Scottish 50km champs - 17/5/03

Well known Caledonian Matt Lynas finished 2nd in the Scottish 50km championships in 3:13:37.

Dwars door Brugge - 17/5/03

A Thames posse travelled to Brugges for a weekend of high culture, good food and strong beer, rudely punctuated by a 14.8k road race.

After negotiating the start-line scrum, the twisty cobbled streets and the effects of the local brew they recorded the times below. Congratulations to Jeremy Denny who appears to have won the vet 60 category, although our Flemish wasnt good enough to confirm this.

18th 	Andy Weir 	47:50
20th 	Nick Altmann 	48:33
23rd 	Larry Mathews 	49:22
323rd 	Al Irvine 		1:01:35
455th 	Jeremy Denny 	1:04:03
1324th 	Anthony Eady 	1:16:10
1410th 	Frank Carpenter 	1:17:19

V60s take Silver at the Vets Relays, Sutton Park - 17/5/03

The V60s took silver and the V40s a creditable top 50% ranking in Birmingham. Commentary from Bill ...

The over 40s squad managed a highly commendable performance up at showery blustery Sutton Park on Saturday, finishing 29th out of the 58 teams that completed (several didnt). Our star man, of course, was Andy Thomas - finally uninjured for this fixture at the 3rd attempt - who made up 27 places on leg 2 in running an "official" 15:08 (but probably more like 15:04) which is right up there with the fastest ever Thames vet times on this course. Because it was a combined 40s and 50s team, with a little help from the 60s, the average age was a tad over 49 so we were probably conceding a good few years to winners Ronhill Cambuslang who were a mere 16:40 down the road. The over 60s won silver medals behind Bingley and a long way ahead of Blackheath. Peter Honniball brought the saltire through in the lead after leg one which must have been quite a battle as the leading three 60s teams were within 3 seconds. Keith Spacie and Michael Johnson both also ran very solid legs but Bingley just had a couple of faster men in the locker. Well done chaps. Full results can be perused on here but here are the highlights:

Over 60s:
1st Bingley 			53:48
2nd Thames Hare & Hounds 		55:51
Peter Honniball 			18:12
Keith Spacie 1			18:45
Michael Johnson 			18:54 
Over 40s:
1st Ronhill Cambuslang 		2:03:22
29th Thames Hare & Hounds 	2:20:02
Michael Farmery 			17:16 (47th)
Andy Thomas 			15:08 (20th)
Paul Whitlock 			19:00 (37th) 
Jerry Watson 			16:37 (30th)  
Rhodri Davies 			17:18 (29th)
Hugh Arnold 			17:03 (25th)
Robin Dickson 			19:21 (29th)
Alan Gibbons 			18:19 (29th)

Leeds Marathon - 11/5/03

Jerry Watson posted 2:54:03 for 8th in the Leeds Marathon

Self Transcendence 2 - 10/5/03

Al Hart transcended himself on Edinburgh Meadows, 9:45 placing him 3rd in the Self Transcendence 2

Combe Hill 5 - 10/5/03

Andy Weir was third in the Coombe Hill 5, running 25:58 the day after competing on the track

Ranelagh Half - 10/5/03

Still frisky after the Two Oceans, Dave and Kate Symons completed the Ranelagh Half Marathon last Sunday. Dave was 6th in 76.35, Kate 157th in 101.22. Also running for Thames, Keith Robertson finished 121st in 97.15

Fastest man in Merton - 10/5/03

Anyone inspecting the club notice board recently will have had their attention drawn an article on the Barry Jones 10k. Its there because modest John McFarlane was crowned the "fastest man in Merton" for finishing second in 34:18. Lucy Hasell received no similar accolade but she did win the womens race in 36:55. Al Gibbons recorded 41:10 for 30th