Who are we?

Thames Hare & Hounds is the world’s first and oldest cross country club with an illustrious history to match. Since our founding we have maintained an ethos of amateur (nonprofit) running and been open to all runners, with our members (known as Saltires) spanning ages from university students to Vet.80s, and ranging in talent from parkrun plodders to Olympic Champions.

More has been written about Thames, our club culture and history in Runners World and Tracksmith’s Meter Magazine.

Why join?

Elite

Support your athletic goals with top UK ranked teammates to train and race alongside

Racing

Compete in Championship, League and Open cross country and road running races

History

Run in the footsteps of Olympic greats as part of the world’s oldest adult cross country club

Training

Train with three training groups of different standard, each training twice per week

Socialing

Meet others at one of the regular in-Club and intra-Club socials

Clubhouse

Socialise with teammates in the Wimbledon Common Clubhouse

Inclusive

Surround yourself with adults of all ages and of all running abilities

Kit

Dress to impress with high quality and discounted Club kit

Affordable 

Free races, discounted fees, and first year free for many grads.
Max. Club fee of £25

How do I join?

If you would like to ‘try before you buy’ we encourage you to join us on any of our weekly club runs or monthly Second Sunday 5 races.
Alternatively, to join now please follow the following steps:

  1. Fill out our New Joiner Google Form
  2. Pay Club membership (£25 max) to Thames
  3. Optional – Pay England Athletics membership (£16) to Thames – only required if you would like to compete First Claim for us
  4. Optional – Change your First Claim Clubonly required if you are already registered as a First Claim athlete to another club

If, in addition to the below FAQs, you have questions do contact our Mens and Ladies Captains can by email.

FAQ

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Will I be breaking the bank in joining?
Fortunately not, Club membership is up to £25 with multiple discounts on offer including one year’s FREE membership to all new joiners who’ve competed in BUCS A race 

  • Standard Member: £25
  • University Students: £10
  • School Students: £5
  • Members aged 65 or over: £15
  • Members resident abroad: £10

In addition, first-claim members are also required to pay the England Athletics individual affiliation fee, which is currently £12 per season.

Can I compete in athletics leagues?
We are not a track and field affiliated club, as such you can compete as a higher claims athlete for any club of your choosing 

Do you have training sessions I can join?
We organise both steady runs on Wednesday 7pm from our Clubhouse and tempo runs on Thursday 7pm from outside Battersea Park Arena. Many of our members also join club-agnostic training groups meeting Tuesday and Thursdays 7pm outside Battersea Park Arena

How good are Thames at the top end?
Very good, in both Mens and Ladies, and Senior and Vet racing. Thames have the most Surrey League mens and ladies combined wins, routinely finish in the top 10 at National Championships.

What races do you compete in, and will there be any at my level?
With a packed out calendar of races Thames cater to all levels of racing. At the top end we compete in the Surrey League and the National, Regional and County Championships. We also compete in multiple lower key races including our Mob Matches, Handicap Races and Second Sunday 5 Milers.

If I join will I be required to run certain races?
All race are up wouldn’t be a true amateur club if we hames have a packed calendar of races, nlike many clubs.

What socials do Thames organise?
Where to start?!

  • Post-race pub
  • Post training pub
  • Post training curry
  • Annual Dinner
  • Greenbelt Relay
  • Outlying Run
  • Isle of Man Festival
  • Training camp
  • International races – Armagh
  • Ad hoc young members socials including: Rugby 7s, ‘crew dates’ with other sports clubs, and our ‘Thamesmas’ pub crawl

How do I get Club kit?
A reserve stock of Club vests are kept for new joiners, one-off PB teamwear kit can be bought online, and batch ordered Tracksmith kit and novelty items are organised by email throughout the year.


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