Scottish Student CC 2019

The Haries headed to Dundee for the 2019 edition of the Scottish Student Sport Cross Championship, with a record number of Haries signed up, it was bound to be a good one. We were team winners in the male and female races in 2018, and the plan was to defend our titles and that’s what we did!

The girls race got underway and was close at the front the whole way, between Scotland International and Strathclyde’s Kerry MacAngus, our much loved Harie, but not Harie, Holly Little and our very own Constance Nankivell. In the end, the Holly Little made use of her track speed to out-kick her competitors and win in 25.27, and Constance finished in bronze medal position, just 14 seconds behind Holly.

Social sec and previous Harie of the Week, Katie Lowery, produced yet another great performance, finishing in 9th position in 26.33. She was followed closely by Hannah Morrison, finishing just one second later. This resulted in the girls picking up first team prize, ahead of Aberdeen and Glasgow.

The hares were certainly packing, with Eilidh Jaffray one place and 9 seconds behind Hannah. Rona Tytler finished in 12th position, securing her Scottish Student’s vest for interdistricts in January. Polly Edwards continued the Harie’s domination finishing in 13th position in 27.13.

Next up was Carly Cameron, swapping 800m on the track for this hilly, 4 miles of mud, finishing in 27.53 and 19th position. She was closely followed by Rhiannon Kirk, in 28.06 and Katie Rourke got her cross-country season underway, finishing in 28.19. Jogging sec Catriona Allan followed closely, finishing just over 15 seconds behind.

Next up, was orienteer Niamh Hunter, who finished in 29.05 and Captain Lydia wasn’t far behind, finishing in 32nd position. Elizia Cottington was next Harie home, in 40th place. Louise Adams swapped orienteering for cross country, finishing in 31.43. Heather Nichols and Meera Al Omrani finished in 50th and 51st and Caitlin Beagan finished in 57th in 33.11. Lucy Haines rounded off a great day for the Harie girls finishing in 36.33.

On the boys side, Jack Leitch took the race on from the start, putting a bit of a gap into American Kevin Wood; enough of a gap for Jack to cruise to the finish and not push too hard, covering the 6 mile course in 31.45 and taking the gold medal – a very well deserved win. The hounds were packing too, with Callum Tharme, Dan Stansfield and Alex Muir coming home in in 8th, 9th and 10th position, taking the team title over Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Sasha Chepelin wasn’t far behind, opening his cross-country season, finishing in 34 minutes and 7 seconds. Another group of Harie’s; Ali Thomas, Cameron Young and Thomas Otton finished in just over 34 minutes, in 20th, 21st and 22nd place. Captain AJ and Max Bloor weren’t far behind, finishing 34.30 and 34.33 respectively.

Orienteer David Bunn put in another good performance, finishing in 32nd place and crossed the line with fresher Josh Liddle. Triathlete Lewis Khan had another good run, finishing in 36th spot. He was followed closely by Kai Hugtenburg – I’ve heard he is backing himself as a good pick for Harie Fantasy League!

The battle of the Marchmont Mandem (@marchmontmandem) was won easily by AJ, but Dan Smith and Paul Morrison were in a fierce battle for next best. Paul started strong but was about to drop out when Dan passed him, but he pushed on and outkicked Dan, finishing just meters ahead of him. They were followed by Nick Bennet, Alasdair Bisset and Cameron CurrieIfan Oldfield’s illness got the better off him, but he was glad to make it round in one piece, finishing in just over 38 minutes. Irish postgrad Andrew Carrick finished in 38.42 and Conor O’Riordan finished in 81st place in 41.29.

Biggest kudos of the day goes to Gregor Malcolm (@gregor_malcolm_photography) who was let loose with Dan’s camera for the day – thanks Gregor for the photos! Another big shout out to Elisha de Mello, who despite forgetting to enter the race, still turned up and made a day of it!

National Relay Medals, #smashthedash and a Relay fun weekend!

After the standard week 6 trauma of busy university life, the Haries vest was worn proudly by many runners across the whole of Great Britain.

Furthest south, we had 28 Haries reppin’ the vest in Manchester, in the 2019 edition of the Manchester Uni Relays. The boys A team’s race got underway with Harie legend and Manchester veteran Gregor Malcolm running 10.04 on the wet and muddy course. Just like at Harie holiday, Gregor handed over Andrew Johnstone who managed to avoid any fights over the 3k course, and finish just a few seconds slower than Gregor, in 10.13. Next up were Rob Sparks and Josh Liddle: both first year’s ran 10.01, to tie for the fastest Harie leg of the day. Ifan Oldfield swapped his usual hills for this flat course round Wythenshawe Sports Ground, completing his leg in 10.39. Sadly, he ran too fast for Telfer Gray, who was still busy doing his strides as Ifan crossed the finish line. Telfer’s stressful start didn’t affect him too much, as he flew round the 3k course in 10.41, whilst wearing the better coloured vest this time! The boys finished in 15th place overall.

The girls A team got off to a flying start with social sec Katie Lowery, running 11.21, which was the 18th fasted female leg all day. She handed over to Elodie Chatel, who ran well, finishing in just over 12 minutes. Captain Lydia saw off the girls race in just over twelve and a half minutes, which is faster than she saw off her captain’s initiation pint, bringing the girls home in 13th spot.

The girls B team were not far behind. Physics fresher Becky Nisbett made her Haries debut, completing the course in 14.46, she handed the baton over to Jenny Hall and Katelyn Roush completed the trio, bringing them home in a total time of 49.32, in 72nd place.

In the mixed race, there were green vests everywhere, with two Haries mixed teams. Ex, ex captain Ben Murphy swapped the mud brown of HBT for Haries green and completed the course in 10.35. He handed over to our jogging sec Catriona Allan, who finished in just under 12 minutes. Next up was Caitlin Beagan and then Jackson Woodruff, with Gina McGill bringing the mixed A team home in 11th position.

Our star baker Calum McLeod opened up the Haries mixed B teams campaign, running 11.23. He handed over to Tara Karsinsky and then Isle of Man legend Tucker Owens, who was dressed more appropriately this time, ran his leg in just over 12 minutes. Vicky Tans was up next, and she handed over to our lovely American couple Ethan Fiallo and Ellie Erichen, with Ethan getting the better of Ellie by half a minute, bring the team home in 23rd place.

Whilst all this was going on, we had Haries putting in podium performances at Cumbernauld, in the 2019 National XC Relay championship. The girls A team took home gold in convincing fashion. Rebecca Johnson ran the first leg in 14.38, handing over to Constance Nankivell in 7th place. Constance’s big mileage of late is paying off and she moved though the field well, running 14.40 and finishing her leg in the lead. Fresher Eilidh Jaffray was up next, she stepped up to the mark and ran 15.02. Holly Page had the glory leg, but even a big lead didn’t slow her down. She ran 14.20 and crossed the line in first place, over 70 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals. That’s four gold medals in a row for the girls in this event, I wonder if they can continue the streak and win 10 in a row? We think so ;).

National XC Relay Winners 2019

The girls B team were not far behind. Zoe Pflug had an outstanding run, running the faster Hare leg of the day, 14.13, finishing in 3rd place. Polly Edwards was next up and had a great run, handing over to Laura Stark in 5th position. Laura continued her racing comeback with a great run and finally Niamh Carr swapped her green, Irish vest for a Haries vest and had a cracking debut bringing the girls home in 5th spot!

Again, the girls C team were not far behind either. Hannah Morrison, Alex Kiltie, Rona Tytler and Carly Cameron all ran well to finish in 11th position, rounding off a great day for the Hares.

On the boy’s side, Callum Tharme had a cracking run, finishing leg 1 in 8th position (and running only 20 seconds slower than a certain other Callum!). He handed over to orienteerer Alistair Thomas, who had a good run, finishing in 13.30. He handed the baton over to fellow orienteerer Boyan Ivandjikov, who ran 13.25. The boys were brought home by Alex Muir, who finished in just over 13 minutes, in 14th position. 

The boys B team got off to a good start with Paul Morrison, who bettered his time from East Relays by just under half a minute. He handed over to Connor O’Riordan who finished in just under 14 minutes. Sadly, leg three had to drop out due to a nasty fall.

The C team was made up of Zach Finch, who ran 16.03. Well done to all the boys!

Come Sunday, we moved back down South to Leeds, where we had four boys taking part in the 2019 Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 10k. The course is renowned for its super-fast times and boy did it live up to expectation. Max Milarvie absolutely smashed the 30-minute mark, finishing in 29.28 and in 15th position. This time places Max in the top 25 all time for 10k ran by a Scotsman. 7 places and 11 seconds behind, Jack Leitch also annihilated the 30-minute mark, running 29.39 for a big pb. Adopted Harie James Donald also reached the sub 30 milestone, running 29.53. A few minutes later, triathlete Nick Allen cruised home in 33.15, for a massive pb and he was followed closely by myself, who ran a 30 second pb! I can highly recommend this race to anyone who fancies running a fast 10k next year – great route, great atmosphere and lots of fast people to run with! 

Big kudos if you made it this far – it probably took you longer to read this than the time it took the lads to run 10k on Sunday!!

East League 1: The Defence

The Haries headed to Stirling for the first episode of our defence of the East Cross-Country league. We made history last year, winning the trophy back for the first time in over 50 years. Despite a certain Andrew Butchart swapping Doha for Stirling, the boys got off to a good start, with Callum Symmons as first counter, in ninth place, just under two minutes behind the Olympian. Our second counter was Callum Tharme, covering the nearly 9km course in 30.17, finishing in tenth place and second Junior. He was followed closely by Eddie Narbett, who ran a ‘well paced solid race’ for 11th spot. Next up, Alex Muir was stepping down in distance from his recent half-marathon exploits and got his 2019-20 cross country season off to a good start finishing in 17th position. Orienteerer Boyan Ivandsikov finished in 21st place/8th junior and he was followed closely by Telfer Gray, who had a funny coloured vest on. Both of the above held off Cameron Young, as he settled for 23rd place. David Bunn made his Haries debut finishing in 40th position and he was followed closely by Josh Liddle, in 32.46. Just under a minute later, triathlete Lewis Khan got his cross-country season underway, running 33.41, and finishing with the exact same time as Alistair Pedley. The strong Haries contingent continued, as Murphy Hand finished in 65th place, with Jackson Woodruff crossing the line just seconds after. Our very own Isle of Man Alex, Alex Bell, got his big weekend of racing underway, going off hard with Butchy (for the insta?), and finished in 74th place. Alex went on to compete in his first aquathon, the next day in Stirling – well done Alex! Next up, Matthew Scholes finished in 36.38 and he was followed by an unknown Junior Harie in 241st position. The above finishing positions resulted in the Haries finishing second team on the day, behind Central. But it’s fine, it’s early days. 10 in a row? Don’t think so.

On the girl’s side, we may have lacked numbers, but our three competitors certainly produced the goods on the day. Emma Gill (@fruitsandroutes) made her racing comeback in fine fashion. She led the race for the majority of the race but got outkicked around the last bend. Despite this Emma was very happy with her 2ndplace finish and looks forward to the rest of the season. Ellen Crombie (@teenrunnerblog) not only made her racing comeback from injury, she also made her Haries debut, finishing just over 30 seconds from the podium in what was a very successful first race back! Rounding off the girl’s side was Lauren Chiron, who ran 29.22 for 48th spot.

2019 East District XC Relays

The day we have all been waiting for, the cross-country season was finally ready to begin. Haries, new and old, turned up on platform 10 at Waverly all fired up, ready to take the 4k Livingston course by storm.

Team spirits were high, and our very own hares were right in amongst the action. First up, Holly Page finished leg one just seconds behind the leader, clocking the third fastest leg of the day in a swift 14.45. Zoe Pflug took the metaphorical baton over and surged to the front, putting a big 30 seconds into the Fife athlete. Rebecca Johnson closed for the A team and managed to hold on and bring the hares their first silverware of the year, with a second-place finish.

Just over 30 seconds behind, the B team was taken out by fresher Eilidh Jaffray, who ran well on her Harie’s debut, Laura Stark made her return to racing in fine fashion and Constance Nankivell lead home the B team, running the 8th fastest leg of the day, finishing just 12 seconds from a bronze medal.

Hannah Morrison has been in fine form, recently clocking a 10k pb in the Great Scottish Run, and swapped her racing flats for spikes and got the C team off to a good start, handing the baton over the Polly Edwards in 9th place, who was very happy with her run considering her recent injury troubles. The C team was rounded off by medic Rhiannon Kirk, finishing in 8th place overall.

Next up, Abi Plowman was on first leg for the E team, she loved the mud, but admitted watching Kipchoge was more fun, and she handed over to our new jogging secretary Catriona Allan, who completed the 4k course in 16.51. Carly Cameron was up next and was pretty excited to get her cross-country season underway, she had a great run, but sadly not good enough to catch up and overtake her big sister.

Captain Lydia had brought the Spanish sun back, all the way to Livingston and clocked 17 minutes for the 4km course. She handed over to social sec Katie Lowery, running one of the fastest legs of the day in 15.36, which had Katie already planning her post race pint! Completing the Haries D team was Rosina Graham, who was pleased to get round the course pain free after recent IT band issues.

The girls’ team kept coming through the finish thick and fast, with the F team made up of Harie’s debutant Elodie Chatel, orienteerer Helen Ockenden and last year’s captain Katie Hall, who found Livingston’s hills no bother compared to Chamonix, finishing in 19th position. Next up, Caterina Mrose, Ellie Enichen and Eliza Cottington finished in 29th position and last but not least, Jenny Hall and Tara Kursinsky rounded off a great day for the girls!

2.20pm couldn’t come quick enough, and the boys were all feeling extremely inspired and ready to run at a much slower pace than we all watched Eluid Kipchoge run earlier that morning. Eilisha De Mello was looking sharp in his 1980’s Aston Villa kit and he took the race out from the get-go, flying round in 12.45 and in second place. Alex Carcas’ fashion was on point to, sporting the classic orienteer’s head band. Alex bettered Elisha by four seconds and handed over to Max Milarvie in first position. Max had a good run but was hunted down by Central’s Jamie Crowe, setting up a nail-biting race over the final leg. Jack Leitch, recovering from a cold, took over from Max two seconds ahead of Ali Hay, and ran 12.40, the fourth fastest time of the day, to hold of Central off and take the win by 17 seconds. The hounds stepped up to it and showed Central what we’re all about, 10 in a row? Don’t think so. 

First up for the B team was Dan Stansfield, who managed to hang on to Eilsha for a bit, but ultimately dropped back, finishing his leg in fifth spot. He handed over to second year Callum Tharme, who had a great run, finishing in just over 13 minutes and picking up one place on his way. Max Bloor was next up running 13.30 and he handed over the Gregor Malcom, who had a great run after his recent mountain marathon exploits, he didn’t quite have the best sprint finish as quite literally fell at the last hurdle to bring the B team home in 6th place and just over a minute away from the podium.

Robert Sparks lead the way for the C team, swapping his Fife vest for the green of the Haries. He came home in 28th spot, and handed over to Paul Morrison, who had an exceptional first race back, after a long struggle with injuries. Paul picked up ten places and handed over to fresher Ifan Oldfield, who picked up a further four places. GB Orienteerer Alastair Thomas ran well, picking up one more place, bringing the C team home in 13th.

Captain AJ was first up for the D team, minus the captain’s shorts, moving well round the now very muddy course, finishing in 21st spot. I took over and had an average run, losing out on two places over the course. Alasdair Pedley took over for leg 3, and moved through the field and ran his third fastest ever 1k to finish in 19th. Fresher Josh Liddle ran with a fractured wrist, after falling at parkrun last weekend. This didn’t at all hold him back as he picked up three places and took the D team home in 16th place.

Our very own Scottish Highland dancer Kai Hugenburg loved the hills and flew round in 13.53, he handed over the Jackson Woodruff, who ran well through the mud. Conor O’Riordan ran his first race since he fell asleep in a nightclub after the Manchester Relays almost a year ago to the day. He also ran well and brought the E team up by 5 places. Top triathlete Ollie Teenan made his return to cross country, wearing spikes for the first time in years, and he brought the E team home in 23rd position.

Last but not least, the men’s F team, made up of Angus Pope, Harie of the week Ethan Fiallo, Roy Griffiths and Harry McCaughey rounded off a record-breaking day for the Haries finishing in 49th position.

The hounds did some more fast running, post-race, whilst everyone else ate Laura’s Grandmother’s cakes and headed back to the Capital for some recovery pints at The Pear Tree. This successful day at Livingston is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Harie’s this cross-country season. Central better watch out. 10 in a row? Don’t think so.

A Sterling Day at Stirling

Stirling 10k including Scottish 10k Championships

It was a cold and foggy September morning, but it didn’t take long before the heat was turned up in the 2019 Stirling 10k, featuring the Scottish 10k road champs. The fast, flat course had the potential to provide some fast racing and pb’s… and that’s exactly what it did. Max Milarvie lead the Haries home in 8th place (6th Scottish Champs) in 30.14, bettering his former pb of 31.04 from last December – it’s great to see all Max’s hard work in Kenya over the summer paying off. He was closely followed by Jack Leitch, in 30.25 for 8th place in the Scottish Champs, who was pleased with this new pb, despite only entering last minute. A couple of minutes later, Jonas Muller completed the course in 32.23 and was followed by myself, Matthew Dailey in 36.11.

Nationals XC 2019 (A big one!)

The sun was out at Callender Park for yet another National XC at the cracking venue! We travelled with many people just coming back from injury and those watching who are sadly still injured. But most notably Naomi Lang, who has only just been back from injury and got 3rd in the U20 Women’s Race, only 12 seconds behind Giffnock North Athlete Erin Wallace. What a comeback! 

Not to mention, we won 2 Team Prizes! The U20 Guys were in top form and so were the U20 girls too who both were first. Not too shabby at all – two best in Scotland teams!

Contributing to the U20 Girl’s was Naomi Lang with her storming comeback run, Zoe Pflugg and Constance Nankivell. Each of them coming 3rd , 6th and 9th respectively. And contributing the U20 Men’s was Max Milarvie, who had made a real strong lead at the start to show his strength but unfortunately Freddie Carcas took him to get Max 2nd overall. Next in was Captain Gregor Malcolm, Callum Tharme and then Max Bloor. Each coming 2nd, 9th, 13th and 20th. 

For the Senior teams we had the Women’s team coming 8th Overall, and the Men coming 6th Overall. With strong runners making up each time. Including Mhairi MacLennan  who struggled through the race but still got an outstanding position of 4th Overall just missing out on a position on the podium, agonisingly close to 3rd. And Jack Leitch in the mens race after having his outstanding performance at BUCS, had a good start and moved through well however after 6k reportedly struggled with stomach pains after this. 

Making up the Womens’ team was Mhairi MacLennan, Amy Frankland, Sally Stewart, Polly Edwards, Jennie Glass. Their positions were 4th, 18th, 76th, 85th and 116th respectively.  All completing the gruelling almost 11k course, upped from last years distance. 

The guys that built up the mens team were Jack Leitch, Elisha De Mello, Alex Muir, Alex Carcas, Jack Eykelbosch and triathlete Nicholas Allen.

Well done to everyone that raced and Happy Birthday to Carly who had Birthday Nationals

“All Roads Lead to” Exeter (BUCS XC 2019)

Just like Braids, all roads appeared to lead to Exeter on Friday (apart from Mhairi – I was well Jel) with all flights to Bristol cancelled because apparently there was some snow in the south? We didn’t see much…? Anyway 32 Haries braved the 20 hr round trip on the coach which was organised efficiently by the Sports Union and a special shoutout to Katie Hall for taking on the last minute challenge to get us all there! This hard work eventuated into results as Mhairi brought home a podium position to secure 3rd place, whilst Jack Leith had an astonishing run, getting himself all the way up to 28th in the Men’s A race, whilst fierce rival Alex Carcas suffered a slip of the shoe costing him dearly in his XC battle after a good result at Livingston two weeks ago. 

Taking it back a few steps to the bus down which left sharply mid-day Friday after a scramble for most, to get their things together. Meanwhile captain Gregor Malcolm was hard at work getting  his quiz for the bus together (since we were unprepared as I don’t think EasyJet would have appreciated us using their inflight tannoy system…). We also kindly helped out fellow flight stranded BUCS XC’ers Glasgow Caledonia as all 7 of them joined the bus down and the quiz which followed making the 10hr bus feel that little bit faster, arriving at the Travelodge for just gone 00:30. 

Fast forward to race day, on arrival to Bicton College an assessment of the water jump was made after being told that the water jump would be done twice to then become entirely optional for the entire race. This was only taken as a challenge to Maddy Austin as she sized up her attempt at her swan dive into the pond on the rest of her walk around the course. Unfortunately for Matthew Dailey after his walk of the course he made the decision that he wouldn’t take the plunge into what would have been his first BUCS, due to an injury he recently picked up. 

For the rest it was full steam ahead and as the Women’s race quickly got ahead, Mhairi took to the front pack of the field, in what was her last BUCS XC racing for the Haries. She contended with athletes at the front including Jess Judd, Amelia Quirk and Anna Moller. In what was a close fought battle throughout the race for Mhairi to get a well deserved 3rd place. Off the back of some incredibly strong races recently. Not very far behind Mhairi was Holly Page flying around the undulating course to get herself 17th place, averaging 16.6km/h around the course, I’m sure everyone will agree there is much more to come from quite literally record breaking (even breaks the rules for records) Holly as she continues her studies at Edinburgh. Breaking her own expectations after bravely saying in her Harie of the week interview that she was aiming for sub 50th place was Zoe Pflug brining it home in a fantastic 31st position in her first ever BUCS race too. Next Harie to make it back around the hills and over the finishing line, finishing in a strong ??? position was HOTW Amy Frankland (Franko). After already showing her strength in the hills recently she also proved that a hilly finish was no threat for the 4th year Primary Teaching student. Recently coming back from injury and not having been able to get much running done at all before the race was Naomi Lang who still also managed to break the sub 50th position getting herself across the line in 41st place whilst looking very strong running given the lack of training.

Also having good runs were Constance, the ever improving Polly Edwards, Katie Lowery and Alex Kittle who all managed to get across the line in a heavily contended field under 150th place. Just behind them was Emma Gill, Hannah Morrison and hot on the heels of Hannah was JOSEPHINE Edmunds (spelt it write) and Rona Tyler with Josephine edging in front with a strong finish up the hill. Behind them was Jennie Glass, Lydia Blythe (who is now in sunny Spain #Jealous), Maddy Austin (who finished after taking a dive on the second lap) and Arianne to round out the women’s results. 

Split into a Mens A Race and a Mens B Race, with only 6 athletes from each club taking part in the A Race. This year we had Jack Leitch, Alex Carcas, Euan Gilham, Max Milarvie, Callum Tharme and Elisha De Mello making the team of 6. The question on everyones mind was who would win in the showdown of the year Carcas vs Leitch. And unfortunately for Alex this year was not to be his year as early on into the first lap he struggled with his shoe as it fell off. Speaking to Carcas after the race he told me that it must have lost him about 100 places but this has not been verified on how many places he lost, it may have just been to sooth
the wounds of the people that voted for him in the quiz on the bus… (we believed in you Alex!) But who was to know if Alex could have beat a storming Jack Leitch who was averaging 18.5km/h around the course, and finishing so far up the results is a truly commendable for Jack and a good result for the Hounds. Next across the line for the A Race was Euan Gilham also back from a run of injuries but not having trained as much as he would have liked, but rumour has it he has found a loop exactly 1/2 mile long in an undisclosed area in Edinburgh… Maybe this was key to his great performance? Third across the line was 5th year Physics student Eilsha De Mello, who somehow made it on just about every bus this weekend. Next up was Max Milarvie, after having a strong season last year getting some fantastic times and some strong XC performances the Milarvie Gurn was truly on this weekend as he came just over 30 seconds behind Elisha. Max followed the rest of the Hounds pack home as Alex maintained a great position to finish just six seconds behind Max followed by Callum that missed out by 1.4 seconds to Alex at the finish line! 

After an eventful Men’s A race, it was that time for the Men’s B race to take the centre of attention.  With Edinburgh having 9 athletes making it to the start line after a lot of guys decided no to the journey on the coach, don’t blame you at all guys. We also seen a return of postgrad Pat G making it to the start line although he did not manage to finish the gruelling course, I ‘cammy’ believe it. 

Most notable in the B race had to be captain Gregor Malcolm  who crossed the line in a cracking position of 17th with a lead of almost a minute in front of any other Harie #bigbuisnessbigBUCS. Next was OFK, easily spotted with his hairdo, which i will reiterate wasn’t a forfeit, it was choice… Only 4 seconds behind Oscar was Jack Eykelbosch (also spelt write Gregor…) who had a great race showing his strength in XC. A wee battle behind was with fresher Joe Battershill and 3rd year AstroPhysics student Andrew Johnstone who Joe managed to pip across the line by just 0.2 seconds! Joe is my one to watch for the next few years, expecting some big things Joe, after I had completely underestimated his speed before the race. Unfortunately Fraser Roach who has recently been struggling with a niggle was round the course just in front of me, although definitely pulling me along the race with him in sight for most of the course. Harry Nimmo then rounded out the rest of the Haries in the B race. 

Thanks to Polly, Ciara, Gregor and Katie for making this all happen and to Olly from the SU that did his wizardry getting us a coach last minute. Thanks also to BUCS and Exeter
Athletics Club for organising the race too! 

I have some photos from the Mens A race and Women’s Race however it may be a while since I’ve sorted and edited them all

Livingston XC

Almost as soon as the Haries arrived in Livingston, the girls race was off. Minimal warm up and preparation time all round due to a ScotRail faux pas didn’t dishearten the lively spirits ready to face 2 gruelling laps, surmounting to a total of 6.4km. Final tweaks were being made for the latter stages of the season and peak form was well and truly in abundance.

The gun sounded and the Harie girls were soon to make an impact on the top pack. Polly Edwards set her positon out well from the start, proving that her training is paying dividends. Not showing any sign of tiring, she finished in a staggering 11th position, giving the girls a promising start towards the team prize. Second Harie home, and third junior overall in 21st position was Emma Gill: a fresher who makes a decent effort in sharing Harie success with the wider world. Next back was Fay Walsh placing 24th and holding on to the prestige of the EUOC name with a storming run.

Josephine Edmunds finished strong in 32nd and hot on her heels was Rosina Graham in 36th.  Making a quick come back from my year abroad, I was next over the line, almost forgetting how tough Scottish cross country can be. Saturday saw a strong outing of EUOC girls which was O-so-wonderful to see, with Roanne Lilley next into the finish in 63rd. Arianne Holland followed swiftly after in 68th claiming at the start “I don’t even run cross country!” Well done Arianne, you did the mountain goats proud in your hill shoes with such a great run. Next in we saw Louise Adams, yet another orienteer proving that EUOC and the Haries mix pretty well. This week we saw her take to the cross country with grit and determination, while her other half took passionately to orienteering, proving that ‘meeting the mates’ in each of their respective disciplines isn’t the worst part of a budding new ‘friendship.’

All this team spirit and tenacity will only hold the Haries in good stead for the up and coming ‘big boys’ of the cross country season, namely: BUCS and The National. The girls team placed 5th overall in the East District League, where with this race being anything to go by, and some extra support from the rest of the team, the Haries might be able to give Loughborough and Birmingham a run for their money in a few weeks’ time. Well done to everyone that participated, the Haries never looked so good.

Special shout out to Maddy Austin for taking on the role of no.1 cheerleader.

For the men, not only was the race in Livingston the all-important selection race for the BUCS A team but it was also the first time since 1968 that the Harie men have had a shot at winning the East District Cross Country League. With an almost unassailable lead over Central, who have won the men’s competition for the past six years, all we needed to do was turn up. And turn up we did – despite Scotrail’s best efforts – with a 21 strong men’s team, bigger and better than any team we’ve taken to an East League before. All the boys showed up, with the exception of Euan Gilham who doesn’t need to run selection races and Logan Rees who would probably run for Fife anyway. Mathew Dailey, was also missing from the action after appearances at the first two East League races.

This historic League decider was ignited with a questionable attack from veteran Harie Patryk Gierjatowicz. However, it became clear within the first fifty metres that this was just an elaborate ruse to set Max Milarvie up for a commanding counter attack- up the first hill and onto the forest trails. When the boys emerged from the trees on the first lap, it was clear that the Green Machine was operational once again. The Haries were running this show and there was very little that the smattering of Central vests could do about it.

Sasha Chepelin was out in front with HBT’s Scott Fraser and Fife AC’s Kevin Wood for company. Not far behind, hounds Alex Carcas; Max Milarvie; Jack Leitch and Elisha De Mello were baying for blood. Alex Muir stuck to the task behind, running a largely solo race with Oskar Fraser Krauss and Gregor Malcolm already beginning to slip backwards.

Over the three laps, Sasha fought off the challenge from Kevin Wood and powered down the hill on the final lap to try and catch Scott Fraser. In the end, he had to settle for second place once more after coming runner up to Mike Christoforou at Broxburn. On the eve of his 21st, Alex Carcas was the next Harie home, taking 4th and slotting into the second spot in the BUCS A team. Mark Pollard’s disciples, Jack Leitch and Max Milarvie had a friendly tussle throughout the race but it was Jack that came out on top by just two seconds after coming past Max in a thrilling downhill finale. A resurgent Elisha De Mello made it 4 in the top 10 whilst Alex Muir rounded out the scoring team in 12th. After being instrumental in the team’s success at Scottish Unis and the East League this year; we’ll miss Alex’s cross country pedigree at BUCS as he focusses on Southern cross country Champs and at The English Nationals later in February.

After a quiet first semester, Callum Tharme, a fresher on the rise, finished 18th. A performance that will mark him out as one to watch come Falkirk in February. Orienteers Max Bloor and Tam Wilson stuck together for much of the race and only four seconds separated them in the end. They struggled to shake the majestic Jack Eykelbosch who made an impressive return to the XC scene, taking some notable scalps in the process. One such scalp was Andrew Johnstone -Louise Adams’ aforementioned other half – who finished 30th. Oskar Fraser Krauss had un jour sans and was pipped at the line by young Fifer, Craig Morris. Formerly training partners at Fife AC, Oskar was once revered by Craig as the pinnacle of athletic prowess but it apears as if the tables have turned. OFK went off in a sulk post-race. Some eyewitnesses said tears were shed but he was buoyed by the fact that the first Harie counter in last year’s BUCS B race also had a shocker at the third and final East League.

For Gregor Malcolm too, “it was a good day to die hard” but our captain does deserve some credit for captaining his team to their first East League title for over half a century. Gregor just managed to hold off Tom Lines and triathlete Nick Allen whose parents gave him a lift over from Edinburgh.

Pat Gie faded somewhat after an early showing of intent but will hopefully return to peak form just in time for BUCS after a six-year hiatus. Fellow marathon runner Ollie Teenan made a rare cross country appearance as part of his preparations for the Manchester Marathon in April whilst Alex Bell continued to shine in his first season of Scottish cross country.

Carcas’s pal Chris Robinson ran strongly on his debut for the Haries but was narrowly beaten by Dan Smith who was back racing for the first time since The National last year. I can’t decide what’s more sickening though-the vest he decided to race in or his HOTW interview with “Josie”. Good effort though Dan x

Resident Cypriot Konstantinos Kapardis rounded off the most competitive men’s team we’ve ever fielded at an East League.

It was our lowest aggregate team score of our three dominating wins this season and the lowest winning team score there’s been for a long time. It was the kind of emphatic victory we’ve come to expect from the girls in recent seasons and if we can continue this form for the next couple of weeks, BUCS is going to be a pretty successful weekend.


Well… “All roads lead to Braids” don’t they? Well they obviously did on Saturday as we saw yet again record numbers for both the 5k and the 10k! The annual runs hosted by the club had  288 finishers in the 5k and 209 10k with some familiar faces in the mix of it all. Including Jacob Adkin which after his very successful Summer running fancied the trip from his new residence in Keswick running for his new club Keswick AC in the 10k. Jacob told me in a short message with him that “it was a real treat of a weekend” and “not only did I lose my Braids Race virginity, but I returned to the finest city to experience the best atmosphere of any event, amongst the best people!”. He also mentioned a Salomon Bell which was used maybe too excessively for some but he was super proud to hear it and all the cheers he had along the course! Another Ex. Harie Beth Hanson was also spotted on the course in Ambleside colours putting in an impressive time of 39:12 which was 1 minute 22 seconds faster than 2015!

Before I go into the real meat of the Haries performances (I’ll get there soon) there has to be a special shoutout to Arianne Holland who despite having many hurdles to overcome with organising the race managed to put on yet another amazing Braids Hills XC Race! And without the work she has done this event wouldn’t have been possible, and I’m sure this wouldn’t have been an easy job juggling the Vet Degree… (However you’ll hear more in her HOTW interview I’m sure #Hype)

Now the results: I know I’m not gonna be able to mention everyone before even looking properly through the results as there was simply so many Haries running! But what’s not to like about that! Good to see you guys all out!

Starting with the 5k Results (cuz everyone knows why do two loops when you can do one…?)

From the results the 5km race was one of strength with 95 runners managing to go under the 20 minute barrier and of those we had 39 who broke the 18 minute Barrier! I’m also happy to report that Alex Carcas was having an absolute stormer – further showing his dominance on Jack Leitch (Who wasn’t even racing… Although Matthew Leitch was in disguise running for Worthing). In second place was Jack Turner from Lancaster University and third place went to Callum Hanson from Newcastle University, who were both also flying coming in at 15:41 and 15:46 respectively on the (just shy of) 5km course. Just 3 seconds behind third though as if by magic was “Mr Bertie” from Sheffield University who despite not having Eykelbosch’s shouting managed to cruise himself into 4th place (a true legend)! However it may have just been Elisha de Mello’s encouragement from behind on his return to running  encouraging Mr Bertie on the hilly course as on his comeback he managed to get a well deserved 5th place. It looks like a midday start time and local race is just what Elisha needs to turn up on time! Still staying in the top 10 we also saw the return of Jack Eykelbosch himself who after a long run of injury that has came, gone, came back again and then now gone as he’s back by the looks of it and lets hope to see this continue and I wish Jack the best of luck as he goes into the final year of his masters! 

Elsewhere there was Oliver Langselius who is on his year abroad with us and hoping for a place at Armagh this year and with a time of 16:43 he’s well on his way to achieving that! Now I’ve heard this boy is good and I feel there is a lot more for him to show us after speaking to him at the social after the event! But maybe he was just running fast because Naked Joe was behind him (if you know you know, you weren’t in danger Oliver…). Speaking of Joe he had a very good run as well, getting his way across the finish line in a time of 16:45 for Aberdeen University. Not sporting his mankini, (Joe would have been proud) but wearing his Harie Potter green glasses was Andrew Lawler. He is still struggling with injury after having his surgery in the summer but the ex. GB internationalist still managed to get a solid finish, finishing in 17:42 tied with Manchester runner Harry Parker (almost potter). 


As the field got more and more packed further down the order we had 4 finishers across the line in a time of 18:13 including last weeks HOTW our treasured Matthew Dailey along with our equally treasured Amy Frankland (Franko). They both crossed the line along with Leeds University runners Jemima Elgood and Andy Williams. Next Harie home was Alex Bell who was struggling with his race getting stuck behind runners as he found the race to be busier than expected, however still thoroughly enjoyed the race (must be still adjusting to life in a city as he’s from IOM…?). 

Other Haries to cross the line under 20 minutes included Rhiannon Kirk, Michiel Kooijman, Polly Edwards, Rona Tyler, Tucker Owens, Laura King and just missing out with a time of 20:01 was Alexandra Kiltie. Not too far behind was also Eve Mackinnon back from her year abroad last year. Chasing each other down to the finish was also Carly Cameron and Josephine Edmunds both having good runs, and were followed closely by Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla.

Also to complete the course was Sally Stewart (21:04), Alastair White (21:12), Abi Plowman (21:15) and Lydia Blythe (21:17) (who is still on her year abroad right now #dedication). We also had a further 21 Harie’s who completed the course, which was a great turnout for the club!

And the 10k Results (10/10 for effort but why two loops…?)

With an impressive looking start list it was looking to be a very interesting race and that it was! Kris Jones was in super shape and established the lead from the offset and now with many titles under his belt it was time for him to secure another Braids Hills XC Race title (that’s better than National XC winner isn’t it?). The course proved not hilly enough for Jacob Adkin tho as 2nd place could not be his as he settled for 3rd place with St. Andrews man Kevin Fulton taking the second spot on the podium. Unfortunately for the “Hare and Hounds” the “Hare(s)” had their first runner home Andrew Merry in 5th place ahead of our Harie Eddie Narbet (or Pedley I’m still unsure), who was continuing his string of good runs on from Scottish Uni’s! There was also Ex. Harie Ewan Davidson chasing him down who is also in top form running for his new club Moray Road Runners, making his name now up in the north, rising to that superior fame that you just can’t find down in Edinburgh (hope you got in the paper this week Ewan!). Still breaking into a top ten finish there was Ali Masson in a time of 33:05 which was the same time across the line as 9th position Andrew Milligan from Durham University. 

Just outside the top ten we also had one of our new Haries Max Bloor also showing his strength in the 10k coming 14th in a time of 33:51. Followed closely behind Max were a team of Haries lead by Rowan Dunn-Capper, Tom Lines and Robbie Peal who were 16th, 17th, and 20th respectively. Not far back was Nick Bennet in 29th, HBT and forever Harie Alex Luetchford in 34th followed by team mate Ewan Crawford and more Haries Alasdair Bisset & James Haynes who were 36th and 37th respectively. 

Just missing out on sub 37 minutes was Tom Scrutton crossing the line and completing the gruelling 10k course in 37:07 and chasing him down was ex. Captain Ben Murphy running in Brown colours to take 65th place! Another new and keen Harie Emma Gill (@fruitsandroutes) just missed out on going under 38 minutes on the course coming in, in a time of 38:05. Other Haries to cross the line included Andrew Lindsay, Calum McLeod, Toby Linley-Adams, Ben Williamson, Jacob Milburn and Fay Walsh among many others!!

On to the Team Results:

5k Race 

Men Club Athletes Time
1st Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds 612.Alex Carcas 15:26
34 points 633.Elisha de Mello 15:53
(1,5,10,18) 434.Jack Eykelbosch 16:21
395.Oliver Langselius 16:43
2nd Liverpool University 16.Elliot Martier 15:58
62 points 28.Alfie Devine- Wright 16:35
(6,16,17,23) 4.Calum Mitchell 16:42
33.Daniel Cooke 17:13
3rd Durham University 78.John Campbell 16:00
68 points 81.Alex Goodall 16:23
(7,11,22,28) 63.Johnny Alexander 17:06
70.Michael Pitchers 17:29
Females Club Athletes Time
1st Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds 464.Amy Frankland 18:13
285 points 604.Rhiannon Kirk 19:02
(48,71,80,86) 487.Polly Edwards 19:27
386.Rona Tytler 19:39
2nd Leeds University 164.Beth Garland 17:51
305 points 161.Jemima Elgood 18:13
(36,49,105,115) 179.Antonia Fann 20:20
191.Steffi Luker Edwards 20:34
3rd Durham University 35.Kate Brown 19:16
364 points 37.Emily Strathdee 19:45
(76,87,90,111) 36.Emma Bramley 19:49
46.Lucy Marquand 20:30

10k Race:

Men Club Athletes Time
1st Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds 368.Eddie Narbett 32:47
47 points 358.Alistair Masson 33:05
(7,10,14,16) 314.Max Bloor 33:51
300.Rowan Dunn-Capper 34:02
2nd Leeds University 183.Nathan Marsh 32:12
60 points 177.Rian McCawley 33:11
(4,11,22,23) 184.Joe George-body 34:28
175.Joe Walton 34:32
3rd Durham University 74.George Grasfy 32:47
66 points 71.Andrew Milligan 33:05
(6,9,24,27) 61.Jonty de la Harpe 34:34
58.Marco Arcuri 34:46
Females Club Athletes Time
1st Manchester University 238.Anna Mackenzie 39:58
488 points 223.Georgia Baynes 40:41
(104,114,126,144) 235.Becca Whalley 41:40
226.Tamzin Hull 43:22
2nd Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds 275.Emma Gill 38:05
513 points 310.Fay Walsh 41:25
(73,122,147,171) 288.Hannah Havelock-Allan 43:45
268.Alexandra Boloux 45:51
3rd Hunters Bog Trotters 599.Jill Stephen 37:09
580 points 365.Sarah O’Neil 45:18
(64,165,170,181) 271.Catherine Magill 45:49
303.Jess Husbands 47:11

Overall a very good race and a superb effort by Arianne who managed to organise the race along with fellow committee members. We’d also like to thank everyone that helped marshal, time-keep and just make sure that the event ran smoothly! Well done guys and bring on KB 5! 

Spell checked and Grammar Checked by : aLasdair pedley

3 Races, 2 Weeks and 1 Grammatically Immaculate Report


With the run of XC races well under way, it has been good to see our dedicated and high achieving athletes back on the mud once again, which is defo what can be taken away from this weekend. It saw yet again the women being the stars of the show, securing their 3rd National XC Relays win in a row, with Holly Page swapping for Franko who decided Manchester was a better idea… Another cracking achievement ladies!

Anyway I’m gonna apologise for the lateness of this report. But this one is gonna be a bit of a jumble, mixing all of what has happened over the past 2 weeks. Hint, it also includes some falling down hills and action at another University as well as highlights from National Relays. So what’s not to like really?? More reading, more action and more impressive results to read about!? So I’ll start with the most recent and work my way through, obviously if Manchester is ur thing, might want to skip the bit about Nationals…?

National XC Relays

It really did prove at the weekend that Cumbernauld was really the place to be! On a much firmer course than last year, the scene was set for the women to take the National XC Relay champions title once again. Following on from their success at the East District XC Relays the girls went from strength to strength. The team, comprising of Anna Macfadyen, Holly Page, Rebecca Johnson and Steph Pennycook, all had extremely good runs and it was impressive as always to see the kind of lead that these girls can get on the rest of the strong field of runners on the day!! 

Not far behind however was the B team who just like at East Districts also showed an impressive performance, coming 7th overall, showing the calibre of athletes we have in the club! With their team consisting of Constance, Becca , Zoe and Hannah!

We also had a notable appearance from Lydia Blythe who managed (just) to get to Edinburgh on Friday night from her studies in Grenoble. (I highly recommend anyone to have a look at this place! It looks incredible and to say I’m slightly jealous of Lydia is a bit of an understatement! Those views!!) Since being in Grenoble Lydia has managed to start building back up her running and has already had some great performances and she also appeared to have a strong run at the weekend too! Leading off the C team who managed to get their hands on 18th position, which at a national event is very impressive and it’s looking like Scottish University Cross Country will be a good one for the girls this year!!

[Carolyn Cameron]

Onto the Men, which I will actually start off with the two Harie’s which weren’t in Harie’s colours… (that’s right name and shame the lads…) First off on the first leg Max Milarvie, kitted out in his blue colours (V.P. who?), who unfortunately was a victim to the army of spikes at the start and suffered a few wounds which didn’t help his start too well. In his own words he struggled a little bit to get it back together in the rest of his leg, however from an eyewitness (me) Max was flying and established a bit of a lead ahead Cameron Young to bring home his V.P. team a strong position on the leading leg. He’s happy now tho cuz he got his Sugar-free Vimto, keep focused for Leeds next week Max! Smash it! Next of my naming and shaming was Euan Gilham, who swapped his Meadows late-night loops for the 4km Cumbernauld course, who just like Max was flying! And looked very comfortable on his leg and his team also managed to secure a Podium position! Well done Gilham! But Haries vest? [insert cry react]


[David Hedges]

Last but not least the proper Haries lads, comprising of Hounds and non-hounds however it was said on the fields of Cumbernauld that “anyone can be a hound” #inclusivity [love react]. With Elisha not making it out of his bed until the bus arrived at Cumbernauld, could Elisha make it fashionably late or when the party is over?? Unfortunately neither this weekend [cry react]. Meaning we only managed to get out two complete teams and a team of 3 lads. Not letting this faze them however the guys still gave it their all to show what they were made of with Fresher Pat G leading the three out followed by David and Michal. Further up the field both Cameron Young (Cameroni) and Andrew Johnstone (AJ) put in some great performances for the A and B team respectively on the first leg. With AJ not long back from the past year of injuries that has haunted him, he’s now his strength for the rest of the season! (and I’m glad to say he was not in those inverness colours (yuck!)). Next on the legs were Jack Leitch, Rob Huckle and OFK (rated the sunglasses look). Who all also put in solid performances on their respected legs to get the mens A team to 8th Place. Whilst the B team held AJ’s strong first leg to come 18th out of the 123 complete teams on the day, with Fraser Roach, Alex Muir and Alvaro rounding off the team!

Stirling XC

Now not the uni you thought I was on about folk going to, Manchester who?? 

But last week a big group of Haries hit the fields of Stirling University to compete at the first East League race of the season. I am gonna keep this one as brief as possible because I know I’ve wrote a lot already (and procrastinated enough too), not that the performances weren’t really good on the slightly adapted course to last year. 

Alex Carcas managed to have an absolute flyer, cementing the edge he has over fellow hound Jack by getting that crucial 14 second lead on him for them to come 6th and 9th respectively and being the first two haries home on the day! Also having strong runs were Rob Huckle and Alex Muir who both managed to get in the top 20, whilst Fraser Roach managed to keep a lead on AJ for the two North runners to come 22nd and 24th on the Stirling course. 

Whilst in the women’s race our first HOTW fresher came first Harie home in an outstanding 6th place! (must be something in those @fruitsandroutes meals…) And Pippa Hofman not far behind by only 6 seconds to secure herself 8th place! 

FRA Relays 

We took a men’s, women’s and 2 mixed teams down to sunny Ambleside (Hi Beth) to compete at the annual FRA Relays to show them bright green vests up and down the hills of the Lakes, and see a few ex Haries on the way up and down too.

To start, the A team had a stellar performance to come 4th overall off the back of last year’s silver medal, showing that the top guys have still got what it takes to compete at this level of mountain running! With Alexander Chepelin (Sasha) securing the joint 1st home on the first leg with Keswick runner Chris Arthur! The rest of the guys also had very strong runs getting at least a top 10 finish on each leg! 

Elsewhere our Open Team secured 60th place and the Female and Mixed Teams coming 79th and 80th respectively with only 2 seconds splitting it between them on the sprint finish at the end.

Reports were that even though he had completed his run and done a very respectable 41st place on the first leg, David Hedges made his way back into the hills to make the most of his trip down to the lakes, spending a few hours getting that filthy mileage #respect. And if you haven’t seen this boys mileage on strava check it out, he is absolute fire with that mileage!!

And that is me over and out, good luck to all the Haries racing at the Scottish Uni’s this weekend and those that are heading down to Leeds. Apologies if I have missed anyones results on the report, if you have a result you want me to put in the report. Plz drop me a message and I’ll get it in, my strava stalking isn’t on top form at the moment. 

Referee 1 : Alasdair Pedley (retired – Gave up on this hopeless cause)