North District XC Relays – 14/10/2017

2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze and everyone giving it their all sums up an outstanding day for MRR at the North District XC Relays. East Sutherland AC once again played host to the Relays with the Edderton course providing the usual mix of hills, water and excellent conditions.

First off were the junior girls with 3 MRR teams on the start line. A great effort from the girls with the team of Beth Urquhart, Ellyn Smith and Grace Whelan proving too good on the day for their rivals to claim Gold and set the standard for the other teams. Well done to Harriet, Nicole, Niamh, Megan, Morven and Grace for tremendous runs over the 2.5k course and for providing great vocal support throughout.

2 MRR boys teams battled hard in the junior boys race with  the trio of Roy Taylor, Joshua Milne and Blair Milne rewarded with a Bronze, not too far behind Ross County and Inverness Harriers. Our other team of Liam, Bruce and Morgan could not have given anymore and can be justifiably proud of their performance.

The Senior Men and Ladies set off together with senior and masters medals up for grabs. Our 5 teams performed admirably with the Leg 1 runners jostling for positions over the 4k course. Without knowing the running order of other teams it is hard to predict how things will unfold but what an outstanding effort from the Senior Ladies team to power through to take Gold from HHR and Forres Harriers. Really well done Susan Rae, Justine Blaszk and Louise Cartmell. The Masters team of Karen, Amanda and Maria and, also, Clare made sure that yellow vests were prominent throughout the race with our Masters just missing out on Bronze.

In the Men’s race it was always going to be hard against powerful Inverness Harriers A and B Teams and an excellent HHR Masters Team. Therefore, Senior Silvers for Colin Green, James Wilson, Gareth Jenkins and Kenny Wilson and Masters Silvers for Martin Bain, Robert Bruce, Nigel Williams and Andy Alexander were the best MRR could have hoped for so a great effort from the men and, also, Jason, Brian, Darrin and Simon for a strong B Team performance. Well done also to Kenny for posting the joint fastest leg of the day.

Everyone should be incredibly proud of their part in making this another successful day for the Club so well done everybody and thank you as always to our East Sutherland hosts, Ross Cairns and SA officials for a fantastic event.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Scottish Selection – Kenny Wilson

“SCOTTISH SELECTION For Kenny Wilson”
Great news, Kenny Wilson has achieved his first Scottish selection. Kenny will be in the Scotland team for the International Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on the 5th November. This is a great reward for Kenny who has worked so hard and now he receives the recognition he deserves for his commitment and hard work.

This is the first Scottish “Senior” vest for a MRR member in the history of the club. We are very proud of Kenny and wish him all the very best.

Kenny will be joined in the squad by IH Jenny Bannerman. Good luck, it’s great to see 2 North athletes from a team of 8 in this selection 👏🏻👍🏻

Scotland 10K teams for Leeds

York Marathon – 08/10/2017

A family break provided the opportunity for me to have my first experience of taking part in a marathon, the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

I travelled down to Yorkshire on the Friday where I met my brother, an experienced marathoner, who’d come up from Kent for the race.

We had an early start on the Sunday, travelling from our hotel near Harrogate to a park and ride just outside York where a fleet of buses carried competitors to the start at the University of York. There we enjoyed a traditional runner’s breakfast of porridge, coffee and banana before heading to the starting zones.
The course is a pretty flat one, heading past York Minster after 2 miles, before going out into the surrounding villages and countryside.

In one of the villages, the local vicar comes out and high fives the runners. There was further ecclesiastical support later on at 19 miles with another high five from the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.
The course also passes through the village of Stamford Bridge, scene of the second most famous battle of 1066, where Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada’s Vikings. I wonder whether the guy I saw running with a Viking boat costume was dying at that point?

Speaking of dying, I must have gone off too quickly. Although for the first half I was running at what had felt a comfortable pace, by mile 18 I was fading and it became a bit of a struggle. Nevertheless, I kept on going and was able to run almost all the way, apart from a short stretch of about 200m at about mile 23 when I felt a twinge of cramp.

In the last couple of kilometres I could hear people just behind me calling out “Come on Batman”, which provided an incentive to dig deep to try and stay ahead of him. Sadly, Batman caught me with about 200m to go – grrrrr!
But despite fading in the last few miles, I was really happy to finish in a time of 4.19.16, well ahead of my main target of sub-4.30, but just outside my brother’s debut marathon time of 4.14 which was my secondary goal.
The marathon was a really well organised one, with great support throughout. It really does make a difference to have people calling out your name or your club, although I did hear one spectator say to her companion “Moray, where’s that?”!

Afterwards I got my T-shirt, goody bag and pint of Erdinger alcohol-free beer and also took advantage of the free medal engraving service. The only physical issue I felt was a slightly stiff hip, but that had cleared up by the next day.
So, would I do another marathon? Yeah, maybe. I know that I could potentially run a better one with a bit more even pace. But we’ll see.

Thanks go to numerous Moray Road Runners who provided advice and encouragement, but in particular to Michelle Russell who was a good training partner on long runs.

Report by:  Bernard Salmon

Great Scottish Run – 01/10/2017

MRRs had 2 athletes entered into the Half Marathon.  Kenny Wilson and Michelle Donaldson-Slater.

Both ran a brilliant race at Glasgow Great Scottish Run.

There was typical Scottish weather, but that wouldn’t have bothered our 2 runners.

Kenny Wilson finished 7th overall, a superb achievement with a time of  – 67.37, over a minute pb.

Michelle Donaldson-Slater smashed her pb by 5 mins, finishing in a time of 1.32.28

Very well done to both runners.  It was awesome to watch a big race on TV and see people you know and run with racing.

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running – 24/09/2017

Today saw a lot of yella vests taking part in this event.

We had 5 people taking on the full marathon and 15 taking on the 10km

Within the 10km Kenny Wilson continued his winning form and finished 3rd in a time of 30:25.

Congratulations to Kenny and to all participants in the 10km and the Marathon

The results and pictures are available on our website

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Salomon Glen Coe Skyline – 17/09/2017

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

The distance is 55km with 4,700m of ascent

After reading the above introduction for this race, we actually had 2 Moray Road Runners who applied and were successfully accepted for this difficult race, our very own Steven Morrison and Alan Swadel.

Hopefully one of the competitors will give us a report but the results I have seen is that

Alan Swadel had to withdraw at CP 5 after 5 hours

Steven Morrison finished this race in 11:28:09

Well done to both of them.  IF you want any information on this race you can find it by clicking this link

Interim Report by:  Robert Bruce

Junior Home International Hill Race – 10/09/2017

International hill running arrived at Peebles this weekend when the tough slopes of Cademuir hill played host to the Junior Home International mountain races for U17 and U20 men and women.

Teams compete from Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the City of Edinburgh Trophy, with countries taking turns to host the event.

9th place and team Silver medal in the Junior Home Counties hill race in Peebles for Grace Whelan of MRR.

Really good result from Grace given that she has another 2 years in this age group!

Well done team Scotland 👍🏼

Report by:  Carol Sim

Grampian Athletics League Final – 10/09/2017

What a fantastic day at the Grampian Athletics League Final today in Aberdeen. All age groups represented and outstanding contributions from all our athletes in attendance, especially from those who willingly stepped out of their comfort zone to pick up as many team points as possible. A special mention must go to the new U11 Girls Grampian Athletics League Champions……Moray Road Runners 

Thank you as always to the athletes, parents, helpers and coaches for another great season.

Gareth Jenkins

MRR U11G 2017 North of Scotland Champions competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness etc at 100m, 800m, HJ and SP in A and B String races and the 4 x 100m. Really proud of Aaliyah, Mica, Lauren and Julia – 9 races; 6 wins, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 4th = 65 pts from a HPS of 72. An absolutely fantastic team performance

Pictures

Peter McCloud

Scottish 10km Champs – Stirling

Kenny and Susan

Wow excited is the word today!

Kenny Wilson finished 4th in the Scottish 10k champs in Stirling with a great 25sec pb of 30.46

Susan Rae finished in 43.11. Rain and windy in bits but outstanding run!

Great running guys

Results

Report by:  Carol Sim

Glenmore 24 Trail Race

For those unfamiliar with this race, it is a 24 hour (or 12 if you prefer) “how far can you go” race, held in the Glenmore Forest by the side of Loch Morlich. There is a four mile loop which you keep going round and round, until the last hour of the race when the short loop is opened up, which is approximately 350 metres around the perimeter of the Hayfield. This is base camp, where everyone is camped out for the weekend, so it can get a little rowdy at race end!

This was my fourth time running at this event. The first year I did the 12 hour race and had so much fun I keep going back, although I do the 24 hours now for extra fun …

The weekend kicks off on the Friday when most people turn up, pitch their tents/gazebos and then partake in the Friday Night Fancy Dress party. This year’s theme was The Eighties, there were a few sights to be seen. On the Saturday morning a few more people turned up (including Neil Purdie, taking part for the first time).

 

Relaxing before the start:

12 noon, the hooter goes, and off we all set. This year, the sun decided to shine. There is always weather at Glenmore, so we thought we were going to be lucky this year as there was no rain forecast at all. A breeze was keeping the midgies to a minimum too.

This was my first ultra in a year and a half after my appendix got a bit upset in 2016, so my first couple of laps were quite emotional, being back out doing my thing. Training had been more than a little sporadic, however having been doing long days out walking in the hills, I was able to keep going doing a combination of running and power walking.

Photo courtesy of George Cardno

Just before midnight, with 40 miles in the bag, I decided I’d had enough for a wee while and bribed my support crew to let me have a few hours rest. Not much sleep was had however, as the breeze turned into Hurricane Hayfield! About nine gazebos were trashed and a couple of tents became airborne (one with someone in it!). The SB kept going out to doublepeg the porch area of our tent which was seemingly determined to take off too, and also to right our table which had mine and Neil’s goodies (food, water and fizzy pop) on.

When it started getting light, I had a coffee and some breakfast and headed back out, with Tomás accompanying me for the first lap. All too soon 11am arrived and we were all directed onto the short loops. Eighties music was booming out over the Hayfield, and a few of us put on our Eighties outfits again (hence photos of strange running attire).

When the hooter sounded at 12 noon, I had covered just over 54 miles. Incredibly pleased and happy to be back doing ultras and getting a fairly decent mileage in considering the lack of proper training.

Roll on the next challenge!

Report by:  Jenni Coelho