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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.

U20

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.

Thulbeck

The Thulbeck effect

u20 team

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”.

Freshers Week 2015

Our Freshers Run is on Thursday the 17th. We’ll be meeting at 5.30pm just outside the Stevenson Building (the gym). We’ll have 3, 5 and 7 mile runs suitable for all abilities. All the runs will be led and back marked by club members, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost.

We’ll also be at the Sports Fayre so stop by for a chat to find out more about the club! The Sports Fayre is held in the Stevenson Building from 10am – 5pm on Tuesday the 15th and from 10am – 4pm on Wednesday the 16th.

 

Dumyat Hill Race 2015

Stirling University hosted the Dumyat Hill Race and final round of our ‘Des Gilmore Cup’ on Wednesday the 6th of May bringing a close to the Hares and Hounds running calendar for the academic year.

Gage Willox kindly drove the minibus despite not racing and provided some much needed moral support along with Alastair Thurlbeck and Des Gilmore.

The race that incorporates the Scottish Universities Hill Race began with a mixture of road and trail before the challenging 1,280ft ascent to the top of Dumyat. The burning in the calves was soon replaced by adrenaline as the runners charged down the hill with a few slips and slides on the way. Gage and Alastair were given some high quality entertainment as everyone ‘pinballed’ their way off the trees and down the steepest part of the course. First to cross the line was Grant Boyne (38.24) in 13th position overall and 6th university runner followed by treasurer Tom Callan (39.24) in 22nd and 10th uni. Mairi Gilmour (50.20) was the first female in for Glasgow after a fantastic downhill to overtake Lisa Christy after she lead the uphill (51.26). Mairi was 13th female, 5th Uni with Lisa 16th female and 6th uni. Duncan NG followed shortly after (52.03) to shave minutes off his time from last year showing constant signs of improvement. Audrey Ayres and Stephanie Breunig both ran exceptionally well on such a challenging course to finish close together in 66.05 and 66.35 respectively.

Dumyat

Grangemouth 10k

The weather did not look promising as a keen group of Hares and Hounds ventured out of the library and into the scenic streets of Grangemouth for the annual ‘Round The Houses’ 10k. There was an eager sense of anticipation to see what colour the famous t-shirts would be with some pre race betting taking place before the nerves began to kick in.

The gun went and everyone set off strongly, including Isle of Man ‘team girl’ and prize winner Katrina Ballantyne, however the energetic bounce in her stride seemed to prove too much for the timing chip that was left behind on the start line.

The flame glowing from the oil refinery resembled Mount Doom as the hobbits (runners) battled through the final few kilometres. Grant Boyne was the first of those wearing black and gold to enter the stadium and cross the line in a PB of 34.12 followed by Lauren Wilson making her debut at the distance in a very impressive time of 37.13 as she finished 10th woman. Designated driver for the day Richard Kelly was hot on her heels finishing shortly after in a time of 37.16. Adam Stark (38.22) put in a strong performance after a busy couple of semesters at uni followed by Sarah Laverty (39.47) who claimed third U20 woman. Ross Martin had a great run and proved that hard work pays off after he recovered from his start of season injuries to put in a time of 40.42. Duncan NG (41.07) followed up on his Isle of Man PB with an even better run as he shaved a minute and a half of the prior week. New women’s captain Lisa Christy (41.26) put in another typically impressive run and Orla Chapman, in possibly her final run for the club, broke 43 minutes to improve on her first year time by 10 minutes!! Ceilidh McConnnachie built upon her good run at Clydebank to come in shortly after in 44.09.

Although those green Haries deservedly won the SSS awards, the t-shirts were blue and the banter was #craicandgold. Special thanks to Richard for driving.

Grangemouth