Racing is what it’s all about for some of the club, others just treat it as a bit of fun. Most of the time we will travel to another part of Scotland, and occasionally the UK, to race, and they’re often a good excuse to have a post-race party as well. They are a great way to get to know club members, see the country, and have fun whilst representing the University of Edinburgh. There is always a great atmosphere at races, especially if we break out the facepaint and some of our rousing chants. Importantly, any member is welcome to race for us, no matter their ability!
We host two main races during the year: the Braid Hills XC in November and KB5 in March. Braids, especially, is awesome. Additionally, there are the club championships, the Harie Handicaps series. Until February, the Club’s focus is cross-country; the main races we attend are the Scottish and British Universities championships (SSS and BUCS), and the Scottish National XC Champs. We also compete in the Scottish East District XC League.
After the XC season finishes, there is a wide variety of races: some will start hill racing (Carnethy 5, Ben Lomond, Dumyat) others will focus on the roads; whether the Marathon or on more sensible distances (Jim Dingwall 10k, Scottish 5k Champs) depends on individual taste! For those who like track, EUAC attend several events and some of the Haries will doubtless be along: we have the University’s 5,000m and 10,000m specialists.
In the second semester, the Webmaster organises a fantasy running league to encourage you to get out racing. You pick your team of Haries, and their race results are rewarded with points – the team manager with the most points by Harie Holiday wins a prize!