Brisbane Half Marathon - 30/4/06

Bruce Blackshaw reports that he ran 1h 56 in hot and humid conditions.

Chris Daniels tames the Three Peaks - 30/4/06

Thames were well represented at the 52nd Three Peaks fell race which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent Whernside and Ingleborough over a 24 mile course with 4500 feet of ascent. Despite the inexperience of most of the team Thames claimed 3rd place in the team event which is thought to be the best ever result from a southern club. Star of the day was Chris Daniels who scythed his way through the field to finish a miraculous 13th.

David Symons and Andy Howse also ran superbly well-judged races finishing in 18th and 28th respectively. The Captain faded after an over ambitious start to 34th with UK 100km champion Matt Lynas hot on his heels in 39th. Nick Maloney ran a storming run to round off the THH representation in 118th. Paul Newby provided the valuble role of course consultant having competed over the course 25 times. The team are already planning their assault for 2007!

1	R Jebb		2h 54.15
13	C Daniels		3h 16.48
18	D Symons		3h 23.12
28	A Howse		3h 34.13
34	S Wurr		3h 37.12
39	M Lynas		3h 38.49
118	N Maloney		4h 01.49

1 	Pudsey & Bramley		30
2	Mercia Fell Runners	56
3	Thames Hare & Hounds A	59
8	Thames Hare & Hounds B	191
(Total of 18 teams)

Jeffrey clocks up number 26 - 23/4/06

Jeffrey Gordon "felt a little stiff" at the end of his 26th London Marathon, a cause for concern for our one remaining ever present. It was a bright day for Thames as 21 members towed the line, with several bests and many other strong runs throughout the field. Led home by Phill Sly who paced round the leading Brits, Ian Harkness ran a magnanimous race to finish tactically behind Mara Yamauchi who now claims second on the UK all time marathon rankings. Johnny ran a strong 2.19 while Al, Chris, Frank and Julian all clocked best, sub 2.45 finishes. Second claim Chris Finnill also racked up number 26 on the ever presents while Dave Moore ran a great race for 2.49. Guy, Dan, Toby and Bill all had sound races, before Vikki clocked a further excellent best with Westminster school teacher Andy Johnson and Guy Dunscomb close behind. Thames was closed by John Bryant who was pleased to close under the 5 hours. Results below

20	Phill Sly			2.16.53
27	John McFarlane		2.19.24
45	Mara Yamauchi		2.25.13
51	Ian Harkness		2.26.41
73	Don Naylor		2.30.55
89	Al Hart			2.33.01
92	Julian Rendall		2.33.08
131	Chris Wrighton		2.36.11
214	Frank Dudbridge		2.40.06
462	Chris Finill		2.48.25
507	Dave Moore		2.49.18
1227	Guy Marks			3.00.03
1695	Jerry Watson		3.06.30
1707	Dan Pescod		3.06.39
2079	Toby Sykes		3.10.17
2088	Bill Snelgrove		3.10.23
2798	Peter Giles		3.16.34
4412	Vikki Filsell		3.28.14
6152	Andy Johnson		3.37.50
8341	Guy Dunscomb		3.48.06
13653	Jeffrey Gordon		4.08.34
25052	John Bryant		4.56.44

Bushy Park 5km Time Trial - 22/4/06

A fine Spring morning gave perfect running conditions for the regular Bushy Park Time Trial this week with David Symons finishing strongly for third place and Bethan Hopwell and Kate Symons crossing the line together for first and second lady.

1. 	Richard Stannard		15.43
2. 	Jimmy Goulis		15.55
3. 	David Symons		16.08
28.	Bethan Hopewell		18.53
29. 	Kate Symons		18.53

Isle of Man Easter Festival - 17/4/06

Representing Hunters Bog Trotters, Thames members Don Naylor, Ian Harkness, Al Hart and Nick Altmann won the mens prize at the Isle of Man Easter Festival.

After taking the honours in the Friday 10k road race they lost ground to Leeds and Manchester Universities in the hill race on Saturday before securing victory in the Sunday morning road relay. Alastair Kennis, Larry Mathews, Darren Talbot and Dave Barker also competed, the first two additionally for HBT, Darren and Dave for Manchester Alehouse.

Thames did have one official team entered, in the Sunday night beer race. With Larry in particular very keen to savour his pint they were very soundly beaten in the first round.

Results can be found here.

Beijing Ekiden International Marathon Relay - 9/4/06

Matt Jones took a short break from his Chinese lessons to tear round his very hilly 10k leg for Beijing Daxue University in 33:15. Matt sends his best wishes to all at THH.

National 12 Stage Road Relays - 8/4/06

Thames finished a magnificent 13th place thanks to a terrific display of running by all 12 members of the team. This represents the best ever placing the club has achieved. Ian Harkness set the tone for the day with a barnstorming leg one which Nic Gould maintained. Phill Sly scorched round the long leg in 26:24 - 10th fastest of the day - before Andy Weir consolidated on leg four. New member Julian Rendall ran another great leg holding 13th place before the engine room of Al Kennis Nick Altmann Frank Dudbridge and David Symons sparked into action to keep the club in the reckoning. Larry Mathews surged round a short leg before the Captain and Ed Catmur rounded off the afternoon. The final position of 13th matches our placing in the Southern 12 Stage! Well done to all concerned. Full results below

Ian Harkness	18	27.20
Nic Gould		18	15.47
Phill Sly		9	26.24
Andy Weir		11	15.47
Julian Rendell	12	28.39
Al Kennis		13	16.17
Nic Altmann	13	28.29
Frank Dudbridge	13	16.49
David Symons	13	28.50
Larry Matthews	13	16.27
Simon Wurr	11	28.40
Ed Catmur		13	17.38

Bushy Park 5km - 8/4/06

With the men making the journey up to Birmingham for the 12 stage, the ladies captain opted to run her 5km slightly closer to home, leading home the ladies field in this popular weekly event. Toby Sykes made his Bushy Park debut further up the field.

1.	Jimmy Goulis 	16.16	(Unattached)
14.	Toby Sykes 	18.28	(TH&H)
29.	Kate Symons 	19.13	(TH&H)

UKA 100km Championships - 2/4/06

Matt Lynas used all his ultra racing experience to emerge with a magnificent victory in the UKA Championships. At 50km Matt lay in third 70 seconds off the lead and remained in second until four miles from the end when Lynas overtook Paul Harwood (who had pipped Matt at the Draycote 35). Matt maintained his pace to the finish to win in 7:17.40 some 92 seconds in front. As a result, Matt helped England to victory in the Anglo-Celtic Plate.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon - 2/4/06

Julian Rendall finished 3rd in 1:13.16

Oakley 20 - 2/4/06

Frank Dudbridge won the Oakley 20 in 1:59.18

Milan Half Marathon - 2/4/06

Naomi Warner was 8th lady in 1:17.53 a PB by 11 minutes!

ASICS Breakfast Run - 2/4/06

Vikki Filsell and Pete Woodburn put in some final pre London training at the Kingston ASICS breakfast run covering the 16 miles in 1.59.02 and 1.38.32 respectively.

World Cross Country Championship - Fukuoka - 1/4/06

Thames lady Benita Johnson put what was by her high standards a disappointing Commonwealth Games 10km behind her to place an excellent fourth place in both the long course and the short course (held the following day) in the World Cross Country Champs in Japan. Second claim Mara Yamauchi, who beat Benita to the bronze medal in at the Commonwealth Games, had a characteristically strong run to lead home the British women in 23rd place in the long course. Well done ladies! Mara will be in action again shortly in the London Marathon and we wish her well.