Scottish National XC Relays – 22/10/16

On Saturday the 22nd of October a contingent of runners made their way to the scenic Cumbernauld for the Scottish National XC Relays. Conditions were ideal and the 4km course was suitably challenging and there was an Olympian or two – the makings of a good race. There was a full men’s team, two full women’s teams and incomplete men’s and women’s teams gracing the course.

It is common manners to let the ladies first so it was down to the girls to “soften” the course for the men (i.e. make it nice and muddy for them- they wouldn’t want it too easy). The first women’s team came home in 1:02 claiming a respectable 11th place overall- first leg runner Annabel Simpson being the 6th fastest woman on the day! Taking over from the ladies the men’s team – Alastair Thurlbeck, Rory McMillan, Gregor Gillespie and Gavyn Chalmers finished in a combined time of 53 minutes putting them in 22nd place overall- not shabby at all gents.

Well done to everyone who ran. Sorry I can’t mention you all but you all put in a craic-ing effort! Hopefully the next race will be just as successful.

Words by Katrina Ballantyne

DAAA XC Relays – 15/10/16

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

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Stirling Freshers XC – 12/10/16

On the afternoon of 12th October, 16 of our keenest Hares & Hounds headed to Stirling for the annual Fresher’s Cross Country and first official race of the season.

For anyone old enough to remember BUCS 2014 (i.e. only Ellie and Alastair) this is a course that insights flashbacks of mud baths, pain and tears. To anyone else is it a fairly straightforward, undulating 2.8km loop with nice views of Dumyat hill & the Wallace Monument – or at least that’s what they all thought when we walked the course.

Our boys kicked off proceedings with Martin Lynas absolutely smashing his lap to make 10th place in just as many minutes (in 10.01 to be precise) maintaining his lead on his chaser from Strathy who came in just 1 second later. Next came Guinness Gillespie in a strong 10.09 for 13th place and our very own Forrest Gump, Brian Ward bouncing across the line in 10.18 and 16th place.

As the girls watched in horror at the speed the men were completing their laps in came Euan Rose in 10.46 (21st) Nicolas Daval in 11.01 (25th), Callum Smith in 11.11 (28th) Ruaridh Campbell in 11.24 (33rd) Christopher Stevens in 11.33 (38th), Callum Ferguson 11.43 (41st) and Rhys Walker in 12.12 (45th).

This was the debut for all the guys running for the Hares & Hounds and all put in strong performances to put GUHH in 4th place over – just 6 points short of placing However, most importantly, the men did us proud, beating the Haries by a whopping 58 points.

Typically as the girls lined up the rain which had been threatening all day decided now was the time. Heather Addison put in an incredible run in 11.55 to come 4th overall and despite the fact that those sneaky Haries tried to claim her for themselves by recording her run for EUHH we can confirm that she knew the only way was craic & gold.

El Capitan herself, Katrina Ballantyne came in 8th in 12.09 swiftly followed by Izzy Rayner for her debut GUHH run in 12.42.  Audrey Ayres’ ultra-training came in handy as she made it in in just under 13 minutes with 12.54 to secure 16th place, followed by a wheezing Ellie Waugh in 13.31 (21st) and Maggie Harger in 13.59 (25th)

The girls ran well, securing 3rd women’s team overall, despite some confusion other who was running for who.

With Scotland’s very own Olympian Andrew Butchart giving out the prizes – much to the excitement of some of our ladies and one man from Stirling who asked for an autograph rather than a prize – a massive thank you is due to Stirling for hosting another fantastic fresher’s run. Also big well done for everyone who represented the club and took part, you did good!

Words by Ellie Waugh

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Round the Houses 10k – 10/04/16

On the morning of Sunday the 10th April, 18 of our most enthusiastic Hares & Hounds set off to Grangemouth for the annual Jim Dingwall Memorial, Round the Houses 10k.

The course itself remained unchanged from previous years, a flat course circuiting the Grangemouth industrial estate and (as the name suggests) around the local houses, the ideal conditions for a PB.

Upon arrival everyone was in good sprits, with good weather and a welcome lack of hills after a heavy weekend in the Isle of Man, setting us up for an enjoyable race.

On great form as usual, Alastair Thurlbeck put in a stunning performance to secure 10th place overall in a time of 32.46. A new PB for our incoming Captain. Gavyn Chalmers, Grant Boyne and  Mark Sutherland followed closely in 24th, 25th and 28th places respectively, all coming in under 34 minutes to complete the Glasgow University Men’s A Team.

Fanni Gyurko stormed the course in 34.46, taking 3rd place for the women overall, not far behind came Annabel Simpson in Black and Gold in just 35.44 for U20 women and Sarah Laverty (running under her own name this time after the glory of being Iona Gatenby) in 36.26.

Just 8 seconds later our resident Dr, Adam Stark crossed the line and Callam Scott followed suit, coming in with a new PB at 37.41.

Canada’s finest, Zander Affleck was next over the line with Murdo Traill, Ross Martin, Duncan Ng and Maxim Yan Muk all bringing in strong finishes for the boys.

For the women, outgoing Captain, Lisa Christy was just behind Zander, finishing in 40.28 and a Soop fuelled Katrina Ballantyne kept on Team Boy Murdo’s tail to finish in an impressive 42.32. Hannah Miller put in a strong performance after an impromptu sign up, followed by Ellie Waugh, Lucy Deeny and Juliet Hill, completing the Hares & Hounds finishes.

Despite the ever looming presence of the Haries (again, we couldn’t hear them sing!) Glasgow put in a stellar performance, with Alastair taking 1st U20 male and Sarah and Annabel taking prizes for U20 women.

Not only this but Glasgow won 1st prize for both Men and Women’s University teams, demonstrating to Edinburgh that although we might be loud & obnoxious, we’re not always at the back.

Once again, a massive well done to everyone who raced, we did Glasgow proud!

Words By Ellie Waugh

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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

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.

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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).

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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.

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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”.

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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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