Vaughan leads the way for Thetford AC in annual Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog

Thetford AC members who took part in the Brandon Fern Hoppers Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog in Thetford Fore

Thetford AC members who took part in the Brandon Fern Hoppers Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog in Thetford Forest. - Credit: Submitted

Thetford Athletics Club members were among the 220 senior athletes gathered at the High Lodge Forest Centre to take part in the annual Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog in Thetford Forest.

Organised by the Brandon Fern Hoppers, the race takes competitors across five miles of rough terrain on boarded parts of the infamous Black Run which is usually home to cyclists. The five miles ends with a steep drop into, and even steeper climb out of, a ‘bomb pit’.

Kevin Vaughan was Thetford’s first athlete to emerge from the forest, completing the challenging course in an extremely fast 31:29. Cliff Bailey was the second Thetford athlete in a time of 34:43. Not far behind was Thetford’s first female athlete, Samantha Fraser, who was also the second woman overall, in 36:03.

Karl Wright finished in 36:17 with Tony Cantle shortly behind in 36:26. Louise White was the second Thetford woman to finish, with a time of 37:03. Tony Tyler crossed the line in 38:18 and Paul Bingham was the final Thetford athlete to beat the 40-minute mark, with a time of 39:50.

Thetford’s junior athletes were also winning medals in the Norfolk Schools Championships at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich. Junior boy Harley Swan was pipped on the line and beaten by a nose for the 800m title by an athlete from Gresham’s School with both athletes awarded an identical time of 2:18.30.

Aiden Try secured bronze psition in the 1500m with a personal best of 4:43.40. There was a double silver for Joseph Nicholson with a 32.16m throw in the hammer and a 23.85m in the discus.

There were also medals for Thetford athletes during the second day of the Norfolk County Championships with Joe Smythe securing silver in the U13 1500m whilst it was the same position for Harley Swan in the U15 1500m.