Blues teams announced - 26/11/14

The Oxford and Cambridge captains have announced their teams for the forthcoming Varsity Races, to be held over our courses on Saturday 6th December.

The 39th Ladies' Race

Cambridge Ladies:
Alison Greggor (King’s)
Katy Hedgethorne (Murray Edwards) - captain
Sarah Lovewell (Trinity)
Elizabeth Mooney (Newnham)
Tasneem Pope (Trinity Hall)
Emily Shearer (Gonville & Caius)
Katherine Turner (Magdalene)

Oxford Ladies:
Katherine Hickson (St. Hilda’s)
Sarah McCuaig (St. Hilda’s)
Emily Moss (St. Anne’s)
Katherine Niehaus (Trinity)
Rose Penfold (Green Templeton)
Nora Petty (Mansfield)
Sophia Saller (St. Catherine’s)

The 124th Gentlemen's Race

Cambridge Gentlemen:
Josh Carr (Sidney Sussex)
Phillip Crout (St. Catharine’s)
Kelvin Gomez (Homerton)
Lewis Lloyd (Pembroke) - captain
Alex Milne (Homerton)
Richard Ollington (Pembroke)
Patrick Roddy (Robinson)
Alex Short (Robinson)

Oxford Gentlemen:
Alex Howard (Christ Church) - captain
William Christofi (University)
Miles Chandler (Lady Margaret Hall)
Jamie Parkinson (Somerville)
William Ryle-Hodges (St. Anthony’s)
Aidan Smith (St. John’s)
Adam Speake (Worcester)
Miles Unterreiner (St. John’s)

British and Irish Masters' International Saturday 22nd November - 26/11/14

Representing England, Ben Reynolds ran a tactically brilliant race to win the V50 race in Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday. He out ran Guy Bracken with half a mile to go, who ran 31:43 in the Leeds 10km last weekend. Ben led a victorious England team, who won with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th.
Anna Garnier was reserve for the V60 team, but received an apology from the selectors after running a quicker time than the winner of the Ladies race in the Open race in the afternoon.
Megan Wright ran for Scotland, and was 7th in the V40 race also being the first counter in the Bronze winning Scottish team.

The South of the Thames Junior 5 miles Saturday 22nd November. - 26/11/14

In very muddy conditions on the Hercules Wimbledon course on the Common, our men battled hard to finish a strong 4th place in the 4 to score event behind very good teams from Tonbridge, Belgrave and Hercules. Our new member James Hoad finished an excellent 9th place; followed by Martin Bishop in 20th; Ed Catmur in 22nd and Captain Gordon Pearce in 23rd. We had a high turn out for this race, also coming 4th in the 8 to score race. With Nic Gould in 37th; Andy Weir in 39th and Joe Gale in 57th and Ollie Brodrick-Ward in 81st. They were strongly supported by Dan Pescod in 100th; Andy Robinson in 102nd; Alex MacKula in 163rd and Dan Findlay-Robinson in 169th. The race as a whole had a record turn out of 321 runners.
Our Ladies team was sadly blighted with injury, but Ruth Wallace ran well to finish 19th. It was also great to have Vikki Filsell running in her first race for some time after breaking her leg earlier in the year, finishing a strong 71st.

The London Cross-Country Championships Saturday 15th November - 26/11/14

After some strongly worded emails of complaint the results of this race were finally put up at the end of last week. The Ladies finished a strong 5th place out of 21 teams; beating our rivals Hercules wimbledon and Belgrave Harriers. With Amy Aronson running very well to finish 14th in the already very muddy condtions on Parliament Hill. Dorchie Cockerell was 19th; Elizabeth Stavreski was 30th and Anna Garnier 75th. There was strong supporting runs from Laura Fidler in 84th and Jessica Davies in 122nd.
In the Men's race James Hoad ran an excellent 8th place; it was not clear whether he was eligible as a second claim runner, and he has disappointedly been taken out of the team result dropping us from 7th to 12th place overall. There was also very strong runs on the twisty muddy course from Ed Catmur in 18th; Andy Weir in 47th; Chris Daniels in 94th; Ollie Brodrick-Ward in 164th; Ed Crossman in 179th and Rob Merricks in 180th.

2014 University Races - Saturday 6th December - 21/11/14

The 2014 University Races will take place on Saturday 6th December over our courses at Roehampton Vale.

In the ladies’ race, Cambridge will be hoping to extend their winning run to three following last year’s comprehensive victory. In the gentlemen’s race, Oxford will be looking to halt Cambridge’s winning run and register their first success since 2010.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

- 1.00 p.m. - 23rd Old Blues’ Race - 4 miles (all alumni welcome)
- 2.00 p.m. - 39th Ladies’ Race - 4 miles (seven-a-side, five-to-score)
- 2.45 p.m. - 124th Gentlemen’s Race - 7½ miles (eight-a-side, six-to-score).

A full preview of the race will appear in due course.

2nd Place for Thames in the Surrey League - 10/11/14

The men were in action in Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday afternoon for the second instalment of the Surrey League. Thames came second place to an exceptionally strong Kent AC team, who closed in 190 points with 7 of their 10 scorers in the top 17 spots. We were well clear of SLH in 3rd place, with 307 points to their 369. We are now comfortably in second place behind Kent in the league after two races, with 615 points to SLH's 742.
In good conditions for Lloyd Park, new member James Hoad bravely took on the mighty Kent and led from the gun. He faded slightly to 24th, with Richard Kowenicki taking the top spot for Thames with a fantastic run finishing 6th overall. Our super Vet Ben Reynolds was then just behind James in 26th spot. Thames then put together a breathtaking piece of packing, with Marting Bishop in 30th; Martin Shore in 33rd; Howard Bristow in 34th; Simon Wurr 35th; and Ed Catmur in 37th. The team was closed by Gordon Pearce in 43rd and Neil Chisholm in 47th. The scoring ten were well supported by Richard Todd in 54th; just back from Australia Nick Malynn was 67th; Nic Gould in 68th; Andy Weir in 82nd; Richard Hewitt in 89th; and Antony Doolittle in 101st.
Full results can be seen on Andy Robinson's new website here
Andy managed a new record for the league and the results were up less than an hour after the start of the race!