1 day ago
While there are no Thame Runners club activities during the Covid-19 lockdown, most of us are out regularly for our daily exercise.
Great to see so many new runners around Thame doing the same and discovering the stress relief and well-being that running can provide. If you see one of us out and about give us a wave and if we can help you with your running in any way message or email us.
Andrew Newton, Club Chair ...
2 months ago
Saturday 8th February
Chiltern Cross Country – Campbell Park (Milton Keynes)
Saturday was the 5th and final meet of the Chiltern Cross Country League held at Campbell Park. It could be argued that they saved the best ‘till last….. Blue skies, mild temperatures, lots of hills and a few soggy, muddy sections thrown in for good measure!
We had another fantastic turnout of 9 Men and 8 Ladies testing themselves on the undulating courses; 3 laps for the Men and 2 laps for the Ladies.
For the final race of the season, the timetable is changed with the Men racing first. With a compact twisting course, the Ladies were able to cheer the men on at various points on the circuit. Oliver Newell led the men home followed by Charlie Pughe, Duncan Green, Mark Emmett, John Stembridge, John Gulliver, Adrian Parry, Adam Scragg and Berwyn Pritchard-Jones. The men’s team finished a strong 7th place on the day and 8th place after 5 events.
The Ladies set of after the Men today, with many of them saying that running around supporting was tiring them out for the race! It was now the Men’s turn to get around the course to the various hills and cheers the Ladies on. The ladies all put in strong efforts on a tough course, with Faye our first Lady home, second back was Sarah Green, closely followed by Emma Pughe, Steph Cook, Felicity Hindle, Anne Sprinz, Sue Fallon and Claudia Scragg. The ladies team finished a fantastic 2nd place on the day and 6th after 5 events.
At the end of the season, as a team, Thame Runners finished 9th Place in Division 2.
A few special mentions and huge congratulations to the following Ladies:
Sarah Green – 2nd Female in Senior Women Division 2
Faye Sharpley – 1st Female in F35 Division 2
Steph Cook – 2nd Female in F55 Division 2
Full results, including individual results, can be found here: www.chilternccl.co.uk/results.htm
*See explanation at the bottom of the post*
The Captains would like to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who took part this season, we appreciate that Cross Country takes up a big part of your Saturday (generally spent in a cold, wet field) but your commitment, support and team spirit is very much appreciated! We hope this season hasn’t put anyone off too much and you all return again for next seasons mud fest!
The fantastic turnout of runners this season has meant that Thame Runners placed 4th in the Dennis Orme Trophy, which is awarded for the greatest increase in participation year-on-year. So again, thank you!
(An explanation of the results: to place in the “Individual Results”, you have to participate in at least 4 of the 5 races. Therefore, if you ran 3 or less races, you will not show in the “Individual after 5 Matches” results section. However, your points still contribute to the Team results and you will find your position and points on the results section for any races you have competed in). ...
Saturday 11th January
Chiltern Cross Country – Keysoe (Bedford)
Saturday was the 4th meet of the Cross Country season held at Keysoe Equestrain Centre, Bedford. This venue is home to the famous water crossing, which makes for some great racing and entertainment for the spectators, with runners having to dodge the Shark and Killer Whale (both inflatable!).
The heavy rain over the previous couple of days made the course very muddy, much more so than previous years; this combined with very strong winds made for some tough racing, which was evident in slower times for those having raced this course before.
We had another fantastic turnout with 9 Men and 7 Ladies, this is the highest number of runners we’ve had for this venue, so many thanks from the captains for your commitment making the journey for the race.
The ladies set off, while the men and other spectators gathered around the water crossing, secretly hoping someone would take a tumble, unfortunately, this wasn’t the case! The ladies all put in great efforts in tough conditions, with Faye our first Lady home, second back was Sarah Green, closely followed by Emma Pughe, Steph Cook, Anne Sprinz, Felicity Hindle and Sue Fallon. The ladies team finished a fantastic 2nd place in the Senior Woman category and 3rd overall on the day.
We had another full turn-out for the mens team, with 9 competing; this is a massive increase on last year, when we had only 3 men racing. The ladies were now ready to watch men at the water crossing, again hoping for a tumble, it was reported than 2 men did have a swim, fortunately, not any our sure-footed Thame Runners. Oliver Newell led the men home followed by Charlie Pughe, Mark Emmett, Duncan Green, John Stembridge, Adrian Parry, Berwyn Pritchard-Jones, Darren Readman and Rick Smith. The men’s team finished a strong 7th place in the Senior Men Category and 7th Overall on the day.
Thame Runners finished 7th place overall on the day and now sit 10th overall after 4 races.
Full results can be found here: www.chilternccl.co.uk/cl2019m42.htm
Thank you from the captains to everyone who made the trip to Keysoe, we know it’s a long day out, so your commitment and support really is appreciated! The post-race debrief and drinks were enjoyed by the majority of the team.
The final race of the season will be held on Saturday 8th February at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, I hope as many of you can come as possible for a strong finish to the season! ...
4 months ago
Saturday 7th December
Chiltern Cross Country – Luton (Stopsley Park)
Saturday was the 3rd meet of the Cross Country season held at Stopsley Park, Luton. The weather was kind to us, which meant conditions underfoot were perfect, with little to no mud. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), due to landowner permissions, the course had been redesigned this year, which removed the famous hill. It was thought that this would make the race easier. However, the expressions on our runners faces showed that the relentless pace on flat ground is a challenge in itself.
We had a great turnout of runners with 8 Ladies and 8 Men, which is another full team, meaning we get maximum allocation of points (5 Ladies and 8 Men constitute a full squad).
The ladies set off with the sun almost shining, so the men were happy to leave the gazebo to spectate this time round! The ladies all put in great efforts, with Faye our first home (who was taking it easy after coming back from a calf injury, nothing easy about that pace!), second back was Sarah Green, closely followed by Emma Pughe, Becca Bullock, Steph Cook, Anne Sprinz, Felicity Hindle and Sue Fallon. The ladies team finished a fantastic 3rd place overall on the day.
We had another full turn-out for the men, with 8 Thame Runners competing, with a couple arriving very close to the start time due to bad traffic (hence some missing from the team photos). Oliver Newell led the men home followed by Charlie Pughe, Mark Emmett, John Gulliver, Adrian Parry, Mark Barker, Berwyn Pritchard-Jones and Rick Smith. The men’s team finished a very respectable 9th place on the day.
Thame Runners finished 8th place overall on the day and now sit 11th overall after 3 races.
Full results can be found here: www.chilternccl.co.uk/cl2019m32.htm
Thank you from the captains to everyone who made the trip to Luton. The post-race debrief and drinks were enjoyed by a few us, including Thame’s youngest supporter Freya (Sarah & Duncans little girl).
We hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and the mince pies down slow you down too much for the 4th meet, which is on Saturday 11th January at Keyseo Equestrian Centre, Bedford. ...