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

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

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

MRR Winning Streak

Kenny Wilson stormed to a tremendous win at the first ever Great Aberdeen Run in an incredible time of 31:54

 

 

 

Grace Whelan had a superb results at the Nationals winning a bronze

 

 

 

 

Dionna Milne got a bronze at the Senior Womens Discus at the Nationals

 

 

Nairn Highland Games HM – 19/08/2017

Nairn Highland Games Half Marathon. 19AUG17 Many months ago I saw an advert for this race. I knew it was not long after my return from operations in Africa and thus saw it as a good opportunity to test my speed after sweating off a few kilograms out there.
Parking a mile or so away from the venue in any available spaces we could find provided us with eyes on the first and last section of the course, which we then walked along to the registration tent, guided by the lights of the fun-fair ahead. Helpful volunteers told us where to register and where to change, conveniently right next to the start line. We quickly retrieved our numbers and thus prepared ourself for the beginning of the race. Approximately 265 runners began the race (if I heard correctly due to two people talking on different tannoys at once!). The starting gun went off and we began the race with a parading lap around the race track within the playing field then headed off along the coast heading towards Brodie.
On an initial map assessment I surmised that the route would be fairly flat but I was slightly off, with the route quickly climbing out of Nairn and continued to have long, slight climbs throughout. The weather held out until about 45mins into the race with a heady downpour giving a bit of relief from the wind matching our pace from behind and humidity making it a little uncomfortable. After the 7 mile turn-around point the 15kph wind was now in our face but we were heading to the finish, powering through it. With 4 water stops, hydration was not an issue and the whole route was well marked and marshalled . Although the public roads remained open, traffic was light and drove at a considerate speed. Quiet countryside just a couple miles north of the A96 aided this. Returning back into Nairn on what felt like the only downhill segment was short respite for my, now very weary, legs. I was trying to maintain a 1hr30 pace throughout and those last few miles were extremely tough. Constantly glancing at my watch I remained steadfast in my attempt to hit that time. By now I was beginning to overtake a lot of people who were starting to slow, a few of those were were from the Nairn club so that was a nice little morale boost. Talking of morale, this morning I told my wife, “meet me at this point of the course”, where I pointed out the 7 mile point on the map. “and make sure you have some banana for me!” she agreed, I even reminded her as I left the house. Of course, I’m running along prior to the seven mile point looking forward to this little energy fix. When I finally arrive she tells me she forgot it! Morale took a heavy dive, it might have just given me a placebo affect but, damn was I looking forward to it! Anyway, back to the race.
Back in Nairn people were offering their support, with the harbour and Maggot quite busy. Although appreciated, lots of people were very ignorant of the race and did not bother to create space on the path from the Maggot, back to the finish. This resulted in me and the majority of others doing what felt like a slalom for the last mile. I even had a chap on a mobility scooter overtaking people on the footbridge practically blocking it up. Somewhat aggravating! This is something that should be managed better in the future as I feel someone could easily take a tumble and get hurt, either racer or pedestrian. On arrival at the arena, marshals once again guided us the route back into the finish. My heart rate was now hitting 190bpm, it had creeped over 180 around 2 miles from the finish. I was sapped, doing the final lap of honour felt like an eternity, people’s cheers and claps were hardly breaking through the physical torment I was currently in. I eventually crossed the line to only find it was not the finish line and had to double back and go to the correct race exit, Hopefully they don’t add to my official time! I staggered across the line, my body was spent. I collapsed on the floor in a pathetic, panting heap. I was kindly handed a bag of treats and my medal.
Offering congratulations to others crossing the line including several others wearing MRR tops (I believe there was 6 of us racing in total), I gorged on a couple of bananas given to me as I got my soul back (least someone gave me a banana!). Looking at my watch, it tripped the half marathon point at 1hr 30mins and 2 seconds perhaps 200m prior to the finish line. I’d got my PB and got my 1hr30 so I was pretty damn chuffed. Hard work training with MRR has really paid off, so thank you all those who have trained with me and cheered me on at races throughout the season. Roll on the cross-country season!
Report by:  Jason James

Marafun 2017

Moray Road Runners had a good entry for this year’s Marafun, below are the reports from our 2 Captains.  Colin and Karen.

Mens Teams

This year’s marafun saw 3 men’s teams enter (the most for a good number of years).

This was despite pull-outs over injury and illness, it was a credit to the club that the spaces were filled extremely quickly.

Kenny Wilson took total control of the start of the race, establishing a massive lead and lapping everyone by the time he had finished his leg.  He was backed up by Ryan Mclennan, James Wilson , Stephen Carmichael and Colin Green. The team finished 1st in 2hr 26 min.

The “B team” of Bill Murray, Kevin Morrison, Neil Purdie, Garry Henderson and John-Paul Downey finished in a very respectable 4th in a time of 2hr 50mins.

Our 3rd men’s team was the “C Fit team”. Simon MacDonald, Paul Jamieson, Toks Osunrinade, Brian Milne and Bernard Salmon all exceed their expectations to finish in the top half in a credible time of 3hr 25 mins.

Great effort by everyone, looking forward the next one in 2years time.

Ladies Team

So, here was me thinking that with all the new members I was a shoein for at least 2 ladies teams for Marafun 2017, maybe even 3 teams!!

However, I massively underestimated the popularity of the ladies and their happiness in running for everybody else!!

Thankfully I was able to pressgang, I mean have 4 willing volunteers to join me in representing Team Yella….. Sally, Eileen, Karen(me!) Suzanne and Justine …. Looking a pretty speedy bunch to compete with the 3!! Mens Teams for MRR.

Sadly Suzanne had to bail out last minute with a horrible bug and Elspeth stepped into the gap…

The Marafun is a great fun event,  incorporating 5 team members running 8 laps each of the High Street in a relay to complete a full marathon, organised bi-annually by the Elgin Rotary Club and raising money for local charities.

The day dawned bright and cool with a light wind…. Perfect running conditions…. We gathered in a sea of fluorescent yellow on the Courthouse steps for a team photo before all the respective captains sorted their teams out and issued the instructions … Run fast, don’t drop the baton, beat everyone else and meet in the pub after the prizes …. Simples

The weather Gods were relatively kind… temperate with light wind : check …. pouring rain for all bar the first runners : check …. We were all a bit damp by the time we were done … I actually think it rained to catch out Sally who ran first for us in the sun…. and then didn’t feel left out when she got soaked running again later for Bijou!

All 5 team members ran brilliantly … ably supported by Suzanne who came out and cheered us on…along with fabulous support from all of Team Yella, both runners and non runners alike…. and we finished in a massively respectable 3 hours 8 minutes, 14th overall and the first full ladies team to cross the line …. Title Defended!!

Here’s to 2019 ….. and we didn’t get thrown out of the pub either 😊

Report by:  Colin Green & Karen Norvell

Metro Aberdeen 10km – 06/06/2017

A Sunday of races – 28/05/2017

This weekend Moray Road Runners were spread across the country running in various races and at various distances.  I have put down the races and the results below:

2017 Bratislava ETU Aquathlon European Championships

Our very own Kevin Morice qualified for this event and produced an excellent performance to finish 14th in his class.  Well done Kevin on competing on the international stage

Results

 

 

Great Manchester Run Half Marathon

Louise Cartmell was our lone entrant to this race.  She ran a phenomenal race finishing in 1:25:31 and being 2nd lady.

Very well done to Louise on an excellent HM

Results

 

Castle of Mey 10km (North District Champs)

We had a good turn out of MRRs for this, the North District Champs, with some good running, the results are:

James Wilson ran a super pb finishing 4th in 34.41.

Colin Green 9th, – 3rd Male Vet and 3rd Male Vet in the ND Champs

Stephen Carmichael 13th

Simon Dobbs 16th?

Andy Alexander 25th?

Michelle Donaldson-Slater – 42:59, 3rd lady overall and 2nd lady in ND Champs

Castle of Mey Results

Edinburgh Marathon

Kevin Morrison and Karene Ferrier were both running this marathon.  Both of them were running for a charity and in memory of a loved one.  This was Kevin’s first Marathon but Karene is an old hand at Marathons, Karene was running with her partner Hazel, so they would be running together

I’m sure he should run and not take a bus 🙂

around the course, this is Hazels 1st Marathon as

well but I’m sure that Karene kept her going

 

Kevin finished in 4:02:29

Karene finished in 6:08:17

Results

Nairnshire Challenge

Steven Morrison participated in this event today.  This will be the final Nairnshire Challenge.  The Nairnshire Challenge is a 30-mile sponsored duathlon organised annually by the Rotary Club of Nairn.

Steven had a really good race on the run section and cycle even with some bad cramp .  He finished 9th out of 323 in a time of 2:34.58.  About an 18min Pb

Results

Report by:  Robert Bruce

 

Inaugural Stirling Marathon – 21/05/2017