For the first time in seven months, we were back racing on The Common and it was really great to see everyone again. Social distancing provided a semi-chasing format to October’s Second Sunday 5 and opening handicap with runners starting at 20 second intervals, fastest first and a new course which worked well. Richard Ollington and Charlotte Mason were fastest over the course with excellent runs too from Bertie Daniels and new signing Felicity Hayward. Combined results from ‘on course’ and virtual runs are below – with handicap results to follow very shortly.
The Annual Report for our 152nd season (2019-20) can be found here.
Very well done to Ellen Weir who was fastest overall in September’s SS5. While the appeal of virtual racing may be waning a little, 17 saltires took part – some over the improved course, most on a range of different courses. All enjoyed the glorious late summer weather. THH results in the link.
It was another baking hot weekend and 15 Saltires continued the virtual SS5 tradition. Matt Jones was fastest, clocking second place overall, with Iain Sheridan showing the benefits of lockdown training in a smoking hot time. Full Thames results in the link.
Well done to Kevin Bonney and Andrea Stehlikova who were fastest for Thames over this month’s Second Sunday 5. Seventeen Saltires did the run, out of a total of 60 runners. Nearly everyone seemed to enjoy the lovely weather too. THH results in the link, with full results on the www.secondsunday5.org website.
Jim Foster won our virtual Summer Handicap 5 just ahead of Ilona Kriauzaite and Andrea Stehlikova. A number of runners ventured back onto the Common for a socially distanced run round, while the handicapers had the pleasure of both adjusting for terrain as well as expected speed. Well done to our 22 runners, both for running and also the stream of imaginative excuses for a large handicap (see the image). Results in the link.
Nineteen Thames men and ladies ran our June virtual Second Sunday 5. Iain Sheridan showed the benefits of his lockdown diet and training to clock a cracking time for first Thamesman home. And it was a pleasure to have THH runners take part from across the country – from the Rosens in the Lake District to those closer to the Common. Click the link for full THH times.
While most people were out in the park or common (socially distanced) on Bank Holiday Monday, Ed was running 100 miles. He says: The 100 mile race I usually run in May, from London to Oxford, was cancelled so when the organizers (Centurion Running) put on a virtual 100 mile as a replacement I knew … Read more
95 runners and 29 saltires took part in our May ‘virtual’ VE weekend Second Sunday 5. In hindsight morning of Friday or Saturday was the best time to run, with the wind picking up on Sunday and the temperature dropping making fast times harder. None of which was a problem for Ellen Weir who took the ladies’ victory while Gordon warmed up for his Sunday dinner with a victory in the men’s race. THH results in the link.
Quite simply, John Bryant was one of the great Thames men, giving over 50 years of unstinting service to the club. He joined Thames in 1967 straight from Queen’s College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he competed in the Tortoises-Spartans (second team) cross-country race in 1964, 1965 and 1966, finishing 12th, 14th and 4th and being … Read more