Reports

Lauriston 5 - 31/12/16

Thames fielded a team of 8. Simon Barrett put in a fine end of year performance to finish 3rd in 27m 56s. He was followed by David Symons in 9th, Alex Mackula in 11th, John Clark in 15th, James Justins on his Thames debut in 24th, Ian Higgins in 26th, Peter Metcalf in 35th and Evan Bond in 45th. Thames came 2nd in the team race to Hercules Wimbledon.

Pos Name Club Time
1. Chris Busaileh Herne Hill Harriers 27:15
3. Simon Barrett Thames H&H 27:56
9. David Symons Thames H&H 30:19
11. Alex Mackula Thames H&H 30:40
15. John Clark Thames H&H 31:19
24. James Justins Thames H&H 32:50
26. Ian Higgins Thames H&H 32:58
34. Mike Farmery Thames H&H 34:46
45. Evan Bond Thames H&H 37:05

parkrun Weekly Roundup - 31/12/16

Seventeen Saltires were in action in the New Year's Eve parkruns. The captain took the individual victory at Woking.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
2 2 Gordon PEARCE 16:34 Finsbury #357
1 1 Matthew JONES 17:18 Woking #120
5 5 Richard CRAIG-MCFEELY 20:49 Gladstone #240
23 1 Ellen WEIR 21:15 Medina I.O.W. #286
24 23 Andy WEIR 21:16 Medina I.O.W. #286
29 2 Anna GARNIER 21:24 Rutland Water #59
66 64 Darren SELWOOD 22:07 Nonsuch #278
35 33 Rob TURNER 22:42 Portsmouth Lakeside #36
57 9 Ilona KRIAUZAITE 22:59 Gunnersbury #267
146 131 Jim FOSTER 24:32 Nonsuch #278
106 91 Michael JOHNSON 25:06 Greenpoint #169
156 138 Hugh SHIELDS 25:48 Wimbledon Common #527
242 180 Colin PRICE 29:17 Wimbledon Common #527
282 205 Andrew SIMON 30:30 Cheltenham #204
892 648 Jim STEPHENSON 30:41 Bushy Park #660
241 71 Grace BRYANT 32:12 Yeovil Montacute #159
383 264 Fred CROFT 46:25 Richmond #486

Christmas Day Paarlauf, Wimbledon - 25/12/16

Hugh Shields was Thames’ sole competitor, closing the field with partner Katrina Shields in 16th.


parkrun Christmas Day roundup - 25/12/16

Twelve Saltires were in action in Christmas Day parkruns.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
52 50 Alex MACKULA 19:17 Bushy Park #659
7 1 Bethan HOPEWELL 19:46 Bedford #285
161 144 Darren SELWOOD 21:41 Bushy Park #659
251 218 Rob TURNER 22:42 Bushy Park #659
67 6 Kate SYMONS 23:34 Wimbledon Common #526
78 70 Rupert FERGUSON 24:04 Wimbledon Common #526
109 95 James FERGUSON 25:36 Wimbledon Common #526
94 21 Vikki FILSELL 26:21 Fulham Palace #171
171 123 Nik PUGH 30:55 Guildford #238
189 51 Denise BARNETT 31:42 Wimbledon Common #526
110 75 Richard CRAIG-MCFEELY 32:05 Finsbury #356
300 210 Fred CROFT 42:08 Richmond #485

parkrun Weekly Roundup - 24/12/16

A bumper 23 Saltires were in action in Christmas Eve parkruns. There were individual victories for Simon Wurr and Iain Sheridan.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
2 2 Gordon PEARCE 16:32 Finsbury #356
5 5 Neil CHISHOLM 17:06 Bushy Park #658
1 1 Simon WURR 17:28 Hampstead Heath #295
1 1 Iain SHERIDAN 18:39 Old Deer Park #313
14 14 Alex MACKULA 19:00 Dulwich #248
21 21 David SYMONS 19:49 Wimbledon Common #526
39 6 Jo DAVIES 20:12 St. Albans #261
28 28 Matthew BEANEY 20:22 Wimbledon Common #526
24 23 Richard CRAIG-MCFEELY 20:27 Fulham Palace #170
35 35 Andrew LENON 20:28 Wimbledon Common #526
44 3 Claire ALTMANN 20:54 Richmond #485
20 16 Richard PITT 20:59 Chichester #125
64 59 Darren SELWOOD 21:50 Nonsuch #277
19 2 Anna GARNIER 22:07 Melton Mowbray #103
92 80 Rhodri DAVIES 22:14 St. Albans #261
260 232 Rob TURNER 22:31 Bushy Park #658
54 6 Ilona KRIAUZAITE 23:02 Gunnersbury #266
69 61 Robert WEIR 24:32 Medina I.O.W. #285
70 62 Andy WEIR 24:32 Medina I.O.W. #285
151 135 Jim FOSTER 24:49 Nonsuch #277
268 65 Denise BARNETT 28:21 Wimbledon Common #526
84 49 Jim STEPHENSON 31:52 Crane Park #242
422 303 Fred CROFT 42:51 Richmond #485

Pisa Marathon - 18/12/16

Jim Allchin raced to an excellent 15th in the Pisa Marathon in 2hrs 40mins 50s. This was a new PB and also won him qualification for the Championship race in London.


Junior parkrun Weekly Roundup - 18/12/16

At Wimbledon Park, Seb Cockerell finished 2nd in 08:25. At Surbiton, Lucy Molden finished 23th in 12:07.


Hertfordshire Cross-COuntry League - 17/12/16

Ilona Kraiuzaite, running for her second claim club Serpentine, finished a solid 36th in 38m 42s.


South of the Thames Senior Race, Beckenham - 17/12/16

In South London Anna Garnier resolutely flew the sole Thames flag at the South of Thames race in Beckenham. She finished a fine 2nd in the V60 category and was 45th lady overall.


parkrun Weekly Roundup - 17/12/16

Fourteen Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
7 7 Iain SHERIDAN 17:51 Stratford-upon-Avon #43
3 3 Andy WEIR 18:00 Medina I.O.W. #284
16 1 Elizabeth STAVRESKI 19:45 Claisebrook Cove #229
44 42 Richard CRAIG-MCFEELY 20:18 Fulham Palace #169
29 2 Claire ALTMANN 20:24 Richmond Park #483
48 45 James FERGUSON 20:25 Fulham Palace #169
37 33 Andrew LENON 20:33 Wimbledon Common #524
39 35 Matthew BEANEY 20:37 Wimbledon Common #524
47 45 Darren SELWOOD 22:00 Nonsuch #276
96 13 Clare SYLVESTER 22:46 Wimbledon Common #524
109 92 Rupert FERGUSON 23:30 Fulham Palace #169
217 166 Bruce BLACKSHAW 28:21 Nonsuch #276
331 232 Colin PRICE 30:27 Wimbledon Common #524
302 198 Fred CROFT 44:15 Richmond Park #483

Junior parkrun Weekly Roundup - 11/12/16

At Wimbledon Park, Seb Cockerell finished 2nd in 08:30. At Surbiton, Lucy Molden finished 50th in 12:48.


parkrun Weekly Roundup - 10/12/16

Fourteen Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
28 28 Alex MACKULA 18:30 Bushy Park #656
6 6 Anthony DOOLITTLE 18:43 Finsbury #353
11 1 Elizabeth STAVRESKI 20:06 Carine Glades #130
23 2 Claire ALTMANN 20:24 Richmond Park #482
40 39 Andrew LENON 20:51 Wimbledon Common #523
47 45 Matthew BEANEY 21:13 Wimbledon Common #523
44 40 Darren SELWOOD 21:38 Nonsuch #275
47 5 Vicki WEBB 21:52 Nonsuch #275
123 105 Jim FOSTER 24:56 Nonsuch #275
77 61 Jim STEPHENSON 29:15 Crane Park #240
248 191 Colin PRICE 29:32 Wimbledon Common #523
247 185 Bruce BLACKSHAW 29:43 Nonsuch #275
237 171 Andrew SIMON 31:02 Cheltenham #200
305 195 Fred CROFT 44:28 Richmond Park #482

Southern Masters' Cross-Country Championships, Shotover - 10/12/16

Thames finished in the medals with the men’s V40 team of Ben Reynolds (4th - 32:38), Martin Shore (21st - 34:19) and Matt Lynas (43rd - 36:03) taking bronze medals and Ben Reynolds taking gold in the Men’s V45 category.
In the ladies' race, Anna Garnier (25:49) stormed to a win in the V60 category. Showing that 50 years of Thames membership has done little to dampen his ardour, Paul Newby (31:08) finished 5th in the Men’s V70 category.
Also running and performing well were Thames second-claimers Howard Bristow and Simon Barret who finished 2nd and 23rd respectively for their first claim clubs in the V40 category.


Junior parkrun Weekly Roundup - 4/12/16

At Wimbledon Park, Seb Cockerell finished 2nd in 08:49. At Surbiton, Lucy Molden finished 39th in 12:58.


parkrun Weekly Roundup - 3/12/16

Ten Saltires were in action in weekly parkruns.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Run Time Event
4 4 Matthew Norton LYNAS 17:42 Amager Faelled #401
10 10 Alex MACKULA 18:30 Fulham Palace #167
2 2 Iain SHERIDAN 18:42 Ally Pally #254
33 32 Richard CRAIG-MCFEELY 19:57 Fulham Palace #167
52 47 Darren SELWOOD 21:40 Nonsuch #274
210 188 Rob TURNER 22:19 Bushy Park #655
105 95 Jim FOSTER 23:49 Nonsuch #274
279 207 Colin PRICE 29:14 Wimbledon Common #522
732 539 Jim STEPHENSON 29:35 Bushy Park #655
356 240 Fred CROFT 42:01 Richmond Park #481

Ladies' Surrey League, Division 1 Round II - 3/12/16

Recent Cambridge grad Katy Hedgethorne led the team finishing a fine 6th in 22m 04s followed not far behind by Antonia Burt in 10th in 22m 31s. Mara Yamauchi (22nd), Jo Shillington (48th) and Ruth Wallace (57th) closed out the team in 6th, taking Thames to joint 5th place in the standings after 2 matches.
Claire Altmann led the B team to an excellent 4th place in the B team rankings in 59th with 24m 48s, ably supported by Vikki Filsell (66th), Anna Garnier (76th), Jess Davies (117th) and Ilona Kriauzaite (136th).

Pos Name Time
6. Katy Hedgethorne 22:04
10. Antonia Burt 22:31
22. Mara Yamauchi 23:20
48. Joanna Shillington 24:25
57. Ruth Wallace 24:44
59. Claire Altmann 24:48
67. Vikki Filsell 25:07
77. Anna Garnier 25:36
120. Jess Davies 27:35
140. Illona Kriauzaite 28:25

25th Old Blues' Race - 3/12/16

Cambridge won by 114 points to 192 scoring 12-a-side. Tom Frith (St. Anne's, Oxford) took the individual honours in 20:24. Oxford now lead the series 15 wins to 10.
The race also featured two father-son combinations in Andrew and Ben Hope (both Cambridge) and Andy (Oxford) and Matt (Cambridge) Leach.

Pos Name University Time
1. Tom Frith Oxford 20:24
2. Lewis Lloyd Cambridge 20:29
3. Alf Tupper Cambridge 20:32
4. Kelvin Gomez Cambridge 20:40
5. James Hoad Cambridge 20:41
6. Josh Carr Cambridge 20:43
7. Matt Leach Cambridge 21:09
8. Ben Hope Cambridge 22:23
9. Dom Kiralyfi Oxford 22:38
10. James Chettle Cambridge 22:43
11. Andrew Leach Oxford 22:55
12. Matthew Jones Oxford 23:13
13. Simon Molden Oxford 23:17
14. Jack Evans Oxford 23:21
15. Richard Ollington Cambridge 23:33
16. David Kirk Oxford 23:41
17. Oliver Garner Cambridge 24:39
18. George Ramsay Cambridge 24:46
19. Will Bowers Cambridge 24:56
20. Ian Johnston Oxford 25:15
21. Andy Arbour Oxford 25:29
22. Polly Keen Cambridge 25:35
23. Emma Elston Cambridge 27:22
24. Chris Todd Oxford 27:40
25. Andy Robinson Oxford 27:48
26. Naomi Webber Oxford 28:54
27. Richard Griffiths Cambridge 28:57
28. Martin Green Cambridge 29:44
29. Andrew Hope Cambridge 31:19
30. Neil Mathur Cambridge 37:17
31. David Jenkins Cambridge 38:57

126th Gentlemen's Race - 3/12/16

Cambridge won for the first time since 2013, by 33 points to 45. Oliver Fox (Robinson) took the individual victory in the second fastest time recorded for the course, which has been in use since 2000 (37:33). William Ryle-Hodges (Magdalene) became officially the most successful runner in the race's history having been on the winning side six times, surpassing Nick Brawn's (Oriel) five times from 1976 to 1980. The series is now tied at 63 wins apiece.

Pos Name College University Time
1 Oliver Fox Robinson Cambridge 37:33
2 Luke Cotter St. Catherine's Oxford 38:07
3 Bijan Mazaheri Emmanuel Cambridge 38:16
4 William Ryle-Hodges Magdalene Cambridge 38:22
5 Phillip Crout St. Catharine's Cambridge 38:24
6 Luuk Metselaar St. John's Oxford 38:29
7 James Parkinson Jesus Oxford 38:48
8 Alexander Howard Christ Church Oxford 38:57
9 George Gathercole Gonville & Caius Cambridge 38:59
10 Eoghan Totten Hertford Oxford 39:05
11 David Wilson Jesus Cambridge 39:14
12 Daniel Mulryan Trinity Oxford 39:26
13 John Spill Jesus Oxford 39:47
14 Patrick Roddy* Robinson Cambridge 40:11
15 Miles Weatherseed Lady Margaret Hall Oxford 40:44
16 MacGregor Cox Robinson Cambridge 40:52

41st Ladies' University Race - 3/12/16

Oxford won for the first time since 2011, by 21 points to 34, scoring 5-a-side. Sophia Saller (St. Catherine's) took the individual victory. Oxford now lead the series by 24 wins to 17.

Pos Name College University Time
1 Sophia Saller St. Catherine's Oxford 23:40
2 Bethanie Murray Jesus Oxford 23:43
3 Dani Chattenton Wadham Oxford 23:52
4 Elizabeth Apsley Pembroke Cambridge 24:05
5 Niamh Bridson Hubbard Magdalene Cambridge 24:10
6 Helen Record Trinity Oxford 24:14
7 Kate Curran* Corpus Christi Cambridge 25:03
8 Rebecca Frake Corpus Christi Cambridge 25:09
9 Helene Greenwood* University Oxford 25:16
10 Emily Ruane Magdalene Cambridge 25:23
11 Hannah Plaschkes New College Oxford 25:34
12 Ruby Woolfe Girton Cambridge 25:53
13 Hannah Morton St. Catharine's Cambridge 26:05
14 Sarah McCuaig St. Hilda's Oxford 27:55

2016 Varsity Match Preview - 2/12/16

Tomorrow (Saturday 3rd December) see the 2016 Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Cross-Country Races hosted over the Thames Hare and Hounds' courses on Wimbledon Common.

There have been two changes to the teams since they were announced last week. For Cambridge's ladies, Ruby Woolfe (Girton) replaces Rachel Longstaff. For Oxford's men, Eoghan Totten (Hertford) replaces William Christofi.

A preview of the race can be found below.

Twelve months ago both races were won by convincing margins; however, the signs are that this year the gap between the teams has closed in both cases, which brings with it the prospect of two keenly fought contests.

In the 41st Ladies’ Race, Cambridge starts with only two of the team that recorded a fourth consecutive victory 12 months ago. However, those two – Emily Ruane (Magdalene) and Elizabeth Apsley (Pembroke) – have shown good form and should be heavily involved in the battle at the front. The pick of their newcomers is Niamh Bridson Hubbard (Magdalene) who arrived in October bringing a strong junior record and international recognition. The loss of fresher Rachel Longstaff (Magdalene) is a blow; however, her replacement Ruby Woolfe (Girton) is a Thames member and will be familiar with the territory. Their seven is completed by two runners who have moved up from the non-Blues teams (captain Kate Curran (Magdalene) and Rebecca Frake (Corpus Christi)) and fresher Hannah Morton (St. Catharine’s).

Last year, Oxford fielded a very inexperienced seven; however, with five of them back and faced with a less seasoned opposition, they may well fancy their chances of breaking the Light Blue winning run. Critically, they have their two top performers from 2015 in Bethanie Murray (Jesus) and international triathlete Sophia Saller (St. Catherine’s). In 2015, none of the remaining team was able to provide the backup to secure the honours and this will have to change if they are to do so. Dani Chattenton (Wadham) looks to be the best placed to do so; however, she, Helen Record (Trinity), Hannah Plaschkes (New College) and captain Helene Greenwood (University) finished in very close proximity in their last race, so there could be a number of candidates. Canadian Sarah McCuaig (St. Hilda’s), in her third race, adds experience to their line-up. Cambridge will start the races as favourites to narrow the gap in the series to five, but a much closer contest should ensue.

In the 126th Gentlemen’s Race, it is Oxford that enters on the back of a big win in 2015 and they have four returning Blues. The absence of 2015 victor Miles Unterreiner (St. John’s) is not ideal; however, the late loss of William Christofi (University) to European selection is of bigger concern as he was a potential race winner. Having said that, they are able to call on a more than respectable replacement in fresher Eoghan Totten (Hertford), who has represented Ireland at junior level. They have other candidates to vie for the top honours, particularly race veterans Alex Howard (Christ Church) and James Parkinson (Jesus). A special mention should go to Daniel Mulryan (Trinity) who makes his debut having had to wait patiently for two seasons as reserve. Their other fresher is international mountain runner John Spill (Balliol), who may find the mud and hills of the Common to his liking. The eight is completed by two more returnees in Dutchman Luuk Metselaar (St. John’s) and Luke Cotter (St. Catherine's), and Miles Weatherseed (Lady Margaret Hall) who has moved up from the Snails (third team).

Cambridge has lost two of their top three runners from last season; however, they have been more than adequately replaced by Oliver Fox (Robinson) – who missed out last year due to European selection – and Bijan Mazaheri (Emmanuel) who brings with him a formidable record from the United States. Along with Phillip Crout (St. Catharine’s), who looks to be in good shape again, they should expect to be competing at the front. The rest of their team has a very solid look to it and should put up a very stiff challenge. Among them is William Ryle-Hodges (Magdalene) who, having moved from Cambridge to Oxford in 2014, has now moved back. He is the most experienced runner in the field and Oxford will no doubt be hoping that his record of five appearances and five wins is broken. Their team is completed by another American fresher David Wilson (Jesus), George Gathercole (Caius), who should improve on 11th in 2015, Macgregor Cox (Robinson) and captain Patrick Roddy (Robinson), who is making his fourth appearance.

With the overall series score finely poised at 63 wins to 62 to Oxford, an exciting race is in prospect.



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