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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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Photo Credit: Olivia Morgan and Cameron Young.