Richmond 13.1 Half Marathon - 31/3/13

Nic Gould, Dave Crowther and Paul Whitlock were all in action in the Richmond Half-Marathon.

3 Nicholas Gould Thames Hare and Hounds SM 01:14:00
145 David Crowther Thames Hare and Hounds SM 01:33:27
213 Paul Whitlock Thames Hare and Hounds V50 01:36:32

Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town - 31/3/13

Andy Weir finished the full 56km (35 miles) in 3:38, having passed the marathon distance in 2:41. Results are still provisional, so further information will follow.

Kingston Breakfast Run - 24/3/13

Five Saltires were in action in the 16-mile Kingston Breakfast Run. Ed Catmur showed that his marathon preparations were coming along well by finishing in 5th place.

5 Edward Catmur Thames Hare & Hounds 01:34:47
16 Peter Woodburn Thames Hare & Hounds 01:41:27
191 Charlotte Saunders Thames Hare & Hounds 01:59:30
345 Kim Bainbridge Thames Hare & Hounds 02:06:49
1205 Jeffrey Gordon Thames Hare & Hounds 03:47:06

King's Head Reunion - 23/3/13

In August 1975, the Great Fire of Thames destroyed our headquarters, heritage and hip-baths at the King's Head in Roehampton. On Saturday, a dwindling group of veteran Thames men returned, pilgrim-like, to the freshly-opened King's Head.

The criteria for this select band was that they had savoured the joys of the hip bath; that they had clambered up the steep stairs to the old changing rooms; and that they could still walk or run a mile or three on the rain sodden grass of the Common.

The group, which was prodded into action by Jeremy Denny and included (through the years) three Presidents, two Captains, four vice-Captains, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a handful of handicappers, paid a rather creaky homage to a century of memories enshrined in this inn that was the cradle of cross-country running.

European Masters' Indoor Championships, San Sebastian - 19/3/13

Andy Robinson took the silver medal in the M45 3000m, behind Redouan Benarafa (Spain - 9:02). Andy ran 9:04.77, his fastest time over the distance for 20 years.

Konigforst 10k and Marathon, Cologne - 17/3/13

David and Kate Symons had a successful weekend in the hills and trails near Cologne. Kate finished 3rd lady in the 10k and David matched the position in the marathon, finishing in 2hrs 47. Lucas also ran well in the 1k.

Reading Half-Marathon - 17/3/13

Four Saltires were in action at the Reading Half-Marathon. Will Mackay - running in the colours of Bedford & County - ran excellently to finish 20th. Not far behind was Simon Wurr, clocking a time just 2 seconds outside his personal best. Toby Pearson and Anthony Doolittle crossed the line in quick succession a little further back.

20 Will Mackay Bedford & County (& TH&H) 68.39
41 Simon Wurr TH&H 70.56
126 Toby Pearson TH&H 78.16
129 Anthony Doolittle TH&H 78.26

Roman Road Run, Cambridge - 16/3/13

Maire Gorman finished 21st in the Roman Road Run in a time of 84.34. Full results can be found here.

Finchley 20 - 16/3/13

Nic Gould finished 6th in 1:58.31

BMAF National Cross-Country Championships, Sunderland - 16/3/13

Ben Reynolds made the long trek to Sunderland to defend his BMAF V45 cross-country title. He duly did so, finishing 2nd in the overall race to a V35 from Tipton. Ben reports that the course was on a different bit of the park from where the National was run, and not so muddy.

Ruth Clifton selected for Surrey in Inter-Counties at Cofton Park - 9/3/13

On Saturday Ruth ran for the Surrey Team at Cofton Park, Birmingham. The commentator told us that conditions were the muddiest ever. We must ask Ruth whether it did rival Parliament Hill. I spotted Ruth running very well amongst some ace lady runners. The Surrey Team of which Ruth was an important member, finished in a very close Silver Medal position with just 151 points to Hampshire's 154. They were well ahead of Yorkshire on 190.

This great run by Ruth finished her wonderful cross-country season. Ruth was the top Surrey League runner along with our ladies' team who also finished in top position for the fourth year running. Many congratulations to Ruth for gaining her place in the Surrey County Team. We also wish her and Charlie good wishes and a fabulous wedding which is happening very soon.

1 Louise Damen Winchester & District Hampshire 26:58:00
2 Elle Baker Stockport Greater Manchester 27:06:00
3 Gemma Steel Charnwood Leicestershire 27:24:00
52 Ruth Clifton Thames H&H Surrey 29:44:00

Full results can be found here.

Claire seizes the day. - 9/3/13

Claire Day took advantage of some of the wettest conditions underfoot to take the first tankard of the year. Claire was also fastest lady, and Andy Weir the quickest man over the course. Results below.

		Handicap	finish	actual time	
Claire Day	11:45	15:22:25	0:49:10
John Clark	06:45	15:23:21	0:45:06
Andy Arbour     	06:45	15:23:48	0:45:33
Andy Weir		02:45	15:24:01	0:41:46
Rhodri Davis	11:45	15:24:22	0:51:07
Simon Molden	04:00	15:24:45	0:43:45
Elizabeth Stavreski12:15	15:24:55	0:52:10
David Walsh	23:15	15:26:12	1:04:27
Jon Salmon	15:15	15:26:17	0:56:32
David Symons	03:45	15:26:36	0:45:21
Annette Gould	16:00	15:27:09	0:58:09
Maureen Poole	23:15	15:34:07	1:12:22
David Jenkins	25:15	15:40:44	1:20:59
Richard Weston	32:15	15:42:34	1:29:49

Teddy Hall Relays - 6/3/13

The Thames men’s team ran well to finish six overall and second in the “non-university team” category, behind the overall winners, the RAF. The team was a fine mix of age (Andy Robinson and the captain) and youth (Robin Brown and Alex Young) and performances throughout were very consistent, with only 36 seconds separating the fastest and slowest legs. However, mention must go to Andy, who set the tone on leg one in 19.04 and Alex – making a fine debut in a Saltire – who ran 19.16 on leg 3, having already run a leg for CUH&H and still recovering from the CUH&H Boundary Run the previous weekend.
Just behind the Thames team was a three-parts Thames, one-part Ranelagh OUCCC Old Gits team including Andy and the captain (running second legs), Andy Arbour and Pete Haarer. An OUCCC Old Gits mixed team including new member, Maire Gorman, finished sixth in the mixed category.

6th overall & 2nd non-university club

Leg 1 Andy Robinson 19:04
Leg 2 Simon Molden 19:22
Leg 3 Alex Young 19:16
Leg 4 Robin Brown 19:41

7th overall & 3rd non-university club
Leg 1 Andy Arbour 20:23
Leg 2 Pete Haarer (Ranelagh Harriers) 19:27
Leg 3 Andy Robinson 20:14
Leg 4 Simon Molden 19:52

6th overall & 2nd non-university club
Leg 1 Adrian Thiemicke 22:28
Leg 2 Maire Gorman 24:14
Leg 3 Jonathan Darby (K&P) 21:22
Leg 4 Maire Gorman 24:53

Full results can be found here.

Treviso Marathon - 3/3/13

Jimmy Cox-Nicol ran 2hrs 47mins and a personal best as part of his Comrades build up.