More results from the Vets European Indoor Championships - Torun, Poland - 30/3/15

Anna Garnier won a Gold team medal in the W60 5km Cross-Country in 18:17.4 (slightly short of 5km) with her team mates Angela Copson and Sue James. This super trio beat German to silver by 20 minutes and Poland to Bronze.
Michael Johnson also won a Gold team medal in the M70 5km Cross-Country with 20:32.5 (with team mates Phil Brennan and Barrie Roberts. The events sounds like everyone had a great deal of fun and Great Britain moved up to 2nd place in the medal table on the final day, with Germany in 1st and Poland in 3rd.

European Vets Indoor Championships - Torun, Poland - 26/3/15

Many congratulations to Ben Reynolds who secured a silver medal in the V50 3000m European Indoor Championships, with a speedy 9:00:97.
Guy Bracken won in 8:52 to put himself 2nd on the all time list, but was disapointed for not going after Nigel Gates 8:49 World Record.

Aggregate Handicap - 24/3/15

Congratulations to Jeff Armitage who also won the overall aggregate Handicap for this season. The final results are below:

Aggregate	5 mile	7.5 mile 10 mile     Total
Jeff Armitage	1	2	  1	      4
Ed Catmur	3	1	  2	      6
Richard Weston	2	3	  3	      8

10 Mile Handicap - 24/3/15

Many congratulations to Jeff Armitage who won the overall 10 mile Handicap on Saturday afternoon. Ed Catmur ran the fastest time on the day in 60:55; closely followed by Matt Lynas in 61:59. Overall results are below:

	       Handicap	     Actual Time	Net Time
Jeff Armitage	00:27:31	01:20:19	00:52:48
Matt Lynas	00:06:36	01:01:59	00:55:23
Joe Gale	00:06:36	01:04:09	00:57:33
Paul Newby	00:39:37	01:38:18	00:58:41
Ed Catmur	00:02:12	01:00:55	00:58:43
Matt Beaney	00:24:12	01:25:15	01:01:03
Hugh Arnold	00:13:12	01:20:28	01:07:16
Dan Findlay-Robinson 00:12:06	01:20:29	01:08:23
Richard Weston	01:08:14	02:19:46	01:11:32
Neil Chisholm	00:04:24	01:25:16	01:20:52
Dave Walsh	1 lap	 	 

The Reading Half Marathon - 23/3/15

The Reading Half Marathon saw a strong turn out of Thames runners. In a stacked field, where a time of 70 mins got you a 58th place finish, second claimer James Hoad ran an excellent time of 69:51 to finish 53rd place. Another second claimer Andrew Lawrence finished in 62nd with 60:14. Gordon Pearce ran an excellent 71:04 and was 71st, he was closely followed by Martin Shore who ran 71:53. Nic Gould, suffering from new parent sleep deprivation, still managed a solid 76:20.

BMAF Cross-Country Championships, Ruthin - 14/3/15

Thames won the V45 gold medal at the BMAF National Cross-Country Championships at Ruthin in north Wales. There was the added bonus of individual silver medals for Ben Reynolds (V50) and Andy Weir (V45). Ben did lose his 4-year winning streak to a Welsh sheep farmer, Austin Davies.

6 (2nd V50) Ben Reynolds TH&H 29.52
12 (2nd V45) Andy Weir TH&H 30.30
25 (5th V45) Ian Harkness TH&H 31.39
69 (19th V50) Jerry Watson TH&H 34.51

IAAF International Cross-Country, Antrim - 14/3/15

Representing Guernsey, Richard Kowenicki finished 41st in the Home Countries International in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Guernsey finished 7th out of 9 teams, beating Northern Ireland and the Midlands.

32nd Thames H&H vs South London Harriers Mob Match - 14/3/15

South London Harriers won the 32nd mob match by 79 points to 119, scoring 9-a-side.

What a difference a fortnight makes! Despite the chill still in the air, 37 runners from Thames and SLH ventured onto the Common today for a mob match over the 7 1/2 mile course - with a slight detour to avoid ground nesting Skylarks on the Plain by the Windmill adding a few hundred yards to the normal distance, this extra mileage no doubt explaining why despite dry conditions no-one was able to come close to the 40 minute mark.

9 to score saw a strong SLH team soundly beat Thames by 79 to 119 points, with the losing side taking some consolation in a victory for Ed Catmur in 41:28 from teammate Matt Jones in 41:52, with Stuart Major for SLH not far behind in 43:23. 1st lady home was Ruth Hutton for SLH in 52:03, closely followed by teammates Natalie Gentry 52:39 and Caroline Cattini 52:45.

1 Ed Catmur TH&H 41:28
2 Matt Jones TH&H 41:52
3 Stuart Major SLH 43:23
4 Billy Casserley SLH 44:57
5 Neil Reissland SLH 45:15
6 Chris Finill TH&H 45:16
7 Oliver Brodrick-Ward TH&H 45:58
8 Stuart Searle SLH 48:21
9 David Ogden SLH 48:31
10 Dan Pescod TH&H 48:45
11 Steve Clancey SLH 49:36
12 Andy Collins SLH 51:01 V50
13 Ross Gentry SLH 51:54
14 Ruth Hutton SLH 52:03 F
15 Francis Upcott SLH 52:18
16 Natalie Gentry SLH 52:39 F
17 Caroline Cattini SLH 52:45 F
18 Rhodri Davies TH&H 52:56
19 Martin Mabbutt SLH 53:02
20 Stephen Pollard TH&H 53:15
21 Robin Dow SLH 53:18
22 Andy Davis SLH 53:40
23 Al Morton SLH 54:06
24 Jon Salmon TH&H 54:38
25 Matt Saunders SLH 54:58
26 Pam Iannella SLH 55:05 F
27 Neil Hamilton SLH 55:56
28 Nigel Bush SLH 56:52
29 Charlie Morris Guest 57:13
30 Hedley Humphrey SLH 57:44
31 Peter Emery SLH 58:48
32 Hugh Arnold TH&H 58:58
33 Linda Ingram SLH 59:40 F
34 Ben Hieatt-Smith SLH 61:04
35 Jess Davies TH&H 62:59 F
36 Dave Newland SLH 66:23
37 Richard Weston TH&H 107:07

Match score (9-to-score)
Thames H&H: 119 points
South London Harriers: 79 points

Thanks are due to the Pioneers for ensuring all stayed reasonably on-course except where distracted by unexpected (though not unwelcome) sunshine, the Timekeepers for a prompt and accurate set of results, and the Carver for an excellent tea.

Teddy Hall Relays - 11/3/15

A three-quarters Thames OUCCC Old Gits team finished a very creditable 10th out of 72 teams at the Teddy Hall Relay.

Leg 1 Peter Haarer 19.16
Leg 2 Simon Molden 19.23
Leg 3 Andy Arbour 21.51
Leg 4 Simon Molden 20.10
Full results can be found here.

BMAF Indoor Championships - 9/3/15

Many congratulations to Anna Garnier who won her age group for both the 1500m and the 3000m at Lee Valley in the BMAF Indoor Championships over the weekend. She ran in 5:30:58 and 11:44:59 respectively. A great performance.

Finchley 20 - 8/3/15

The Saltire was flying strongly at the Finchley 20 miles this morning. Congratulations to Gordon Pearce who finished in 2nd place with 1:53:05. Just behind him in 3rd was second claimer Andrew Lawrence who ran 1:54:34. Simon Wurr also demonstrated that his marathon training is on track with a 14th place finish in 2:03:00.

Further Weekend Round Up (7th and 8th March) - 8/3/15

In the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Birmingham Richard Kowenicki finished 101st running for Hampshire.

Ed Catmur continued his ultra-running success by winning the Imber Ultra by 15 minutes in 3:51:07.

Matt Jones also continues to rapidly improve his fitness and ran a PB of 1:11:10 in the Surrey Half Marathon in Woking, finishing 4th place.

Engadin Cross-Country Ski Marathon - 8/3/15

Chris Daniels clocked a 2:22:18 for the Engadin cross-country ski marathon. 13 minutes quicker than last year and all of that due to better technique, not better fitness! This is the cross-country skiing equivalent of the London marathon, and the winner was a little over 1:35. Chris was 2357th place out of the 13,000+ who finished and 414th in his age-group.

Election of Club President - 2/3/15

Following the invitation to all members to nominate candidates for the forthcoming Presidential election, the following was received:

Mike Farmery: Proposed by Robin Dickson; Seconded by David Walsh (and Anna Garnier, Alex Mackula, Dorchie Cockerell & Gordon Pearce).

Therefore, Mike Farmery has been elected as the new President for a term of five years from this year’s Annual General Meeting and it will be confirmed then. I should like to pass on the club’s congratulations to Mike and also our thanks to the outgoing President, John Bryant, for all his work over the past five seasons.

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Saturday 21st March 2015 at the Thames Clubhouse at 4.30 p.m. It will follow the 10-mile Challenge and Handicap that will take place in Richmond Park, starting at 2.30 p.m.

Simon Molden
Honorary Secretary