Oxford vs Cambridge University Race: Saturday 4th December

This Saturday sees Thames hosting the Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Race, once again. It will be the 125th anniversary of our first hosting of the contest in 1896. The order of events is as follows:

  • 1.00 p.m.: 29th Old Blues’ Race
  • 2.00 p.m.: 45th Ladies’ Race
  • 2.45 p.m.: 130th Gentlemen’s Race.

The races will all start from the Thames Hare and Hounds’ headquarters at the Memorial Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale.

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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

2019 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

On Saturday 7th December, Cambridge took the honours in both the ladies’ and gentlemen’s races for the first time since 2013. In the 44th Ladies’ Race, the anticipated very close race materialised. The Light Blues had the power at the top end of the race with four of the first six home; however, Oxford’s greater strength-in-depth meant that they packed the middle order from seventh to 11th and the result was in doubt until the very end. In the end, it was Cambridge’s top-end strength that won the day and they narrowly squeezed home by 39 points to 41. This was the closest team result since 2000 when Oxford won by a point.

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