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.