Jul 22

Quad Kids

The 2019 Quadkids series came to a close and the overall standings for the series saw great results for Thetford AC junior athletes, with a high number of juniors taking part.
Overall standings for Year 4+5 boys were: Monty Findlay (9th), Charlie Fowler (12th), Connor Burgess (17th) and Archie Jackson (32nd).
Representing Thetford in the 4+5 Girls were: Olivia Pitchford (9th), Lyla Pitchford (23rd), Lexi Aldridge (32nd), Evi Rose Burgess (36th), Rosie-Mae Jackson (44th) and Caoimhe Campbell (47th).
Contesting the Year 6+7 boys series were: Giles Attfield (8th), Alfie Findlay (14th), Lucas Rose (18th), Jacob Campbell (24th) and Thomas Norkett (42nd).
The sole Thetford AC representative in the Year 6+7 Girls series was Alicia Mae Howard. Alicia finished the series in 4th place.
It was great to see so many junior athletes competing in the series and many of which was their first experience of competition. All athletes were great representatives of the club.

Jul 22

Summer Trails Series Race 3

On a warm humid evening last week it was the last in the series of the Summer 5k Trails Series at High Lodge. Regular attendees at this event were Thetford AC’s Kayleigh Bailey and Richard Crewe. Kayleigh topped off a great series of results with another 2nd place in a time of 28:14, this followed up 1st and 2nd places in the series previous races. Richard was unfortunate to lose a headphone during the race and lost several places due to this and finished in 7th place, this follows up his previous successes of 1st and 5th places.

Jul 16

English Schools Track and Field Championships 2019

This weekend saw the prestigious English Schools National Track and Field Championships held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. This event is renowned as the 4th biggest Track and Field event in the world behind the Olympics, World and European Championships and sees some of the best young athletes in the country represent their county for the right to be crowned English Schools Champion in their event. It is one of the highlights of the junior track and field calendar. Qualification is a culmination of success at County and Regional level, along with the need to achieve the qualifying times or distances for their event.
This year Thetford AC had three athletes qualify in their chosen events. These athletes were Jessica Norkett, Asha Soanes and James Peck.
Jess, qualifying for the third year in succession, was part of the Norfolk Schools team. Jess contested the Intermediate Girls 1500m, finishing in 7th place in heat 1 and finding herself only 0.4 second off making the final.
Fellow Thetford AC athlete Asha, representing Norfolk Schools for the second time, contested the Intermediate Girls Long Jump finishing in 25th place overall.
Qualifying for the first time and representing Suffolk Schools, James contested the Junior Boys 1500m. James had a great race finishing in 3rd place in his heat and following it up with a 7th place finish in the final.
All athletes should be very proud of their achievements, showing dedication and commitment in order to gain selection for these championships.

Picture of the Norfolk Team on the parade lap around the track.

Jul 16

Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog

It was the turn of the Brandon Fern Hoppers to host the annual Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog run; a fun 5.5  mile undulating forest run consisting of bomb holes and tracks to challenge runners of all abilities. Thetford AC has a magnificent turn out and some successful results. In finishing order results were – Tyler Howard 36:32, Chris Greenough 37:13, Charlie Stone 38:01, Louise White 39:01 (1st female), Peter Elliott 40:07, Richard Crewe 40:39, Sabine Schaefer 41:21, Jason Elrick 42:34, Andrew Fleet 42:59, Andrew Smith 44:06, Nicola Greenough 47:42, Shirley Standley 48:07, Anna Dean 51:39, Kelly McGill 52:04, Kayleigh Bailey 52:05, Carri Vendy 52:05, Steve Norbury 52:58, Wendy Howard 54:56, Ann Kirton 55:56, Georgie Sheward 1:05:11, Avril Squire 1:12:12

Jul 10

Holkham 70.3 Half Ironman


The stunning scenery of Holkham Hall was the setting for four of Thetford’s triathletes at the weekend at the OSB Events 70.3 Half Ironman. Under a perfect blue sky and warm conditions they took on the 1.2 mile lake swim followed by a scenic and undulating 56 mile bike course and straight into a 13.1 mile run around the beautiful Holkham estate. Charlotte Smith was first Thetford triathlete to finish in 5:07:56. For Gary Malliband it was only his second ever half ironman which he completed in 5:32:02 for a massive pb. Karl Wright and Richard Crewe were taking on the challenging distance for the first time and both were extremely happy to complete the course – Karl in 5:46:03 and Richard in 6:31:17

Jul 09

Harling 10k

On Sunday it was the turn of Harling AC to host its annual 10k where TAC were out in force. Thetford’s Louise White executed a superb run to finish 1st female in 42:13, in finishing order other Thetford runners soon followed with Sabine Schaefer 45:40, Peter Elliott 46:26, Linda Cusack 49:23, Russell Slattery 49:26, Paul Rayner 50:54, Shirley Standley 52:36, Kelly McGill 53:33, Natalie King 54:00, Rachel Greenfield 58:32, Anna Dean 59:11, Paul White 1:01:09, Ann Kirton 1:03:02, Heidi Smith 1:04:53, Clare Slattery 1:04:53, Corinne West 1:08:47

Jul 09

Junior News

Three junior athletes represented Thetford AC at this years Eastern Counties Regional Track and Field Championships held in Cambridge.
Jessica Norkett ran a pb (2:15) to finish in 2nd place in the U17 Women’s 800m, taking home the silver medal.
Abigail Clouston contested the U15 Girls 1500m, finishing in 6th place with a time of 5:08.
Daniel Clouston came 10th in the U13 Boys 800m with a time of 2:33.

The Lord Mayors 5K Road race was held in Norwich and organised by City of Norwich AC. Thetford AC’s sole representative was Tyler Howard. Tyler produced a fantastic pb performance, finishing in 97th place in a time of 18:46.
This was a great result in a tough race.

By Jess Norkett

Jul 09

Holkham 10k

On a damp and cool Saturday morning 7 of the TAC team set about the Holkham 10k.
On a mixed course of pathways and gravel routes all 7 made it home in brilliant times for a tough course.
First home for Thetford was

Chris Greenough with a time of 42:09  30th place out of 764
Next home was Peter Elliot  45:20 77/764
Andy Fleet came in with 47:23 112/764
Nik Greenough 48:53 149/764
Carri Vendy 54:29 311/764
Kayleigh Bailey 56:00 361/764
Suzanne Fleet 1:10:46 684/764

Well done to all that ventured out and thank you to Neil Vendy and Richard Crewe for the support.

Report by Chris Greenough

Jul 01

Bronze Medal for TAC Duathlete at European Championships

Simon Smith and Steve Dickens from TAC travelled to Romania at the weekend to compete in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships. Having qualified to compete in this event last year they travelled to Targu Mires and under sunny skies and warm conditions they tackled the fast and furious sprint race of 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run amongst Europe’s finest duathletes. Simon finished in an overall time of 1:01:04 and was placed 3rd in his age group. He had the honour of picking up the bronze medal at an award ceremony later that evening. Steve achieved some brilliant run/bike splits and finished 15th in his age group in 1:10:31. Simon has already qualified for next years event and Steve plans to race at Bedford later in the year to achieve a qualifying place there.

Jul 01

Humpty Dumpty 10k

Linda Cusack competed in the Humpty Dumpty 10k at Freethorpe on Sunday 30th June, it was a warm sunny morning and the race was part of The Sportlink Grand Prix Series
Linda came 177 out of a field of 423 and was the only member of TAC to compete.
With a time of 50.53 she was placed first in her age category (60-64).

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