The Stickler - 30/10/05
Andy Howse ended up 2nd in Dorsets toughest multi-terrain race. The 10 mile circuit of three massive Dorset peaks (Oakford Beacon Hod Hill and Hambledon Hill with a total ascent of 1500 feet) is not for the faint hearted and provides a test for the finest athletes on the south coast. Despite a lung-bursting effort of 67.13 Andy was pipped by a local triathlete and is trying to live down the shame.
Karrimor International Mountain Marathon - 30/10/05
Chris Daniels and Simon Wurr exceeded their own expectations at the annual two day KIMM extravaganza in the NE Lake District. Covering approximately 50km and 38km on consecutive days across mountainous and boggy terrain, they finished 9th out of 250 teams in the Long Score event. Andy Robinson was 46th in the same category and Ed Catmur was 27th in the B Class event.
Bank Breakers - 29/10/05
Eighteen Thames men and ladies turned in a winning performance against the Bank, K&P and Hercules Wimbledon. Thames ran strongly at the sharp end and were ably supported with great runs from Ian Higgins, James Ward and new member Nick Maloney who made his THH debut. Thames results below.
1 Paul Haywood 24.58 K/Poly 2 Matt Jones 25.24 3 David Symons 25.29 4 Nic Gould 25.38 11 Ian Higgins 28.30 13 James Ward 29.37 14 Nick Maloney 29.56 15 Dave Wilson 30.07 17 Al Irvine 30.32 19 Chris Hutber 30.37 20 Tim Nightingale 30.43 25 Alison Carpenter 32.04 28 Al Gibbons 32.42 30 Kate Symons 33.42 35 Jeff Armitage 35.01 36 Dave Walsh 35.08 39 Michael Johnson 37.21 41 Ian Bright 37.35 47 Dave Palairet 42.45 Position Team Result Points 6 to score 1 THH (a) 47 2 K/Poly (a) 77 3 Hercules Wimbledon 88 4 THH (b) 144 5 B of E 165 6 K/Poly (b) 222 7 THH (c) 228
World Triathlon Championships - 23/10/05
Euan Lees finished an outstanding 15th place in the World Triathlon Championships, only five days after competing in the World Aquathlon Championships in a hot and humid Honolulu. After dropping down to 31st place at the end of the bike stage, Euan stormed through the field to overtake 16 competitors and finish 15th in the 30-34 age group.
Match against Oxford - 22/10/05
With many of Thames finest on duty at the Nationals or pioneering the course a select number of members assisted Oxford with the customary preview of the varsity match course. David Bruce and Courtney Birch were first home with impressive runs for Oxford.
Place Time Name Club 1 39.48 David Bruce Oxford 2 39.54 Martin Bishop Oxford 3 42.25 S Granger-Bevan Oxford 4 42.31 Michael O’Neill Oxford 5 43.41 Thomas Stevens Oxford 6 43.21 Ian Kimpton Oxford 7 43.27 Justin Bronder Oxford 8 43.46 Tom Lawson Oxford 9 44.39 Simon Levy Oxford 10 44.41 Travis Pantin Oxford 11 45.04 Andreas Stradis Oxford 12 45.13 Simon Molden TH&H 13 45.57 Nick Scroxton Oxford 14 46.06 Doron Schultziner Oxford 15 46.59 Patrick Wallace Oxford 16 47.17 Simon Shillaker Oxford 17 48.25 Juan Coderch Oxford 18 48.51 Dan Pescod TH&H 19 49.17 Alistair Irvine TH&H 20 50.53 Keith Spacie TH&H 21 50.53 Peter Giles TH&H 22 52.23 Oliver Hughes Oxford 23 53.11 Jamie Jeeves TH&H 24 60.08 David Jenkins TH&HPlace Time Name Club 1 23.16 Courtney Birch Oxford 2 24.15 Rachel Deegan Oxford 3 25.21 Sarah Pemberton Oxford 4 25.46 Lucia Gibson Oxford 5 26.20 Louise Hake Oxford 6 28.36 Anair Beverly Oxford 7 28.44 Yvonne Milan Oxford 8 30.03 Sinead Forde Oxford 9 31.11 Mary Broster TH&H
National 6 Stage Road Relays - 22/10/05
The mens team finished 24th out of 76 teams in the annual six stage relay fest at Sutton Park.
John McFarlane led the team home with a more than solid run in 16th on leg one and our fastest of the day in 17.56 before Ian Harkness excelled on the second leg which showed that he is getting back to top form. Andy Weir found the going quite hard on leg three before Nic Gould and David Symons put in stirling performances to bring Thames back into the top 30. The Captain then moved Thames up to 24th with a run as solid as the Icelandic food he had been eating all week.
24th Thames Hare & Hounds 1h 53.05 J McFarlane 16th 17.56 I Harkness 15th 18.01 A Weir 31st 19.51 N Gould 30th 19.26 D Symons 28th 19.09 S Wurr 24th 18.42 Second claim runners: N Talbot 17.25 J Connor 18.02 D Talbot 18.52 T Woodthorpe 19.40 C Hughes 19.55 Second claim ladies: Dorchie Lee Winning ladies team (Bristol)
Cabbage Patch 10 - 17/10/05
Those not led astray by the vice captains birthday celebrations the night before enjoyed a run in the Autumn sun. Phill Sly was fourth (50.31)in a quality field. Second claim Mara Yamauchi was first lady (55.49)ahead of Naomi Warner(57.23) who had an excellent run to place second lady.
1. Mo Farah 48.59 Newham & Essex Beagles 4. Phill Sly 50.31 16. Mara Yamauchi 55.49 First Lady 23. Andy Howse 56.44 29. Naomi Warner 57.23 Second Lady 90. Bill Snelgrove 1.02.21 109. Tim Nightingale 1.03.34 113. Peter Giles 1.03.39 147. Al Gibbons 1.05.21
ITU Aquathlon World Championships - 16/10/05
Euan Lees rounded off the season in fine style with a magnificent performance in the World Aquathlon Championships (swim, run, swim). Despite the sticky conditions in Honolulu, Euan finished 1st Brit, 3rd in his age group and 11th overall.
Surrey Vets Cross Country Championships (Men) - 15/10/05
Keith Spacie gave away 5 years to win V65 gold and in doing so led V60 teamates Robin Dickson and Dave Walsh home to an impressive V60 team silver. The V40 team finished fourth with strong runs from Hugh Sheilds and Ian Higgins and the V50 team finished fifth with Rick Turner putting in the fastest TH&H time for the day.
1 Roger Alsop M40(1) 34.30 (Belgrave) 14 Hugh Sheilds M40(6) 37.38 19 Rick Turner M50(4) 38.28 20 Ian Higgins M40(9) 38.30 34 Mark Hope (?) M40(14) 40.29 39 Al Irvine M40(16) 41.00 44 Keith Spacie M65(1) 41.24 79 Robin Dickson M60(7) 45.36 96 Dave Walsh M60(11) 48.14 103 Michael Bostlemann M55(19) 49.36 105 Al Spencer M50(20) 50.16
Surrey Vets Cross Country Championships (Ladies) - 15/10/05
It was medals all round for the Thames ladies on a glorious day in Richmond Park. Rachel Disley was in stunning form to become surely the first Surrey Athletics President to win a county title in their year of office. Rachel led from gun to tape winning the race and the v40 gold. Anna Garnier and Alison Carpenter had another close race with Anna producing a fine sprint for 7th place (v50 gold) ahead of Alison in 8th place (v45 silver). Kate Symons completed the TH&H runners showing a welcome return to form in 15th place (v35 bronze).
1 Rachel Disley (THH) W40(1) 23.36 7 Anna Garnier (THH) W50(1) 25.19 8 Alison Carpenter (THH) W45(2) 25.23 15 Kate Symons (THH) W35(3) 26.34
Cardiff Half Marathon - 9/10/05
Phill Sly cruised round the streets of Cardiff to win in a comfortable 68:30.
Dulwich 10k - 9/10/05
Despite racing in the Surrey League the day before, James Ward set a PB of 36:40 in the Dulwich 10k.
Tooting 24 hr track race - 9/10/05
Chris Finill ran strongly through the night to run 137 miles in his first ever 24hr event and in doing so won the AAAs title.
Great South Run - 9/10/05
Simon Baines finished 54th in 54:41 whilst evergreen Hugh Shields was 90th in 58:21.
Peter Giles gains international selection - 9/10/05
More good news: Peter Giles has been selected for the England M60 team to compete in the Home Countries International in Dublin on 12th November. Many congratulations!
Melbourne Half Marathon - 9/10/05
Anthony Hickson ran the Melbourne Half and recorded a time of 1:44.57
Mendip Muddle - 9/10/05
David Symons and the Captain slugged it out over 20k of undulating bog, tracks and paths in the Mendips along with 200 other runners. Simon just had the edge at the end with a clear gap of 4 minutes to third. GB rowing coach Nick Maloney, who made his first THH training run four days before, was a superb 19th. As the race sponsors were Yeo-valley foods it was yoghurt all round to the winning team.
1st Simon Wurr 1:20.52 2nd David Symons 1:21.44 19th Nick Maloney 1:38.09 200+ finished
Surrey Cross Country League - Ladies - 8/10/05
The ladies had a steady start to their Surrey League over Wimbledon Common. Dorchie Lee ran well for 6th place, with a great run from Rachel Disley not far behind in 9th. Ever improving Anna Garnier chased Alison Carpenter round finishing 33rd behind Alison in 31st. Kate Symons closed the team further down the field with Di Leakey completing the Thames runners. This placed the team fouth behind Ranelagh, Belgrave and hosts Windmilers. The next league fixture is 19 November, Priory Park, Reigate.
Individuals 1 Emily Nelson 21.43 (Epsom) 2 Jo Ronalsdson 22.31 (Ranelagh) 6 Dorothea Lee 22.51 9 Rachel Disley 23.11 31 Alison Carpenter 25.02 33 Anna Garnier 25.11 61 Kate Symons 26.55 126 Di Leakey 32.27 Teams (5 to score) 1 Ranelagh 63 2 Belgrave 75 3 Windmilers 114 4 Thames H&H 134 5 Woking 163
Surrey Cross Country League - Men - 8/10/05
Against a very strong Herne Hill outfit, Thames put in a terrific performance with several runners surging through the field. John McFarlane led the way in 4th with Phill Tedd (travelling down from Oxford) a very encouraging 5th. Strong runs from Ian Harkness (11th), the Captain (17th), Darren Talbot (18th) and David Symons (24th) were also backed up by some close packing in the 30s. Nic Gould put in his best performance in a Thames vest with a magnificent 31st place. Full and official results to follow but it would seem that HHH won with 181 pts, THH second with 209 pts and Bels third with 296 pts. The next match is on Sat 19th Nov - we need to make the next three matches a priority if we are to challenge HHH and defend the title.
1st J Mays (SLH) 23:06 4th J McFarlane 23:23 5th P Tedd 23:36 11th I Harkness 24:05 17th S Wurr 24:39 18th D Talbot 24:45 24th D Symons 25:09 27th A Weir 25:15 31st N Gould 25:26 35th L Matthews 25:33 37th N Malynn 25:36 42nd T Woodthorpe 25:47 46th A Howse 25:54 51st A Kennis 26:24 60th M Lynas 26:54 65th P Lazo 27:07 101st A Robinson 28:53 1st HHH 181 2nd THH 209 3rd Bels 296 4th SLH 383 5th G&G 498 6th Rei P 519 7th K&P 539 8th Walt 615
World Half Marathon Championships - 2/10/05
Mara Yamauchi, fresh from a scintillating run in Helsinki, backed this up with 72:40 and 18th place in the World Half Marathon Championships in Edmonton, Canada. In doing so the Thames second claimer was first Brit and lead the team to 5th place.
London to Brighton - 2/10/05
Matt Lynas finished a magnificent 3rd in the annual London to Brighton race in 6 hrs 8 minutes. Matt held onto second until the 35 mile mark at which point three time winner Brian Hennessy passed him and gained a few minutes lead before Matt unleashed a "sprint finish" and cut the deficit to a mere 8 seconds.
Northern Road Relays - 1/10/05
Darren Talbot ran a sprightly 15:44 for the 5170m course for his first claim club Trafford AC.
Matt Jones hits the jackpot - 1/10/05
Fresh after his victory in the Short Distant Challenge and then a PB in the Windsor half Matt made it three weeks to remember with a runaway victory in the annual inter-club match against Kingston & Poly. In the team stakes Thames made it a cleansweep in the 5 10 and 20-to-score team events.
A terrific turnout of 20 TH&H runners beat K&P in what was a terrifically well-organised and marshalled route. Behind Matts storming run, Nic Gould yet again showed what big strides he has made and it was terrific to see Andy Ward and ALG don the saltire again. A special mention too to David Symons for racing for the second time inside 5 hours and for Anna Jones who braved the vile early conditions and finished with a terrific flourish.
1 Matthew Jones 26.57 2 Simon Wurr 27.33 5 Larry Mathews 28.14 6 Nicholas Gould 28.16 11 Ian Higgins 30.09 12 James Ward 30.25 13 Simon Molden 30.31 14 David Symons 31.16 16 Dan Pescod 32.07 17 Al Irvine 32.13 21 Chris Hutber 33.00 23 Keith Spacie 33.45 30 Jeff Armitage 36.02 33 Kate Symons 36.18 37 David Walsh 37.11 38 Michael Bostelmann 37.38 47 Alan Spencer 39.55 52 Alan Gibbons 41.30 57 Anna Jones 47.18 58 Andy Lea-Gerrard 47.35 59 ran 5 to score: 1st TH&H 25 pts 2nd K&P 40 pts 3rd HW 85 pts 4th BofE 179 pts 10 to score: 1st TH&H 97 pts 2nd K&P 161 pts 3rd HW 300 pts 20 to score: 1st TH&H 493 pts 2nd K&P 593 pts