Thames Meander News

Lot of wonderful photographs of the Thames Meander may be viewed on Anthony Evangelista's website here.
2008 was the best year for records since the race began. The conditions and the course enabled the runners to forge ahead. The race attracted many fine athletes from both the UK and Europe and as result the course record was shattered once again.

The Ladies category was won by Ramona Thevenet-Smith who won the race in an astonishing 8:08, beating Sharon Gayter the UK 100k champion (8:33) and Sabine Weiss of Switzerland in 9:23.

The Mens race was won by Dan Afshar who beat his previous personal best by 54minutes, to win in 7hours 16 minutes; 45 minutes ahead of the old record. Ian Sharman did really well and ran a very strong race finishing 2nd in 7 hours 37 minutes to become the 2nd overall fastest in the event in its history and beating the old record as well.

Rene Strosny of Germany came 3rd in 7:47 again beating the old record and also achieved 3rd position on the all time chart.

This is the last time we will be running the race. In the last 9 years we have seen the course record drop from10:20 in 1999 to 7:16 a remarkable drop of 30%.

We have also seen the race increase from 10 people to over 500 runners from all over Europe and beyond. We would like to say thank you to everyone who has ever taken part .Thank you for making this a special event for us and we hope to meet you again on other races in the future.

Kind regards Steve, Kathy, Anke and the Thames Meander team

Charlie Stannett (right) at the start

Charlie Stannett showing who won an argument with the towpath at around 40 miles