Hereward Relays - 25/11/07

Michael Johnson and Peter Honniball, with the assistance of a couple of what are technically known as "ringers", powered Thames Vets to 33rd place in the Hereward Relays.

Wimbledon Common Time Trial - 24/11/07

Ian Higgins won in 17:29. He was joined by Anna Garnier, making a welcome return from injury (21:45) and Colin Price (26:03).

Ranelagh Mob Match - 24/11/07

Thames emerged glorious victors over Ranelagh at our home course by the healthy margin of 1057 to 1428 (35 to score). The saltires were led home by Tom Kingsnorth, emulating his recent good form on the road with an impressive 39:36. Phil Killingley of Ranelagh ran well to finish 2nd, particularly as he was followed by no less than 11 runners from Thames. The contest was a bit more even after that, but our neighbours and our friends were safely dispatched for another year. Tom also gained the added bonus of winning the Long Distance Challenge. Congratulations also to Liz Stavreski for another fine run in winning the Ladies version in a time of 49:26.

Inter-Financial Services Cross Country Champs - 21/11/07

The IFFCCC were held in Richmond Park. Thames are traditionally dominant in this most cosmopolitan of events, and this year was no exception. Andy Weir continued recent good form with a victory, running for Fidelity Fat Cats. Close behind was Nick Altmann (Barclays Big Moggies), followed in 4th by Chris Daniels (HBOS Large Pussies – not the first team he’s competed for in this one!), and Andy Howse in 5th (Fidelity Fat Cats). Mr Daniels led HBOS to a surprise victory, which was apparently greeted with typical modesty.

Palermo Half Marathon - 18/11/07

On the international front, Liz Stavreski and Vicki Filsell flew the saltire in the Palermo half marathon, Liz overcoming the constraints of a hectic shopping and "socialising" schedule to claim victory in 1:26:01, with Vicki close behind in 1:33:42, finishing 2nd V40.

WCTT - 17/11/07

Ian Higgins continued his crushing domination of the Wimbledon Time Trial, with victory in 17:10.

British and Irish Masters International Cross-Country - 17/11/07

Ben Reynolds made the long trip from the States to Stormont, Northern Ireland to run for England. He was unfortunate to sustain a thigh muscle injury with a mile and a half to go, but still placed 9th in 28:20 in a very tight race, in which Herne Hill Harrier Iain Lockett placed 2nd in 28:00. Ben also helped England to team gold,

South of the Thames - 17/11/07

A select posse of Thames members competed in the South of the Thames 5 mile in Richmond Park. Julian Rendall repeated his fine run of last year to place 5th (30:04), Simon Molden continued his good form in 36th (32:55), and Al Irvine put in a typically robust performance in 148th (43:48).

Guiseborough Three Tops - 11/11/07

Jon Salmon finished 43rd in this fell race.

Leatherhead 10k - 11/11/07

There was an impressive victory for Tom Kingsnorth, 33:48 in a hilly multi-terrain race, with David Moore 9th and 1st vet in 36:22.

Men's Surrey League - 10/11/07

Men ran out convincing winners in their fixture, which was held at home on Wimbledon Common.

Huw Lobb maintained his 100% record in a saltire with another fine victory, closely followed by the ever reliable John McFarlane in 4th. They were followed by Phill Sly in 7th, making a very welcome if rare outing on the country, and cutting it typically fine, and Darren Talbot, continuing his good form from the first fixture in 9th.

Neil Chisholm also produced another fine run to finish 14th, followed by James Cordwell, making a welcome return to Surrey League action in 17th. The coup de grace was swiftly administered by old hands Nick Altmann (20th), Dave Symons (21st), Simon Wurr (29th) and Ian Harkness in 32nd. A superb team performance, and honourable mentions also go to Mark Gilbertson (37th), Chris Daniels (38th) and Alex Gaskell (43rd), who on another less auspicious day might well have scored.

The Thames total of 154 points made us convincing winners, and we now have a useful cushion of 90 points over Herne Hill and 161 over Belgrave. There is no room for complacency, but a similar performance at the next fixture in Reigate on January 12th will almost certainly be enough to bring the title back.

Ladies Surrey League - 10/11/07

The ladies overcame the dubious pleasure of running around a pancake flat aeroplane park near Heathrow to record a superb team win.

They were led home by debutant Alice Braham, who won the Combined and Division 1 race, closely followed by Lucy Hasell. Bethan Hopewell ran superbly to finish 7th, and victory was assured by Liz Stavreski (25th) and Alison Carpenter (37th). Not content with that, superb packing from Vicki Webb (39th), the Captain (42nd), Vikki Filsell (43rd), Clare Sylvester (52nd) and Rachel Haining (53rd) ensured that Thames also had the 1st B team. The win catapulted Thames up to 3rd place in the overall standings in Division One behind Ranelagh and Herne Hill. The first two will take some catching, but hopefully we can hold on to 3rd place at the very least.

Hellrunner - 4/11/07

Not content with his efforts the previous day at the WCTT, Toby Pearson finished 4th in the arduous Hellrunner, which he describes as a 10 to 12 mile cross-country on army training ground. Sounds to me like Mr Daniels has forfeited his title of Thames toughest guy...

Wimbledon Common Time Trial - 3/11/07

Congratualtions to Toby Pearson, who scored an excellent victory in the Wimbeldon Time Trialin a course PB of 16:26. Ian Higgins continues to excel in this race with 4th place in 17:12. Also present were Clare Sylvester, 33rd in 22:06, and Colin Price, 45th in 25:19.

Mob Match vs Cambridge University - 3/11/07

Cambridge brought along a high quality team. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their ladies opted for the shorter 4 mile course, the race was won by Laura Spence in 24:23. For Thames, Alison Carpenter, perhaps buoyed by her son's sterling efforts as starter, finished 7th in 27:30.

Over the longer 7.5 mile distance, Cambridge easily won the 6 to score match with 27 points to 63. Paolo Natali won the race in 38:09, closely followed by James Kelly in 38:19. Although we couldn’t match the students, the Thames team was considerably boosted by the unexpected presence of Ben Reynolds, who jetted in from the States especially for the race, although he may have had some other somewhat trivial business to attend to. Ben finished 4th in the sensational time of 39:33. It is many a year, if ever, since a Vet has run so quickly round the Thames course.