Thames Hare and Hounds
Based on Wimbledon Common in South West London, Thames Hare and Hounds is the
oldest cross-country running club in the world.
Our large membership is made up of runners of all ages and abilities.
We enjoy a full program of training, racing and social events, at all of which
newcomers are very welcome.
To find out more about us click here.
Second Sunday Five Miles
Read all about a new, regular event from Thames here.
Provisional results are now available. See below or reports section.
parkrun Weekly Roundup - 11/8/18
32 Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns. There were individual victories for Richard Ollington, Nic Gould and Andrea Stehlikova.
In Junior parkruns, at Surbiton, Lucy Molden was 17th in 10:42 and Edward Molden was 55th in 15:53.
parkrun Weekly Roundup - 4/8/18
29 Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns. There were individual victories for Ben Reynolds, Gordon Pearce and Richard Kowenicki.
In the Junior parkrun, at Wimbledon Common, Seb Cockerell was 2nd in 7.46 and Barney Higgins was 7th in 8.48. At Surbiton, Lucy Molden was 26th in 11.09 and Edward Molden was 54th in 14:12.
BMC Regional Races, Oxford - 28/7/18
Josh Carr finished 2nd in his race in 4.05.84.
parkrun Weekly Roundup - 28/7/18
Twenty-two Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns. Ben Reynolds took victory at Abingdon.
BMC Regional Races, Scotstoun, Glasgow - 27/7/18
In the 5000m, James Hoad finished 5th in 14.31.93.
Wedding Day 7k - 27/7/18
In uncharacteristic wet conditions, it was great to see Mara Yamauchi winning the ladies race and leading our nine runners home. Results below
Watford Open Graded Meeting - 25/7/18
Josh Carr finished 8th in the 3000m in 7.58.70 (PB) and Paddy Roddy finished 16th in 9.07.57. In her race, Katy Hedgethorne finished 5th in 9.36.84, which was a new PB.
National Course Run - 25/7/18
Among the many events from our history, one that is often forgotten is our central role in the inauguration of the National Cross-Country Championships. It was in the autumn of 1876 that we arranged to meet Spartan Harriers and South London Harriers on 18th November over a course from the Bald-Faced Stag at Buckhurst Hill in Essex. In reality, what was planned was a fairly low-key event and referred to in some publications as, “The London Cross-Country Championship.” However, whether this event was intended as a true national championship is immaterial following what actually came to pass:
“The story of Buckhurst Hill is soon told. South London started fourteen men, Thames thirteen and Spartans five. The rain poured down, the paper ran out, the runners wandered about frozen and lost, no race was declared and it was agreed to re-run at Roehampton.”
After the fiasco, Thames took charge and it was agreed to try again in early 1877, this time at Roehampton. Consequently, the same three clubs came together for “The first race for the championship of the metropolitan paperchase clubs” on 24th February 1877 over an 11¾-mile course from our then headquarters, the King’s Head at Roehampton. It was a double victory for the Thames, taking both the team contest and the individual honours through Percy Stenning.
In all, we hosted seven National Championships between 1877 and 1883. Stenning won the first four of these and we recorded a further team victory in 1879.
As part of our 150th season celebrations, on the evening of 25th July 2018, 22 Saltires staged a run over a course that followed as closely as possible the route of those original National Championships. Of the 22, nine completed the entire route from the King's Head at Roehampton, across the Common and all the way to Morden Park via Merton church and then back via West Barnes Lane, New Malden and Cottenham Park. Others joined along the route at the Ridgeway, Morden and New Malden.