Saturday the 18th of March saw 16 students head out to the Pentland Hills, just south of Edinburgh, for a hill running trip led by the Hare & Hounds Running Club. The vast majority had never been out to the this beautiful area of countryside before, nor even consider run ning up a 500m+ high hill! But, buoyed by promises of good views and a casual pace, we headed out in excitement. We split into two groups, both following roughly the same 10km route: the first, slightly faster one, was lead by Alex (Men’s Captain), and the second was lead by Emily (Jogging Secretary). In both cases, there was plenty of resting at the top of hills, giving everyone a chance to regroup.
We first ran along some quite boggy trails at the foot of Allermuir Hill, where we encountered a group of pony trekkers, and also some highland coos. We then headed up Capelaw, the first proper hill, and into the centre of the Pentlands. After a run along the ridge and up Castlelaw (in some pretty nasty sleet), we headed back to climb all the way up Allermuir. It was then a case of going along another undulating ridge over to Caerketton, before descending the final, very steep, section of the hill, running past Hillend ski centre, and back to the car park.
The weather was forecast to stay dry, but alas it did not; the gentle drizzle partially clouded what are usually some wonderful views of hills stretching out for miles, and eventually turned into a downpour by the end of the run. Despite this, a great time was had by all, and it was a excellent way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning. The home-baked brownies brought along by Australian exchange student Brendan no doubt helped too!
Many thanks to the Sports Union’s EDex program for supporting the trip, and helping some newer runners experience a part of Edinburgh they wouldn’t otherwise usually visit! The Hare & Hounds Running Club is always open to people looking to take up running for the first time: our jogging group, lead by Emily Payne, goes out twice a week for easy runs around the city centre, and is open to anyone of any ability. You can find more information on our website here.
We are very pleased to announce that the total amount we raised for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) this year was £1495.
We have supported CRY for several years now, always donating a share of the profits of our annual KB5 to this amazing charity. This year we decided to step our fundraising efforts up a notch by holding a spring ball for our members, past and present. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all the 80+ Haries who attended. Many thanks to Braid Hills Hotel for hosting us, to Adrian Stott for providing such a good guest speech, and to all the local businesses who supplied raffle prizes!
The charitable proceeds from KB5 2015 were happily handed over by cheque to the CRY charity by Race Organiser James Bryson and Treasurer Huw Vaughan-Jackson. The amount was a greatly appreciated £150. With critical work helping to reduce the current figure of 12 fatalities every week from young sudden cardiac death (YSCD), which can affect young aspiring athletes in particular, the increasing connection with the CRY charity is one which the Haries are proud to endorse and continue to fund raise as much as possible for. All money raised for CRY goes straight into CRY Core Funding.
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!