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.

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National XC 2015

On a very wet and windy (Ideal running conditions) Sunday the 22nd of February 2015, a cohort of the Hares and Hounds made the journey to Falkirk’s main tourist attraction Callender Park. The under 20 women won a bronze medal (Sarah Lavery, 10, Katrina Ballantyne, 18 and Lisa Christy 19) in the 4.8 Kilometre race. In the senior races Alice Everrett and Rory Macmillan nursed their hangovers from the night before and ran well, claiming 90th and 130th positions in their races respectively. Alastair Thurlbeck ran exceptionally well and came 6th in the Under 20 Men 8 kilometre race, followed by Mr enthusiastic himself, Tom Callan, in 26th place.
Come on Glasgow!!

Words by Katrina Ballantyne

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BUCS XC 2015 – Brighton

On 30th January a group of enthusiastic Hares and Hounds runners settled into a whole 12 hours of bus travel all because of our commitment to be part of one of the biggest races in the calendarb – BUCS cross country, which this year was held in Brighton. After our epic journey we settled into a night in our seaside accommodation before, you guessed it, another bus to the start line.

The first team to race were the boys A team of Alastair Thurlbeck, Lachlan Oates, Kerrick Hesse, Tom Callan, Alistair Little and Will Bryant. The boys coped with the hilly 12km course fantastically, and one of the most exciting moments was seeing Lachlan briefly leading in the Glasgow colours. He finished in a very respectable 30th with Kerrick behind in 49th. Alastair Thurlbeck was third home for Glasgow in 79th. An overall team position of 16th reflects a great performance from everyone in a large field of excellent runners.

The second race was a 6.4km loop for the girls who competed well, against the now even muddier course, and were led to the finish by Lisa Christy, in 147th position, with a time of 28:37. This was followed by Orla Chapman , and then close behind her Mairi Gilmour, followed by Penny Timms. Good races all round allowed us to secure 32nd position as a team. Particularly impressive was Stephanie Breunig who secured an excellent time for her first ever cross country race!

Then we came to the final race of the day an 8km Men’s B Race in which Neil Wilson and Duncan Ng competed against the most rainy weather and most muddy conditions of the day to finish with two strong performances and excellent positions of 249 and 345 respectively.

All in all it was well worth the journey. A special mention must go to all committee members who helped with the organization of the trip, not least our captain Grant Boyle who, even though he unfortunately could not run due to injury, made it all the way down to cheer us on.

Words by Orla Chapman

 

Alan Scally Road Relay

The sun was shining down on the East End of Glasgow for the 46th Alan Scally – a race that also plays host to the Scottish University Road Relay Championships. The Glasgow girls were out to defend the title they won last year with the boys hoping to build upon their bronze medals. The race was a 4.8 mile loop with teams consisting of four male or three female competitors.

First year OM Mairi Gilmour lead the way for the women’s team running an excellent leg of 34:38 to leave the ladies in 4th place University. Sean Robinson opened the account for the men’s B team battling with the wind to complete his lap in 31:59. Meanwhile Grant Boyne covered the distance in 26:15 leaving the A team in a strong position to push on as we narrowly trailed our fierce rivals Edinburgh by 14 seconds. Alice Everett was next up for the women’s team completing her lap impressively in 34:30 making it hard to believe it was only her second ever race! After a good run at Cumbernauld the previous week Ross Martin (34:59) took over from Sean to produce another solid performance on his comeback from injury. Club Captain Mark Sutherland, who had phenomenally completed an ultra marathon the previous week, showed he still had plenty left in his legs to finish his lap in 28:31 leaving the men in 4th Uni. Despite being a little nervous before her leg Lisa Christy (32:53) provided another excellent run to secure a bronze medal, a great result with Edinburgh Uni securing gold. Rory McMillan made his debut for the Hares and Hounds in emphatic style as he finished in 28:51 for the B team while Tom Callan (28:24) extended his early season form while representing the A team after his impressive run the previous weekend. Simon Gardner ran the final leg for the B team in a time of 30:51 ensuring a strong team placing. The fastest Glasgow Uni lap of the day was run by Alastair Thurlbeck (25:49) as he secured a 4th place finish for the A team. An excellent run from the final leg Edinburgh runner secured their double victory over a strong St Andrews team.

Luckily we managed to get back before the rain really started and the days racing has left us all raring to go for the Scot Uni’s Cross Country which will be held in Dundee on the 22nd of November.

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Dunbartonshire XC Relays

A small group of us headed out to Helensburgh for the Dunbartonshire XC relays at Duchess Woods. The course was much more exciting than a typical cross country, with a steep climb through the woods, a fast decent and a stream crossing. It was sunny, warm and surprisingly dry, so we were all pretty keen for the afternoon’s racing.

I ran first leg for the guys team, whilst Borah May led out for the girls. (18.29) After a steady first lap I attacked on lap 2, to create a lead of over 20 seconds for the guys and record the fastest time of the day. (13.31) Mark Sutherland (14.35) worked hard to keep us near the front, and after passing onto Grant Boyne (13.57) for the third leg, we were only a few seconds back. Grant ran a great leg to put us back in the lead with over half a minute to spare, then it was on to Myles Bax (16.37*) for the final leg. Myles flew off into the woods leaving our nearest rivals in the distance. By this point we were confident of our ensuing victory, and patiently waited for Myles to emerge from the woodland. Except he didn’t. Due to a few unfortunate factors, Myles took a wrong turn. After what we’ll describe as a scenic diversion, he then rejoined the course at a later point before completing his 2nd lap to finish 3rd. Despite us technically failing to complete the course the, mens team were awarded bronze with the race organisers clearly accepting we were on track for the win. Meanwhile in the women’s race, Mella Slattery (17.48) ran a swift second leg to bring the team up into 4th position. Orla Chapman (17.49) then ran an almost identical time, with the girls finishing in a respectable 5th position overall.

All things considered it was a great race and we all ran well. We and the rest of Dunbartonshire will no doubt be making jokes at Myle’s expense for the rest of the season. However personally I will be keeping quiet, having previously took a wrong turn on the return leg of the 3k on the green’s out and back course.

National 4k XC relays

The weather was typical of an average Octobers day in Glasgow – wet. However this did not stop a group of enthusiastic Hares and Hounds making their way to Cumbernauld to compete in one of Scottish Athletics biggest cross country events of the year. 3 women’s and 2 mens teams set out to do battle against the elements and damp hilly course.

Skye Dick lead the way for the Women’s A team building on some good early season form completing her lap in 17:50, she was closely followed by Lisa Christy who had a great run in 18:21 with Christine Deng (21:11) not far behind that for the C team. Laura Muir took over from Skye and overtook several opposition with a strong run of 15:12. Freshers Katrina Ballantyne and Katherine Mitchell ran well for the B’s and C’s with times of 19:03 and 20:01 respectively. Nicole Gruszczynski was left to complete the race for the A team and done so emphatically in a time of 17:34 securing 16th place. Orla (19:30) and Penny (20:21) both finished the challenge excellently in such a strong field of runners.

In form runner Alastair Thurlbeck (THOR) opened the race for the mens A team in an incredible time of 13:52, opening up a solid gap on the Edinburgh Uni team in the process. Neil Wilson lead the way for the B team finishing his lap in a respectible 16:52 – just imagine what he could do if he wore socks! Aishan Patil (16:00) built upon his impressive midweek 5k for the A team and the ever improving Alistair Little ran well completing his lap in 16:32 as the rain began to batter the competitors. Grant Boyne took over from Aishan and clawed back some places completing his run in 14:20 for the A team while Tom Callan displayed some excellent talent running a superb lap of 15:03. Myles Bax (14:29) was careful not to wander off course and ran impressively to secure the guys a 19th place finish. Ross Martin (20:11) made his debut in the famous ‘Black and Gold’ to bring back the bacon for the B team.

All that running left a few of our athletes with a thirst which the GU more than happily quenched. Tom went on to prove that running was not the only thing he is fast at as he let out his inner fresher by asking what a ‘strawpedo’ was. A good night was had by all and the days racing has left us raring to go for the Allan Scally Road Relays next weekend.

 

MacAndrews 5k Road Relays

The Hares and Hounds started the season of in familiar fashion with a trip to Scotstoun for the MacAndrews 5K Road Relays. The undulating course always proves a tough test for stiff legs at the start of the season. The Woman’s team was an all fresher affair with Mairi Gilmour, Katrina Ballantyne and Christine Deng making their first appearances for the club. Mairi led the team out with a storming 22:22 before Katrina and Christine matched each other with 25:23. The Men’s A team was a mix of youth and experience with veterans Simon Gardener and Vitalijs Brejevs joined by new members Gavyn Chalmers and Tom Callan. Gavyn showed his potential with the clubs quickest time of the day in 18:10. William Bryant made an impressive debut in the B team alongside returning members Sean Robinson, Aishan Patil and Anton Ward. In the C team Brendan Chadwick showed he still had the speed despite an injury plagued summer, blasting out A 18:20. Mark Sutherland also ran a quick first leg to put the C team surprisingly high up the field. Very surprising for Club Legend Gage Willox as the ex-captain missed the start of his leg. Oli Seglah completed a solid C team effort and provided some pro photography too.

The highlight of the day came in when we found out there was free tea and cake, including the worlds biggest muffins!

Spirits are high and legs are fresh going into another exciting season of racing!

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Great Scottish Run

On Sunday the 5th of October a large group of Hares and Hounds consisting of several new faces joined the hardened veterans including Adam Stark in completing his 5th Glasgow Half Marathon. The weather looked as appealing as the St Vincent Street climb that opened the race, however we were fortunate as the rain politely held off until the end of our runs. Star man Lachlan Oates ran a fantastic race completing the course in 67 minutes and 41 seconds finishing 13th overall winning the scottish unis half marathon championship in the process. Myles Bax returned emphatically from injury to run the course in 73 minutes and 21 seconds followed closely by Alastair Thurlbeck who incredibly improved his personal best by over 20 minutes. New member Nicole Gruszczynski ran a strong race crossing the line not long after the 90 minute mark with Orla Chapman and Lisa Christy hot on her heels with both looking to be in good shape for the start of our cross country races. Congratulations go to everyone who for completing the run and well done to those who set some nice new PBs. Next up are the Dunbartonshire XC relays.

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival

It was great to have so many HnH runners at the EMF on Sunday! Particular shout outs to Anton who ran the full marathon in a time of 4:02:14. Mercy was first to finish for the girls followed by Skye in a time of 1:30:22 and Lisa in 1:35:25. For the guys, Sean was first in 1:30:57, Alistair Little finished in 1:31:03 and Ben in 1:31:37. Thanks also to Caroline and Ben for letting people stay over, and Oli who came through to spectate! Hopefully we’ll have even more entering next year.

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The Des Gilmore Cup 2013/14 – Race Series Review

Braid Hills

The first stage of the series saw 24 brave Hares and Hounds take on the Braid Hills outside Edinburgh. The race is best described as a “very hilly” cross country, most likely due to the actual hill situated in the midst of each lap. After the distressing two lap affair that was the men’s race, Grant Boyne was first in for Glasgow with a comfortable lead over 2nd finisher, Myles Bax. Ruben Lopez took third, while I took fourth having sneakily attacked Chris Clarke in the run up to the line. In the women’s race Lauren Quee finished 1st, again with a healthy lead to our 2nd finisher, Neah Evans. Lisa Christy and Ellie Waugh finished a mere second apart, taking 3rd and 4th respectively. Harriet Whitby-Tillot finished soon after to take 5th.

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The second stage saw us journey up North to Aberdeen, for the Scottish Student Sport cross country. It’s likely it was the appeal of a particular post race event and the following night out that made this our most popular race of the race series, with 26 entrants making the trip. Myles took 1st finisher, however Grant was close behind in 2nd, leading to a joint first place position in the overall series. Peter Bowman made an appearance to take 3rd, with Ruben taking 4th. Chris was back on form, leaving me in the distance as he secured 5th. Lauren ran a fantastic race to take first women overall, along with her second 1st place finish for Glasgow. Kathryn Pennel was not far behind, taking 6th overall and 2nd finisher for Glasgow. Neah also ran a strong race to take 3rd, whilst Mella Slattery took 4th. Harriet maintained good form to secure 5th. Unfortunately for Adam Stark, the additional post race event is not part of the race series.

Clydebank 5k

The race series’s third stage saw the Hares and Hounds descend on Clydebank for a fast, flat 5k. Changes were to be expected in the series standings with Myles out with an injury, and Ruben’s return to Spain. Grant fought with Dave Houston to take first finisher by just two seconds. With some improved form I managed a comfortable third place, however old “rival” Chris was close behind to take 4th. Adam took 5th along with a new PB, as did many other Hares and Hounds. Natalie Sharp took first finisher for Glasgow, alongside an impressive overall victory in the women’s race. Kathryn ran another strong race to take 2nd Glasgow finisher. Despite much pre-race self doubt, Karolina Kivimaki took 3rd, surpassing Harriet and Ellie for the first time. Harriet and Ellie both put in solid performances to secure 4th and 5th respectively.

Grangemouth 10k

The fourth stage was a fast, completely flat, and amazingly dull 10k. Few other races can rival Grangemouth’s awful scenery. The race organisers had titled the race “round the houses”, which it turned out was a painfully accurate description of the course. Despite the abysmal views, I managed to to take 1st and secure my dream of a sub 35 10k. As you’d expect, Grant was not far behind to take 2nd, and Chris put in a fantastic effort to take 3rd. Mark Sutherland secured a strong time to take 4th having improved dramatically since the first term. Adam put in another strong performance to take another 5th place finish. Karolina’s improvement resulted in a well deserved first finish for the Hares and Hounds runner of the year. Ellie took a convincing 2nd, while Cassie Patterson ran a great race to finish 3rd and Courtney Gunn took 4th.

Dumyat Hill Race

The final stage of the race series was the Dumyat hill race at Stirling University. Annoyingly, Andrew Foggo’s description of the race as “half rock, half grass” was pretty much spot on. Myself and Mark fought it out on both the ascent and descent, however thanks to a conveniently positioned tarmac road, I was able to stretch out a narrow lead to take first. Simon Gardner secured a strong third place finish in what was his first race series outing, likely due to Dumyat being the only race in the series vaguely comparable to orienteering. Adam took 4th, rounding off a strong finish to his race series while Ben Mclennen took 5th. Ellie ran a great race to take her first, 1st place finish of the series. Kirsten Somerville took 2nd, Fiona Mcgruer took 3rd and Sara Cameron took 4th.

Final Standings

Grant’s consistent strong performances in the first four races of 1st, 2nd, 1st and 2nd, led to a first place series standing with only 6 points. I ended up not far off in second with 9 points, largely thanks to 1st place finishes in the last two races. Chris’s strong performances throughout the year led to a third place series standing with 17 points. Mark and Adam were close behind to take 4th and 5th respectively. Ellie was rewarded for her good results throughout the year with a first place series standing. Great results in the last two races led to a convincing lead with only 12 points. Karolina Kivimaki took 2nd with 20 points thanks to her continued improvement throughout the year and stronger performances in the latter stages of the series. Harriet took third overall with 14 points thanks to strong finishes in the first three races. Lisa was only one point behind in 4th and Courtney took 5th.

Congratulations to Grant Boyne and Ellie Waugh, winners of the Des Gilmore Cup 2013/14! It’s also worth commenting on the excellent turnout to all the races throughout the series. Well done to everyone who participated, there’s just too many of you to mention in this already far too long review. I’d also like to apologise for saying “strong” around 50 times. I’ll use a thesaurus next time.

You can find the full standings of the race series here.

Words by Alastair Thurlbeck