Short Course Cross Country

The cross-country season is well underway, and the Haries headed to the Lang Toun, (Kirkcaldy, #fifeforlyfe) for the National Short Course cross country. The 4k course was walked and everyone was super happy to see an insane amount of mud, spikes were lengthened, and the girls were ready to go.

In a stacked field, Holly Page ran the 4k mud fest in 14.15, finishing 5th overall and in the bronze U20 medal position. Zoe Pflug finished 13 seconds later, in 8th place and 5th U20. Constance Nankivell continued her good form finishing in 13th position in 14.43. Katie Lowery had another class run, with a top 20 finish, resulting in the girls winning yet another national gold team medal.

Laura Stark continued her racing comeback covering the 4k course in 15.25. She was followed closely by Polly Edwards finishing 4 places and 2 seconds behind, which shows how packed the race was. Eilidh Jaffary had another solid run, finishing in 42nd and 11th U20. Carly Cameron enjoyed the 4k course and finished in 52nd place, in just under 16 minutes. Katie Rourke was next over the line, finishing just 10 seconds behind Carly. Braids Race Director Abi Plowman put planning Braids on hold for just over 16 and a half minutes with a solid first xc race of the season. Captain Lydia had another great run, completing the course in 16.42 finishing in 80th place. Elodie Chatel wasn’t far behind, finishing in just under 17 minutes. Orienteer Lucy Haines was up next finishing in 171st position. Hannah Pettigrew rounded off a great day for the girls finishing in 229th position. 

On the boys side, the race was hot with Max Milarvie taking the race on from the start, heading off in front of Olympian Andy Butchart. Jack Leitch was first Harie home, covering the 4k course in 12.22, finishing in 13thplace, just 30 seconds behind the leader, earning a well-deserved Scotland call up for Liverpool next week. Elisha De Mello remembered to register for this one and had a good run, finishing in 29th position in 12.47. Just over 10 seconds behind Alex ‘cross train’ Carcas put his cross training to good use, outkicking Callum Tharme. Callum finished 11th U20. Dan Stansfield, rocking the SIAB shorts, finished in 45th position in 13.10. Orienteer Boyan Ivandjikov finished in 58th place and was 19th U20. Ali Thomas produced another good performance finishing 13.41 and 29th U20. Adopted Harie Craig Morris had a great run, finishing in 13.48. 

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Nick Allen continued his good form, squeezing in the top 100, in 98th spot. Nick Bennet made his injury comeback finishing in 14.13. Alex Bell had a great run, crossing the line with Nick. Dan Smith backed up his big chat and won the battle against Matt Dailey. Jackson Woodruff put in a Harie of the Week Worthy performance finishing in 14.28 and Andrew Carrick completed the course in just over 14 minutes, breaking the top 200 and finishing in 198th position.