Edinburgh’s running club Hare and Hounds hosted their annual cross country race last weekend in Braids Hills, with over 100 women and 200 men taking part.
The women’s race was one lap of Braids Golf Course, whilst the men’s was two.
Universities from all across the UK took part, with many additional competitors returning to the race having previously belonged to Hare and Hounds. A presentation ceremony with an old fashioned ceilidh was held afterwards, celebrating the tradition of the race which goes back to the 1970s.
Dewi Griffiths from Swansea came first in the men’s race with a time of 31.26 minutes. Afterwards he told the Journal: “It was really good. I’m not sure what the time was but I’m pretty happy yeah. (I do) A bit of everything as I tend to do cross country, 10k distance. I might come back again next year- I’m not sure.” Second was James Waldie from Hare and Hounds with a time of 32.35. The next Harie was Patryk Gierjatowicz who came in fourth with 32.56.
The winner of the women’s lap was Lucy Crooke from Leeds University who ran at Braids for the first time with a time of 18.35 minutes. She was closely followed by Rebecca Harding of Hare and Hounds with 18.37.The third place was also taken by the hosts with Jenny Dybeck coming in at 18.53 minutes.
Publicity and Alumni Officer for Hare and Hounds Ben Stevenson said the event was a success: “Such a good course, keeps you going, the motivation. There’s a lot of people out here supporting you as well, so it was pretty good. I think we did pretty well over all, pleased with that.”
“We’ve planning this since the committee was re-elected back at the start of the summer so a lot of effort went in, especially from our race organiser Emily Pollock. She’s been the main person behind it all and the club has been helping all together, so a lot of effort’s been put into this. We’ve got quite a few other races on this weekend anyway so we’re pleased with the turn-out.”
After the event the club’s twitter feed said “Thanks to everyone who came and supported #Braids2012 Massive success, bring on tonight!”
Hare and Hounds’ focus is cross country until February. Rhona Auckland is the only Harie competing in the Euro XC trials next weekend, giving her a chance of making the GB team. Although Auckland didn’t participate at Braids, she did take part in the 4k National XC Championships last weekend and won, making her National Senior and Junior Champion 4k Champion at the age of 19. The rest of the Haries will travel to Livingston on 24 November to compete in the East Districts.