RESULTS: Glasgow University Road Race 2018

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support today’s 5 mile road race. A full race report and photos to follow, but in the meantime please enjoy today’s full results:

Special thanks to all out timekeepers, marshals and huge numbers of alumni who came out to support the race today, it wouldn’t have been possible without you!

BUCS Cross Country Championships 2018

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This weekend saw 7 of Glasgow’s finest make the long journey down to London (thanks to Alastair for driving the minibus) for the annual British Uni’s and Colleges cross country champs. Hosted by Brunel Uni the course was “proper” XC with hills, mud, rain and a river crossing which claimed at least a few athletes over the course of the day, see:

Some runners having a tough time at BUCS Cross Country Champs 2018.Credit: Sport Imperial

Posted by Rian McCawley on Sunday, 4 February 2018

First up was the Women’s race with Alicia Paton and Izzy Rayner representing the mighty Craic N’ Gold, faced with a two lap, 6.5km course that even made Callendar park seem like well…ehm… a walk in the park. Izzy set the early pace opening up a 50m gap over Alicia by the halfway point of the first lap at the river and maintaining the lead for most of the race, until Alicia showed her track pace on the finishing straight to close down Izzy and pass her on the line, before skidding through the mud at the end (yet still stay the cleanest out of the team). Alicia and Izzy finished 256th and 258th respectively out of a massive, high quality, field of 718, with no less than 9 GB runners and many more top-class athletes making the finish line. Two great runs, which bode well for the future with both girls having at least two more years to compete in what is unarguably the top cross country race in the country, and set the guys up for their chance to take on the challenging course.

The boy’s race was over 10km, including the same challenges of the girl’s. With 5 runners in the ‘A’ race we were guaranteed a team finish, as long as at least 4 of us finished. In the end none of us succumbed to the rain, cold and mud, all finishing – having thoroughly enjoyed the racing over such a challenging course. Getting the early pace right was the key to success on the energy sapping course and all 5 judge their efforts well, in particular returning former captain Alastair who chewed up the 2nd lap to breeze by the opposition and close in on his teammates to ensure an exciting finish. Buoyed by the girls support around the course in the miserable, rainy conditions (so much for the sunny London weather) this led to a brilliant team finish, which saw Tristan come 27th, Finlay 76th, Martin 97th, Alistair 113th and Gregor 183rd. Such a strong team performance resulted in us coming 14th overall! Encouraging signs for the upcoming national xc champs in Falkirk where we’re sure to see strong performances once again from this team, with all but Alastair competing in the u20 race, with Thor continuing his return to fitness and going up against the best senior men Scotland has to offer on the 24th.

Post race the team headed back to their accommodations to chisel away the mud and freshen up for evenings events. Once energy was restored the boys headed across to Izzy’s house where the Rayner family had prepared a banquet fit for the queen, appropriate since her majesty was such a close acquaintance of theirs (photo evidence was supplied). The food was delicious, good chat was had and the hospitality was very much appreciated. Since we’d travelled so far it also seemed a shame not to experience the local culture and there was no better way than the local pub. It was then on to the main event, the after party at Brunel union, minus Gregor who was being educated on various conspiracy theories, ranging from the titantic secret coverup to extra-terrestrials impact on modern day technology, from a local clearly in the know. Meanwhile at Brunel, 1000 plus student athletes descending on the multi-story club was always (never) a recipe for a civilised night, especially when rowdy Loughborough runners are thrown into the mix. The highlight was the silent disco with an impressively multi-talented DJ.

The following morning, with legs fresh and minds clear, the team re-grouped at Windsor Park, after a successful rescue operation to retrieve Finlay from the den of said Loughborough athletes. The team were treated to a running tour of the Queen’s back garden, to help ease the pain of the previous 24 hours. The team then completed the return journey back up north with credit to Alastair for getting us all home safely.

Race report by Martin “techno” Lynas, Finlay “thrown out” Todd, and Tristan “Fife4lyf” Rees

Welcome back!

Freshers run 2017

Welcome back to our seasoned runners and welcome along to our new members! Coming up this Fresher’s week we have some great events for you to all come and get involved with:

Tuesday 12th September 1000-1700 and Wednesday 13th September 1000-1600 – come down and meet the friendliest (and cheapest!) club on campus! Find out what we’re all about, our new jogging group, meet some of our keen members in their shortest shorts and see if the rumours of delicious home baking are true!

Thursday 14th September 1730 we will be meeting at the front of the Stevenson building for our very first run of the year! As ever, we will be running 3, 5 or 7 miles and will front and back mark every route so no one gets lost. All abilities are welcome and the weather forecast is even looking good!

Monday 18th September will mark the start of our first week of training. For our first two weeks we will stick to “easy miles” (3, 5 or 7 mile runs, with front and back marking) as well as the introduction of our new and exciting jogging group every Monday! As ever, find us at the front of the Stevenson building at 1730 Monday – Thursday.

Sunday 24th September we will be having our freshers bbq, hosted by our kind sponsors Record Factory on Byres Road. Before this everyone is very welcome to attend our taster trail running session. Keep an eye on the facebook group for more details about this!

Road Race Rescheduled, Entries Reopened

The Glasgow University 5 Mile Road Race will now be held on Saturday the 18th February at Garscube Sports Complex, with the race now starting at 11am.

Entries have now been reopened on entrycentral here. Online entries will be open till the 15th February, with entries available on the day from 9.30am – 10.40am at registration within Garscube Sports Complex.

A course map is available here.

All existing entries for the postponed November race will be automatically transferred to the new date. The existing entries will not appear on entry central, however you are still entered in the race. Due to the change of date, all entrants to the orgininal race date are entitled to a refund. Anyone wishing to receive a refund and withdraw from the race should contact:

treasurer-handh@gusa.gla.ac.uk

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday 26th November 2016 but was postponed due to a sheet of ice on part of the course.

ROAD RACE CANCELLED

After a course inspection earlier this evening, we have decided to cancel the race tomorrow. The race will be postponed to a later date in the new year.

Whilst the majority of the course is safe to run on, the pathway between Dawsholm road and the Kelvin is blocked by a huge ice sheet. This ice is several centimeters deep, stretches the full width of the path and affects around 50m of the course. As there is no way around this section, and no alternate route, we have no choice but to cancel the race due to the obvious safety issues.

We will try to set a new date for the race as quickly as possible, and pre-entries to tomorrows race will be carried over to the new date. However if anyone requires a refund, we will be able to arrange this in due course.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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.

Mairi National XC

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…

National XC team

The Squad

Words by William Bryant, Photos courtesy of Duncan Ng

BUCS XC 2016

Friday the 6th of February saw 28 of GUHH’s finest runners depart for Gloucester to compete in our biggest race of the year. The drive down to the not so sunny south was almost as tedious as Alastair Thurlbecks stretching routine and even wetter than our social William Bryant.

The morning of the race went smoothly and it wasn’t long until the men’s A race kicked off. Ross Gollan lead the way for the lads throughout the opening laps with Alastair hot on his heels shortly followed by Grant, Gavyn, Euan and Mark. The weather conditions made for an interesting race on what could be considered one of the most boring cross country courses that we, as a club, have encountered. In typical fashion Alastair worked his way through the field in the second half of the race crossing the line in 89th position highlighting the quality of the competition. Meanwhile fellow Scot and UWS student Callum Hawkins was halfway up the M6 after making light work of the race and comfortably securing the win. Gavyn Chalmers (108th) flew down the home straight cruising past Grant Boyne (110th) in the final metres to separate the pair by a mere second. A highly anticipated and well overdue debut by Ross Gollan ended well as he made up the team following shortly after in 115th. Another close battle saw Mark edge past Euan in the latter stages as they both done the team proud with gutsy displays.

Mark Guns

After some fantastic support throughout the first race the girls got themselves to the start line where the mud and puddles only seemed to be getting deeper -much to our TG Katrina’s delight. Sarah Laverty ran superbly to secure the best GU position of 53rd as she comfortably glided through the squelching mess underfoot. After a strong chunder mile performance the prior week Katrina lived up to pre race expectations and came in a little after in 145th position. Ladies captain Lisa Christy completed the women’s team finishing shortly after Katrina in 177th. The whole team ran admirably with club photographer Duncan’s photos showing that cross country can be fun as they all looked almost as photogenic as Mark Sutherland (host of the gun show).

Katrina BUCS

The men’s B-anter race undoubtedly had the worst of the weather but that didn’t stop Tom Callan giving it a big one and leading the boys home in 80th place. Will was out to show his parents that uni isn’t all about buckfast and Sunday roasts as he grafted his way through the field shortly followed by Tom Hartley. Neil Wilson took a break from the club instagram account to do his part completing the B team’s four counters. All of the gents worked so hard with a special mention to the crowd pleaser Lyle for sporting a bold towel kilt.

Lyle BUCS

After the brisk morning warm up it was time for the main event. Lisa Chirsty was on it from the off as she boarded the party bus and continued to giggle her way to Cheltenham. Business resumed as usual when the penny’s came out almost immediately after the meals were finished. Gage and Thor enjoyed several “stunners” before we headed to the club for the BUCS after party. From here the memories get vague but the night was a fun one.

After getting lost in the concrete jungle that is the West End we eventually made it back to the uni in time for a couple of pints at the beer bar where things got very “loose and liberal”.