It’s been a long cold lonely winter. Lots of miles covered, lots of gym sessions in the bag… all in preparation for Liverpool, the European Cross Country Trials held in the iconic Sefton Park every November. Training eight days a week in order to toe the line in the form of your life, Great Britain vests in contention. The Harie contingent at this years’ race is impressive. International and club athletes alike will assemble on the banks of the Mersey in that stunning shade of green. They will come together, right now, all with different goals but the unity and spirit of the Haries behind them.
Starting with the boys, in the under 20 race we have Alex Carcas, donning a Scotland vest at this years’ trial off the back of his third place position at the National Short Course Championships. The real weight Alex is bearing on his shoulders isn’t the potential for a GB selection, but the imposing threat of his younger brother, Freddie, racing each other for the first time. Alex had better be on his toes as Freddie’s first semester training in Loughborough will see his arrival in Liverpool a statement to be feared. Get back to where you once belonged.
Braids 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint. The entire day, utterly spectacular. Faith in the running community didn’t once waver, as the determined hill lovers among us basked in the winter sunshine and left their all on the Braids Hills Golf Course. For a race that has been running annually for at least 15 years, both veterans and freshers assembled at King’s Buildings on that iconic November Saturday morning to get their hands on a number and equally as importantly, a ticket entitling them to dance the night away at the ceilidh. With less than 200 competing across both events in the first race in 2002, Saturday saw a considerable increase in the number of participants, with over 500 runners enjoying, embracing and exhausting themselves at the mercy of this picturesque golf course.
Buzzing – KB house filled with athletes fit to burst.
Raring to go – Warm ups completed, it was time to race.
All the spectators – keen to see who will come out on top.
Incline – putting fitness, tenacity and mental strength to the test.
Downhill – the final kilometre, an all-important sprint for the finish keeping the audience on their toes. Who is it flying through the trees?
Smiles – all round after crossing the line having given your all. Satisfied. What a run.
The excitement has been building. The competition growing all the more fierce with each day, getting closer to the pinnacle of the Haries racing calendar:
Saturday morning will see the arrival of Britain’s finest university running clubs and local club runners alike to take the Braids Hills Bridle Path by storm. For most Haries, a run round Braids is a crucial part of the week’s training – this race allowing the hill-lovers among us to flourish on a ‘proper’ cross country course, the altitude factor in abundance. Also, perhaps the wind factor, the mud factor and the ‘dig-deep’ factor. There’s something for everyone along the way, be it the rapid start, the incline, the technical descent…
Parting from the safe confines of George Square on the same morning, a Haries Division instead turned southbound away from the smooth grass of Glamis and towards the knee-deep bog and ankle breaking terrain of Wales and Snowdonia.
Tackling the British Fell Relays Championships last year with one men’s team after a prolonged absence from the event, this year saw the club send three teams (two men’s and one women’s) to this exciting race.
Here are the final set of results for this year’s Handicaps. The overall title of Club Champion (calculated by the lowest score from your best two performances) went to German Moshes – congratulations! Well done to everyone else who ran as well, we hope it was a fun and interesting race series to take part in.
The results of the second installment of our Harie Handicap series are below. Note the sprint photo finish between Patryk and VJ – anyone can win these races, so get involved. Thank you to everyone who raced, and don’t forget to come along next week to see who wins (maybe it could be you?) the overall title of Haries Club Champion 2014-15!
The results of the committee elections at our AGM are as follows:
Men’s Captain: Matty Rallison
Ladies’ Captain: Bronagh Wishart
Secretary: Jimmy Bryson
Treasurer: Hazel Murray
Publicity & Sponsorship Officer: Sarah Henderson
Race Organiser: Sarah Douglas
Social Secretary: Eliza Thornberry (nee Cottington)
Kit & Alumni Secretary: Iona Evans
Webmaster: Fraser Drummond
Jogging Secretary: Rachel Stewart
Ordinary Members: Jack Lusco & Scotty Stirling
Congratulations to all elected, and commiserations to all who missed out on a place. It was heartening to see how much the Haries means to its members – there can’t be many clubs or societies that get 6 candidates for one position!
Courtesy of of our great Publicity Officer, Jimmy F. Dunn, we have a lovely video rounding up the many highlights of this academic year. Watch it below, and shed a wee tear of joy:
But fear not, for the year is far from over. We still have plenty of road and hill races coming up, as well as the small matter of Harie Holiday, not to mention ISLE OF MAN!
Well the last cross country of the season fittingly had it all, at least in terms of the weather, as what had been a gloriously sunny week until Saturday turned into a sad, soggy, mud-soaked Sunday. But we are Haries, and we were not to be deterred by such a simple thing as the weather. We endured. Continue reading National XC→
(This week’s race report includes a soundtrack, all for the sake of a terrible pun. I hope you enjoy it)
Valentines Day 2015 saw a small group of Haries take on something a bit more challenging than the usual cross country. We went out to the Pentlands to take part in one of the first proper hill races of the season, Carnethy 5 – so named because its course goes over 5 peaks, rather than the common misconception of 5 miles. Hill running can be brutally tough, and entering meant risking the well-being of our limbs and romantic evening plans. It was definitely worth it however! Continue reading Carnethy 5-O→
I’ll start with this breaking news from Cramond on Saturday:
Despite a history of rocky relationships with early morning park runs, Amy Bristow made it third time lucky as she completed the 5k course without throwing up in 23:19, knocking 53 seconds off her previous PB, despite the treacherously icy conditions.
An enormous congratulations is due to our Social Sec. The weather was certainly less than ideal at this week’s parkrun, with large ice puddles and frosty tarmac. Many legs quickly tired from trying to stay upright, but despite this, every Harie performed admirably and placed highly. Continue reading Amy B: Queen of Parkrunning→