Thames closed two mixed teams in the Greenbelt Relay, the annual circumnavigation of Greater London run over 22 legs. Not only did we close two teams but we took the mixed team title finishing nearly 3 hrs ahead of 2nd place (23hrs, 13mins and 37secs). Not content with that, we took the King Of The Hills Title and James McMullan took the performance of the weekend prize for breaking the course records for both his race legs, both being particularly hilly. Our second team finished up as 5th Mixed team out of 29 and came 12th overall (27hrs, 26mins and 36secs). The big story of the weekend, though, was how we as a mixed team almost won the overall title, almost knocking a solid Serpentine Menís A of the top perch, a position they have held since 2010. At the end of day 1 we were somewhat gob-smacked to find ourselves heading the leaderboard by 7 minutes. Day 2 was tougher, epitomised by Ed Catmur pulling his hamstring midway through his leg but struggling through, in obvious considerable pain, to ensure was stayed I contention. At the end of the race, for a few brief glorious minutes we thought we had taken the title, by all of 45 seconds. Rigorous checking spotted that the organisers had mixed up some of our results and we had in fact finished 2nd by 5 minutes, which in itself was the closest finish the race had had for some years.
Full results can be found here.