Alumni Race

Thames has hosted the popular annual Alumni Race run since 1953. The course of 5 miles on Wimbledon Common is a shortened version of the Blues Race course. All ages are welcome. Seventy year olds compete with eighteen year olds - the fastest time is usually close to 25 mins and the back markers nearer 60 mins.

There are four team competitions within the race and a further three individual awards, as follows :

  • The Henry VIII Trophy - an open race to be won by the team whose first four finishers have the lowest score, the winner of the race scoring 1 and so on upwards.
  • The Old Brentwoods' Trophy - Veterans' 40 race, participants to be aged 40 or over on race day, with three to score.
  • The Chataway Trophy - Veterans' 50 race, participants to be aged 50 or over on race day, with three to score.
  • The Old Denstonian Trophy - Veterans' 60 race, participants to be aged 60 or over on race day, with three to score.
  • The Norman Berry Cup for the individual winner, from a team of at least three finishers.
  • The Old Coventrians Cup for the first lady to finish, also from a team of at least three finishers.
  • The Wyndham Halswelle Cup for the first finisher ranked by age adjusted time, from a team of at least three finishers.

In any of the competitions, in the event that two or more teams have the same score, the advantage will lie with the team whose last scoring finisher has the lowest score. Incomplete teams may participate and are closed in accordance with the Surrey Rules. Note we do often have incomplete teams and some in due course fill out. We also have teams of well over four. Very often a Vet scores for the open event and a V50 for the V40 etc.

The race is over 5 miles of true cross country on Wimbledon Common. The start is at the Thames HQ - in the South corner of the playing fields to the immediate East of the Robin Hood roundabout on the A3, two miles SW of Putney. Changing facilities are available although they are not sufficient for the 250 + runners who attend. Tea and cakes are served immediately after the race to lead up to, hopefully, a prompt prize giving. Many teams move on to the nearby Telegraph pub to the west of Tibbett's Corner roundabout, on Putney Heath, which is encouraged.

Note that a team made up of current pupils of a school are very welcome to participate informally but would not be eligible for any of the competitions. Guests are also welcome to run for a team but will not score.

Team leaders are contacted in late November to advise them when the online entry system is ready to accept entries, which they then can pass on to their potential team entrants.

If you are not already on the Thames list, please email the Thames Alumni Convenor - David Jenkins - on He will register your interest and include you on the mailing list.

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