Thetford Athletics Club youngsters show promise at national school championships

Thetford AC athletes Georgina and Daniel Howe travelled to the north east last week to compete in the Aviva ESAA English Schools Track & Field Championships held at the Gateshead International Stadium.

In the senior girls hammer, Georgina did extremely well to make the final and finished seventh in an excellent 42.42m.

In the inter boys hammer Daniel was up against very tough opposition and acquitted himself well to finish with 41.27m.

At the same time, Thetford athlete Oliver Thompson was competing in the world Catholic school games in Malta.

Competing in the Under-17 boys hammer, Oliver excelled himself to win the event in a superb 45.04m.

It was the first time Oliver he had competed abroad and his hard work and commitment to his throwing paid off handsomely as he returned home with a well deserved gold medal.

n Olympic fever came to Thetford recently in the form of Quad Kids, a newly-developed event which encourages children to try out a variety of athletic disciplines in a controlled and fun environment.

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The athletes were separated into two age groups, U11 and U13, and participate in four events including running, sprinting, jumping and throwing.

A number of Thetford AC athletes performed well in the latest round held at the Grammar School.

In the U13 boys competition Harry Pitchford and Joseph Nicholson both won medals, Harry finishing second overall and Joseph third.

Six U11 girls competed all showing great promise. Cerys Brotherhood finished 8th, Emma Coppin 9th, Clare Coppin 10th, Bethany Burows 12th, Sophie Burrows 13th and Holly Goymour 14th. In the U11 boys Kian Statham ran a stunning 75m in 10.50 secs to finish sixth. Harley Swan ran 600m in 2:03 with fellow athletes Harvey Barret and Floyd Scott also putting in promising performances.

n Thetford senior athletes Audrey Norbury and Rosemary Matlock took part in this year’s Barrow Summer Challenge, comprising two marathons in two days, on a multi-terrain route, following instructions and markers which needed to be completed within a specified time limit.

Both runners completed each marathon in just over five hours, a truly inspiring achievement. They are now back in training for the Barrow Challenge in September, which comprises running four marathons in four days.

In the Newmarket 10km Karl Wright ran a pb of 48:57, Stace Owen 46:25 and Sam Wing 49:31.