“When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battles lost and won”-East District Relays 17

For this year’s bout of race reports, I will be delving into the world of graphs, charts and infographics. There will be no Jacob Adkin style ‘hashtagging’ in these reports. These stats will build in complexity throughout the academic year but for the first race of the cross-country season, I will start off simple:

Katie was sick unfortunately  so her cross country debut will have to wait until next weekend. I would also like to stress that I wasn’t attentive to other people’s toilet trips. Logan assisted me in the collection of this data.

Pennycookin’ on gas started proceedings with the fastest leg in the women’s race. She handed over to GB internationalist, Anna Macfadyen who took the A team well clear of the chasers, running the fastest leg by an U20 athlete. Mhairi Maclennan gave it everything (and more?) to seal the win by a dominant 1min 55seconds. The B team was comprised of a poorly Franko; (another) GB internationalist Laura Stark and captain ‘SoCo‘. This solid blend of fresher and experienced Harie finished an impressive fourth, only 24 seconds off another medal. Agonizing.

The Harie women fielded 8 teams at this first cross country meeting which hopefully will be a good representation of our strength in depth for the rest of the season. There was a pleasing number of debutants to the Scottish cross country scene in our girls squad. 38% of the 24 Harie women were donning Playerlayer for the first time.

The trio of Rhiannon KirkLouise Mccullagh, and Carolyn Cameron were only 47 seconds off a top 10 placing. Impressive stuff from a team made up exclusively of U20 athletes.  Treasurer, Iona Evans was ably assisted by Kirstin Bamford and Hannah Morrison on the way to 17th place. Only 13 seconds behind were our fifth placed team, featuring Andrew Johnstone’s flatmate Lydia Blythe as well as freshers Helen Jones and Rona Tyler. Our top 5 teams finished in the top 20, ahead of St Andrews university A team and many other top clubs. We are a force to be reckoned with!

Christine Irvine headed up a strong team of Emma Galloway and Ciara Newell. Emma scooped up 4 places on a fantastic second leg and Ciara ran a strong anchor leg; eclipsing a further two runners to bring them home in 29th. Eve Sealy took a break from Braids planning to captain the team of Natasha Ashley And Carla Willars who all demonstrated good early season form.

Staying hydrated, eating healthy food and a good night’s sleep are vital the night before a race; especially one where your team depend on you. Disappointingly, Eilidh MacQuarrie had to put up with two hungover Haries in her team. Rachel and Linette, I would encourage you to avoid the 4am cheesy chips; forgo the Abba themed club nights and be in your beds before 9 prior to our next event.


Disappointingly, only 1.5 men’s teams raced at Glamis on Saturday but as they say, it is not about the quantity but the quality.

There was certainly no grinding it out for Will Peppercorn as he galloped round the grounds of Glamis to win the first leg for the Haries A team. I was taken aback by Pepperoni’s performance and much like Duncan’s horses in Macbeth who, “turned wild in nature and flung out”, I panicked, went off too fast and lost all of Will’s hard earned seconds. Sorry Wepper. Andrew Johnstone held back the oncoming siege and maintained our 4th place. Ewan Davidson, lost one place to the Thane of Fife, Logan Rees who set Katie’s heart a flutter as well as the fastest time of the day. Ewan didn’t give away too much ground to Logan to take us home in a fine 5th. Running as an incomplete team, Captain Benjy and Darko Perović ran valiantly. Darko was running his first ever cross country race (in Hokas?) and Ben just about managed to keep his testicles inside his liner-less captain’s shorts. Good job boys!

Make sure you’re at Stirling next weekend for the first real race and so that you too can be included in some statistics. I look forward to seeing Peppercorn testing the limits of his capabilities and the Harie woman running as a pack at the front of the race. For a full list of results from the East District Relays see link below.


Bravi, Cameroni