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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

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