Matt storms to AAAs silver - 31/7/05
Matt Lynas ran a very well judged race in the AAAs 50km ultra championships at Boddington. Placed in 6th position at the half-way stage, Matt drew on all his experience to surge through the field and finish 2nd in a superb 3 hr 13:06. Second claimer Chris Finill also excelled with a terrific 5th place in 3 hrs 20 mins.
Nick storms to 5k success - 30/7/05
Nick Altmann won a 5k race in Bedford and in doing so demolished two GB internationals. With a final 400 metre surge of 60 seconds, Nick flew past World Championship-bound Huw Lobb and also left AAAs 10,000 metre champion Gavin Thompson in his wake. This form is very encouraging as Nick (and a number of other club members) build towards the Berlin marathon in late September.
Thames men share their secrets - 30/7/05
Thames men feature heavily in the September edition of Running Fitness. Ian Harkness and Peter Giles are featured as fine examples of age being no barrier to achievement, Ben Reynolds is shown leading a field of V40 cross county runners and John Macfarlane shares tips on running a better road race including a reminder to always pack your fruit and fibre when racing away from home. Available at your local newsagent while stocks last!
Wedding Day 7km - 29/7/05
The silver anniversary of the Stragglers Wedding Day Race saw the Thames team of Matt Jones, David Symons, Andy Howse and Mike Farmery retain the Stag for first team. Second claim Julia Bleasdale ran well for first lady, Matt Jones was third man and Peter Giles and Keith Spacie maintained their fine recent form for first V60 and V70 with Keith also winning first overall age graded performance.
1 Scott Overall (B.hth) 21.50 2 Stuart Major (NEB) 22.27 3 Matt Jones 22.39 6 David Symons 23.19 11 Julia Bleasdale 23.50 16 Andy Howse 24.33 44 Mike Farmery 26.30 54 Peter Giles 26.53 58 Tim Nightingale 26.58 66 Ian Trotter 27.25 79 Keith Spacie 27.51 81 Al Irvine 27.54 131 Robin Dickson 29.50 159 Kate Symons 30.52 340 Anthony Eady 37.15 414 Anna Jones 39.24
Elmbridge 10k - 24/7/05
A clutch of Thames runners ran the third in the Surrey Road League on Sunday. Pick of the squad were Peter Giles and Keith Spacie who won their age events, and Naomi Warner who also had a strong run.
10 David Symons 33.29 30 Bill Snelgrove 35.57 85 Peter Giles 38.38 89 Naomi Warner 38.49 99 Dan Pescod 39.14 112 Keith Spacie 39.37
Walkington 10k, East Yorkshire - 22/7/05
Anna Garnier clocked a fine 41.58 for 8th lady. Despite the hilly course, this represents a PB and suggests that more is yet to come.
Nic shows the opposition the finger - 17/7/05
Sharp eyed viewers of BBCs "secrets of the sexes" will have seen Nic Gould in action, attempting to show that the difference in ring and index finger length is correlated to exposure to testosterone in the womb and - similarly - running speed. The results? A cautious yes.
Surrey Slog - Holmbury Hill Half Marathon - 17/7/05
Dave Symons took victory in 1hr 22mins and avenged his defeat to the Winchester AC runner on his Castles leg.
BMAF National Track & Field Championships - 17/7/05
Peter Giles stormed to his first ever British title with a fine victory in the M60 5000m, clocking 18.16, just 0.4 of a second ahead of Martin Ford.
5000 metres M60 1 Peter Giles 61 VAC 18-16.45 2 Martin Ford 61 MVAC 18-16.89 3 Mike Cunningham 60 NVAC 19-07.12 4 Andrew Johnson 61 SCVAC 19-51.09 5 Alan Peers 64 NVAC 20-57.56 6 George Lawson 64 NVAC 21-24.31 7 Martin Duff 61 SCVAC 22-36.23
Dartford Half Marathon - 17/7/05
Matt Jones was an impressive 5th in 74.36 with Nic Gould 14th in 80.29.
Elmore 7 - 16/7/05
Keith Spacie took the M60/70 title in 47.13 with Dave Walsh close behind in 55.09.
Bushy Park 5km - 16/7/05
David Symons lowered his best time on the weekly 5k time trial in Bushy Park with a strong 16.17 to take the victory spoils. Sonia grabbed second with 16.40.
Bronx Half Marathon, New York USA - 10/7/05
Ben Reynolds got his race account off to a great start in New York with a highly respectable 74.03 for 8th place, narrowly pipped to the first veteran prize by a Polish Olympian.
Nick clebrates for London - 6/7/05
Nick Altmann stormed to victory in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Recording a time of 17.10 for the 3.5 mile Battersea Park course, Nick led home the field of 12,546 on the day that the Olympic Games were awarded to London.
World Cup 100k, Japan - 5/7/05
Congratulations to Matt Lynas who earned his latest GB vest, and acquitted himself well to finish a fine 40th in 7h 58. As well as the challenges of 100k, runners also had the fun of extreme heat.
Harry Hawkes 8 - 3/7/05
Thames men secured an impressive clean sweep of the prizes. Richard Turner, Bill Snelgrove and Jeremy Denny each won their respective age categories and Phill Sly won the race with a sub 40-minute course record leading home John Macfarlane, Andy Weir and Matt Jones to take first team. Was this fine display of running a result of the financial incentives offered by the race organiser or the promise of homemade fruitcake at the post race tea? Not to be outdone Alison Carpenter was fourth lady and first v45 with Alison, Kate and new faces Kay and Melissa taking second ladies team. The real race, of course, was for the Quentin Clough handicap won by Richard Turner with Frank Carpenter hot on his virtual heels in second place. Many thanks to Jeremy for stirling work yet again as handicapper.
Posn Name Finish Hcap Time Hcap Place 1 Sly, Phill 39.22 0.0 39.22 4 2 McFarlane, John 40.47 0.32 40.15 7 3 Weir, Andy 43.19 1.04 42.15 13 4 Jones, Matt 43.39 1.36 42.03 11 5 Symons, Dave 43.47 2.08 41.39 10 6 Gould, Nick 44.14 4.48 39.26 5 7 Kennis, Al 45.26 3.12 42.14 12 8 Howse, Andy 46.10 3.12 42.58 14 9 Snelgrove, Bill 47.19 8.00 39.19 3 10 Turner, Rick 49.01 12.48 36.13 1 11 Farmery, Mike 49.21 8.00 41.21 9 12 Ward, James 50.22 6.24 43.58 16 13 Irvine, Al 51.41 7.28 44.13 17 14 Carpenter, A 53.06 13.20 39.46 6 15 Denny, Jeremy 54.49 16 Symons, Kate 57.41 12.16 45.25 18 17 Walsh, Dave 61.05 17.36 43.29 15 18 Bright, Ian 61.29 20.16 41.13 8 19 Eady, Anthony 69.29 21.52 47.37 19 20 Carpenter, F 70.56 33.04 37.52 2