Nov 01

Racing News

This week Thetford AC athletes were out in force taking part in several events around the country, ranging from 10km in Suffolk, 10 miles in Cambridgeshire and a Marathon in East Sussex.

East Sussex

Over in East Sussex was Sabine Schaefer who took part in the Beachy Head marathon on Saturday. It took place down at Eastbourne, Sussex and with 1500 runners in its 21st year it was a massive event which involved over 300 steps and 3500ft of elevation including the Seven Sisters hills on the coastline.

It was a gruelling but beautiful course which generally takes runners 45mins to an hour longer than a normal flat road marathon, Sabine completed the course in 4hr 19min and finished 30th female out of 869.


In Cambridgeshire was a race known as Fenland 10, the event takes part in West Walton and consists of a fast flat 10 mile winding route through the local villages. This years race saw 310 runners looking to get a personal best, amongst them were 5 of Thetford AC athletes who all achieved a that goal.

First home for Thetford AC was Karl Wright finishing in a time of 01:07:22 (PB) achieving 15th place in the men’s senior category, following closely behind was Louise White who claimed victory in the women’s V40 category with a time of 01:10:48.

Lukasz Ryzinski who was competing for the first time in a 10 mile race finished in 23rd place in the men’s senior category with a time of 01:12:59 (PB). Stephanie Clouston finished 7th in the women’s V45 category with a time of 01:23:02 (PB) and Liz Saxton claimed 16th place in the women’s senior category with a time of 01:31:40 (PB).


In Suffolk was the Bury St Edmunds running festival hosted by HaverSports which included a 10km race, a Half Marathon and a full Marathon. Representing the club in the 10km event was Stacey Daniel Owen who finished 5th in the women’s V30 category with a time of 46min 29sec, Jason Elrick finished 12th place for the men’s V40 category with a time of 40min 30sec.

Also representing the club in the Half Marathon was Natalie King who finished 14th in the women’s V40 category with a time of 1hr 56min and Tony Cantle came 3rd in the men’s V50 category with a time of 1h 40min, running the full Marathon distance was Luvuyo Mfazew, who finished 15th in the men’s V30 category with a time of 6hr 11min.

Oct 25

Racing News

Racing on Sunday 22nd; three of Thetford AC athletes who took part in the Trowse 10k race hosted by City of Norwich Athletic Club on the southern outskirts of Norwich.

The two lap course takes you along quiet roads through the heart of Trowse and close to Whitlingham Hall and is value for money with beautiful scenery and great viewing opportunities for supporters and spectators.

Representing Thetford AC were Richard Crew, Jason Elrick and Kayleigh Bailey.  First home for Thetford was Richard in a time of 43:04 shortly followed by Jason Elrick with a time of 44:24 and Kayleigh with a time of 54:00.

Oct 23

Smith takes victory in Triathlon England East Region League

On Wednesday 18th, Triathlon England hosted their AGM at Stansted, London. Including the AGM they also presented the Individual East Region awards to the respected winners in all the different age categories.

Representing Thetford Athletic Club amongst the winners was Charlotte Smith who was awarded 1st for the Veteran Women category, the trophy was presented by Jonathan Davies who is the chief ‘Technical Official’ and often at some of the races in the region.

Overall the club came 25th out of 54, achieving some great results both for the club and individually were Simon Smith who came 8th in the Veteran Men category, in the same category was Steve Dickens who came a respectable 106th place and Karl Wright who was 22nd in the Senior Men category.

The club has had a great first year of triathlons and duathlons within the region and is looking forward to the next season. If you wish to know more about the club please contact us via our website.

Oct 20

Smiths Qualify for European Championship

Four Thetford AC athletes took part in the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon, an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.

Simon Smith, Charlotte Smith and Daniel Ward all took part in the standard distance of 10km run, 40km bike and a 5km run, both Simon and Charlotte Smith qualified for the standard European duathlon Championship next year in Ibiza by coming 2nd in their age group’s respectively.

Charlotte came 9th female overall in a time of 02:18:23, Simon was 12th overall with a time of 01:59:50 and Dan finished in a respectable 49th overall and 7th in his age group time of 02:09:13.

Also at Bedford was Steve Dickens who competed in the sprint duathlon distance which consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run. Steve finished in 01:08:54 and 17th in his age group, 138th overall.

Oct 17

Productive day for the Thetford athletes

The first race of the Ryston Cross Country Grand Prix series was held at Shouldham Warren in exceedingly mild temperatures which is not normally associated with cross country races, however it did prove to be a very productive day for the Thetford athletes in all categories.

Daniel Clouston got the day off to a flying start by winning the under 11 boys race which was contested over 2km. In the same race, Thomas Norkett finished in a respectable 22nd place.
In the under 11 girls race Bethany Wilson, competing at Ryston for the first time, came home in 3rd place with Alicia-Mae Howard in 10th.

The under 13 boys tackled a 3km course with James Peck leading the athlete’s home in 1st place closely followed by Ollie Sanders in 3rd and Ben Peck in 5th.
In the Under 13 girls race Abigail Clouston was the first Thetford athlete home finishing 2nd with Isabel Smythe finishing in a credible 9th position, especially after having to run the entire 3km course with one shoe due to several athletes falling at the start of the race.

The sole competitor in the under 15 boys race was Zak Mitchell who completed the 3km course finishing in 8th position.

The final event of the day was the seniors race which was contested over a 5km course, in the men’s senior category was Jim Mockford who finished 23rd with a time of 23:55. Louise White was victorious in the women’s V40 category with a time of 19:35, also competing in the same category was Wendy Howard who finished 10th with a time of 29:06.

In the women’s V45 category was Ann Kirton who crossed the finish line in 7th with a time of 29:22, in the men’s V45 category was Gary Malliband who finished 14th with a time of 22:15. For the men’s V50 category, Kevin Vaughan was victorious with a time of 17:18.

Oct 11

Yorkshire, Peterborough and Thetford all in one day.

Thetford AC were representing the club this weekend across of several events around the country, from Yorkshire to Peterborough and even Thetford too.

In Yorkshire representing the club in the York Marathon were Louise Norkett and David Loomes, out of 4139 runners Louise finished in 2586th place with a time of 4:37:14 and David finished 3766th with a time of 5:38:56.


In Peterborough Thetford AC were represented by Kayleigh Bailey, Jason Elrick and Richard Crewe who all took part in a Half Marathon known as the Great Eastern Run.  Out of 4183 runners Kayleigh finished in 2086th place with a time of 2:01:42, Jason Elrick finished 403rd with a time of 1:33:48 and Richard Crewe in 743rd place with a time of 1:42:44.


Closer to home in Thetford was the fun Loki 5k and 10k Cross Country at St Helens Picnic Site, Stacey Daniel Owen was victorious as 1st female to finish the 5k race.

Oct 10

2017 Athletics Season Summary

As it draws to a close, 2017 has proved a highly successful Track and Field season for everyone involved in Thetford AC.


The season started early with the Norfolk County Championships which produced some fantastic performances throughout. Cameron Try claimed the the U15 boys discus title along with a bronze medal in the Shot, Jessica Norkett then came away with a duo of bronze medals in both the U15 girls 800m and 300m and Abigail Clouston finished in 2nd place in the U15 girls 1500m and 3rd in the respective 800m. Back on the field, Jordan Turner earned a 2nd place finish in the U23 Hammer. Isabel Smythe finished a respectable 9th in the U13 girls 800m and 5th in the Long Jump.


In the quad kids series, Asha Soanes won the overall Year 6, 7 and 8 age group making it 2 years in a row that a Thetford athlete has won this age group. Alicia-Mae Howard came 3rd in the year 4 and 5 Quad Kids County Championships at the UEA Norwich making it a really great series for all of the young Thetford athletes.

Like always, the East Anglian League also produced lots of notable performances and pbs with many athletes trying new events to gain valuable points for the club.


Elsewhere Jessica Norkett achieved the qualifying time and was selected for the Norfolk Team for the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Championships held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. She was the first Thetford track athlete to gain selection for several years. Racing against the country’s best young athletes, Jess finished a highly creditable 12th position in the Junior girls 800m.

She also gained qualification for the England Athletics National Championships held at Bedford international stadium where she ran in the U15 girls 800m. Again, pitting herself against the country’s best young athletes again, doing herself and the club proud.

Selection for The Norfolk team at the South of England Champs followed where Jess made the final of the U15 girls 800m and finished in a credible 6th position.


Earlier in the season Several athletes competed in the Eastern Counties Championships in Cambridge. Cameron Try claimed both the U15 boys Discus and Hammer titles. On the track, Jessica Norkett came away with a championship winning performance in the 800m along with a silver medal in the triple jump. In the same competition, James Peck came away with a silver medal in the U13 boys 800m while Abigail Clouston finished in 9th place in the U13 girls 800m.


Hard work and dedication from all of the athletes and everyone involved in the club have produced a season to be proud of. Now the focus and attention turns to the mud and mayhem of the upcoming cross country season

Oct 05

Races across the county


On Sunday Thetford AC athletes went to Haverhill taking part in the duathlon and sprint triathlon.  The duathlon consisted of a 6k run, 22k on the bike and further 6k run, and the sprint triathlon was 300m swim, 22k on the bike and a 5k run.  Elsewhere Thetford AC athletes were taking on a the challenge of a 5k or 10k cross country race in the local village Thompson.

For the Haverhill athletes the weather was not the best for biking however Louise White took part in the duathlon came second overall and was victorious as the overall winner in the female category with a time of 01:44:04.

Over at the sprint triathlon course Marion McCall was the 5th female to cross the finish line with a time of 01:29:13 whilst Rachel Greenfield who was taking part in her second ever triathlon was the 25th female to finish with an amazing time of 01:51:05.

Elsewhere, representing the club at the Thompson 5k cross country race were Kevin Vaughan who won overall in a time of 19:04 and Tony Cantle who came 3rd place with a time of 22:21.  Also racing at Thompson in the 10k event was Steve Dickens who came 57th in a time of 01:01:40 and achieved a new 10k personal best.

Sep 26

Another fab weekend for Triathlon

On Sunday 24th Thetford AC triathlon team and friends went to Stowmarket to take part in the West Suffolk Sprint Triathlon (300m swim, 18k bike and 5k run) which was a triathlon England east region league race.

Out of the 212 competitors Simon Smith was 3rd overall and victorious in his age group with a time of 0:56:02, his wife Charlotte Smith also completed the course in 01:02:08 to be victorious as first female overall which secured enough points to win her age group for the league.

Also amongst the field of athletes representing the club with some fantastic times were Karl Wright who was 35th person to finish the course with a time of 01:03:38, Gary Malliband finished 42nd with a time of 01:05:42.

Steve Dickens finished 66th with a time of 01:08:37, Brian Wright finished 158th in a time of 01:23:00 and Lukasz Ryzinski who despite getting a puncture during the bike section continued to cycle on with a deflating tyre and finished 83rd with a time of 01:10:48.

Sep 26

TAC raises £1000 for cancer charities

On Sunday 24th September Thetford AC hosted a marathon relay with teams competing to cover the distance of 26.2 miles on the track (105.5) laps. A great day was had by all and £1000 raised for The Big C and Macmillan.  Awards were also presented for the club’s cross country season that took place over the winter. The junior winners were Tyler Howard and Abigail Clouston with the senior athlete awards going to Louise White and Kevin Vaughan.

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