Serpentine Last Friday 5km Race - 31/10/14

Simon Molden continued his return from injury with third place in the Serpentine's Last Friday 5km Race in 16 minutes, 58 seconds

The Milocarian AC Match at Sandhurst - 27/10/14

Thames came a very close 2nd place by only 6 points in a very exciting race to Milocarian's AC, despite Phillip Tedd or Alex MacKula almost not being allowed into Sandhurst at all after the guard at the gate was very insistent that they were not on the list to come in. The entrance saw more drama as my daughter Imogen decided to use the security barrier as a swing. Fortunately, the Ghurkha on duty was too stunned to do anything. His training had definitely not prepared him for the ways and means a 5 year old might employ to gain entry.
The race was run with the Army Cadets, but scored seperately. Phillip Tedd and Ed Catmur both had magnificent runs, with Phillip winning by 18 seconds from Ed. While Ed was over two minutes clear of the Milocarian's first runner. The rest of the team ran well, with Dorchie also being the first female home. The results were as follows:

1Phillip TeddTH&H30:55
2Ed CatmurTH&H31:13
3G TillMilocarian AC 33:14
4J RobertsonKingston & Poly34:33
10Ollie Brodrick-WardTH&H37:02
16Rob RiderTH&H38:25
18Dorchie CockerellTH&H39:33
20Alex MacKulaTH&H40:44

No match against the Bank of England this Saturday (25th October) - 20/10/14

There will be NO match against the Bank of England this Saturday the 25th October. It will hopefully be re-scheduled for January.

Other recent action: - 20/10/14

The Cabbage Patch 10: It was lovely to see Mara Yamauchi (running for Harrow AC) back on the roads, finishing 4th Lady in 57:55. In this fast local race there was also great runs from Andrew Lawrence, who was 19th in 55:42; Joe Gale who was 77th in 1:00:34; Dan Pescod who was 115th in 1:02:36; and Alex MacKula running 1:09:38 in 279th.

The Chicago Marathon: Julian Gordon ran the Chicago Marathon for the 14th year in a row as Pace Team Leader, finishing within 4 seconds of the target time of 4:10.

The Henley Half Marathon: Ben Reynolds was delighted to win for the 8th time by a minute in 1:16:54. Also congratulations to Richard Pitt who won the V50 prize finishing 33rd overall in 1:26:34.

Parkrun: A round up of all the action by Thames runners can be seen here

Men Win Bronze in the Surrey Masters' Cross-Country Championships: - 20/10/14

Congratulations to our men's 40-49 team who won a Bronze medal in the Surrey Vets Championships on Saturday afternoon. In increasingly muddy conditions David Symons ran very well to finish 3rd M45, and 4th overall. He was closely followed by Andy Weir who was 4th M45. Chris Daniels took a break from his multisport activities to be 10th M45. They were well backed up by Rhodri Davies who was 5th M55; and also well done to our new member Andrew Lenon who ran well to finish 8th M55. Full results can be seen here

Thames Men finish 2nd in the Surrey League - 12/10/14

The menís first Surrey League race was held on the SLH course on Farthing Downs in Coulsdon. Thames followed on well from last season with an excellent 2nd place finish behind Kent, with 299 points to their 218. Well clear of SLH in 3rd with 365.

Richard Kowenicki had a storming run to be the lead Thames man and to finish 6th place overall. Just behind him was James McMullan in 8th, despite falling over in a cow pat on route. Simon Wurr, Martin Shore, Ed Catmur and Ben Reynolds demonstrated some excellent packing with 22nd; 24th; 25th and 27th place. Very closely followed by Martin Bishop in 32nd and Neil Chilsholm in 33rd. Gordon Pearce and Joe Gale made up the scoring ten with 57th and 65th place. The team was well supported by new father Nic Gould, Andy Weir, and our new members Harry Boyle and Neil Price, finally close behind was Alex MacKula.

Full results can be found here

The Ladies Surrey League. Match 1 in Richmond Park. - 12/10/14

The Surrey League started on Saturday, with the Ladies kicking off the action with their race on the Kingston and Poly course in Richmond Park. A huge 383 runners took to the start line, which is a big increase over the last few years. While the rise in numbers taking up the sport is welcomed, there were a few questions to be answered as to the safety of such a volume running on the small and twisty courses traditionally used for the Surrey League. There were a number of falls, including our own Anna Garnier who badly twisted her ankle and disappointedly had to pull out of the race. There was also quite a debacle at the finish, as runners had to queue from well before the finish line to enter the funnel, adding minutes to their times. Despite these problems the Thames Ladies made a solid start to the season, finishing 8th place overall, and within spitting distance of 5th. So there is everything to work for in the next 3 matches.

It was great to have Alice Braham back in action with a fantastic 14th place finish. She was followed by Dorchie Cockerell in 34th and Liz Stavreski in 37th. We were also glad to have Ruth Wallace back racing for the first time since having baby Zoe, with a 42nd place finish. Our final scorer was Laura Fidler in 128th. The scoring five were ably supported by Clare Sylvester in 154th; Jessica Davies in 22nd; and Jo Winn-Smith in 326th. Jo Davies also had to pull out together with Anna she wasnít feeling well. We wish them both a speedy recovery. Thank you to everyone who ran and to all our supporters.

The full results can be found here on the brand new Surrey League website, which our own Andy Robinson has designed.

First Parkrun for baby Gould! - 5/10/14

Nic & Annette Gould took Gianna Ruth ( born 29.9.14 at 13:47 weighing 3.34kg ) to her first parkrun at Wimbledon on Saturday where the proud dad couldn't quite make it the perfect week, finishing a distant second to Ranelagh's Richard Gregory.