Ed Catmur

Dear Saltire, Many of you will already have heard the tragic news of the untimely death of our long-time member Ed Catmur on New Year’s Eve. Ed went for a run from Dufton to Cross Fell in the Pennines, from which he did not return. His body was found by mountain rescue on Monday. Ed … Read more

2023 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

The honours were shared in the 2023 University Cross-Country Races, held in bitterly cold and damp conditions on Saturday 2nd December.

In the 47th Ladies’ Race, Oxford took full advantage of the Light Blues having lost two of their top runners to record a comfortable 32 points to 46 victory. Phoebe Barker (Robinson, Cambridge) took the individual honours in her final appearance in a fine time of 23:12, winning by over a minute from Elizabeth Apsley (St. Hilda’s, Oxford). Naomi Kingston (Queen’s, Oxford) completed the top three places with two further Dark Blues finishing before the next Cambridge runner. Oxford now lead the series by 27 wins to 20.

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2023 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

On Saturday 2nd December, Thames will once again be hosting the Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races, continuing a tradition that dates back to 1896.

Having won three of the four races since the Covid-19 break in 2020 and both races in 2019, Cambridge will be looking to extend their recent dominance into 2023 and the races offer two differing prospects.

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28th Parkland Relays

The 28th Parkland Relays took place on Wednesday 14th June in Richmond Park. In the men’s competition, Full-on Tri A Team took the team honours from Ranelagh Harriers’ Veteran A Team (who therefore were victorious in the veteran competition). Fastest time of the day (14:21) was recorded on leg 1 by Matthew Merrick from the Up and Running team.

In the women’s competition, Stragglers’ A Team was successful from Ranelagh and Thames. In the veteran competition, it was Thames C team that took the victory. Fastest time of the day was record by Stragglers’ Sarah Holt in 16:41.

Full results (updated 18Jun23) can be found here.

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38th Thames H&H vs South London Harriers Mob Match

On Saturday 25th March, Thames emerged victorious in our annual mob match with South London Harriers by 96 points to 188, scoring 11-a-side. Our victory brought the series back level at 19 wins each.

Richard Ollington was first home in 39:07, with Ellen Weir the first lady home in 41:55.

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Best Ever National for the Thames Ladies

The Saltires made it a weekend to remember at the National Cross Country Championship this weekend. Tackling an unusually dry course at Bolesworth Castle, some 23 Thames athletes headed north for the biggest race of the season. In the men’s race, Neil Ibata was the first from Thames to cross the line, finishing in 108th … Read more

Strong Finishes in the Surrey League

After a spell of dry weather, the ground was set this weekend for a fast and furious finale to the Surrey Cross Country League at Lloyd Park. The Saltires didn’t fail to deliver. On the women’s side, Thames entered the race in 4th place in the League table and had their work set out to … Read more

49th Thames H&H vs Ranelagh Harriers Mob Match

On Saturday 4th February, Thames emerged victorious in our annual mob match with Ranelagh Harriers by the very narrow margin of 988 points to 1,001, scoring 31-a-side. This was our first victory in the contest since 2018 and leaves the series score with us leading by 28 wins to 21.

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Top 10s at the Southerns

The Saltires returned to Beckenham Place Park this weekend, ready to do battle at the South of England Cross Country Championship. Facing a much drier course than Beckenham provided for the Surrey League two weeks ago, the Thames teams sealed some impressive positions. The women were first to run, with seven ladies competing in the … Read more