New Year Honours List - 31/12/14

Congratulations to Olympic Silver Medal winner Wendy Sly who is to be awarded an MBE for her services to Athletics.

Gold for Thames at the Southern Masters' Championships in Horspath, Oxford. - 15/12/14

Thames were on fire at this event, with Ben Reynolds taking the individual Gold medal for the V45 category, despite being a V50. Anna Garnier also had a fantastic run to take home the individual honours in the V60 category.
Thames also won the overall V40 team prize, with Ben Reynolds in 3rd, Ian Harkness in 17th and Andy Weir in 18th. There was no V45 team contest, but in that category Ben won, Ian was 5th and Andy was 6th.

The Alumni 5 miles - 15/12/14

Thank you to everyone who helped to ensure that this event ran smoothly on Saturday. Particularly to David Jenkins, Ed Catmur and Andy Robinson. We had a record 180 runners take part, and everyone had an enjoyable outing in the gorgeous sunny weather. Several Thames runners took part. Many congratulations to new member James Hoad, running for Winchester, who won the overall race. While Brian Thursby-Pelham (Stonyhurst) won the over 40 category. Jerry Watson also had a great run, coming 2nd in the over 50's. The Senior King Henry VIII Old Boy's Trophy was won by Sherborne. The Old Brentwood Trophy for the V40 category was won by Ampleforth; who had a very successful year this year also taking home the Chataway Cup for the V50 category, and the Old Denstonian Cup for the over 60 team prize.
Full results can be found here

Come and "Dash For The Splash" 1 February 2015 - 14/12/14

Entries are now open for the second running of The Dash For The Splash 10k. It promises to be a great race for all standards - Entries and more details at

The 39th Ladies' University Race - 9/12/14

The following report formally sets out the outcome of the 39th Ladies’ University Race, hosted by Thames Hare and Hounds on Wimbledon Common on Saturday 6th December 2014.

Sophia Saller (St. Catherine’s, Oxford) had led the race from an early stage and was on course to take the individual victory. When the group of runners behind her, which included Kate Niehaus (Trinity, Oxford) and all seven members of the Cambridge team, reached the 2.9 mile point in the race (the crossing of the ditch following the descent down from the Alps), they followed the gentlemen’s course, which crosses the ladies’ course at this point. On reaching Stag Ride, the group turned left and followed it until the Memorial Playing Fields were reached and the correct course picked up to the finish. This detour represents a small shortcut, but critically much easier terrain as the hardest part of the course (The Butts) is missed out. As a consequence six of the eight runners reached the finish ahead of Sophia Saller.
Simon Molden (Thames Hare and Hounds) witnessed the race with all runners on course just before the Windmill at 2.3 miles. His view was that:
1. By this point Sophia Saller was clearly leading and would have won the race had it reached its natural conclusion
2. Kate Niehaus was second at this point with the whole Cambridge team packed closely behind her. The Oxford team was adrift of the Cambridge runners and spread out over a much wider margin. Therefore, had the race reached its natural conclusion, Cambridge would have decisively won the team contest.
Following this, runners all passed Richard Weston (Thames Hare and Hounds) who was stationed in the woods just after the Windmill. The course was lost about 400 yards after this point.
Following a discussion between John Bryant (President, Thames Hare and Hounds and Match Referee), Simon Molden (Honorary Secretary, Thames Hare and Hounds and Clerk of the Course), Dorothea Cockerell (Club Captain, Thames Hare and Hounds), Larry Mathews (Thames Hare and Hounds), Katy Hedgethorne (Ladies’ Captain, Cambridge University Hare and Hounds) and Suzana Markolovic (Ladies’ Captain, Oxford University Cross-Country Club), the following was agreed:
1. That Thames Hare and Hounds takes full responsibility for the runners having lost the course
2. That Sophia Saller should be awarded the individual victory in the race
3. That Cambridge should be awarded the team victory with no score declared.
Thames Hare and Hounds would like to pass their sincere apologies on to Oxford and Cambridge for unclear course marking and the lack of a pioneer at a critical point and their gratitude to the two captains for their co-operation and helpfulness in reaching the verdict set out above.
John Bryant, President, Thames Hare and Hounds
Simon Molden, Honorary Secretary, Thames Hare and Hounds
Dorothea Cockerell, Captain, Thames Hare and Hounds
Larry Mathews, Thames Hare and Hounds
Matthew Bryant, Thames Hare and Hounds
7th December 2014

1 Elizabeth Mooney Newnham Cambridge 23.18*
2 Emily Shearer Gonville and Caius Cambridge 23.21*
3 Kate Niehaus Trinity Oxford 23.24*
4 Katherine Turner Magdalene Cambridge 23.27*
5 Alison Greggor King's Cambridge 23.29*
6 Katy Hedgethorne Murray Edwards Cambridge 23.31*
7 Sophia Saller** St. Catherine's Oxford 23.36
8 Tasneem Pope Trinity Hall Cambridge 23.47*
9 Sarah Lovewell Trinity Cambridge 24.23*
10 Katie Hickson St. Hilda's Oxford 26.01
11 Nora Petty Mansfield Oxford 26.20
12 Emma Hodson Merton Oxford 26.30
13 Sarah McCuaig St. Hilda's Oxford 27.16
14 Rose Penfold*** Green Templeton Oxford DNF

Cambridge awarded the team victory - no score declared
* These runners lost the course at 2.9 miles and ran a shorter route home
** Sophia Saller was awarded the individual victory
*** Rose Penfold lost the course at 2.9 miles
Oxford lead the series by 23 wins to 16

The Ladies Surrey League on Saturday 6th December - 8/12/14

On a glorious frosty morning in brilliant sunshine the Ladies took to the mud of Nonsuch park in Cheam. The team was slightly decimated by injury, and we had an impressive number of new mums, but neverless everyone ran well and we finished a solid 7th out of 30 teams. There were particularly great runs from Amy Aronson who finished a fantastic 9th place overall. Despite suffering from a sore Achilles, Antonia Burt made the trip down from Loughborough and finshed 26th. Ruth Wallace was 33rd; Joanna Shillington proved that warming up is really not necessary with a 48th place. Denise made a great post baby return to the League with 71st. She was followed by Anna Garnier in 77th and Emily Hogg in 79th. Annette Gould also made a super return to League racing after the birth of baby Gianna with 110th. She was well supported by Jess Davies in 140th. A huge 379 runners finished the course, resulting in further calls to split the League to ensure more managable numbers. I would also like to congratulate Ellen Weir, who ran her first ever Surrey League, finishing 38th in the U13's race. Full results can be seen here

Kent Vets Champs - 8/12/14

Ben Reynolds ran in the V50 race at the Kent Vets Champs for Tonbridge, and won by over a minute, with his team also being victorious. Ben led from the gun, and commented that it's been a while since he's had such an easy win, showing he's on good form for the up and coming Southern Vets Champs in Oxford this weekend.

The Runners Rowing Race - The Frankreiss Cup. - 8/12/14

Mr Andy Arbour and Mr Chris Daniels took to the Thames and finished an excellent 2nd place against the Hercules Wimbledon A team. Photos of them in action can be seen on the Thames facebook page.

37th edition of the Course de l'Escalade in Geneva - 8/12/14

This weekend saw the 37th edition of the Course de l'Escalade in Geneva, a huge event with over 35 000 competitions across the various races. Julia Bleasdale, who'd flown in to run in the Elite women's race over a hilly 4.832km course, was narrowly pipped into 2nd place on the line - a good performance after a few months away from racing due to injury. She was followed by Claire Day in 34th and fellow Brit and Belgrave friend, Vicki Goodwin in 76th. Nick Altmann was also in action in the Hommes III category over 7.323km . Despite a slow start, blocked in by the previous wave of runners, Nick worked his way through the pack and snatched the final spot in the top 20.

23rd Old Blues' Race - 6/12/14

Cambridge ended a run of eight defeats with a 220 points to 247 win scoring 15-a-side. Their club captain from last year - Matthew Leach - took the individual honours in heavy underfoot conditions in a speedy 21:29. Oxford lead the series by 14 wins to 9.

1 Matthew Leach Churchill Cambridge 21.29
2 William Mycroft New College Oxford 21.41
3 Chris Bannon Downing Cambridge 21.49
4 Martin Shore Magdalene Cambridge 21.58
5 Christopher Phillips-Hart Worcester Oxford 22.08
6 Dominic Kiralyfi Regent's Park Oxford 22.12
7 Matthew Grant Queens' Cambridge 22.13
8 Sean Renfer St. Catherine's Oxford 22.25
9 Chris McGurk Wadham Oxford 22.33
10 Robin Brown Jesus Cambridge 22.41
11 Matthew Clark Homerton Cambridge 22.42
12 Jonathan Bradford St. John's Oxford 22.49
13 Simon Molden Christ Church Oxford 22.58
14 Richard Hewitt Jesus Cambridge 23.17
15 Alex Young St. John's Cambridge 23.28
16 Edward Catmur Jesus Oxford 23.31
17 Henry Mitchell Pembroke Oxford 23.33
18 Sam Ashcroft Jesus Cambridge 23.41
19 Will Bowers Trinity y Cambridge g 23.51
20 Jamie Darling St. John's Oxford 23.54
21 Naomi Tachimowitz Trinity Cambridge 24.43
22 Claire Hallissey Robinson Cambridge 25.15
23 Polly Keen New Hall/Murray Edwards/Downing Cambridge 25.26
24 Steven Marshall Magdalen Oxford 26.23
25 James Gill Hughes Hall Cambridge 27.20
26 Katie Truslove Worcester Oxford 27.28
27 Joanna Mobed Murray Edwards Cambridge 27.39
28 Matthew Bryant St. Catherine's Oxford 28.37
29 Ashley Mooney Trinity Oxford 29.00
30 Philip Scard Gonville and Caius Cambridge 29.14
31 Matthew Hallissey St. John’s Cambridge 30.15
32 Helen Hanstock Magdalen Oxford 34.20
33 Neil Mathur Churchill Cambridge n/t

Cambridge won by 220 points to 247 (scoring 15-a-side)
Oxford lead the series by 14 wins to 9

124th Gentlemen's University Race - 6/12/14

Oxford won an enthralling team race through excellent packing to register their first victory since 2010 and bring the score in the series back level at 62 wins apiece.
Alex Short (Cambridge) - back having missed the race last year - took a fine individual win in 38:10, following by his team mate, captain and last year's winner, Lewis Lloyd. Behind him, seven of the next eight places were occupied by Dark Blue runners, which swung the team contest their way.
A mention must go to Cambridge's Alex Milne, who was very unfortunate to fall at just before 3 miles and had to withdraw from the race. We wish Alex a speedy recovery.

1 Alex Short Robinson Cambridge 38.10
2 Lewis Lloyd Pembroke Cambridge 38.48
3 James Parkinson Somerville Oxford 39.06
4 William Christofi University Oxford 39.11
5 Adam Speake Worcester Oxford 39.15
6 Miles Unterreiner St. John's Oxford 39.18
7 Kelvin Gomez Homerton Cambridge 39.46
8 Alex Howard Christ Church Oxford 39.56
9 William Ryle-Hodges St. Antony's Oxford 40.04
10 Aidan Smith St. John's Oxford 40.10
11 Josh Carr Sidney Sussex Cambridge 40.20
12 Patrick Roddy Robinson Cambridge 40.33
13 Richard Ollington Pembroke Cambridge 41.27
14 Miles Chandler Lady Margaret Hall Oxford 41.39
15 Phillip Crout St. Catharine's Cambridge 42.08
16 Alex Milne Homerton Cambridge DNF*

Oxford won by 35 points to 46
Series tied at 62 wins apiece
* Alex Milne fell and sprained his ankle at 2.8 miles and had to withdraw from the race.

2014 Varsity Match Results - 6/12/14

The official results will be available soon. In summary, Cambridge won the ladies' race, Oxford won the gentlemen's race and Cambridge won the Old Blues' Race.

Varsity Match Preview - 4/12/14

This Saturday (6th December) sees the 39th Ladies' and 124th Gentlemen's Varsity Races, held over our course on Wimbledon Common. A preview of the two races can be found below.

Having won both races by wide margins 12 months ago, Cambridge will be hopeful of extending their winning runs today. Their 5-0 whitewash at last weekend’s non-Blues races will only have strengthened their optimism. However, at Blues level, having lost key runners and with some useful new faces at Oxford, it appears that the gap has narrowed, which should make for two good contests.

In the ladies’ race, the Light Blues only have two of 2013’s team available; however, both of them should feature at the front. Elizabeth Mooney (Newnham) has led the way in each of their races this season and Alison Greggor (King’s) - winner two years ago - arrives off the back of a 2:52 marathon in Cannes. They will, however, miss Rebecca Moore (St. Catharine’s) who has lost out to injury. The team is completed by last year’s reserve and captain, Katy Hedgethorne (Murray Edwards), two freshers of promise in Tasneem Pope (Trinity Hall) and Cornell graduate Emily Shearer (Caius), and two who bring useful track pedigree in Sarah Lovewell (Trinity) and Katherine Turner (Magdalene).

As for Oxford, their top runner from last year - Sophia Saller (St. Catherine’s) - is back for a third time and, with her recent victory in the U23 Triathlon World Championships, should feature at the sharp end. She should be joined by Kate Niehaus (Trinity) - second in 2012 - who is back after taking a break in 2013. These two will be supported Katie Hickson (St. Hilda’s), who had to withdraw through injury in 2013; Emily Moss (St. Anne’s), who will be looking for a better run this time; and 2013 reserve Sarah McCuaig (St. Hilda’s). The team is completed by ex-Light Blue Rose Penfold (Green Templeton) and Nora Petty (Mansfield).

This year’s contest is historic for it sees the first change in the scoring format since the inaugural race in 1976. The long overdue increase in the number of scorers to five, coupled with an increase in the team size to seven, may well play against Oxford today as their side looks to have a longer tail. On this basis, the Light Blues should extend their winning run to three, but if any of their side is off-colour, Oxford could spring a surprise.

On paper, the men’s contest looks intriguing. Cambridge are only able to boast two of last year’s excellent team, but do welcome back Alex Short (Robinson) who finished fifth on debut in 2012 and missed out last year due to European selection. The two who did run - captain Lewis Lloyd (Pembroke) and Patrick Roddy (Robinson) - should feature centrally, although Lloyd is perhaps not in the shape to repeat his individual victory. The team has been buoyed by two Homerton newcomers of pedigree in Alex Milne and Gibraltarian Kelvin Gomez. With two of last year’s Spartans (Phillip Crout (St. Catharaine’s) and Josh Carr (Sidney Sussex)) and Richard Ollington (Pembroke) who has made the big leap from the fourth team, their octet has a solid look about it.

This year’s Oxford team should pose a much sterner test. At the top end, the club has been boosted by the arrival of Miles Unterreiner (St. John’s), who brings from Stanford a considerable track pedigree, and Will Ryle-Hodges (St. Anthony’s), who has switched allegiance (becoming the first runner in the gentlemen's race to do so since Nick Dorey in 1980) and has a ‘Varsity record of third, seventh, third. Oxford will no doubt be hoping his arrival sprinkles the same kind of magic dust on their fortunes that it did at Cambridge who ended a run of three heavy defeats in 2011. Supporting them and likely to feature in the upper half will be three from last year in captain Alex Howard (Christ Church), Will Christofi (University) and Adam Speak (Worcester). An unexpected bonus has been the form of Jamie Parkinson (Somerville) who has ditched his hockey stick to focus on running and has been near the front of all their races this term. The team is completed by fresher Miles Hocking (Lady Margaret Hall) and 2013 Tortoise Aidan Smith (St. John’s).

Overturning the kind of defeat Oxford suffered in 2013 in a single year is a tall order and Cambridge will start as favourites. However, the Dark Blues are a different proposition and victory is far from beyond them.

2014 University Races - Saturday 6th December - 2/12/14

This coming Saturday (6th December) sees Thames hosting the annual Oxford-Cambridge Cross-Country Races at the Memorial Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale, London, SW15 3PQ. The schedule for the day is as follows:

- 1.00 p.m. - 23rd Old Blues’ Race - 4 miles
- 2.00 p.m. - 39th Ladies’ Race - 4 miles
- 2.45 p.m. - 124th Gentlemen’s Race - 7½ miles.

All races start from in front of the pavilion at the playing fields.

Spectators attending should be aware that parking at the Memorial Playing Fields will be limited given the football and rugby matches also taken place. Alternative parking can be found at the car park at Robin Hood gate in Richmond Park (a short walk across the A3 from the playing fields, although you have to enter the park by car by either Kingston or Roehampton gates); the roads off Kingston Vale; Vale Crescent (a short way south down the A3 past the playing fields); or the Commons Extension Car Park (a further short distance south down the A3).

By public transport, the easiest route is by the 85 bus from either Putney Bridge District Line/Putney Town railway station or from Kingston. Wimbledon railway station is about 10 minutes away by taxi.

All spectators are requested to stay off the playing pitches at the Memorial Playing Fields.

A preview of the race will be available on the website tomorrow.

The Ranelagh Mob Match Saturday 29th November - 1/12/14

Despite turning out a decent mob of 40 runners, Thames were not able to match Ranelagh's spectacular 90 runner effort and we lost with 1803 points to 1282 in a 38 to score race. We also lost the individual win for the first time in 30 years, with Ralph Street from Ranelagh taking the win in a very speedy 42:19 from our Gordon Pearce in 43:19. However, there were some particularly fine runs, especially Gordon, but also Martin Shore in 4th; Simon Wurr in 6th; Alex McIntosh in 7th and Nic Gould in 8th. Joanna Davies also ran very well to finish 2nd Lady.
Hearty congratulations must go to Ranelagh for their efforts, and to everyone who took part. I would also like thank those who travelled some considerable distances to come and support the club, especially Al Kennis who came down for the day from Leeds; and Matthew Byrant and Alex Gaskell who came up from Somerset.
It was also fantastic to have our President, John Byrant, back in action supporting the race and at the dinner afterwards.
Full results can be seen here