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Our Tough Guy - 26/1/03

Chris Daniels reports

This Sunday ran in Tough Guy. As the blurb says: "Tough guy is a unique adventure event. Its a test of physical and mental endurance based on an assault course of obstacles over 8 country miles." Actually a lot harder than I reckoned, though eminently do-able. Sort of race that uses every trick to wear you down - from continually crossing a stream with 2m high muddy banks to "switchbacks" up and down the side of a hill. A number of obstacles on route (6 foot walls and a lot of rough, wet and muddy underfoot areas as well as bashing through unrunnable forest) then the grand finale was the ultimate Army-style assault course for the last mile in the spectator area.

Full immersion in freezing water and lots of scramble nets and ariel rope walks. Was neck and neck with some bloke from St Helens and only broke free in the last few hundred metres to become this years winning "Tough Guy"!!!!! 1 hour 25 mins 29 secs for 8 miles indicates how strength sapping it actually is. Decent trophy for the mantelpiece at any rate. And apparently on TransWorld Sport (complete with post-race interview) on Channel 4 "one Saturday in February".


Northern champs - 25/1/03

In the Northerns, Andy Beevers ran his best race for some time to finish 14th, helping Leeds to gold medals in the process. Phil Tedd was 36th for Bingley.


Midlands Champs - 25/1/03

Elsewhere Nick Talbot, running for Nottingham, "won" the Midlands. Despite actually crossing the line in second he was awarded the title as the victor did not qualify for the prize. Congratulations to Nick for this tremendous performance. Matt Wakefield, also running for Notts, finished 22nd in the same race.


Southern Championships, Bicton Park, Devon - 25/1/03

While unable to secure medals this year Thames put in a solid showing at the Southern Championships.

Moving the fixture to Devon, away from the usual venue of Parliament Hill, certainly reduced the number of entrants, but the quality at the front of the race was undiminished. The course over undulating grassy fields remained resolutely free of mud throughout the day, possibly to the detriment of our team performance. Although the senior mens event was advertised as the traditional 9 miles in practice it was disappointingly much shorter than this.

After foolhardy early forays up the field the Captain found himself in a 5 man bunch sprint for 6th place. Unleashing his usual devastating kick he predictably crossed the line in 10th. Ben Reynolds continued his return to form in 24th, while Andy Weir rued the shortened distance as he finished strongly in 37th. Suffering from stomach trouble Simon Wurr had a disappointing run for 85th, just ahead of Andy Thomas (89th). Relieved to once again make the scoring team, Larry Mathews closed for us in 95th. Mark Gilbertson and Dave Symons finished just outside the top 100. John Cant announced his return from Australia with 128th, Matt Lynas warmed up for an ultra-race the next day in 174th, John Rye was 205th.

Scoring twelve-a-side we actually won the title; but unfortunately only 6 make up a team so we placed 7th. Matt Bryant did retain us the Oddling-Smee though, in 311th he made us the first Surrey club with 12 home.

Second claimers Louise Watson finished an excellent 3rd for Medway, and Lucy Hasell in 15th for Bristol provided a Thames presence. Megan Clark guested for Herne Hill to finish 48th.


SLH mob match - late stewards enquiry - 18/1/03

After another very close fought encounter Thames lost out to SLH by 719 to 768 points in a 27-to-score contest. This will come as a surprise to those present on the day as Thames were initially announced as the winners. However, an SLH member was mistakenly scored as a Thames runner. Sticklers for form SLH objected to this, handing them the result on a recount.

Race favourite Stuart Major held off Simon Wurr to give the opposition individual victory, but behind them Thames dominated the top of the race. SLH overhauled us however by packing well further down the field,

Position        Name    	Time    THH     SLH    
1	Stuart Major    	40:25           1      
2       	Simon Wurr      	40:27   2              
3       	Dave Symons     	41:56   3              
4       	Tarjei Sandnes  	42:45           4      
5       	Matt Jones      	42:59   5              
6       	Matthew Lynas   	43:40   6              
7       	Andy Howse      	43:42   7              
8       	Andy Lynch      	44:22   8              
9       	David Ogden     	45:42           9      
10     	Bailey Wood     	46:27           10     
11      	Antonio Martins 	46:27           11     
12      	Alastair Kennis 	46:53   12             
13      	Rhodri Davies   	47:05   13             
14      	D. Kent 		47:09           14     
15      	Mike Farmery    	47:44   15             
16      	Alistair Irvine 	48:23   16             
17      	Glen Morgan     	48:43           17     
18      	Clive Edgington 	48:59           18     
19      	Paul Mitchell   	49:10           19     
20      	Craig Lightbody 	49:14   20             
21      	David Newland   	49:19           21     
22      	Jerry Twomey    	49:21           22     
23      	Francis Upcote  	49:52           23     
24      	Nick Smith      	49:56   24             
25      	Ken Lee 		49:56           25     
26     	Peter Giles     	50:12   26             
27      	Ruth Hutton  	50:22           27     
28      	Peter Emery     	50:48           28     
29      	Jamie Jeeves    	50:57   29             
30      	Tim Nightingale 	51:08   30             
31      	Clive Beauvais  	51:21           31     
32      	Stephen Care    	51:48           32     
33      	Brian Gardner   	51:53           33     
34      	Nigel Costiff   	52:26           34     
35      	Terry Ward      	52:41           35     
36      	Pippa Major     	52:59           36     
37      	Peter Blair-Fish	53:07   37             
38      	Alistair Caisley  	53:20   38             
39      	Alison Carpenter	53:33   39             
40      	Bernie Ingram  	53:44           40     
41      	Christine Costiff 	53:46           41     
42      	Alan Spencer    	55:12   42             
43      	Kate McDonald   	55:26   43             
44      	Sue Ashley      	56:08           44     
45      	Z. Svoboda      	56:35           45     
46      	Giles Stimson   	56:56   46             
47      	Richard Carter  	58:06           47     
48      	Chris Chataway  	58:40   48             
49      	Simon Leathes   	59:09   49             
50      	Andy Johnson    	59:49   50             
51      	Katie Thornley  	60:15   51             
52      	Peter Durham    	62:14           52     
53      	Marketa Martini 	63:34           53     
54      	Bork Andreas    	64:19   54             
55      	Andrew Simon    	65:08   55             
56      	Andy Lea-Gerrard (Guest)        65:17   -       -      
57      	John Bryant  	DNF            
58      	William Cowell  	DNF            


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