Madrid 10km - 31/12/08

James McMullen and Darren Talbot celebrated new year in Madrid with James setting a new sub 32 min pb no doubt followed by a drink or two...

Laureston 7 - 27/12/08

Andy Weir and Will Cockerell continued to match each other for pace over the Christmas period. Andy came out on top this week with victory, and a photo in this weeks Athletics Weekly, at the Laureston 7mile. Antonia Burt also ran well just loosing out on top spot to finish second lady.

South of the Thames Champs - 20/12/08

Thames took 4th spot over near eight miles of Wimbledon Common. Jonny Mac returned to some London quality running to lead us home and Claire Day made her first appearance in the saltire for tenth spot. Elsewhere Julian Rendall and Andy Weir also ran particularly well. Results below.

1.	Russell Dessaix-Chin	Belg	40.43
6.	John McFarlane			42.30
15.	Julian Rendall			43.40
16.	Andy Weir				43.51
28.	Darren Talbot			44.52
48.	Nick Malynn			46.49
49.	David Symons			46.56
96	Larry Matthews			51.17
145	Claire Day (10th lady)		56.14
155.	Bernt Erik Roed			57.58

1.	Bels		76
2.	HHH		88
3.	AFD		166
4.	Thames		230
5	Kent		309 

Hastings Marathon - 14/12/08

The prolific and indestructible Julian Rendall has followed up his recent fine performances on the ultra scene with a victory in the Hastings Marathon, Julian triumphed in a tactical race in 2:36:31.

Kent Vets Cross-Country Championships - 14/12/08

Well done also to Ben Reynolds for an impressive win in the Kent Vets Cross-Country Championships.

Alumni Race - 13/12/08

As you will no doubt recall, last Saturday was somewhat inclement, not to put it mildly, but the cruel winter weather did not deter the hardy competitors in the annual Alumni Race on Wimbledon Common, which as usual included many Thames members.

The King Henry VIII Cup for the Open Event was won easily by Sedbergh with 24 points, having been second to Winchester for the previous ten years, other than in 2003 when they won. Sherborne were 2nd (76), followed by Winchester (89) and Westminster (95). The Old Brentwoods’ Trophy for the Vet 40 event was won by Winchester (25), followed by Westminster (44), Charterhouse (47) and Sedbergh (51) The Chataway Cup for the Vet 50 event also went to Winchester (20), followed by Westminster (27) and Denstone (30). This was the first year for the presentation of the Norman F. Berry Cup to the individual winner, donated by Sedbergh in the name of their illustrious exemplar, Norman. The winner was James McMullan of Charterhouse in a time of 26’ 05”, V40 individual winner was David Symons (Monkton Coombe – 29’ 33”) and of the V50 – Richard Pitt (Charterhouse – 31’ 33”), all three with home advantage. Well done to all who ran, and can I add my thanks to David Jenkins for his organisational efforts, to the Chief Pioneer and to everyone else involved in pioneering and officiating in such awful conditions and to the Carver for a fine tea.

1 26:05 James McMullan Charterhouse  
2 26:29 Simon Wurr Warwick  
3 27:50 Ed Knudsen Sherborne  
4 28:11 Charles Sykes Sedbergh  
5 28:51 Francis Blunt Sedbergh  
6 29:04 Joe Symonds Sedbergh  
7 29:33 David Symons Bournemouth M40 
8 29:40 Andrew Lawrence Sedbergh Guest  
9 29:48 Chris Finill Harrow County M40 
10 30:09 Simon Barnby Sedbergh 

Another new addition - 8/12/08

Congratulations to Lorna Celiku on the birth of daughter Silvana earlier this week.

The Grim - 7/12/08

Simon Wurr excelled in the tough guy environment of the GRIM, an 8 mile multi-terrain event in Aldershot involving army assault course type nonsense! to place 2nd, with Nick Maloney (49th) and Rameez Khan (85th) also putting in impressive performances in a field of 1,900.

WCTT 5km - 6/12/08

Ian Higgins (19:29), Anna Garnier (20:54) and Alan Gibbons were in action in the Wimbledon 5km time trial.

Dysart Cup - 6/12/08

Antonia Burt (27:18) and Maureen Poole (31:21) finished 7th and 32nd respectively in the Dysart Cup, hosted by Ranelagh Harriers over 4 miles in Richmond Park.

Varsity Match - 6/12/08

The first Saturday in December is of course Varsity Match weekend, and the teams from Oxford and Cambridge were greeted by fine weather but difficult conditions underfoot. Victory went to Oxford in both matches, in the Ladies race by 15 points to 24, and in the Mens race by 27 points to 53. There were impressive performances from both universities, but our particular congratulations go to Thames member Tom Samuel for his part in the convincing Oxford victory. Many Thames members were also to the fore in the annual “Old Gits” race over the Ladies 4 mile course. The race was won by Oxford Old Git Andrew Hennessey, the leading lady was ex Cambridge 2008 Olympic cycling silver medallist (and starter of the ladies race) Emma Pooley. The team event was won by Oxford in a not entirely rigorous score of 34 points to 44, even though three quarters of the genuine alumni in the race were from Cambridge! Thanks to Nic Gould for sorting out the results so promptly, to the Chief Pioneer and his troops, and to Simon Molden for preparing a superb race program, aided by his predecessor, Nick Altmann, aka “the tipster”, who again demonstrated his uncanny inability to predict the outcome of sporting events.