Trip Away 2017: Isle of Man Easter Running Festival

posted 18 Apr 2017, 11:58 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

For the first time, St Andrews University was represented at the annual Isle of Man Easter Running Festival; joining Scottish Universities Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, alongside a host of English universities and running clubs. 3 races, 3 days ,around 8 hours travel time, but what one hell of trip it was. 

Starting off on Friday, we drove down to Lancaster from St Andrews, to take the ferry to the capital of IOM, Douglas, trying to be as fast as we could so we could make it in time for the evening 10km road race and registration at Port Erin. Let's just say we made use of the fact that there's no national speed limit in IOM, and made it to the start with our numbers with seconds to spare (our warm up was a sprint to the start line after getting our numbers). 
The race was overall an incredibly scenic 10K, taking us from one side of the island to the other and back, with a vicious downhill at the last kilometer. Some PBs were had, and overall was a great jump start to the weekend.

We raced down the roads in the stove-mobile and the van (and eventually old Betsy) to reach our church hall base, where we had an early night in preparation for the Peel Hill race the next day. Leaving early, we drove to the coast, and did a quick ~4k hike around the area, with some incline to warm us up for the race that afternoon. After a quick search for garlic and a cute picture by a waterfall, we headed to Peel.

Arriving early this time at our race start; right by the castle, then the men's 4 mile started first, all competing doing incredibly well, despite the two sets of steep incline. The women's 3 mile race second, with all girls doing us proud, specifically Annabel Personeni, who finished as the 6th under 20 woman!

After, we headed down the beach, got huge ice creams and explored the beautiful castle's walls as the sun was descending. We finished the evening by making a large group dinner, and most of us heading to the pub, and doing a bit of post-race yoga.

The next day started super early, as we headed to Douglas for our final race of the festival - the 5K road race. Still aching from the race before, the women started this one off, with a fast set off down the wet promenade. Shout out to Chloe Martin, who came 4th under 20 woman! Men next, a few PBs were had, with a dramatic finish of Sam Lesley, Andrew Taylor and Charlie Hillman finishing within 3 seconds of each other. Another highlight of that race was the Glasgow student running in a dress and heels in about 20 minutes.

We then went for a well deserved lunch out, group cooked dinner, and preparation for the night out in Douglas. After our intense water oat race at the afterparty, we decided we weren't really feeling the vibe (partly due to the fact we had to wake up super early the next morning), and headed back to our church hall for a few heated games of Mafia, before bed, and the ferry + drive home the next day.


42nd Philip Wright 35:10
66th Andrew Mitchell 36:31 (14th U20)
89th Andrew Taylor 37:39 (17th U20)
93rd Charlie Hillman 37:46
106th Chris Russell 39:00
114th Sam Lesley 39:22
152nd Alfie Scott 41:31 (31st U20)

13th Chloe Martin 39:43 (4th U20)
74th Louisa Bryant 49:06

28th Philip Wright 23:23
49th Andrew Taylor 24:35 (11th U20)
50th Chris Russell 24:35
53rd Stephen McDougall 24:39
71st Andrew Mitchell 25:45 (16th U20)
105th Alfie Scott 28:02 (24th U20)

33rd Annabel Personeni 21:26 (6th U20)
56th Corrin Blake 23:04 (16th U20)
59th Naomi Metcalfe 23:17 (17th U20)
61st Louisa Bryant 23:23
86th Jenny Stocks 25:32 (25th U20)

21st Philip Wright 16:24
48th Andrew Mitchell 17:07 (13th U20)
60th Chris Russell 17:36
66th Sam Lesley 17:45
68th Andrew Taylor 17:47 (19th U20)
71st Charlie Hillman 17:48 (21st U20)
107th Stephen McDougall 19:15
139th Alfie Scott 20:34 (27th U20)

12th Chloe Martin 18:34 (4th U20)
38th Annabel Personeni 20:38 (9th U20)
64th Corrin Blake 22:25 (15th U20)
104th Jenny Stocks 26:35 (24th U20)

23rd Philip Wright 91
47th Andrew Mitchell 185
54th Andrew Taylor 206
58th Chris Russell 216
96th Alfie Scott 396

13th St Andrews A 42
17th St Andrews B (U20) 53

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

Round the Houses 10K 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 10:46 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 10:47 ]

A favourite road race of the season, Round the Houses 2017 didn't disappoint. Sporting a new course for this year, we enjoyed a full 10K course that showed the more scenic side to Grangemouth, as oppose to its chemical treatment works. With plenty of PBs all round (and a couple of DNFs), it was a great chance to practice for the Isle of Man 10K the week after! Particular congratulations goes to Chloe Martin, who finished as the first woman under 20, and the men's team, finishing third out of the universities present.  


27th Phillip Wright 34:29
95th Stephen McDougall 37:39
106th Charlie Hillman 38:01

129th Chloe Martin 39:13
554th Sarah MacNeill 58:59

Full race results can be found here

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

BUCS XC 2017

posted 7 Feb 2017, 15:12 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 15:13 ]

Annually one of the biggest, if not the biggest race in our calendar, BUCS XC 2017 did not disappoint.  Held this year in Sheffield, it was the shortest drive we've had in 3 years down there; being a cool 6 hours! After finding our way to our castle-esque hostel in Eyam to get a good pre race sleep, we set off. 21 runners, face-paint and 'Soreen' loaves in hand ready to take on the competition at Graves Park.

The mens long course was 10.36km, the short being 8.18km and women's 7.38km, the course consisted of a mixture of short and long laps, the latter including an incredibly muddy incline and decline, which ended in a jump over a small hay-filled bog. Consisting of several long inclines and a totally beaten up course (imagine what would happen if you were run over by 1528 spikes), it wasn't everyone's favourite, despite the random hay bale jump. However overall the race was a great experience.

On our way back to the hostel we stopped off at the scenic town of Bakewell, where we bought some traditional authentic bakewell puddings to share after pizza-heavy dinners. The night ended with a few pints and some smashing card games at a local pub, before heading home the next day via a quick run in Hassop.


146th Philip Wright 37:27
206th Isaac Bonisteel 39:40
216th Stephen McDougall 40:07
253rd Andrew Taylor 41:56
291st Charlie Hillman 44:27

263rd Corrin Blake 33:16
357th Louisa Bryant 35:23
378th Annabel Personeni 35:46
399th Molly Pace 36:12
432nd Emily Waas 37:06
600th Sarah MacNeill 45:26

257th Chris Russell 32:51
258th Sam Mason 32:52
313rd Evan Bohan 34:25
320th Sam Lesley 34:38
402nd Calum MacGregor 36:24
457th Anton Weatherhead 38:19
502nd Corey Smith 40:02
503rd Kai Garson-Shumway 40:03

Full results can be found here, and searching for 'BUCS'

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

Scottish Unis XC Championships

posted 21 Nov 2016, 12:31 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport


Muddy ground, sunny weather, a pretty view and a sweet 4C; the Scottish Student Sports XC Championships, hosted by the Edinburgh University Hares and Hounds proved to be ideal conditions for a good cross country race. The course, however, proved to be quite challenging, running through the scenic Craigmillar Castle Park in Edinburgh. There were many inclines, and one very muddy downhill that proved ample entertainment for the mashall posted there. As a result, there were many drop-outs as the race progressed, and so a big congratulations is deserved to every entrant that finished the challenging course. For the men's race, it was 9.6km, and the women's 6.1km.


32nd Andrew Mitchell 39:42
43rd Joe Cherry 41:51
45th Sam Lesley 41:53
47th Charlie Hillman 42:42
57th Corey Smith 46:59

45th Molly Pace 31:48

Full results can be found here

Charlie Hillman
XC Publicity Rep

Braids 2016

posted 15 Nov 2016, 13:49 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

Braids yet again proved to be a fantastic weekend away. With the muddy course and scenic views over Edinburgh not stopping us getting brilliant results! The after party and ceilidh let St Andrews show off our amazing ceilidh skills and consume our weight in Haggis, neeps and tatties before heading out to Movement club and Pizza Paradise.


Andrew Mitchell (20th)- 17:42 
Andrew Taylor (29th) -18:08 
Evan Bohan (47th)- 19:24 
Kai Garson-Shumway (86th) -21:00 
Corey Smith (88th)- 21:01 
Corrin Blake (92nd/ 24th women)- 21:07 
Louisa Bryant (117th/ 41st women) -22:28 
Ross Heenan (173rd)-25:09 
Sarah MacNeil (231st/ 123rd women)- 30:30 

Isaac Bonisteel (52nd)-38:01 
Joe Cherry (63rd) - 38:49 
Sam Lesley (84th)- 40:11 
Dirk Van der Tang (131st) -45:06

Full results can be found here

Louisa Bryant
Vice Captain

Allan Scallys Road Relays

posted 5 Nov 2016, 17:45 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 15 Nov 2016, 13:48 ]

Possibly one of the hardest road courses some of us had ever done, this 4.8 mile relay gave the men's A, B  and C teams and the women's A and B teams a challenging race. With undulating gradient and many turns, it wasn't one for the fastest times, but team support was on point, and face paint courtesy of Emily and Molly was much appreciated. Joined by universities Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Strathclyde  and Glasgow,, along with local athletic clubs, and with a total of 145 runners, it made for a great day out in Glasgow. Though a few individual times were reported wrong, special mention goes to Phillip Wright for getting 21st individual male with a time of 27:18, and Chloe Martin, for getting 14th individual female with a time of 32:55. Also special mention to the men's B team, who very nearly beat the A team, and were ahead for most of the race, resulting in a very dramatic finish by men's A Euan Brownlie.

Full photoset can be found here, only some made it onto the viewer above due to technical issues


A (Andrew Taylor, Andrew Mitchell, Stephen McDougall, Euan Brownlie)
8th, 1:54:35
B (Phillip Wright, Charlie Hillman, Isaac Bonisteel, Joe Cherry)
9th, 1:54:45
C (Evan Bohan, Sam Lesley, Daniel Hale, Corey Smith)
10th, 1:55:39

A (Louisa Bryant, Corrin Blake, Chloe Martin)
6th, 1:42:58
B (Molly Pace, Emily Wass)
Unplaced, incomplete team

8th Corey Smith 25:37 (disputed)
21st Phillip Wright 27:18
28th Euan Brownlie 27:54
33rd Andrew Mitchell 28:26
34th Isaac Bonisteel 28:27
43rd Andrew Taylor 29:00
47th Charlie Hillman 29:15
48th Stephen McDougall 29:15
49th Daniel Hale 29:27
53rd Joe Cherry 29:45
56th Evan Bohan 29:54
66th Sam Lesley 30:41

14th Chloe Martin 32:55
20th Corrin Blake 33:26
32nd Emily Wass 36:01
37th Molly Pace 36:34
38th Louisa Bryant 36:37

Full results can be found here

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

East District Cross Country League

posted 18 Oct 2016, 03:52 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 18 Oct 2016, 04:53 ]

A fine day of Scottish weather marked the start of the 2016/17 East District Cross Country League. A team of 7 travelled to Stirling to take part in the first "long course" cross country race of the year. Despite getting a little muddy everyone ran really well!


MEN (9K)
48th Andrew Mitchell 33:27
69th Stephen McDougall 34:33
77th Andrew Taylor 34:53
102nd Joe Cherry 35:58
136th Sam Lesley 38:09

Also, well done to Euan Brownlie who finished 41st in 32:43, running for central on this occasion.

58th Molly Pace 29:29

Full results can be found here

Andrew Mitchell

Giffordtown 5K

posted 2 Oct 2016, 09:54 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 2 Oct 2016, 10:18 ]

A great day full of PBs, the annual Fife AC's Giffortown race was fantastic as always. Sunshine, a great temperature and virtually no wind made it for a fast 5km race, where St Andrews got to shine as the only university competing. Out of a total of 100 entries, it was a fairly small race, with a great mix of ages - from under 10 to over 70! Post race was a great spread of cakes where we could gorge and put on all the calories we had just lost!


7th Andrew Taylor 17:09
8th Chris Russell 17:18
11th Isaac Bonisteel 17:28
17th Stephen McDougall 17:42
19th Philip Wright 17:48
20th Charlie Hillman 17:50
25th Evan Bohan 18:12
40th Sam Lesley 19:25

54th Corrin Blake 20:35
74th Louisa Bryant 23:05

Full results can be found here 

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

Chariots of Fire 5K

posted 28 Sep 2016, 02:46 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 28 Sep 2016, 02:48 ]

The annual beach race went off with a blast this year yet again! With a great turnout from St Andrews, Aberdeen, Dundee and Heriot-Watt, the race followed our usual route - up 2.5km along the beach and back again. Even though the runners faced strong winds on their way back, and the fact they were running through sand, all still made it through with respectable times. Extra kudos was given to the runners wearing all white - truly creating the iconic movie the race was named after. Notable mentions go to Rory Stead, from the University of Aberdeen for coming first for the second year in a row, doing the 5K 17 seconds faster than last year, and also to Susie Bar-Wise Munroe, also from Aberdeen who came as the first female. Out of the St Andrews lot, Andrew Taylor was our first, and came a respectable 8th place, with Chris Russell coming close behind at ninth. Out of the females, St Andrew's Corrin Blake came 2nd out of the females.
Post race, we had a great night out, ending up at the lizard of course, up until closing.

For race photos, courtesy of Alexander Dutoy, click here


Position Time Number Forename Surname Club/Uni
1 16:49 318 Rory Stead Aberdeen Uni
2 17:26 301 Rory Muir Aberdeen Uni
3 17:29 329 Connor Moran Herriot-watt
4 17:32 328 Pierre Besse Herriot-watt
5 17:35 308 Eoghan MacNamara Aberdeen Uni
6 17:50 327 Liam Braby Herriot-watt
7 18:27 314 Joe Barton Aberdeen Uni
8 18:31 323 Andrew Taylor St Andrews Uni
9 18:35 196 Chris Russell St Andrews Uni
10 18:37 317 Andrew Morgan Aberdeen Uni
11 18:39 334 Juan Sanchez Herriot-watt
12 18:42 309 Craig Osborne Aberdeen Uni
13 18:45 193 Philip Wright St Andrews Uni
14 18:56 298 Robert Sellar St Andrews Uni
15 19:33 198 Angus Dunnett St Andrews Uni
16 19:54 307 Philip Neilson Aberdeen Uni
17 19:58 326 Oliver Germain Herriot-watt
18 20:05 294 Stephen McDougall St Andrews XC Club
19 20:26 194 Sam Lesley St Andrews Uni
20 20:31 304 Daniel Holligan Aberdeen Uni
21 20:38 313 Matthias Flamenco Aberdeen Uni
22 20:43 330 Sean Sweeney Herriot-watt
23 20:57 302 Chris Ponton Aberdeen Uni
24 21:03 337 Jack Bates 
25 21:06 284 Campbell Alexander St Andrews Uni
26 21:08 195 Sam Michelaugh St Andrews Uni
27 21:14 312 Fraser McCall Aberdeen Uni
28 21:19 295 Matthew Robinson St Andrews Uni
29 21:21 303 Suzie Barwise-Munro Aberdeen Uni
30 21:27 199 Scott Sheldrick Dundee Uni
31 21:34 283 Corrin Blake St Andrews Uni
32 21:36 350 Sean Simonsen 
33 21:38 294 Stephen McDougall St Andrews XC Club
34 21:42 319 Seamus Thomson Aberdeen Uni
35 21:51 300 Isla Scott-Pearce Aberdeen Uni
36 21:55 200 Craig Mclean Dundee Uni
37 22:10 291 Niamh Shaw Dundee Uni
38 22:21 321 Ben Davis St Andrews Uni
39 22:31 285 Rebecca Spens St Andrews Uni
40 22:53 290 Katie Ireland Dundee Uni
41 23:02 299 Mark Brougham St Andrews Uni
42 23:33 335 Sami Squali
43 23:47 306 Tanay Srivastava Aberdeen Uni
44 24:08 305 Catherine Stark Aberdeen Uni
45 24:38 293 Jenny Wood Dundee Uni
46 24:55 320 Gabi Chappell St Andrews Uni
47 25:32 311 Sabrina Lawson-Mcdowall Aberdeen Uni
48 27:49 325 Jenny Stocks St Andrews Uni
49 27:57 324 Hannah Smegal St Andrews Uni
50 28:48 316 Sharon Jakisa Aberdeen Uni
51 28:50 310 Ollie Wesley Aberdeen Uni
52 29:12 322 Louise Hall St Andrews Uni
53 33:32 296 Sarah McNeil St Andrews Uni
54 33:35 297 Ethan Paton Aberdeen Uni
55 38:31 315 Saoirse-Catherine Barrett Aberdeen Uni
56 39:22 336 Nouran Alserw

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

Self Transcendence 5K

posted 7 May 2016, 12:41 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 31 Aug 2016, 07:43 ]

A really fast flat 5K road race with PB's all round and stunning views of the north sea. It was great to see a decent representation from St Andrews, despite the fact that it was the Friday of revision week! About an hour's drive got us to the scenic Edinburgh suburb of Silverknowes, where Sri Chimnoy and Run and Become hosted the evening event. Alongside the University of St Andrews, teams from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Heriot-Watt Universities competed, as well as our friends from Fife AC, among other clubs, with an impressive 285 competitors out of 385 getting sub 20 minute times. Sadly there was no timer mat at the start of the race, so some of the times were a few seconds longer than our watches.

Finish line photos courtesy of That One Moment -


47th Matthew O'Connor 15:49
99th Chris Russell 16:46
154th Stephen McDougall 17:41
169th Daniel Lynch 17:48
188th Charlie Hillman 18:07

339th Maggie Sadler 22:03

Full Results can be found here

Charlie Hillman
Publicity Rep

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