GUHH 5-Mile Road Race

A grand total of 7 Westies turned up for the Glasgow University Hares and Hounds 5-Mile Road Race on Saturday. All interest was focussed on the semi-elite end of the field with the long running rivalry between Grim and Struthers being re-kindled. At the start, new member Chris and his pal went off at a pace I couldn't match so I settled down to churn out some consistent kms, pretty difficult with the course having more ups and downs than I realised. On the 2nd lap people were starting to struggle a bit and I moved up a few places and crept past Chris and pushed on to the finish.

Highlight of the day, however, was watching the battle between Grim and Struthers. Grim entered the last 250m with a 20m lead only to see it come down to 1 or 2 metres as Struthers pushed hard for glory. However, Grim held on to win by 1 second in his best time since 2013. For those of you who remember the classic battles between Seb Coe and Steve Ovett its a bit like that, except in slow motion.

Alas, no points gained on Winter League leader Don who also turned up. With his attendance at Devilla on Sunday and the National XC next weekend he's looking good for the Winter League 2016/17.


41) Ian Thurlbeck 32:16

48) Chris Butler 33:16

56) Don Reid 34:09

58) Chris McKiddie 34:27

107) Graeme Orr 41:29

108) Ian Struthers 41:30

123) Eileen Hamil 46:01

Posted by Ian Thurlbeck on Mon 20 Feb 2017 | 5 comments

Category 5M Road Race


  1. Leanne said...

    Well done all! Hopefully we will see another sprint finish like that this weekend.

    Monday 20th February 2017 1.49pm

  2. Sam said...

    It does sound like an epic Westie battle... but the fiercest battle I have ever witnessed was between a nimble George Douglas and a young gun from VPOG at a Helensburgh cross-country event. The young gun thought that he could canter past George on the finish straight but he was mightily mistaken, George roared to life in the slight incline to the finish and managed to get a nose in front!

    Monday 20th February 2017 3.55pm

  3. EverGrim Graeme Orr said...

    Still recovering from that gut-busting sprint, which has been immortalised in a triptych of photos by Ken Phillips, which I hope Jamie can append to this comment.
    Ian (Thurlbeck, not Dr Struthers) asked me how many Hares & Hounds Road Rage Races I've completed. I've dropped out of one, when Dr Struthers was certain to beat me; but the total must be between 15 and 20 at most. The race route is much-revised, but still has some quite long ascents, descents and hairpin turns.
    The curious thing I've noticed over the years is that, while it still feels like one's running flat out, the hobbling gait of the runner you're chasing - and the clock - tell another story.
    I'll be back! Callendar Park, Falkirk, next Saturday - look out!

    Monday 20th February 2017 5.21pm

  4. christopher said...

    It was horrible

    Tuesday 21st February 2017 8.50am

  5. Don Reid said...

    It was great

    Tuesday 21st February 2017 8.17pm

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