On Sunday 16th October, GUHH headed to a somewhat soggy Helensburgh for the DAAA XC relays. Despite pelting rain Ellie Waugh, Brian Ward and Andrew Wallace started proceedings with 2 laps of what was essentially a short (3.6KM), sharp ascent of the hill, wheezy decent and ‘tricky burn crossing’ which turned out to be a small stream with an enormous tree branch lying right across the middle. Luckily no ankles were broken.
Brian put in an incredible run, coming 2nd in the first lap in a time of just 14.15, closely followed by Andrew for our mixed team (17.27) and Ellie for the women (18.07). Michael, Gavyn and Alex came next for Men’s A, all putting in fantastic laps in 15.03, 13.02 & 15.05 respectively and despite the initial concern that Alex might burn out half way round due to being ‘SO, SO PUMPED’ all was well and the Men secured 3rd Men’s Team overall. And despite his ridiculously long limbs and quick lap, annoyingly, Gav missed out on fastest lap by just 15 seconds. Rebecca ran second for the women, putting in a strong performance in just 17.25 and true to form El Capitan herself brought home a speedy final lap in 16.30 to win 2nd Women’s Team overall. Juliet and Maggie put in great runs for the Mixed team despite the awful weather in 20.14 and 19.17 respectively and GUHH acquired a new friend for the day in the form of Central runner Melissa Robinson who ran a strong final lap in 17.40 – cue much cheering and try and warm ourselves up.
Overall, a great day for the Hares and Hounds, winning medals for both men & women’s teams as well as the U20 prize for ‘Fastest Women’ going to Katrina.
Lessons learnt – running up hill, however small the hill is unpleasant, large branches should be avoided and down jackets, however warm they may be, do not withstand pouring rain, turning a once bubbly social secretary into a soggy sponge. Oh, and WE HAVE MORE FUN THAN YOU. Brilliant runs all round were rewarded by beer & burgers, proving that friends who run together, get fat together too.
Words by Ellie Waugh