Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hill Running EDex

Saturday the 18th of March saw 16 students head out to the Pentland Hills, just south of Edinburgh, for a hill running trip led by the Hare & Hounds Running Club. The vast majority had never been out to the this beautiful area of countryside before, nor even consider run ning up a 500m+ high hill! But, buoyed by promises of good views and a casual pace, we headed out in excitement. We split into two groups, both following roughly the same 10km route: the first, slightly faster one, was lead by Alex (Men’s Captain), and the second was lead by Emily (Jogging Secretary). In both cases, there was plenty of resting at the top of hills, giving everyone a chance to regroup.pentlands 1

We first ran along some quite boggy trails at the foot of Allermuir Hill, where we encountered a group of pony trekkers, and also some highland coos. We then headed up Capelaw, the first proper hill, and into the centre of the Pentlands. After a run along the ridge and up Castlelaw (in some pretty nasty sleet), we headed back to climb all the way up Allermuir. It was then a case of going along another undulating ridge over to Caerketton, before descending the final, very steep, section of the hill, running past Hillend ski centre, and back to the car park.

The weather was forecast to stay dry, but alas it did not; the gentle drizzle partially clouded what are usually some wonderful views of hills stretching out for miles, and eventually turned into a downpour by the end of the run. Despite this, a great time was had by all, and it was a excellent way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning. The home-baked brownies brought along by Australian exchange student Brendan no doubt helped too!
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Many thanks to the Sports Union’s EDex program for supporting the trip, and helping some newer runners experience a part of Edinburgh they wouldn’t otherwise usually visit! The Hare & Hounds Running Club is always open to people looking to take up running for the first time: our jogging group, lead by Emily Payne, goes out twice a week for easy runs around the city centre, and is open to anyone of any ability. You can find more information on our website here.

KB5 and Charity Ball Fundraising

We are very pleased to announce that the total amount we raised for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) this year was £1495.

We have supported CRY for several years now, always donating a share of the profits of our annual KB5 to this amazing charity. This year we decided to step our fundraising efforts up a notch by holding a spring ball for our members, past and present. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all the 80+ Haries who attended. Many thanks to Braid Hills Hotel for hosting us, to Adrian Stott for providing such a good guest speech, and to all the local businesses who supplied raffle prizes!

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KB5 Road Race 2017

The Hare and Hounds are notorious for their three passions: mud, beer, and recruiting people named Callum*. Yet occasionally the club leaves behind the boggy fields and swaps their trail shoes for footwear more suited for the road. Our biggest race across the tarmac of the year, KB5, is a five mile dash around Kings’ Buildings that takes in the beautiful Edinburgh vista. This year was even more highly anticipated, as the race was followed by the Harie’s first annual Charity Spring Ball in aid of CRY. We may have gone without the mud, but the beer was flowing – and all Cal(l)ums were on great form.

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The mixed race kicked off at 12pm on Saturday 4th March. A huge number of Haries risked the wrath of ~the big man~ to line up at the start clad in their old and new green vests. It was a beautiful sight to behold. The marshals barely had time to relax before the race leader, Euan Gillham, soared past, finishing the course in an astounding 24:54. Close on his heels were Murray Strain, finishing second for HBT in 25:21, and Elisha de Mello, managing a fantastic 25:22 despite shin pains. De Mello later described the descent as ‘a real ball tickler’.

Along with Scott Stirling (26:18) and James Dunn (26:25), the Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds‘ men placed first in the team rankings, closely followed by HBT in second. Their team was comprised of Strain, Tom Martyn, who came 5th overall in a time of 25:55 (and wasn’t at all upstaged by the adorable Trig), Pat Gie, who finished 8th in 26:26, and George Ashley, running 30:08. Third men’s team was Edinburgh Athletic Club, made up of Stuart Johnston, John Mowbray, Peter Simpson, and Scott Henderson.

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First woman across the line was Captain Amy Frankland in an incredible 30:58 #gingerpower. She later told me that she would have beaten Jack Luscombe (30:48) if he didn’t have the advantage of new shoes. Second female was Mary Macintosh, placing 49th in 31:28, and the top three was rounded out by HBT member Megan Wright in 31:38, who was also first F40.

Andrew Lawler ran the entire race in a fetching blue cap, the aerodynamic quality of which may have contributed to his 9th position in a time of 26:35. Cameron Young stormed to 13th place in 27:23, and despite sleeping in and not eating breakfast, Nicholas Allen came 14th in 27:43. He was followed by another Triathlete (the more the merrier), Euan Cunningham, who finished in 28:05.

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The flash of the green men’s Captain’s shorts signaled the finish of Alex Luetchford, managed a brilliant 17th place in a time of 28:40. Triathlete Andrew Johnstone placed 18th, closely followed by Ben Murphy, who had an excellent race and finished in 28:58. Sebastian Bo and Fraser Drummond (who I nominate for Harie of the week for risking his fingers to help me fix my bag zipper. Not many would come that close to me while I’m wielding a butter knife) came 29th and 31st respectively. Calum McLeod proved that a month of eating free cake at John Lewis has only benefited his performance, running 31:00 and placing 39th. We all wish we had those job perks.

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Euan Miles was all smiles as he finished in 45th position in 31:35. Caroline Jaschke ran 32:21, quickly followed by Robert Sircus in 32:27 and Angus Pope, finishing in 33:15. A notable alumni performance came from James Bryson, who crossed the KB5 line for the first time in a brown vest in 31:45. Iona Evans finished in 33:42, earning her the position of 6th female. Close behind her was fresher Kristin Bamford, proving she is a runner to watch with her time of 34:12. Hazel Rowland (34:47), Harriet Mills (34:48), and Stuart Coleman (34:49) all ran fantastic times, starting a flood of Haries crossing the line around the 35 minute mark.

Kai Konkolewski breezed into 63rd place with Jennie Glass crossing the line just after him in 35:22. Right behind her was Genevieve McMahon, who came 65th in 35:26. The dynamic duo of Jenny Nicolas and Jess Husbands were 67th and 68th – Jess knocking over 6 minutes off her PB from last year by finishing in 35:44!

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Katie Hall was 16th female by running a great time of 36:35, closely followed by Christine Irvine, continuing her great form of the past year, placing 71st overall. Eve Sealy (who baked some wonderful vegan flapjack, much appreciated), Ciara Newell, and Linn Gjesdal ran 36:55, 37:07, and 37:21 respectively.

Rounding out the top 80 runners was Grace Sheeran and Elizabeth Stevenson who crossed the line together in 37:48. Fiona King finished in 37:58, with Lise Theron and  Leda Olia hot on her heels in 84th and 85th place.
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Coming in under 40 minutes was Amy Bristow who, along with Leda, stole the show with their enthusiasm for the damp, chilly course. Telling me later that she ‘literally could not have tried harder’ (that’s the Haries spirit!), Freya Cartwright finished her second race of the academic year in 39:40. Carla Willars took the tough the tough climbs in her stride and finished in 39:39.

Another congratulations to Emily Payne, who also PB’d. She not only knocked a huge time off of her result from last year, she also ran over two minutes faster than the Glasgow 5 Miler that took place a couple of weeks ago. A really incredible performance, proving that no one should ever underestimate the results you can get from our wonderful Jogging Group. Jenny Hamilton also finished in great form, managing a time of 42:30.

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New member of the club Katie Cutforth completed the top 100 in a time of 43:24, while we were once again joined by ‘Hariest Harie’ Linette Knudsen (44:22), who transformed later into a green vision of Danish royalty with matching emerald bag. Ines Santi was right behind her, finishing in a great tie of 44:46, and Sanni Suhonen completed the course in 46:49, looking fabulous in her all black ensemble *heart eye emoji*. Incredible effort from everyone!

Emily Riddell travelled the course in true style, and summed up the whole experience as ‘stiches and hitches’, which can be interpreted at your own discretion. We all know she’ll smash the next race with no problem! I’d like to personally thank everyone for running so fast, meaning that I was marshaling  in the cold for less than an hour. It was a delight so see everyone enjoy the race so much, especially considering the amount of work Sophie Collins and all my fellow committee put into the organisation. Thank you for taking part and raising so much money for our chosen charity.

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Thank you to all our marshals! You’re the best. Especially the Orienteers – looking at you Ewan Davidson.  Stay tuned for the Social email, which will fill you in on all the cheeky happenings from the Ball. Shoot me a message if you fancy joining me for a 24 hour race in the coming months xo

*This includes all alternative spellings.

Photo Credit: Olivia Morgan and Cameron Young.

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Scottish XC Championships: Muddy Fun in Falkirk

Scottish Cross Country Championships: the culmination of the cross-country season and the end of Creative Learning Week. Whilst Alice was indulging on Pastrami bagels and big fat donuts in NYC, and the Orienteering lads were ‘training’ in Alibanté, a select group of the hardiest Haries descended on Callendar Park to be met with some of the toughest cross country conditions this season. The mud in some parts can only be described as ‘soupy’.

Kicking off the Falkirk festivities were the U20 Women. Catriona Graves battled it out at the front of a very competitive field for 5th place. Eve Mackinnon, running for Ronhill Cambuslang and another of John Lees’ elite, followed her home in 6th place. A fantastic silver medal was secured by Rosie Wright and Jennie Glass in 17th and 19th places respectively. The team was completed by Eve Sealy in 27th place.

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The women’s race was next to start in the shadow of Callendar House and the iconic Angus BBQ van. The race which included the likes of Olympian Beth Potter and Commonwealth athlete Morag Mcclarty, was always going to be an exciting one. Steph Pennycook and Mhairi Maclennan held their own in a high-class field; both finishing in the top 10 in what was their debut among the senior ranks. Less than a minute behind, Louise Mercer bagged a commendable 15th place and Captain Amy Frankland “brought home the team bling” (yet another silver medal) with 45th position. Iona Evans, Genevieve McMahon, Christine Irvine, Amy Bristow and Rachel Stewart were completely undeterred by the new 10k distance. In fact, they loved it! Rachel was quoted as saying that it was by far her favourite race this year. Amy Bristow could be heard complaining that it wasn’t long enough and that she was only just getting warmed up.

Sophie Collins, suffering from Jimmy Dunn’s mileage had to pull out on the third lap with a calf injury. She’ll be back for a tilt at the KB5 title to continue her string of 5 mile road race wins.

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The men’s U20 race was contested by a disappointingly few Haries – I’m looking at you, Matthew Vu. Don’t drop out, it’s mean to Christine. In this race of torn allegiances, Euan Gillham, who forgot to wear green, had a tactically orgasmic run. He paced his effort to perfection to comfortably claim the silver medal. Logan Rees, wearing a Fife vest finished 5th. (1st place in Katie’s heart). He wasn’t particularly satisfied with his race so don’t ask him about it. Honestly, don’t ask him about it; he’ll cry. Looking on the bright side of life, he was part of the gold medal winning Fife team, along with the glory hunting Gregor Malcolm. So well done Fife. The ever-modest Thomas Otton, resplendent in his Player Layer vest had a run to be proud of, finishing just outside of the top 10 in 12th. I managed to stay upright on his way to 19th place. Mook was pleased because I actually finished and finally contributed some points to her fantasy league team.

The performance of the day has to be awarded to PlayerLayer sponsored athlete, Jacob ‘Pablo’ Adkin, who finished 23rd out of a field of 647. Craig Campbell capped off his best ever cross country season (albeit wearing an Inverness vest) finishing in 53rd. Hunting Craig down in the home straight was Alex Muir (57th)-all the more inspiring as he’s only running 20 miles a week. Captain Alex Luetchford, who has had an admirable string of results this season, slithered his way around the sinuous course for 63rd. He took the scalp of none other than James Dunn who finished close behind him in 65th. He wasn’t racing apparently; just a tempo. Ben Murphy, running for Strathearn Harriers ended his cross-country season looking fresh in 177th.

After his race, James Bryson received a hero’s welcome on his return to the Haries tent for the first time since his departure to HBT. Brown doesn’t suit you James. A special mention must also be given to “American Adam” who rocked up in road racing flats, proving that Americans have a complete lack of understanding of true cross country. Unsurprisingly he didn’t finish the race. I highly recommend a set of spikes for your next XC race mate. Run and Become sell cross country spikes, by the way.

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The mud was made manageable by motivating marshals Mook, Beth and John, who had optimistically donned some sick shades for the occasion. Notable supporters around the course included Katie Cutforth (who took some excellent photos of Amy Bristow and co.) Andrew Lawler (without the mankini unfortunately), Euan Gillham’s mum, Logan Rees’ entire family and James Jarvis.

Race report writing is fun (Editor’s Note: fun but wait until you don’t have anyone to proof read and your audience is full of hecklers). Vote Cameroni for Publicity in this month’s AGM (29th).

Back to Alice for next week’s KB5 road race.