The third round of the Men’s Surrey League on Saturday surpassed expectations. As with the previous League races, the racing at Mitcham Common was high quality and hard fought and it was a day of great results for Thames. Jamie Parkinson made his Surrey League debut with a brilliant victory, a full 22 seconds clear of second place making him the first Thames winner of a Men’s race since 2011. He was backed up by superb runs from Jim Allchin in 9th and Luuk Metselaar (also making his League debut) in 10th and the strong performances kept coming with Paddy Roddy 17th, Simon Baines 24th (1st V40), Howard Bristow 26th (2nd V40), James McMullan 33rd, Neil Chisholm 43rd, Martin Shore 46th and Simon Wurr was 10th scorer in 48th. This resulted in an excellent second team position, beating Kent on count back and not far behind lead leaders Hercules Wimbledon. The Thames B team also made the podium as third B team with Richard Ollington 62nd, James Chettle 67th, Ben Reynolds 71st (1st V50), Matt Jones 75th, Paul Cheetham 96th, James Meiklejohn 98th, Joe Gale 117th, Richard Hewitt 138th, Anthony Doolittle 150th and Ed Catmur 154th. John Bull was 180th, Andrew Crichton 182nd and Brian Lynch 182nd giving us 23 finishers in total. A fantastic turnout and performance from one of the strongest Thames Men’s teams of recent times.