October Second Sunday 5 / opening handicap

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.

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Summer Handicap 5

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.

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Gordon and Ellen win our May ‘virtual’ Second Sunday 5

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.

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John Bryant 1944-2020

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