Foxtrail Nocturnal Ultra Marathon – 02/12/2017

Technical terrain. Undulating course. Icy rain. Pitch dark. Scotland in December. Mind numbing loops.  How hard could it be?

I decided to enter the Nocturnal Ultra as training for a race I’m planning next year and because it was conveniently located for me to be able to tie it in with a visit to family.  The race consists of running for 6 hours round a 5k off-road loop in, as the name suggests, in the pitch dark.  The loop consisted of a real mix of terrains – mud, tree roots, sand, loose stones and a tiny section of road.  There were 2 hills which, unsurprisingly, seemed to get longer and steeper with each loop.

In the middle of the loop was a “party barn” which runners ran through.  This had a resident DJ and was a very welcome distraction.  The best visit was when the DJ was playing Madness.  Found myself singing along way after I could hear the music, apologies to anyone who heard.

At the end of the loop was a heated marquee where supporters and relay runners could wait.  Was proud I managed not to spend any time in here.  Was great to see my support of Gareth and my girls though, and they coped very well with my extreme emotions including many tears.

Don’t think I have ever done a race so far removed from my comfort zone.  Hadn’t set myself a mileage target, but with the difficult terrain and darkness was proud to have achieved 10 laps.

Report by:  Elspeth Jenkins

Leeds Abbey Dash – 05/11/2017

Kenny Wilson pulled on the Scotland vest today to run the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km.  This was his first outing representing his country but I am sure it won’t be his last.  His comments on this race are below:

”  Thanks everyone for the messages of support.  Really cool to say I have now ran for Scotland.  30:44 and 28th place.  Hoped for a bit more in the second half of my race, but a couple of lessons learned and just need to keep working hard in training.  Great runs from my teammates Logan in 29:28 for 6th and Lachlan 30:11 for 19th.

A big well to Kenny from all at Moray Road Runners

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Brodie Castle 10km – 05/11/2017

24 MRRs participated in this popular race today.  There were so many of us we need a team bus.

The day was perfect for running, dry, cool with a bit of wind.

This is a lovely race to do as it starts and finishes in the grounds of Brodie Castle.  The roads you run on are very quiet with very little traffic to worry about.

MRRs put in a good performance, with many PBs today and some places in the medals

James Wilson was 3rd Overall

Martin Bain was 1st M40

Steve Reeve was 1st M50

Simon MacDonald was 2nd M50

Barbara Bowie was 1st F60

Well done to all who ran today, got PBs, placed in the medals or who just enjoyed a race. 

Special mention goes to Paul Jamieson, who smashed his 10km PB and finished for the first time under 1hour



Report by:  Robert Bruce

Dublin Marathon – 29/10/2017

Now that the DOMS and epic hunger have departed I can finally write up my Dublin marathon race report.

Last Sunday (29th Oct) I lined up with around 16,000 other folk to run my 5th marathon. It only took a few minutes to cross the line and then we were off, winding through central Dublin before heading up to Phoenix Park and through the suburbs. I had started at 7.50m/mile pace but my legs were feeling fresh and I found myself unintentionally running at 7.30 pace. It felt fine so I just decided to go with it and deal with any fallout later!

The route was good and there was lots of support along the way. There were a few gentle inclines between the start and halfway, but nothing major.

I had caught the 3:20 pace group by mile 8 so decided to stick with them for a while, before gradually pulling clear of them. The miles were being ticked off and all was well until somewhere between mile 20-21 when I started with the ‘Stitch of Doom’! It got worse and worse, until I could hardly breathe, so I had no choice but to pull over and stretch it out. After that it abated a bit but kept returning, and forced me to slow considerably. I had to dig deep as I watched the 3:20 group disappear off happily into the horizon. Those last few miles were tough – the legs were willing but the lungs felt like that of an 80-a-day smoker!

Eventually I was down to the last half mile, and I spotted Neil waving and shouting amongst the crowd, so that spurred me on. My finishing time was 3:23.06 – an 11 minute PB despite the wheels coming off a bit at the end. Upon returning to the hotel I discovered my sports bra had been on so tight it had given me a bruise. I suspect this may have contributed to the stitch a bit!

Dublin is a great course and the atmosphere is excellent. The finishers’ medal is probably the best one I have ever got at any race, and the high quality long-sleeved technical top made a fine change from the usual t-shirt. All in all it’s a great event and I would recommend it to anyone that fancies at autumn marathon.

Report by:  Michelle Donaldson-Slater

Glen Ogle 33 – 04/11/2017

The Glen Ogle 33 Ultra is an ultra marathon held every November in Perthshire. The race starts and finishes in Killin and takes in some stunning scenery which sees runners crossing the Glen Ogle viaduct before running down towards Lochearnhead.

First run in 2011, the race has quickly become one of the most popular ultras in Scotland and every year sees a lot of runners deciding to pop their ultra cherry on this one before going on to longer races the year after.

Due to the time of year and its location, the route isn’t overly technical which means we can run it safely and runners don’t need to worry about being able to navigate or going for long stretches without seeing any other runners or marshals.

On the Saturday night after the race there will be a ceilidh and prize giving held in the Killin village hall.

We had 2 MRRs competing in this race.  Steven Morrison and Alan Swadel.  Also running was Shirley Feaks from Forres Harriers.  As Ultra runners they all took the training very seriously, making sure their diet and hydration was at it’s optimum prior to the race, so they could put in a good effort and complete this route I’m sure I will get a report from someone to add to this, so people can read about how it feels to run this event.

The start was just after 0800 (increased entry from last year meant registration was slower than usual).

From the start you run through the village of Killin over the bridge.

Then taking a left up an incline out of the village on forestry tracks (there was some walking went on from some in miles 2/3), then a steep down hill to a road crossing and the first check point at mile 6. The route then followed a hard compact route along an old railway line, adjacent to the A85 past Lochearnhead to Balquidder station. The views over loch tay were breathtaking at this point. The route then was a little undulating following a path to check point 2 – 10 miles befAuchtubh and Balquidder. The road carried on the Strathyre (around 18 miles in), where we we met with the 2nd road crossing and had to ‘dib’ in. The route then ascended steeply in places for quite a way. This is where the first ‘down pour’ caught me, but the views made it all worth while and it was quite refreshing.

It was still rather cold, so the waterproof jacket was worn. The incline seemed never ending but there was a nice downhill at the other side. The route carried on until Kingshouse on the forestry tracks where we picked the outgoing route back up towards check point 3 (23 miles). I needed a good feed at this point. The run along the old railway line was a long incline for about 3 miles, a lot of people were jog/walking at this point. On the viaduct this is where I got my photo taken (mile 26). Check point 4 (27 miles was welcoming as it had started sleet/snowing here. I had someones flat coke at this point as was feeling weary after the long ascent. We crossed the road and this is where I thought we had to run up the steep hill (we ran down), but they veered us off to the left (which I was very relieved at), oh and we had to run past a burger van – how tempting the smell was. Around 3.5 miles to go, it was all downhill from here, I seemed to managed to pick up the pace here. We ran back into Killin and then ran round a path in the park to the finish.

The whole event was well organised, sign posted well and the checkpoint support were fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed this event and highly recommend this for a first ultra. The route isn’t overly technical which means we can run it safely and runners don’t need to worry about being able to navigate or going for long stretches without seeing any other runners or marshals.

On the Saturday night after the race there is a a ceilidh and prize giving held in the Killin village hall. Unfortunately we all had to come back up the road. Steven was the first MRR in 4:30 hrs, next was Alan Swadel in 5:20 hrs, followed closely by me nearly 40 seconds later.

Some pictures below to show the dedication of our athletes to their craft. Results can be found 


Report by:  Robert Bruce & Shirley Feaks

Knockfarrel Hill Race – 04/11/2017

Clean at the start

There were 3 MRRs racing at this race with all runners getting placed

1st lady and North district champion was Kirstie Rogan

2nd V40 for her dad Paul Rogan and 2nd senior male in the districts for Robbie Paterson.

Great results and congratulations to all who ran today.


Report by:  Robert Bruce

Monumental Challenge – 29/10/2917

A good turnout of MRRs for this enjoyable race.  There were a total of 33 runners and of those runners 11 were MRR, so we took up a third of the field.

There were good results for MRR in this race with 5 Top 10 finishes.

Grace Whelan was 1st Lady

Lawrence Ramsay was 1st Male

Martin Bain was 1st Male Vet

Karen Norvell was 1st Female Vet

This is a very enjoyable but tough race with a decent amount of climbing up to the Monument.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice challenging run.

Results         Pictures     

Report by:  Robert Bruce

National XC Relays – Cumbernauld – 28/10/2017

What a fantastic day at the National XC Relays. Strong headwinds on the long uphills, fast downhill sections, deteriorating conditions underfoot for the later runners and not much flat to speak of just about sums up the 4k Cumbernauld course.

The decision was made to enter a Senior Team plus a Vets Team and the decision paid off with Gareth Jenkins, Colin Green, Martin Bain and Paul Rogan finishing an excellent 5th out of 29 Vets teams, just 46 seconds off Bronze.

A strong opening leg from James Wilson set the Senior team up nicely and fine efforts from Andy Alexander, Jason James and Nigel Williams saw the team finish 69th from 88 complete senior teams. A great performance given recent (ongoing) injuries for some.

Thank you to everyone who journeyed down. It was great to see Team Yella mixing it on the National Stage.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Bhuachaille Hill Race & The Dramathon – 21/10/2017

Bhuachaille Hill Race

Moray Road Runners had another successful weekend with athletes taking part in a couple of races of the more muddy and hilly kind.

A great start for Kirstie Rogan in her first race in Moray Road Runner colours.

She was 1st place lady at the Bhuachaille Hill Race.

Her husband Robbie was 4th male.

Congratulations to both of them and welcome to #teamyella


The Dramathon

The Dramathon is a marathon distance race along the Speyside Way from Glenfarclas distillery to Glenfiddich distillery. The route takes in several distilleries along the route each offering a whisky experience to ignite your senses. By getting stamped at each participating distillery you can pick up the corresponding miniatures at the end of the race.

You have the choice of a full marathon (Glenfarclas to Glenfiddich), a half-marathon (Tamdhu to Glenfiddich), a 10K (Aberlour to Glenfiddich) or a relay race (team of 4 divides up the marathon).

The route uses mainly forest tracks with some occasional short sections on minor roads and some hilly terrain.

MRR had several runners in each race, but the run of the day has to go to Louise Cartmell, who won the Half Marathon, a full 2 minutes in front of the 2nd placed athlete.

Well done Louise on an awesome run, and well done to all MRRs who took part and also who volunteered to Marshall at the inaugural event, which is looking like it will become a regular feature.

You can view the results here

There are also some pictures on our website, you can view them by clicking here 

Report by:  Robert Bruce

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