Isle of Skye Half Marathon 2019

5 MRRs turned up for the Isle of Skye half marathon on Saturday 8th June, comprising of Karen Norvell, Shirley Feaks, Iona Robertson (Ricky & Poppy), Susan McNairney and Stuart Dalgarno.

The weather was warm with little or no breeze. We were piped to the start just before 1030am, before ascending for 3 miles on closed roads (2-3 was a bit steep), with plenty of ‘uphills’, down hills (didn’t feel that many) and water stops around every 3 miles. Miles 9-11 could be described as a bit of a roller coaster, with a nice fast downhill into the finish.

The ladies won second ladies team (Iona (1hr 41mins), Shirley (1hr 46mins) & Karen (1hr 50mins)).

Stuart finished in 1hr 59mins, completing his first long distance run since coming back from injury.

Unfortunately, Susan had to pull out of the race.

The locals even put on a water shower for all the competitors around mile 9 with a hose spraying across the road, which was really refreshing at this point. The atmosphere, support, organisation of the race made the ‘uphills’ worthwhile.

A thoroughly enjoyable event…… MRR road trip next year maybe? (please remember your smidge).

Report by:  Shirley Feaks

North Schools Athletics

Successful day at the north schools athletics for our juniors:

Joshua 2nd 3000
Beth 2nd 1500
Zara 3rd 1500
Mackenzie 4th 1500
Harriet 1st 1500, 4th LJ
Hannah 5th 1500
Ellyn 2nd 1500 (on photo finish, PB)
Niamh W 5th 1500
Bruce 5th 1500
Megan 5th 300 (PB), 3rd 200
Eden 2nd hurdles, 5th 200
Niamh G 2nd shot putt, 2nd javelin

Report by:  Grace Whelan

A weekend of Medals

EMF 10k

Our very own Gareth Jenkins finished 3rd in this event.




Scottish Masters 5000m

Successful day out at the Scottish Masters 5000m.

Michelle Donaldson-Slater : Gold W40
Simon MacDonald : Bronze M60
Phill Thompson : Bronze M65

Congratulations to all the medal winners

Skye Trail Ultra

Congratulations to Alan Swadel, who completed the Skye Trail Ultra a 74 mile race.  Think he might be sleeping for a while now

Report by:  Robert Bruce


Great Stirling Run

9 MRRs journeyed down to Stirling for the Great Stirling Run which incorporated the Scottish Marathon Championships and an accompanying Half Marathon race. With both races setting off at 8.30am, conditions were pleasantly cool with light winds making for ideal conditions. First home in the Half was Graham Stephen in an excellent PB of 1.26.11. Andrew Alexander and Todd Henderson completed our trio of half marathoners coming home in times of 1.46.11 and 2.00.27 respectively. Well done lads.
With conditions warming up throughout the morning, getting around the undulating course as quickly as possible was the priority and our 6 marathoners didn’t disappoint. Official times are below and there were some outstanding placings both overall and in respective age categories:
Ally Campbell – 2.49.07 (11th, 3rd 45-49)
Andy Alexander – 3.02.18 (1st 50-54)
Ed Dunbar – 3.07.30
Willie Stuart – 3.14.52
Elspeth Jenkins – 3.23.42 (8th, 3rd 45-49)
Garry Henderson 3.51.12 (3rd 60-64)
With team placings still to be confirmed it’s looking like a possible top 3 finish for the men. Excellent racing everyone.
Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Highland Fling 53 Mile Ultra trail Marathon

This years goal was to run under 9 hours after last year having a time of 9:01:34 which was a PB.

Training started straight after the new year and by the end of February I had a goal to reach 1000 miles of training before race day, which I was 12 miles short of, oh well.

My dad and I set off late Friday afternoon in his camper van and headed to Milngavie with a stop at the Cairngorm Hotel for a feast. Heading down the road the weather was awful, wind and lots of rain which only stopped when arriving in Glasgow. A quick visit to the race registration to pick up my race number and timing chip then park up in the long stay carpark.

With the van parked up it was time to sort out clothing, footwear, food and drop bags. This was a bit of an experimental year food wise which was going to consist of Chia Charge, gels and the odd mars bar with Tail Wind to drink. Drop bags sorted and Tail Wind pre mixed into water to make it easier at checkpoints. With a packet of Haribo, nuts and some protein shakes before bedtime it was lights out just after 10pm with the alarm set for 5.00am!

Race Morning, weather looking good but the forecast from 8am was looking like it was going to be wet. My usual breakfast of cornflakes and weatabix and a cup of tea as dad didn’t have coffee. Oh I have been on a caffeine free week as the gels I was going to use had it in and would be far more effective on race day. I had 3 pairs of trainers to choose from, one pair of road shoes which definitely wasn’t going to be an option with the forecast, the other two were my Salomon Sense Pro 2 and my Pro Max. I decided on the Pro Max due to a bit more cushioning.

We left the car park at 5.35am and headed to the start line to drop off my drop bags and meet in with Alan Swadel and John Anderson before the start of the race. They had both stayed in Tyndrum the night before and got the bus down in the morning. The three of us joined the start and John and I were in the first wave for sub 10 hours with Alan joining another few of his friends that were racing. A few quick words to John about his aim for a time of sub 10 hours.

The horn sounded for the start and the masses were off, through the tunnel and up the high street before a sharp right hand turn onto the West Highland Way. Thinking John might tag along for a while I had a look over my shoulder and couldn’t see him, so I assumed he was being sensible and doing his own race.

The first 12 miles to Drymen are pretty easy to run. I had my splits from last year so just needed to stick to them or go slightly quicker. I took on two gels, one at 4 miles and the second at 8 miles with Tail Wind to wash them down. Arriving at Drymen I was 4 minutes 30 up on last years time so was now thinking I can take it a bit easier to Balmaha. A quick drink of water and I was away. I ran a good few miles with another runner having a chat as we ran on towards Conic Hill. It was quite a nice morning but the dark clouds were coming closer and soon I could feel small drops. Once out of the Garadhban Forest there was now a cool breeze, so on with the gloves. Within 5 minutes of starting the climb up Conic Hill the rain was lashing down so being sensible on went the jacket and time to eat a mars bar. Over the top I could feel the rain running down my legs and into my trainers (I hate wet feet!!). Coming down Conic Hill was tricky with it being wet but I just made sure where I placed my feet. Down safely it was into the first check point to refuel, arriving at Balmaha 5 minutes up on time. I was only using one 500ml bottle due to it not being warm, filled it up, grabbed my 3 gels and one chia charge and off I go as quick as I could. Just past here is a sharp climb so I use this to eat the chia charge and have a gel. With the rain still coming down it was head down and follow the loch side to Rowardennan, with two more gels consumed I arrived at Rowardennan to be greeted by my dad who had been up Ben Lomond. A quick hello, gels, chia charge and tail wind it was off again.

I was only 4 minutes ahead of schedule at Rowardennan and knowing what was ahead and with the conditions I kind of put a PB to the back of my mind as was just now focusing on finishing. The further up I got the wetter under foot it became and colder. I could no longer open my gels with my fingers as they were so cold and had to use my teeth. Once off the main forestry track and onto the single path (the fun bit I like to call it) there was not much room to avoid the puddles, slippery rocks and roots and the mud. But I carried on catching and passing a few runners. Into Inversnaid and I was starting to really feel the cold due to not moving that fast on the tricky ground. I was very surprised here as I thought I had slowed down a bit but now was back up to 5 minutes ahead of plan. I still had most of my tail wind from the last check point so I just grabbed my gels and the chia charge and set off. The is where it really gets technical and with it being so wet I knew I was going to lose time so just focussed on getting to Beinglas Farm. I caught a group of four guys about halfway through and decided to stick with them for some company. Into Beinglas Farm with the rain still coming down and the burns and river well up in spate I was now up 8 minutes in time. I was now starting to fade but I knew I had a tin of red bull, It didn’t give me wings but it tasted good. I grabbed my gels and left my chia charge as I still had one of the previous ones and still most of my tail wind from Rowardennan. I think I was drinking the rain as it ran down my face at some points. This last section is mostly all up hill so moving slowly I carried on walking most of the uphills. I know that sub 9 hours is now back on if I could just get some body heat. I could feel my leg muscles cold and the tips of my fingers had turned white. I was passed by a few guys that I had passed earlier on the rougher ground but march on up past the Falls of Falloch and onto Derry Darroch. Faye and my sister travelled down this morning to see her pal as she was also running and hoped to see me here but there was an accident on the A82 and so didn’t make it in time. Under the road and up onto the track/river where I looked up the mountains to see the tops were covered in a thick blanket of snow which made me feel even colder. I could feel the cold going up my arms and my right elbow was starting to seize being that cold. Cow poo alley, what a bonus, a newly built path through here was like a dream come true. Just before the second last and new checkpoint for this year Bogle Glen I spotted Faye, my sister, my dad and the dogs, what a boost I felt seeing them there. Being so focused and feeling cold I ran straight through them with only mustering a hello to them. I did apologise at the end for the mood I was in. I was now 8 minutes up on time and knew that I could do it. Into the roller coaster section there was a bit of shelter from the cold breeze and rain I could feel some warmth again, only a little bit though. I saw a guy in front and just thought follow him don’t do anything stupid on the steep down hills. I crossed over the road towards Kirton farm I knew I could march at 13 minute miles and still get under 9 hours so I ran/jogged as much as I could being passed by a few more but I didn’t care I was on for sub 9. The closer I got I thought I could get 8 hours 50 so head down and dug deep round the corner to be greeted by the piper and thought I am going to do this and pushed hard onto the red carpet for a finishing time of 8:49:28!! To be told I was 28th to finish out of 740 that started,I had the biggest sense of warmth about me.

With Faye, Joey and my dad cheering me on as I crossed the line for the 8th time, ding ding. A quick finish photo and it was off for a hot shower, ahhhhhhhh. A cup of coffee and a look at the results we decided to head off back home. A wee stop at McDonalds for some food in Fort William hit the spot!

A big well done to all that raced, it was mentally challenging in the conditions and a few times I could have easily gave up but I didn’t.

Well done to Alan on his third fling with a PB time of 11:00:53 and John on his debut at this distance and course with a time of 10:30:02. Well done guys!

Also running from the club was Fiona Brant who finished in 12:53:37.

Will I be back again? I think so and might target an 8 hour 30 time.

Thanks again to all the support from my dad, Faye, Joey and messages of support and to all who I have been out training with.

Report by:  Steven Morrison

Buckie 10k

Sunshine, and a cool fresh south easterly greeted 30 Moray Road Runners at yesterday’s Buckie 10k.  Another impressive turnout of yellas given that the starting line was missing some of our biggest hitters through injury and other running commitments.

Lachlan Oates, Shettleston Harrier and international runner, won by some considerable margin in 31:15.  It’s always great to see athletes of this calibre take a trip north.  It would have been a great race for Kenny. Kayleigh Jarret, running for Elgin AAC, won the female race by an even bigger margin, with 8th place overall in a time of 36:46.

The club dominated places 10 though to 60 with no fewer than one in three finishers being MRRs.

First MMR with a very creditable tenth place was Jonathan Ward in 37:17.  That was just enough to keep Blair Milne only six seconds adrift and in 11th place.

First MRR female was Iona Craft.  Iona was 3rd female and 38th in the overall race in a time of 41:42.  Just five seconds behind, Michelle Slater won 1st FV.  Michelle was not at her best (her words) but still routinely won the age group prize at a canter.

Running well inside 40 minutes was enough for David Adam to win the MSV category.

Well done to all who donned the yellow vest.  Especially those struggling for fitness and speed.

Looking ahead, the final race in the Northern Scot 10k series is in 4 weeks.  Mark the date in your diary – Sunday 12th May at Benromach Distillery, Forres.  See if we can beat the 30 runners from yesterday.

The overall title is a tussle between Gordon Lennox (Inverness) and Max Abernethy (Fraserburgh).  It’s Gordon’s for the taking with a one minute lead.  John Anderson is in with a shout for 3rd place.  That depends on Eoin Coull from Ross County.  Does he get third overall, first MV or both?

On the female side, Caroline Marwick (Inverness) has it in the bag if she runs.  Michelle Slater is sitting second and/or first FV.  Justine Blaszk is ready to claim third overall.

Reigning MV champ Graham Stephen is currently holding 3rd place.  David Adam is strolling to the MSV prize, with yours truly sitting second and ready pounce if he can’t run.

Thank you as always to Marie Third and Keith and District AAC for organising.  What would we do at weekends without dedicated volunteers like this?

Thank you too to the photographers who kindly share their pictures and videos with us.

Finally, Marie also organises a lovely 10 mile off road run for the Aberlour Highland Games in early August. I highly recommend the run. The race is effectively free, just pay a few quid to get into the games. A great day out.

Report by:  Nigel Williams

MRR Miltonduff 10k

The Club played host to the Miltonduff 10k on Sunday with many runners rewarded with PBs in favourable conditions.

Our own Kenny Wilson and fellow Scottish Internationalist Jenny Bannerman (Inverness Harriers) led home the mens and ladies fields in 30.46 and 34.52 respectively.

Michelle Slater took the V40 prize in 40.43 and a further 24 MRRs ensured a strong showing of yellow vests throughout.

With many helpers on the day, Inverness Radio Volunteers and Elgin ATC making sure the runners were well supported out on the course and, also, a kind donation of water from Lidl in Elgin, it really was a great team effort.

Thank you everyone and all eyes now turn to the 3rd race in the Northern Scot series at Buckie on Sunday 14th April.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Run Garioch

Nine senior and junior runners headed east to represent the club at the Run Garioch series of races today. Conditions were a bit windy and showery with the road races covering some rolling ground.

The Junior Girls (7-9 years) 1000m Run saw a field of 170 take part with Rhian Cantlie second overall in an impressive time of 4:06. A much better runner than her mum and dad! Sylvie-Mae Slater also impressed against older girls with 35th place in a time of 5:00. A much better runner than her mum!

Next fast junior was Hannah Stephen. Hannah ran in the 5k and claimed second female junior with a time of 22:09. Placed 66th out of a field of 542 is impressive for a youngster. A much better runner than her dad!

The majority of MRR seniors opted for the 10k. Graham Stephen ran strongly in the wind to finish 16th out of a field of 857. Even better, Graham claimed first M40 with a time of 39:03. Better still, he didn’t need a lift in an ambulance after. Graham may have bragging rights for the day, but that doesn’t make him a better runner than Hannah.

Also competing and closely grouped in the testing 10k were Dave Mathers 51:27, Sharon Royan 52:08, Christina Cameron 53:23 and Eileen Riddoch 53:59. All finished comfortably in the top half of the results list.

Finally, I was the sole MRR in Half Marathon. I lost a few places in the final mile to younger guys, they appeared to be at least 3 stones heavier than me yet running on air. How do they do that? Finishing place was 56th out of a field of 542 in a time of 1:35:02. That earned me 3rd M50. If it wasn’t for the self induced water boarding/choking at the drinks stations and unscheduled pee stop I might have got second, but that’s racing.

Well done to all, especially the juniors showing us how it’s done.

Report by:  Nigel Williams

Cioch Mhor Hill Race

4 MRR’s represented the club today at the Cioch Mhor Hill Race incorporating the North District Hill Running Champs.

All 4 returned home with District medals with Robbie Paterson taking silver in the men’s race and the 3 ladies of Iona Craft, Kirstie Rogan and Shirley Feaks also taking silver medals for second ladies team. 😊

Report by:  Paul Rogan

D99 Ultra (100 miles)

What a great race organised by the Epic racing team for their 10th anniversary. For the last 10 years they have been putting on the D33 ultra which is an out and back run to Banchory along the Deeside way. For their anniversary they put on a one off D99 (100 miles) race, the only 100 mile race in Scotland. I had originally signed up for the D33 but decided to upgarde to the D99. This would be my 1st ever 100 mile race. 55 of us had paid the privilege to run 100 miles.

Ultra running really is a crazy hobby, which takes crazy people to do it. We part with our hard earned cash to go through pain, trial and tribulations. Yet there’s no better feeling, when you cross the line and despite the body being battered, we our like ‘when’s the next race’.

Race day

With a 0900 start I opted to travel to Aberdeen from my home in Lossiemouth first thing.

I got up at 0500, had my overnight oates before setting off at 0530 for Aberdeen. On my way to registration I made a quick pitstop at Starbucks for a Chai Latte. I parked my car up at the BnB that I was going to stop at Saturday evening. Then walked to Duthie Park the start/finish of the race.

I got to registration about 0745. I was one of the 1st people there. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some people for the 1st time, that I’d only knew from social media.

The weather was fairly pleasant considering what the met office had predicted. It was cold, quite windy but the sun was shining and at least it was dry.

The Race

My aim was to try and run sub 20hrs.

I got myself to the front of the start line. A 5 second count down and we were off, running out of the park onto the Deeside way.

The 1st checkpoint (CP) was going to be Banchory roughly 17 miles away. For 1st 10k I ran with the front runners averaging about 8:30 min/miles. This was faster than I’d planned to run. I decided to drop my pace, not letting myself get carried away. There was still along way to go. From 10k up to Banchory I’d dropped my pace to 9 min/miles. I went through half marathon distance in about 1hr 55 mins.

On getting to the 1st CP, I was sitting in about 10th place. I quickly took on a bit of food and some Irn Bru before heading out. The next CP would be Kincardine roughly 29 mile point.

On leaving Banchory, the next two miles were a climb as we diverted off the Deeside Way and took on the 1st hill climb Scolty Hill. Hill climbs are not always my favourite but this was much needed. It was a chance to break things up a bit and use more of the more powerfull glute muscles, reducing impact on the knees. Up till then it had been fairly flat.

On getting to the top Scolty hill, there was a old folly with a marshall there to ensure we checked in. It was a great photo opportunity, it seemed to be one of the highest points in that area. Great views all round, looking over towards Cairngorms I could see a snow flurry heading in my direction.

I quickly descended off Scolty hill, where the marked route eventually put me back on the Deeside way. From there route was fairly undulating up to the 2nd CP . This is where I started to implement ‘jeffing’ a run, walk, run method. Any incline I would walk then on long flat parts I’d would walk 30 secs before running the rest of a mile. I averaged about 9 min/mile upto the 2nd CP getting to Kincardine just before 1300.

The Kincardine CP, was in the village hall. A chance to sit down and take on some hot food. However, I didn’t do this. Several of the front runners were at the CP when I got there. I quickly took on some food and some more Irn Bru before heading out for Ballater. Ballater was 17 miles, in my rush to get out and I made the grave error of not replenishing my water 🤦‍♂️.

I left CP 2 in somewhere in top the 5. Within about mile, I caught up with another runner. He told me that there was only one runner in front of him, which meant I’d move into 2nd place at 30 miles. The person out in 1st was my fellow club and friend Willie Stuart. I pushed on hoping that I could close the gap on Willie and try create some distsnce between me and the runners behind me.

At 35 miles I reached Aboyne, here my legs were starting to feel it. I was also running low on water so had to ration it. I slowed my pace down, resulting to more jeffing. I started walking for 1 min, then running up to half mile, then walk another minute before running the rest of the mile. This increased my average mile pace to 11 min/mile. Two runners (Martin and Stuart) caught up with at Aboyne, Willie was nowhere to be seen and the other two pushed on dropping me into 4th. The last couple of miles to Ballater were challenging against a strong head wind and sleet. I eventually reached Ballater at just before 1700.

The CP at Ballater was again in the village hall. The atomsphere was great, music playing, warmth, hot food and drink. There was even whisky there but I resisted the temptation for a wee dram. I took the opportunity to have a coffee, soup and my Reese’s peanut butter white chocolate. I spent a good 20 mins at the CP, which wasn’t my original plan but God did I need it.

Ballater was the turn round point but before heading back we had to do a 11 mile route to make up the 100 miles. The route would take us up two peaks south and north of Ballater. More hill climbs yay.

I wanted to get the loop completed as much possible in day light hours. I set off from the CP in about 7th place. I heading out of the hall over the bridge towards the 1st hill, Craig Collich. I caught up with another runner straight away, David from Deveron harriers I stayed and chatted with him whilst we gradually made our way up the hill. The path was your usual standard foresty tracks to start then all of a sudden, the route went off the track taking us up more of an animal track through the pine trees. The climb was steep and seemed to last forever, however it was soft under foot and gave my stomach time to digest the food I’d just eaten. It must of taken us a good 15 mins to ascend up the path. Eventually the climb join back on a prominent path again. At this point I left David as the path climbed a little further before it descended down. It was quite easy under foot so I was able to descend at a fast pace. As I got to the bottom of the descent I passed Adam a fellow running enthusiast I fellow and know from Instagram. I was now up into 5th. Upon finishing the descent, I joined a tarmac path that eventually lead me to a road out of the forest off the hill.

I followed the road for a half mile before turning off to go along a path next to the river into Dalhefour Wood. It was at this point I passed Willie coming the other way on the road, he was still flying and must of been a good 5k a head of me by now.

The path along the river was soft under foot and fairly flat. I was able to pick up my pace. As I got to the end of the path, I caught up with another runner. We joined the road again, this was roughly the half way stage. I suddenly got a 2nd wind here and picked up my pace to 8:30 min/miles. I moved on up to 4th. The road brought me back to where I had turn off previously. The road followed the river taking me back and through Ballater to go conquer the next hill, Craigndarroch.

The climb up Craigndarroch, was steep and as I nearer the summit, I was almost doing a bit of scrambling. Upon arriving at the summit, the last of daylight was fading. I took the opportunity to have a quick selfie with views of Ballater down below.

Time for the descent and to turn on the head torch. The descent was tricky under foot and with daylight fading, I couldn’t make up lost time from the climb. As I got towards the last part of the descent, a lapse in concentration saw me hit the deck. Luckily no real damage done. Got back up, dusted myself off and carried on back down to Ballater village hall to complete the loop.

I had now completed 56 miles. Back at the village hall I took a 20 min break. Had a cup of coffee and a can of Irn Bru. I also took the opportunity to vaseline my feet, change my underwear, socks and trainers. In terms of positions. Willie was already out his way back on the home straight. Martin and Stuart who were in joint 2nd were still at the CP. Stuart soon left whilst Martin decided wait for Adam and run with him for the rest of the way. I finished my coffee and Irn Bru, feeling refreshed it was time to run the 45 mile home straight back to Duthie park.

I left the CP thinking I was in 3rd, however the runner I past on the loop by the road, had been in and gone straight back out. I left Ballater about 19:15 on good course for my sub 20 hr target.

The next 10 miles, I felt strong running 8:45 average min/mile. I caught up with the runner and moved into 3rd. I past a few runners coming the other way who were still yet to get to CP 3. It was great to see them as we all gave each others words of encouragement plus I knew I was not going to see anyone for miles.

The last 7 miles back to CP 2 Kincardine, I started to fade. I failed to eat back at Ballater and the food I had on me was insufficient. I was back to my ‘jeffing’ walking for a minute then running the rest of the mile. Eventually I made it to Kincardine 71 mile point, around 2200. Stuart who was in 2nd was just leaving the CP. I wouldn’t see him again till the finish.

Having neglecting to take on food at Ballater, I did the opposite at Kincardine. It was food overload, eating mac & cheese, vegetable soup, pizza, crisps, cake and chocolate as well as more coffee and Irn Bru. I did this all with in 15 minutes.

29 miles to go, with Scolty hill to conquer again and 1 more checkpoint. The last 29 miles were to be the most challenging, not because of tired legs but having stuffed all that food down me, my stomach had turned into a washing machine. Not good situation when there was no toilets on route, not even the luxury Hilton portable loos 😂. I’ll spare details about having to go Bear Grylls but I suppose that’s all part and parcel of ultra running.

Despite the stomach issues, my plan was to get to Banchory CP 1 for around 0100. This would give me 4 hrs to complete the last 17 miles and achieve my sub 20hrs.

Anyway, as I approached the climb back up Scolty hill, Martin and Adam caught up with me. I ran and chatted with them for a bit before leaving them at the final ascent up to Scolty hill summit. Fair play to marshall still at the folly on the top, he had been there all day. I checked in with him before making my descent down the hill to Banchory to the last CP.

At Banchory, I drank some flat coke hoping it might settle the stomach. The lovely ladies on the CP gave me some Rennie too. It was now 0105 as I left the CP for the final 17 miles.

The Rennie worked briefly, running sub 9 min miles for the 1st 3 miles but then the stomach issues came back. I slowed down to around 11:15 per mile for last 14 miles. It was just a case of run, walk, run.

As I got onto last 10k along the old railway path, the legs were really feeling it. It was just a case of head down, grind it out, one foot in front the other. I remembering getting down to what I thought was the last two miles then saw a sign ‘Duthie park 3.5 miles’ 😩. For a moment my spirit was dented but what’s a extra 1.5 miles 😂 when you’re doing a 100.

Eventually, I came to the end of the Deeside way and could see the arched gate to Duthie park. This was it, the final couple hundred meters. After passing under the gate, I could see the finish. I walked briefly until I was visible to the race organisers, at which point I tried to muster up my best for a sprint finish.

I did it, I crossed the line in just over 19hrs 20 mins and the icing on the cake a podium place, finishing 3rd. I was quickly escorted to a warm tent where I was greeted by Willie and Stuart. Stuart had a strong last 30 miles and ended up finishing 1st in 18hrs 19mins. Whilst Wille, came in 2nd in 19hrs 7 mins, a great time for him as it was his 1st ever 100 mile race too.

It was also a 2nd and 3rd place finish for the Moray road runners 😁.

It was great privilege to be part of this one off race. Thank you to organisers and all the volunteers who gave up their own time to make it a great and memorable race. Well done to everyone who did the D99, you are epic.

Report by:  Jon Ward

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