Head Coach James McIntosh will run the 2020 London Marathon in April in memory of his dad who sadly passed away in August 2018 after just three weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
McIntosh will be running the marathon on Sunday 26th April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.
With just over 100 days to go McIntosh’s marathon preparation have become and he’s on track after continuing his training from running the Oxford half marathon last October. He plans to introduce some longer runs shortly and will post training updates on his JustGiving page (linked below).
McIntosh said, “I am looking forward to running the London Marathon as it’s always been on my bucket list. I know the training will be hard but I am very motivated to do.” he added, “It’s a great test of character and fitness and I know after all the time spent playing and watching sports with my Dad that he would have fully supported me in this next challenge. I embrace this amazing opportunity and would love to raise as much money as possible for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my Dad.”
To find out more and to donate please visit McIntosh’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virginmoneylondonmarathon20202-jamesmcintosh
Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK by clicking www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles event at the Our Lady of Muswell Christmas Tournament in Middlesex.
After a bye in the first round Cummings beat Daniel Ben Yair 3-4(5), 4-2, 1-0(6) in round two, Dylan Powell 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and Obi Budworth in the semis 4-2, 4-0. In the final he defeated former clubmate Nikesh Reddy Bomma 4-2, 4-1.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Head coach James McIntosh ran the Christmas Mini Tennis tournament at the indoor centre in the period between Christmas and New Year.
Eight players entered the event and the tournament was played across two robin robin boxes with both the winner and runner-up from each box progressing to the semi-final stage. Box 1 was won by Lewis Gambrill who beat Ivy Grout 10-1, Carter Grout 10-7 and Jasmine Paul 10-8. Carter was runner-up after he defeated Ivy 10-1 and Jasmine 10-4.
Gabriella Dyer was the winner of Box 2 beating Shauna Rana 10-4, Fred Gambrill 10-2 and Shrayan Subash 10-5. Shrayan was in second place after winning two matches against Shauna 10-2 and Fred 10-4.
In the semi finals Shrayan beat Lewis 10-7 and Gabriella beat Carter 10-2. Shrayan was declared the winner after he defeated Gabriella in the final 10-5.
McIntosh said, “Well done to everyone that competed in the tournament, there were some great matches. Look forward to seeing you all compete again next year at the first TT Tour event on Saturday 25th January.”
Congratulations Shrayan 😉
Performance player Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls Doubles title at the White Horse Indoor Junior Winter Tennis Tournament held in Oxford.
In the round robin event the pair beat Lola-Juliet Omran and Youka Togashi 4-1, 4-3(3) and Kirsty Da Silva and Darcy Herring Johnson 4-1, 4-1 to win the event.
The girls will return to the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre in the New Year to compete in the 18 and under Girls Singles on the 4th January where Hignett is second seed and Reid is fourth.
Congratulations girls and good luck in the singles event next month.
The last TT Tour event of the year saw Carter Grout, Dylan Mills, Tobi Adeniran, Yvie Martyn, Shrayan Subash, Lewis Gambrill and Shauna Rana compete in some festive fun.
In the semi finals Subash beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran beat Gambrill 10 – 8. In the 3rd/4th play-off Gambrill beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran was crowned the winner after beating Subash 10 – 2.
Coach Loic Armstrong who run the event said, “I have taught everyone who was at the TT Tour, their progression and confidence has shone through over the last few months.” He added, “Putting everything they have learned into practice this way has really helped the players grow overall.”
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.
Congratulations to all our winners this year and to everyone who competed in the TT Tour 2019 – see you in the New Year 😉
Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.
Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.
At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall.
In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Coaches and players of all ages joined in with the club’s festive charity event ‘Christmas Jumper Week’ in support of Save The Children‘s now annual official Christmas Jumper Day that took place across the country on Friday 13th December.
Donations can STILL be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target.
Christmas Jumper Day raises money to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE. Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE
Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day