Thames Men build early season momentum

The Thames Men are progressing into the 2018/19 cross country season with good results at two recent races. At the second round of the Surrey League the rain was so torrential that at times it was hard to see where you were going. It didn’t affect the quality of the running though with 27 minute 10k man Alex Yee winning the race for Kent and Thames recording a quality third team place behind Kent and the dominant Hercules Wimbledon. Jim Allchin continued his impressive improvement this season with an excellent 7th followed by David Wilson in 17th, Martin Alvarez-Espinar (who travelled over from Spain for the race) 33rd, James McMullan 34th, Paddy Roddy 37th, Simon Wurr 42nd (3rd V40), Neil Chisholm 46th, Martin Shore 58th, Gordon Pearce 61st and Richard Ollington 65th. The B team was also third B team with James Chettle 70th, Tom Greenwood 101st, Nick Altmann 108th, Joe Gale 116th, Nic Gould 127th, Charles Morris 128th, John Bull 149th, Richard Hewitt 164th, Andy Lynch 182nd and Andy Robinson 235th. They were supported by Matt Beaney in 239th. A great day of racing and it was followed by more encouraging results at the London Cross Country Championships the next weekend. At an unusually dry Parliament Hill Luuk Metselaar was a superb 6th, Richard Ollington 42nd, Gordon Pearce 61st, Tom Greenwood 96th (8th team), James Meiklejohn 100th, Joe Gale 101st, John Bull 140th, Edmund Gazeley 195th and Thomas Westran 360th.