DAAA 5k Track Champs – 22/03/16

Hares and Hounds dominated the 5k track race, our favourite race of the year.  With so much excitement for the race and not so much as a murmur of complaint the guys got ready to start the most scenic 5k known to man.  Gavyn took banter start to the extreme maintaining it for a whole 5k cruising across the line and making it look like a walk in the park.  Grant beasted his last race as captain claiming second place with Mark Sutherland Adam Stark not far behind, all finishing in phenomenal times.  Will showed that it’s not the running but the turning up which counts as he won the U20 prize, something we’re sure he celebrated later that night by getting ‘loose and liberal’.

After realising that this wasn’t a baking party the girls made their way to the start line.  Marie-Louise Bonzon and Emma Ball were particularly nervous for their first race but both smashed the 5k showing how much their training this year has paid off- we promise that other races are much more fun!  The cookie monster herself Lisa showed the rest of us that she’s dought-not hanging around when it comes to running round in circles to be the 1st Glasgow woman back with a new PB.  Katrina followed Gavyn’s example and banter started the race completing the first 1k in a crazy fast time and being the second Glasgow woman to finish the 5k! Mairi Gilmour put us all to shame as she ran a stormer of a race despite having completed 2 hill races at the weekend….Mairi we salute you!  Lauren Gane and Ellie Waugh, our fave bakers, crossed the line within seconds of each other after being released from the clutches of the beer bar and its apple juice.

Special mention to Mr Instagram Neil for the pictures and flapjacks and Alastair Thurlbeck whose time keeping skills were on fleek – if running fails you can always become a timekeeper.

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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Clydebank 5k – 19/03/16

On Saturday the 19th of March an army of craic and bold took to the stage in the ‘scenic’ Clydebank for a 5k.

The mythical hammer-wielding Alastair Thor’ Thurlbeck thundered home in a god-like time of 15.38 and 16th overall.  Shortly followed by Gavyn in a PB of 15:41 (he was clearly eager to dish out twos to the other runners) coming in in 17th.  Grant thoroughly enjoyed himself and came in in 15.57 and giving a cheeky thumb up en-route.  Adam, Will, Tom Hartley and Zander all gave outstanding performances and came in sub 18 minutes.  Sarah swooped in to claim the U20 prize in a cracking 17:58.  The chase was on between Gage, Mark, Lisa and Katrina who all finished within 30 seconds of each other.  A pelaton of Connel, Megan, Hannah and Lauren Cowan all achieved sub 21.15 times.  Billie, who decided to sign up on the day (legend), came in in 22.02.  Audrey and her dodgy pelvis zoomed across the line in 22.48 (probably desperate for paracetamol).  Juliet continued her racing streak knocking 43 seconds off her PB finishing in 23.09.

Excellent performances all round guys, with many PBs to be had!

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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National XC 2016

The twenty-four strong Glasgow University “Hares and Hounds” running team travelled to the Scottish National XC, discovering an old stomping ground at Falkirk on the 27th February 2016 .The weather was almost as stunning as Neil Wilson’s Instagram account! The passengers of Alastair Thulbeck’s car were fortunate enough to see the prolific Grangemouth Industrial estate, courtesy of Will Bryant’s outstanding map reading skills.

The U20 girls took their race by storm, Sarah Laverty, maintained her marvellous form continued from BUCS, to lead the GU in positions, securing 7th place, comfortably in the top ten. Mairi Gilmour and Karina Ballantyne, helped one another along, finishing 22nd and 24th respectively. Their efforts were rewarded with third place in the team category, which now belongs to the best club at Glasgow University. Billie and Emily performed well on their debuts for the club, gliding round the course, finishing in 42nd and 43rd place respectively. Juliet Hill, as committed as ever, ran well to acquire 46th place.

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Flat day out for the U20 girls.

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Mairi grafting like a boss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following some cheering and chanting for the lads, it was time for the women to step up after a ‘bit of a result’ in the U20 Women’s race. The Women’s captain, Lisa Christy led by example, tip toeing to 66th place in a busy field of 378, making it look too easy, typically smiling all the way round, giving the fans exactly what they wanted. Audrey , Lauren and Ellie worked hard to get around the 8km course as a three, extolling the values of the club, working well as a team. The lovely Hannah had a cracker landing at 151st place, doing our club proud.

The U20 men saw four fine young men take to the starting line. The Thurlbeck effect was felt in full at Falkirk, Alastair flew, achieving 9th place, characteristically starting from the back, never to be seen again by those he passed. Tom Callan, who missed the Chunder mile due to being cold, arrived for the race, where thankfully, the weather was warm. He enjoyed the regular inclines dotted around the course, deploying the same tactics as Alastair, cruised to a very respectable 23rd place. Both Will and Rory, raced well, supporting the sterling performance from the rest of the Team.

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The Thulbeck effect

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All hail the mighty G

The Senior men, were led by the ‘Captain of our Ship’, Grant Boyne who steamed on ahead, as usual, holding on for dear life to get 55th place, only just missing out on the glory of the top 50! Gavyn Chambers, who forgot his spikes, slipped into 71st place, a remarkable effort from the soon- to- be doctor. Meanwhile, Mark Sutherland was enjoying the many hills on offer for his lovely legs, climbing through the field, crossing the line in 101st place. We all enjoyed watching Roy Keane (Chris Lamont) take on all 12km with sheer excitement and optimism shining through every bone of his body.

Our crowd of twenty-four left Falkirk with our heads held high. Yet again, we had easily been better “craic” than Edinburgh. When we arrived back in paradise, we knew what had to be done. The night in HIVE is but a distant memory. Until next time…

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The Squad

Words by William Bryant, Photos courtesy of Duncan Ng