Stuc a' Chroin 5000 2018

posted 21 May 2018, 08:58 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

On 5 May, runners gathered in Strathyre to embark on a 22K race up Stuc a' Chroin for an approximate 5000 foot climb. With near-zero visibility at the peak and freezing temperatures, the conditions made for a hellish course and an overall difficult race. However, despite the slippery and challenging path, the University of St Andrews had a successful outcome. A special shoutout goes to Stephen McDougall who came in an incredible 50th place with a time of 02:56:52. Congratulations to everyone who ran and to everyone who represented the University of St Andrews as this was no easy feat! 

50 - Stephen McDougall 02:56:52
60 - Jonny Brattle 03:01:13
61 - Sam Mason 03:01:14
64 - Alex McMaster 03:03:29
132 - Philip Wright 03:42:44

Stuc a' Chroin 5000 2018

Elizabeth Grufferman Publicity Rep

Self Transcendence 5K 2018

posted 9 May 2018, 07:32 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

On Friday evening, runners gathered at Silverknowes, Edinburgh for the Self-Transcendece 5K Race. The warm and sunny weather was amazing and the flat course made for incredible running conditions. The course, being so flat, boasts being Scotland's fastest 5K event, making this race the perfect opportunity to score PBs and faster running times. The University of St Andrews had a very successful outcome, with our Under 20 Womens team scoring a fantastic 2nd place. Other special mentions go to Morgan Mitchell, who ran for Fife AC, Gabi Frank, Michael Rimicans, and Harriet Allan. Morgan came in a whopping 20th place for overall Mens and 16th place for Mens Seniors with a time of 15:27. Gabi and Harriet came in 11th and 12th place for Under 20 Womens with times of 21:24 and 22:07, respectively. Michael came in 20th place for Under 20 Mens with a time of 18:20. 


Men's Seniors
16th Morgan Mitchell 15:27
55th Stephen McDougall 16:36
134th Ted Midthun 20:33

Men's Under 20s
20th Michael Rimicans 18:20

Women's Seniors
38th Rhoen Fiutak 20:29

Women's Under 20s
11th Gabi Frank 21:24
12th Harriet Allan 22:07
15th Hannah Pedone 23:38

Self-Transcendence 5K

Elizabeth Grufferman
XC Publicity Rep

Round the Houses 10K 2018

posted 10 Apr 2018, 06:02 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

The warm and sunny weather conditions made for a perfect day for the Round the Houses 10K. With just over 600 participants and a flat and fast course the event was a great opportunity for PBs and fast times. A massive congratulations goes to our men’s team for winning Silver uni men’s team and our women’s team for winning Bronze uni women’s team! Special shout-outs also go to Stephen and Charlie for coming in 25th and 30th for Men’s Senior, with times of 35:48 and 36:37, respectively. Additional shout-outs go to Michael for coming in 9th place for Men’s Under 20 with a time of 38:56 and to Gabi for coming in at 4th place for Female’s Under 20 with a time of 45:51. A notable mention also goes to Eleanor, who finished at 36th place for Women’s Seniors with a time of 49:43. Well done to everyone who raced, as this was a very successful event for the University of St Andrews!



Men’s Seniors
25th Stephen MacDougall 35:48
30th Charles Hillman 36:37
53rd Oliver Randon 40:24 
64th Corey Smith 44:08

Men’s U20
9th Michael Rimicans 38:56

Women’s Seniors
36th Eleanor Braithwaite 49:43

Women’s U20
4th Gabi Frank 45:51
5th Isabel Remmers 47:49
6th Harriet Allan 48:13
8th Hannah Pedone 53:25

Scottish XC National Championships 2018

posted 1 Mar 2018, 05:58 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 07:49 ]

A new course for the Scottish Nationals, held as always in the stunning Callander Park in Falkirk. With a small, but resilient as ever group of five runners running for the club, and two others running for other clubs, the sun shining and minimal mud made for a fast XC course. A notable mention goes to Morgan Mitchell, running for Fife AC, who made it to an incredible 76th place, with a time of 37:34 for the 10.5km Men's Senior. Both gender senior races were 10.5km, and U20 was 7.5km.


172nd Stephen MacDougall 40:01
215th Charles Hillman 41:16
465th Alfie Scott 47:54

MEN'S U20 (7.5KM)
60th Corey Smith 35:37

Charles Hillman
XC Publicity Rep

BUCS 2018

posted 8 Feb 2018, 09:13 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 9 May 2018, 07:13 ]

This year hosted by Brunel University in London, the British Universities and Colleges Sport Cross Country Championships drew in a massive total of 1655 runners down. After a long 9.5 hour drive on the Friday, we settled in to our accommodation, and mentally prepared for the day ahead. The course was fairly flat, with a little hill, and a great river crossing (some shoes were lost). A distance of 9.92km for the men's A, 8.4km men's B, and 6.88 women's gave a great variety, with all races (thankfully) only being 2 laps of an adjusted course. Luckily, there was only a very light drizzle, and barely any wind, so aside from the cold temperature, we had ideal conditions.

Following the post-race near hypothermia, and extensive showering, we headed off to Brunel student's union for a fantastic afterparty, all dressed in our new social t-shirts for BUCS this year. £5 for 3 VKs, an incredible silent disco, and a rodeo made for a smashing end to an eventful day. Overall, an incredible bonding weekend, full of XC love, support, and a great race! Well done to everyone who went!


40th Team

115th Morgan Mitchell 37:28
204th Stephen McDougall 40:03
241st Charlie Hillman 41:13
277th Michael Rimicans 43:02
278th Jonny Brattle 43:02
318th Andrew Taylor 46:32

87th Team

252nd Chris Russel 33:06
398th John Kearns 36:52
402nd Evan Bohan 36:59
438th Corey Smith 38:14
454th Alfie Scott 38:46
469th Avery Kitchens 39:21

56th Team

483rd Izzy Remers 32:45
508th Chloe Martin 33:16
517th Bella Chase 33:24
523rd Harriet Allan 33:34
582nd Emily Renfrew 35:05
631st Eleanor Braithwaite 37:33
661st Sarah MacNeill 40:10
677th Elizabeth Grufferman 41:30

Charles Hillman
XC Publicity Rep

Braids 2017

posted 22 Nov 2017, 15:11 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 15:11 ]

A hands down stunning course, some tight turns, steep up and down hills, and a crazy ceilidh and night out; Braids Hill race this year was as awesome as ever. Joining a whole host of universities and running clubs from all over the country, our 17 athletes took part in either the 5k (one lap) or 10k (two laps) course in South Edinburgh. Special mention to our own Morgan Mitchell, coming a whopping 7th out of 224 in the 5k. 
After the race and getting ready, we headed to the Royal Society of Medicine, for our haggis, neeps and tatties, as well as a ceilidh, then all headed out to a club to dance those DOMS away!



7th Morgan Mitchell 16:37
40th Jonny Brattle 18:03
44th Oliver Randon 18:15
69th Michael Rimicans 19:30
127th Avery Kitchens 21:33
249th Chris Russell 26:18

193rd Isabel Remers 23:33
195th Louisa Bryant 23:33
202nd Eleanor Braithwaite 23:43
216th Isabella Chase 24:07
217th Harriet Allan 24:15
250th Emily Renfrew 26:25
263rd Sarah MacNeill 27:34


55th Stephen McDougall 36:45
76th Charlie Hillman 38:16
109th Alfie Scott 40:23
144th Corey Smith 43:02

For full results, click here

Charles Hillman
XC Publicity Rep

East District XC League Match 1 2017

posted 25 Oct 2017, 05:43 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 05:43 ]

Held in the grounds of the University of Stirling, this race was true cross country. Ankle deep mud and a fantastic undulating course, it provided a great excuse to break out the 12mm spikes. Accompanied by Edinburgh Uni Hares and Hounds, and friends from the University of Aberdeen (racing for Aberdeen AC), it provided to be a great day in a scenic location. 9km for men, and 6km for women, definitely a must for anyone wanting to start out in cross country. 


Charlie Hillman - 106th - 37:08 
Corey Smith - 189th - 41:27

Overall 12th Team
Annabel Personeni - 20th - 24:38 
Giulia Park - 36th - 25:51 
Sarah MacNeil -125th - 35:54

Full Results can be found here

Charles Hillman
Publicity Rep

East District Relays 2017

posted 24 Oct 2017, 09:38 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

This year held at the stunning Glamis Castle in Angus, the 4km course was a welcome challenge. Mostly taking part in woods, and ending on a small hill, it provided for some fast times. A notable mention goes to our own Morgan Mitchell, who made it onto the list of fastest times, with a result of 13:51! Other unis present were Edinburgh and Aberdeen (racing under Aberdeen Athletic Club). Was overall a great set up for Match 1 the following week!

For full photos, click here


Overall: 23rd - 58:45

Philip Wright 13:54
Corey Smith 16:26
Morgan Mitchell 13:51
Stephen McDougall 14:34

Overall: 23rd - 51:48

Giulia Park 16:38
Louisa Bryant 18:44
Chloe Martin 16:26


Isabella Chase 18:58
Sarah MacNeill 22:35

Isabel Remers 18:03 (Running for Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

For Full Results, Click here

Giffordtown 5K 2017

posted 9 Oct 2017, 03:45 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 04:00 ]

The annual Fife AC's Giffortown race was fantastic as always! Although weather was rainy at the start, it eased when the race got going. Despite not the largest showing, our athletes all ran well with the rain, producing cool conditions for a fast race. Notable mentions go out to Morgan Mitchell, for coming a fantastic 5th place with a smashing time of 16:20, and Chloe Martin, 5th woman with 19:29.

For all race photos, click here


5th Morgan Mitchell 16:20

27th Chloe Martin 19:29 (5th Woman)
29th Annabel Personeni 19:45 (6th Woman)
89th Hannah Pedone 24:31 (31st Woman)

Full results can be found here

Charles Hillman
Publicity Rep

Chariots of Fire 5K

posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:30 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport

Our annual Chariots of Fire 5K race went off an absolute blast, with a record of 93 people finishing. Representatives from Aberdeen, Glasgow Caledonian, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Abertay, Edinburgh and Dundee were present. First Male saw a hatrick for Rory Stead of Aberdeen, winning for his third year in a row; and Ali Hunter of Aberdeen first female. For the first year, home team St Andrews won the first team, with a notably impressive from our own Annabel Personeni winning second female. Being the first ever Cross Country Varsity, as part of the kingdom vs capital games, St Andrews won against Edinburgh also. 
Along with the runners from other universities that stayed, we all enjoyed a smashing cheesy afterparty in Sandy's Bar, full of 90's karaoke and pablos. 
Thanks to all that took part, and here's to an even bigger race next year!

Photos courtesy of Hannah Wyles:
Photos courtesy of Sarah MacNeill:

Full Results:

Charlie Hillman
XC Publicity Rep

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