Medal haul for young Thetford athletes at Norfolk Cross Country Championships
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Thetford Athletics Club members brought home four bronze and two silver medals from the Norfolk Cross Country Championships.
On a cold, crisp and sunny day at the UEA Playing Fields in Norwich, Thetford’s young athletes along with one of the club’s senior athletes, battled against the county’s finest cross country runners.
The youngest competitors, the Under-11s, got proceedings off to a flying start, with Cameron Try showing enormous determination to complete the 1.4km course in 7:30.00min for a 22nd-place finish.
Abigail Clouston was the sole girl from Thetford participating in the U11s event and achieved a highly creditable time of 7:37.79 for 16th place in the girls race.
City of Norwich Athletics Club dominated the U13 girls race, grabbing six out of the first seven spots. However, Jessica Norkett stepped up to halt their domination with an eighth-place finish in a time of 10:42min.
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Maddie Rolfe finished in 11th position, completing the course in a time of 10:58. Clare Coppin completed the trio of U13 Thetford girls with an 18th-place finish in a time of 11:51. The performances were strong enough to see the Thetford girls grab the bronze medal in the team event.
Joe Smythe was an individual medallist in the U13 boys race coming home in third place with a time of 9:19min. Tyler Howard finished in 24th position, crossing the line in a time of 12:08.
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The largest contingent of Thetford athletes took part in the U15 boys age group and it was another fine performance by Harley Swan to secure the bronze medal in a time of 14:31min.
Aiden Try finished in seventh position with a time of 14:57, followed in eighth place by Tom Mead with 15:09. Kieron Moody crossed the line in 10th place with a time of 15:37. Kian Statham finished in a time of 16:11 for 13th place. This strong team performance from the Thetford boys ensured a silver medal in the team event.
The sole senior athlete from Thetford, Louise White, competed in the V35-39 category and came home in bronze medal position with a superb time of 24:52min.