The Saltires were out in force at Beckenham Place Park this weekend, taking on the mud and the elements for the third Surrey League fixture of the season. Adjusting well to the fierce winds and treacherous terrain, Thames runners featured heavily at the sharp end of the field.
In the men’s race, second-claim runners Jack Millar and Alex Howard ran away with proceedings. Millar ran shoulder-to-shoulder with Croydon’s Dom Nolan for most of the 5-mile course, before moving away for a decisive victory in the closing stages. Behind him, Howard had his own battle for third place to contend with, but ultimately came out trumps in his pack to clinch the bronze position.
With thirteen Thames men out on the course on Saturday, the gentlemen came away with an overall team placement of fifth.
The Thames ladies were similarly well represented at the top end of their five-mile race. Ladies’ Vice-Captain Beth Murray led the team home in fifth – cementing her third consecutive top-10 finish in this season’s Surrey League. Just behind her in sixth place was Lizzy Apsley, making a memorable Thames debut. Claire Hammett, meanwhile, finished fast for eighth place. The impressive efforts of this trio, together with eight other Thames ladies, sealed fourth place in the table for the A team.