East District Champs – Piperdam 2019

The Haries headed to Piperdam, which was hosting its first ever cross-country event. After a bit of a struggle finding the registration, we finally got our numbers and were all set for the first race of the day, the U20 men. The course looked good, a few zig zags around the driving range, then up and down the edge of the fairways of Piperdam golf course and repeat. The boys were ready to go, Boyan Ivandijkov and Finn Lydon were looking sharp in their one arm sleeve each outfit combo, and the race soon got underway. Fans favourite Craig Morris, fell at the first hurdle, decking it on the first corner. Callum Tharme went out hard and took the race on from the start, he struggled towards the end but came home in a very respectable 6th place, in just over 22 minutes. Edinburgh boys really did pack out this race with 6 of the next 7 finishers being Harie’s, Boyan finished in 11th place in 22.32, he was followed by Rob Sparks (wearing the correct vest this time!) in 22.48. Adopted Harie Craig Morris did a spectacular sliding tackle on Alex Bell with 20 meters to go, resulting in Craig finishing in 23.01 and Alex finishing 3 seconds behind. I crossed the line next just behind Alex, in 15thplace. Josh Liddle was next home, in 17th and David Bunn, finished 21st – a respectable finish after a week of illness. Ifan Oldfield managed to get round pain free finishing in 29th position. Aiden Horner finished just one spot behind Ifan, despite hurting his leg on the way round.

Next up was the U20 girls’ race. @flatchestedflat were going for a flat podium, but Holly Page ended their chances of this, dropping out after the first lap. Zoe Pflug had another solid performance, breaking away from Constance Nankivell with around 2km to go and pushing on to win by 36 seconds. Hannah Morrisonfinished in 6th position in just over 26 minutes, resulting in Edinburgh Uni winning the team prize. Hannah was followed closely by Sarah Calvert, who made her haries debut in her first race back from injury. Katie Rourke continued her 2019/20 cross country season with an 11th place finish and Niamh Hunter improved on her Braids placing, finishing in 13th.

On the senior’s woman side, Rhiannon Kirk lead the Haries home, covering the 8.6km course in 35.39. Captain Lydia had another brilliant performance, finishing in 39th place, in 39 minutes! Helen Ockendenwasn’t far behind, finishing 30 seconds later. Eilza Cottington finished in 49th place in just over 40 minutes. Louise Adams was next home, covering the now muddy course in 41.48, finishing in 61st place.

On the men’s’ side, Eddie Narbett went off rather rapidly, but sadly illness got the better off him and he dropped out… Alex Muir produced potentially the performance of the day, coming home in 11th place, in 29.01 in a stacked field – Alex is certainly one to watch at BUCS and National cross next year! Alex Carcas was next home in 22nd position, whilst also winning outfit of the day, with his green Ireland shorts. @marchmontmandem had created some more pre-race hype, this time for the race between Pedley and Paul Morrison, with Paul getting the better of Pedley by 18 seconds. Dan Ashwood was once again in the mix, hunting Pedley down over the last lap, but finishing four seconds shy of him. Andrew Carrick rounded off another great day of cross country with another solid performance, finishing in 110th position.