1 day ago
Saturday 9th November
Chiltern Cross Country – Milton Keynes (Teardrop Lakes)
Saturday was the 2nd meet of the Cross Country season held at Teardop Lakes, Milton Keynes. The meet is always a special one as it hosts the Oxford Uni v RAF race as well the British Cross Country Championships, so the front of the field comprises of some seriously fast runners which makes it a great event to watch and to be a part of.
At last, the weather is as it should be for the Cross Country season, with rain starting as soon as we had set up the gazebo and continued heavily for the rest of the day. This meant that conditions under foot were what you would describe as proper cross country conditions (aka swamp like!).
Regardless of the poor weather, we had a great turnout of dedicated runners with 8 Ladies (including 2 cross country newbies) and 9 Men. The ladies set off in the heavy rain, with the men viewing from the comfort of the gazebo, expecting the rain to stop for their race, as has been the case in previous years. The ladies all put in great efforts, some even managing to wave single and double finger signals to the men watching (no names mentioned…….). The first lady home was Emma Pughe followed by Steph Cook, Anne Sprinz, Felicity Hindle, Lauren Walden, Sue Fallon, Tammy Blamey and Mandy Sturdy. The ladies team finished 12th overall.
The Men’s hopes of a dry race were cut short as the rain continued to fall and the course got more churned up. There were reports of some people essentially skiing down the hills, falling in the boggier sections and even reports of runners finishing the race with one shoe!! Oliver Newell led the men home followed by Charlie Pughe, Mark Emmett, John Gulliver, Adrian Parry, Darren Readman, Berwyn Pritchard-Jones and Joe Lynch. Roger started the race but, unfortunately, had to pull out with a knee injury, best wishes for a speedy recovery! The men’s team finished 11th overall.
Thame Runners finished 11th overall on the day and also now sit 11th overall after 2 races.
Full results can be found here: www.chilternccl.co.uk/cl2019m22.htm
Thank you from the captains to everyone who came and battled through the poor weather and for your help getting the gazebo down so quickly. The post-race debrief and beverages on our way home were well deserved!
Let’s hope the proper winter weather continues for our next meet at Stopsley Park, Luton on Saturday 7th December. ...
3 weeks ago
Sunday 20th October 2019
Water of Life 10k & Half Marathon
The rowers on the River Thames this morning were in turmoil with the shockwaves created by Thame Runners at today’s Purple Patch Runners 'Water of Life' 10k and Half Marathon races.
Almost a PB by Faye Baddeley, leading the girls team home, with a second place finish overall and First Lady in the 10k. Followed by Steph Cooke, who was first female in the V50 category; Natalie Bliss; Lauren Walden; Sue Fallon, 2nd Female Vet and finally Amy Wilkinson.
First back for the men, in the 10k, was Damian Stanley, hot on his heels John Stembridge-King and John Gulliver, followed by Mathew Baddeley and finally Reg Koster achieving 3rd in the V60 category.
Sarah Green took top podium position (that's No 1) in the Ladies Half-Marathon with Emma Pughe 2nd Lady, smashing her PB time, followed by Claudia Scragg.
Charlie Pughe lead the men's home in 3rd place overall. Followed by Duncan Green in 8th place. Mark Emmett was 1st in the MV50 category, followed by Kevin Parrey; Mark Barker; Joseph Lynch and Berwyn Prichard-Jones.
Overall, the Bisham Abbey race HQ with the paths along the banks of the River Thames leading us into the adjoining country side provided an idyllic British countryside setting for a fantastic off-road run on a beautiful Autumn day. How lucky do we all feel?
Full results can be found here: www.theraceorganiser.com/archived-races/water-of-life#anchor
Race Report by Mark Emmett ...
Thame Runners is with Charlie Pughe and 2 others.
4 weeks ago
Saturday 12th October 2019
Dark Peaks 30 Ultra
Charlie, Emma and Olly made a journey up to the village of Hope in the heart of the Peak District to take part in the Dark Peaks 30 Ultra race that is organised by Peak Runners. The event was low key with approx. 50 runners taking part (official results haven’t yet been posted). It was a self-navigation event, which means you are given a map with the route (only major road crossings were sign-posted) and you have to follow this route and log-in to 3 check-points along the course.
Charlie & Olly started the race together setting a good pace and slowly picking people off over the first 13-14 miles, this was when Olly’s lack of distance training started to show and he was struggling with the big climbs and long descents, however, he dug deep and kept going. They decided to stick together for the rest of the race and managed not to lose any places over the second-half of the race, finishing in 5hrs 48mins to place 8th and 9th overall.
Emma admitted she had some nerves before the race and was concerned she would finish near the back of the pack as there “would be lots of local fell runners” here. However, after a very well-paced start, she started to pick off runners on the climbs and throughout the whole race. On the second to last climb, up Mam Tor, Emma passed the only other Lady in front of here, having just been informed by a Marshal that she was in 2nd place, spurred Emma on, dropping the 1st placed lady on the final climb up Hollins Cross and finished 5 minutes ahead. Meaning, Emma was 1st Lady finishing in 6hr 29mins. An incredible effort that was rewarded with goody bag including a Raidlight race vest, t-shirt and snacks!
The event was really well organised, took in some of the best spots in the Peak District and had a great atmosphere. I am sure we will be back again and maybe sample some of their other events: www.peakrunners.co.uk/
Official results not yet online.
Report by Charlie ...
Saturday 12th October 2019
Chiltern Cross Country League – Oxford
Eliud Kipchoge may have needed green laser lights, orange course markers, a posse of fellow pace runners and a very flat course to run a world record marathon time, however, none of this was required for the Ladies and Men’s Thame Runners at the first of this seasons Chiltern Cross Country race at Horspath, Oxford.
Fortunately, the previous nights and the morning’s continuous rain stopped in the early afternoon and, for the first time in a number of years, the Oxford ground was soft and suitable for spikes or other such footwear.
Our first outing with 9 ladies and 12 men means both teams score the maximum team points. I hope this is a sign for the following four races between now and our last race in February? Newcomers included Jenny Henshaw, Sarah Green, Claudia and Adam Scragg, Mark Barker, Kevin Parrey, Chris Linney, Joseph Lynch and John Stembridge-King with Faye Baddeley and Mark Emmett (possible due to absence of some younger guns) leading the Ladies and Men's Teams home. Great efforts from all Thame team members, and for those who looked a little shell shocked afterwards, the season only get worse (I mean muddier!).
See you all next time
Full results can be found here: www.chilternccl.co.uk/results.htm
Report by Mark Emmett ...