thetford athlete in the U15 boys event where he finished 2nd in his 60m heat (8.3) and qualified for the final. Unfortunately Ollie was unable to run in the final due to injury.

Asha Soanes, competing in the U17 age group for the first time finished in 3rd place in the Shot (9.60m), taking the bronze medal. She also produced a silver medal winning jump in the High Jump and then raced to a 4th place finish in the 60m hurdles (10.2), missing out on a medal by photo finish.

In the U20 women’s event, Camila Rosa took home the Long Jump county title finishing in 1st place with a jump of 4.75m.

She followed this up with a 3rd place finish in the 60m (8.6), taking the bronze medal.

Due to their performances at the Norfolk and Suffolk Schools Cross Country Championships, several Thetford AC athletes had the honour of competing for their county schools team at the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Abington Park in Northampton.

Wearing the Norfolk vest for the first time, Bethany Wilson came 26th in the 2.5km minor girls race (9:56). Also competing for Norfolk for the first time were Jake Dorbin and Daniel Clouston. Both athletes completed the 2.9km minor boys race, finishing 19th (12:19 )and 40th (12:34) respectively.

In the 3.35km junior girls race, again wearing the colours of Norfolk, Abigail Clouston had a great race finishing in 9th place (13:55).

Two Thetford AC athletes competing for Suffolk Schools were James and Ben Peck. Both were in the 4.2km junior boys race and had fantastic runs, with James finishing in 2nd place and Ben just 1 second behind in 3rd place.

As reward for their fine performances in these regional championships, Abigail, James and Ben have earned a place in their respectiveCounty teams for the English Schools Cross Country Championships which is to be held in Leeds in March.

By Jess Norkett

Feb 03

Rauceby Ripper XC 2019

Simon and Charlotte Smith travelled to Lincolnshire to take part in the Rauceby Ripper 8.7 mile rugged terrain XC event. With some ice, snow, mud and a ploughed field Simon completed the course in 58:40 to finish 3rd overall and 1st in his age group. Charlotte followed in 1:09:15 for 4th female.

Feb 03

Great Bentley Half Marathon

Andrew Smith completed an icy Great Bentley Half Marathon today with a course pb of 1:49:21. Congratulations!

Jan 20

Snetterton 5 & 10k

TAC runners were out in force at the Snetterton track on Sunday for fast and flat 5 and 10k races. Thetford’s Kayleigh Bailey and Kelly McGill took on both distances as part of their marathon training. First home for Thetford in the 5k race was David Loomes in 4th in 18:04, Louise White claimed 3rd female in 19:29. Other 5k results included Andrew Smith 22:36, Lauren Goldsmith 23:17, Kelly McGill 24:05, Avril Squire 24:34, Kayleigh Bailey 24:54, Paul White 24:59, Rachel Greenfield 26:01. In the 10k race Jason Elrick was Thetford’s first man home in 41:19 with Karl Wright next in 42:17. Other 10k results were Chris Greenough 43:03, Richard Crewe 43:38, Andy Fleet 48:08, Peter Elliott 44:48, Tim Gunter 50:18, Shirley Standley 49:56, Linda Cusack 52:29, Kayleigh Bailey 58:13, Kelly McGill 58:13 and Heidi Smith 63:47.

Jan 14

Ryston XC Race 4

Ryston Runners hosted the fourth race in the Cross Country series at the weekend. In dry and windy conditions Thetford Athletics Club juniors brought home some great results with James Peck and his brother Ben storming home both in 1st place for the U13 and U15 Boys. Callum Wing had a strong run finishing in 9th place for the U13 boys. The U13 girls also remained powerful with a 3rd and 4th place finish for Bethany Wilson and Isabel Smythe in the U13 girls. For the Seniors it was a 5k race with Simon Smith in the 40-44 age group first back for Thetford in 18:14 for 2nd place. Karl Wright followed in 19:27 for 14th place, Gary Malliband shortly after in 20:37 for 7th place and Brian Wright 3rd place in the 65-69 age group in 25:09. For the Senior Ladies Charlotte Smith finished 1st in her age group in 21:18 and Liz Peck 2nd in the same age group in 24:50.


Jan 10

Thetford Host Regional XC Championships

Around 450 athletes from across the county descended on Thetford’s Barnham Common on Sunday for this years Norfolk County Cross Country Championships, hosted by Thetford AC and its team of volunteers.

Competing for the first time in a TAC vest were Charlie Fowler and Olivia Pitchford, Charlie finished in a strong 15th place and Olivia came home in 29th. In the U13’s the boys were represented by Jake Dorbin in 10th place, Daniel Clouston in 14th and Ewan Peck in 23rd. Bethany Wilson was first home for Thetford with 9th place in the U13 Girls while Isabel Smythe came in for 14th and Alicia-Mae Howard in 20th. Both the boys and girls Thetford teams earned 4th place overall. The sole competitor for Thetford in the U15’s was Abigail Clouston finishing in 10th place. The last race for the juniors was the U17’s; contesting the 6.8km course Tyler Howard produced a strong performance racing home to an 8th place finish.

Jessica Norkett had a medal winning run finishing in 3rd place and taking home the bronze medal. This performance also guaranteed Jess a place in the Norfolk County team for the forthcoming National Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Loughborough.

There was more success to follow in the Senior races with Kevin Vaughan bringing home the gold medal and county title for the Masters 55-59 race. Another medal followed with Louise White produced a strong run to bring home a silver medal for the Ladies 40-44 category. Richard Crewe finished in 16th place in the Mens 40-44 category and Tim Gunter in 12th place in the 55-59 age group.

Jan 09

1000 Miles for 2018

Eight TAC athletes completed the 1000 miles run challenge for 2018. Kelly McGill, Clare Slattery, Richard Crewe, Avril Squire, Lauren Goldsmith, Natalie King, Allison West and Louise White all received a memento medal for their huge achievement of running 1000 miles in 2018.

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