Thames come second in the Bank of England inter-club match - 28/10/13

A good turn out saw Thames come second in 59 points behind the Bank of England (37 points) at their five to score inter-club match on Saturday afternoon in front of K&P in 82 points. Club legends Mike Farmery and Rhodri Davies made up the scoring 5 with 59 years of club membership between them.
Results are as follows:

1A BarnerBoE25:26
2G AndersonBoE25:58
3Nic GouldTH&H26:11
4J HillierBoE27:12
5John ClarkTH&H27:36
11Ollie Brodrick-WardTH&H29:33
17Mike FarmeryTH&H31:44
23Rhodri DaviesTH&H34:10
27Alex MacKulaTH&H34:43
31Vikki FilsellTH&H36:21
37Jeff ArmitageTH&H38:26
40Dave WalshTH&H41:22
44Richard WestonTH&H54:42

The OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) - 28/10/13

Hot off the press, the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) results are just in, and yet again, several THH runners were action in challenging conditions in the Brecon Beacons. The OMM is a 2-day event where competitors compete in pairs, carrying all the kit they need for 36 hours (tent, food, sleeping bags etc etc) and the courses consist of navigating your way across open, bleak and challenging mountainous terrain. This yearís event took place in the Brecon Beacons, and the high winds and heavy showers made for testing conditions.
Ed Catmur was a sensational 4th in the Elite competition with his final time after 2 days only 20 mins off the leaders.
Simon Wurr and former THH member Mark Tuckett were 2nd in the A Class. Beaten by a pair of GB orienteers / fell runners on day one, they fought back to record the fastest time on day two.
Richard Kowenicki and Tom Samuel had a magnificent weekend, finishing in the top three on both days and ended up a clear 2nd in the B Class.
Andy N. Robinson (SLOW) also had a good weekend and was 19th on the Medium score.

Andy Robinson scores Bronze in the World Masters - 20/10/13

Many congratulations to Andy Robinson who won a Bronze medal in the World Masters M45 5000m in Brazil this weekend. He ran 15:48 in very hot conditions.

Ladies' Surrey League in Lightwater Country Park - 20/10/13

Despite not having all of our best runners out, the Thames Ladies' came 5th overall in 151 points. We were in fact only a few points behind Clapham, Herne Hill and Dulwich in front of us, so we are in a very strong position going into the next race. It was fantastic to have Julia Bleasdale in the team, who put on an impressive show to win by nearly a minute from Belgrave's Tish Jones. Liz Stavreski did very well to come 25th, although nursing a sore calf. Dorchie Cockerell was 31st, Emily Hogg - running in her first race after having Alice, scored a fine 37th. Annette Gould was then 57th, a mere week after completing a Marathon. Our B team, consisting of Anna Garnier, Clare Sylvester, Jessica Davies, Rachael Davies and Joanna Winn-Smith, also ran well to come 5th.

Thames Men demonstrate team strength by finishing a close 2nd place to Kent in the Surrey League - 20/10/13

Despite Kent having six of their top runners in the dozen; Thames men showed them that they are going to have a tough battle on their hands by packing superbly to close in 32, and only coming 2nd to Kent by 16 points (219 to 203). This must surely have been one of our best team performances in the league to date.
James McMullen took the race out as hard as he could from the start and led to the top of the first main climb, as he said Ďto make Kent really work for their winí, and finished in a fine 5th place. He was supported by Richard Kowenicki in 8th. Ben Reynolds was 3rd Vet in 18th; followed by Gordon Pearce (21st); Martin Shore (23rd); Dave Alcock (26th); Ed Catmur (27th); Martin Bishop (28th); Simon Wurr (31st); and Brian Thursby-Pelham in 32nd. Such was the level of class in this menís team, some of our top runners didnít make the top ten scorers. Many congratulations to everyone who ran.
Full results can be found here

Thames are Double Medal Winners at the Surrey Masters' Cross-Country Championships - 13/10/13

Congratulations to our M40 team of Brian Thursby-Pelham (3rd); David Symons (5th); and Chris Daniels (7th) who won a Gold medal in the Surrey Masters' Championships on Saturday. Our M60 team also won a Silver medal. Richard Turner was 2nd; Mike Farmery 3rd and Al Gibbons 17th.
Anna Garnier ran well after returning from injury to be the fastest W55. The Ladies W45 team of Clare Sylvester, Anna and Vikki Filsell came 4th. Full results here

National 6 Stage Road Relays - 13/10/13

It was good to see 6 Saltires out on the course at Sutton Park on Saturday afternoon. The team finished a solid 59th out of 78 teams in this National Championship event. James McMullan came home in 33rd on leg 1, in the fastest Thames time of the day (18:11); Martin Shore finished in 55th (19:29); Andrew Morgan-Lee brought the team up to 48th in 19:04; then Gordon Pearce to 44th in 19:20; John Clark finished in 58th (21:31); and Jerry Watson finished the day in 61st and 21:45. Full results can be found here

Thames beat the Stragglers in the inter-club race - 6/10/13

Despite traffic chaos caused by the bridge over the A3 at the bottom of Coombe Lane being closed, and the race start having to be delayed by half an hour, both Thames and the Stragglers had an enjoyable outing on the Common. Thames had the first four runners home, and won the match in 79 points to the Stragglers 95 in a 9 to score race. Nic Gould was the overall winner of the race, and Julie Haworth from the Stragglers was the first Lady. Full results are here:

1Nic GouldTH&H27.36
2Dave AlcockTH&H28.18
3David SymonsTH&H29.47
4Dan PescodTH&H30.48
5Peter KennedyStragglers31.26
6Oliver Broderwick-WardTH&H31.45
7Nigel RothwellStragglers32.33
8Crispen AllenStragglers32.59
9Ed BradyTH&H33.25
10Ray KingdonStragglers34.19
11Malcom FletcherStragglers35.07
12Steve SandhamStragglers35.16
13Mark PattinsonStragglers36.28
14Jon ParryStragglers36.39
15Julie Haworth(F)Stragglers38.51
16Andy RobinsonTH&H39.06
17Sian Buckingham(F)Stragglers39.18
18Julia Fea(F)TH&H40.09
19Helen Nance(F)Stragglers40.37
20Jeff ArmitageTH&H41.32
21Peter DryStragglers46.14