Braids 15

2015 saw the return of Braids to our racing calendar. Sign-ups were strong and we managed to get our biggest turnout for a race this year with around 30 heading through for either the race or social with most doing both.

Neil’s instagram game was stronger than his navigation skills as he managed to veer Rory’s tanker off course while on route to Edinburgh Universities Kings Buildings. Meanwhile alumni member Dean McNaught was 2 pints of Fosters down as he began his 2016 Isle of Man training programme. After collecting our numbers and purchasing some ceilidh tickets we trekked up towards the race start.

The 5k race commenced to a chorus of “We love you Glasgow” which seemed to motivate our runners but not as much as Alastair Thurlbeck had hoped for. 8 minutes after the 5k started he stated that he expected the runners to be coming towards the finish soon. Despite not falling within Alastair’s 10 minute expectation Tom Callan did manage to finish in the top 10 with a storming run as his knees held out on the testing course. Lisa was first in for the girl’s closely followed by Mikaela Hannam who had a great run! There was a consistent stream of returning Glasgow runners with everyone doing brilliantly on the hilly and muddy course.

After singing a few songs about how much more craic we have than Edinburgh the gun was fired and the 10k runners were let loose. Sporting some fine face paint the Glasgow boys and Mairi Gilmour started to regret their choice of the 10k race as the second ascent painfully reminded us of why we love running. Grant Boyne lead the way for the lads with Mark Sutherland hot on his heels after making up considerable ground on the second lap. The rest of the troops weren’t far behind with Mairi finishing as 24th female.

We enjoyed an excellent bake sale and some fine team showers before heading to our various accommodation locations. Those of us staying in the Edinburgh Uni flat had a toiled experience like no other. Full details are almost too explicit to post on the page but an image that needs no words can be found on Duncan Ng’s Facebook page. Our social convenor Will made an investment that even T-Money himself could be proud of as he purchased a 70 pint keg that would rehydrate the team for the remainder of the night. There was some excellent ceilidh dancing on display throughout the course of the evening. A pause in the dancing lead to a game of “baggo” which escalated into “lights off baggo” and generated a large amount of craic. Thanks to Neil and Tom for making this possible and Rory for his well timed flicking of the switch. A couple of quotes from an Edinburgh runner: “I have never seen baggo played with such passion” and “the song that you were singing at the start of the race is true… Glasgow do have great craic”. To think the poor guy could have been one of us.

Special thanks to Lisa and James for hosting some of our runners, Alastair for his support and Rory for driving.

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