The Original Mountain Marathon - 30/10/11

The Original Mountain Marathon the forerunner for all adventure races and formerly known as the KIMM - was held last weekend in Perthshire in a remote area with more than its fair share of bog, surface water and even a single munro.
Yet again, TH&H members were to the fore in several of the categories which see self-sufficient teams of two navigate across a large area of mainly pathless terrain. Conditions on Saturday can only be described as being damp.

Elite Class 9Ed Catmur
A Class4Simon Wurr
B Class20Richard Kowenicki
Medium Score26Andy Robinson

Full results can be found here.

Thames H&H vs Oxford University CCC vs Stragglers - 29/10/11

Oxford ran out easy winners in the three-way match with Thames and Stragglers. Luke Caldwell was quickest on the day, taking advantage of dry conditions to finish in a fine time of 38:23. At the front for Thames, it was a case of captains future, present and past, with Matt Jones getting tantalisingly close to the 40-minute barrier.
Matt's performance won him the Long Distance Challenge for 2011. The Ladies' Long Distance Challenge was won by Ladies' Captain, Anna Garnier.
In the ladies' race, Hayley Munn for Oxford was first home in another fine time of 22:36.

Ladies' Race
4 miles

1 Hayley Munn Oxford 22.36
2 Caitlin Mullarkey Oxford 23.44
3 Jennifer Boyd Oxford 24.41
4 Claire Baudouin Oxford 25.28
5 Naomi Webber Oxford 25.38
6 Alison Walsh Oxford 26.10
7 Hannah Train Oxford 26.40
8 Judith Robinson Oxford 29.01

Men's Race
7.5 miles

1 Luke Caldwell (G) Oxford 38.23
2 Dan Studley (G) Oxford Brookes 38.36
3 Sean Ledger Oxford 38.56
4 Henry Mitchell Oxford 39.49
5 Anthony Walsh Oxford 39.58
6 Matt Jones Thames H&H 40.06
7 Simon Molden Thames H&H 41.21
8 Nic Gould Thames H&H 41.29
9 Keiran Silsby Oxford 41.39
10 Neil Riley Oxford 41.42
11 Ben Trigg Oxford 41.49
12 Ben Stevens Oxford 41.51
13 Chris Hartley Oxford 42.20
14 Sagie Benaim Oxford 42.28
15 Mike Causer Thames H&H 42.56
16 Chris Daniels Thames H&H 43.22
17 Johnathon Darby Oxford 43.46
18 Christopher Phillips Oxford 43.55
19 Oliver Starkey Oxford 44.48
20 Roy Reeder Stragglers 46.08
21 Peter Kennedy Stragglers 47.24
22 John Sawyer Stragglers 51.44
23 Steve Sandham Stragglers 51.49
24 Anna Garnier Thames H&H 53.10
25 Dave Griffiths Stragglers 53.20
26 Jon Parry Stragglers 53.40
27 Sam Banner Oxford 53.48
28 Alison Carpenter Thames H&H 53.58
29 Kate Symons Thames H&H 54.22
30 Michael Prout Stragglers 55.03
31 Liz Stavreski Thames H&H 55.22
32 Julie Haworth Stragglers 56.41
33 Emma Pritty Thames H&H 58.41
34 Tiago Ramos Stragglers 63.20
35 John Greaves Stragglers 66.07

Match score
Oxford: 95
Thames H&H: 197
Stragglers: 268

Orion Harriers' Centenary Race (7.5 miles) - 22/10/11

Four Saltires made the trip to Chingford to join in Orion Harriers' centenary celebrations. Elizabeth Stavreski was first home in 63rd.

1R. EvansSLH45:02
2B. HallOrion H46:08
3J. DarlingBlackheath H46:33
63E. StavreskiTH&H54.45
90A. GarnierTH&H58:50
162J. DennyTH&H71:44
193J. BryantTH&H89:06

12 to score
1. Orion Harriers: 148 points
2. Blackheath Harriers: 328 points
3. Ranelagh Harriers: 582 points
4. South London Harriers: 874 points

Full results and a report of the day can be found here.

TH&H versus Bank of England - 4.9 miles - 22/10/11

Six Thames members were in action in the traditional fixture against Bank of England, held over the Bank's course in Richmond Park. Dave Alcock was the first Saltire home in fourth, closely followed by Dave Symons.

1Alan BarnesBofE25:40
2Steve McGroryMilo25:47
3Jamie McCullaghK&P26:43
4David AlcockTH&H26:57
5David SymonsTH&H27:01
38Paul FletcherTH&H33:27
57Maureen PooleTH&H39:35
58David WalshTH&H39:50
64Richard WestonTH&H

1. Milocarians: 41 points
2. Kingston & Polytehnic Harriers: 67 points
3. Bank of England: 79 points
4. Elmbridge RR: 141 points
5. Thames H&H: 162 points
6. Stock Exchange: 180 points

Cabbage Patch 10 - 16/10/11

A fair sprinkling of Saltires were in action in the Cabbage Patch 10 on Sunday. Congratulations to Lucy McAlister on being first Thames home and fourth lady overall. The ladies team also took the team prize.
Dave Symons - fresh from his vets exploits on Saturday - was first man home in 33rd.

1Paskar OworBels48:58
21Lucy McAlisterTH&H55:55(4th lady)
33David SymonsTH&H57:02
92Ruth CliftonTH&H60:29
152Charlie WallaceTH&H63:21
431Annette ChaseTH&H73:01
644Emma Pritty TH&H77:58
712Maureen PooleTH&H79:21
1488Jeffrey GordonTH&H105:20

Surrey Masters' Cross-Country Championships (ladies), Richmond Park - 15/10/11

The ladies had a similarly successful day in the Richmond Park to the men. The W35 team took gold, with Liz Stavreski taking the individual third place. Pippa Major won and Vikki Filsell secured bronze in the W40 race.
Our Ladies' Captain, Anna Garnier, took gold in the W55 event.

1Marie Synott WellsRH24:19
7Pippa MajorTH&H25:14
8Liz Stavreski TH&H25:20
13Anna GarnierTH&H25:54
16Vikki Filsell TH&H26:13
20Kate Symons TH&H26:30

W35 Team
1. TH&H: 9 points
2. Dorking & Mole Valley: 21 points
3. Herne Hill H: 22 points

Surrey Masters' Cross-Country Championships (men), Richmond Park - 15/10/11

Thames had a successful day in the Surrey Masters' Cross-Country Championships (men), hosted by Ranelagh Harriers in Richmond Park. Stuart Major and David Symons finished second and third in the V40, helping Thames to the team title. Richard Pitt finished fourth in the V55 age group and Keith Spacie took gold in the V75 category. The V50 team finished third behind South London Harriers and Ranelagh Harriers.

1Brian WilderHHH33:54V40
2Stuart MajorTH&H35:06V40
3David SymonsTH&H35:11V40
4Andy RobinsonTH&H35:22V40
11Chris DanielsTH&H37:42V40
26Dan PescodTH&H39:00V40
34Richard Pitt TH&H40:09V55 (4th)
42Rhodri DaviesTH&H41:51V50
50Chris CheesmanTH&H43:20V50
73Keith SpacieTH&H50:10V75 (1st)
77Alan GibbonsTH&H50:36V55

V40 Team
1. TH&H: 9 points
2. SLH: 26 points
3. Guildford & Godalming: 45 points

V50 Team
1. SLH: 11 points
2. Ranelagh H: 25 points
3. TH&H: 42 points

Henley Half-Marathon - 9/10/11

Ben Reynolds was in action in the Henley Half-Marathon on Sunday. Ben finished in 75.41.
Also in action was Richard Pitt, who finished 32nd, and 2nd V50, in 1:27:55.

Norfolk Coast Ultra (100 km) - 8/10/11

Ed Catmur continued his ultra-running exploits with first place in the Norfolk Coast Ultra 100km race. His time was 9:13.
Ed reports that conditions were fairly pleasant. There was a bit of a headwind for the early beach section, which made the shingle even more unpleasant, but it calmed down later on. Unfortunately, this mean no tailwind for the return leg.

Surrey League Division 1 (ladies), Lightwater - 8/10/11

The TH&H ladies, depleted of a few runners, made a solid start to the league season with fifth place at Lightwater. The result puts them 38 points behind early leaders, Hercules-Wimbledon.


1. Hercules-Wimbledon: 101 points
2. Reigate Priory: 108 points
3. Woking: 115 points
4. Dulwich Runners: 127 points
5. TH&H: 139 points

Surrey League Division 1 (men), Wimbledon Common - 8/10/11

Thames made a solid start to the men's Surrey League season, on Hercules-Wimbledon's course, with a solid second place behind a magnificent team performance fom Herne Hill Harriers.

1Paskar OworBEL26.09
2Chris BusailehHHH26.42
3Joe Morwood HHH26.50
11Brian Thursby-PelhamTH&H27.27
16Nic GouldTH&H27.41
18Martin ShoreTH&H27.46
21Gordon PearceTH&H27.51
26Simon WurrTH&H28.19
30Richard KowenickiTH&H28.40
31Andrew LawrenceTH&H28.42
32Dave SymonsTH&H28.43
33Dave AlcockTH&H28.44
38Jamie HintonTH&H28.57
39Andy RobinsonTH&H29.01
49Ian HarknessTH&H29.34
64Mike CauserTH&H30.11
99Dan PescodTH&H31.31
102Andy LynchTH&H31.35
151Rhodri DaviesTH&H34.31

HHH: 99 points
TH&H: 249 points
Belgrave Harriers: 397 points

Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10km Race - 2/10/11

Lucy McAlister set a new ladies' course record (36:06) to finish third overall in the Wimbledon 10km race. Ladies' captain, Anna Garnier, finished 20th in 44:40, and third lady overall.

British Masters 10k - Exmouth - 2/10/11

Congratulations to Andy Morgan-Lee who followed up our team victory in the M40 relays at Aldershot with individual victory in the British Masters 10k in Exmouth in an excellent time of 32:34

Thames H&H vs Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers (5 miles) - 1/10/11

In unseasonally hot conditions, Thames took on local rivals Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers in their traditional 5-mile season-opener.
Matt Jones and Nic Gould set the pace at the front; however, it was Kingston who took the 4-to-score match by 25 points to 39.

1.Matt JonesTH&H27:26
2.Nic GouldTH&H27:46
3.Craig PriceK&P29:09
4.Andy ArbourK&P (TH&H 2nd claim)29:55
10.Andy LynchTH&H32:24
11.Dan PescodTH&H32:54
15.Chris HutberTH&H36:15
19.Alan GibbonsTH&H41:25
20.Alex MackulaTH&H42:30
21.Jeff ArmitageTH&H43:38
26.John BryantTH&H53:55

Result (4-to-score)
K&P (3+4+5+6+7) = 25
TH&H (1+2+10+11+15) = 39

Full results scan be found here.