Scottish Masters XC Champs – Kilmarnock – 03/02/2018

Photo by Susan McRitchie

7 members descended upon Kilmarnock for this year’s Scottish Masters XC.

Photo by Susan McRitchie

Mud had been guaranteed and the course did not disappoint with several sections heavy with mud as well as a steep climb, a fast descent, a fallen tree and some tight turns to be negotiated.

First up was Amanda Strang in the Ladies 6k race who picked herself up to finish 83rd from 106.

In the Men’s 8k race, the Club had 4 counters in the V40/45 team race with Gareth Jenkins (14th), Paul Rogan (17th), Wayne Dashper (50th) and Colin Green (58th) claiming 6th place from the 14 scoring teams.

Our V50s of Andy Alexander (117th) and Robert Bruce (209th) made sure that we were well represented amongst the traditional clubs from the East and West.

Well done everybody over a real energy sapping course.

With this year’s British Masters XC being held locally in Forres on Sat 17th March it would be great to see MRR fielding teams across all age groups.

Photo by Susan McRitchie

The race is open to anyone aged 35+ and there is plenty of time for those unfamiliar with Grant Park to sample the course.

Details are on our website so please support the Club and take the opportunity to participate in a British Championship Event. 

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Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Inter District X-Country at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 13/01/2018

The Inter District X Country in Holyrood Park Edinburgh was again the beautiful backdrop for these competitive races. Races where our athletes compete in the x country league to secure a place for Team North.

The weather was kind this year but underfoot was just the same as usual “mud”😀

Our first timers at this event did a great job in tackling the course amongst the best in their age groups in Scotland and we hope, it inspires them to continue to train hard and improve all the time

This is a fantastic event that sees athletes from club to International compete on the same course and support each other. Well done to all North especially MRRs who acquitted themselves well and had a super time.

MRRs results:
U13 G Zara Gill (28th) Beth Urquhart (35th) Nicole Taylor (39th)
U13 B Roy Taylor (40th) Bruce Newlands (42nd)

U15G Ellyn Smith (28th) Niamh Whelan (43rd)
U15B Blair Milne (13th) Joshua Milne (41st)

Senior Women

Kirsty Paterson (37th) Michelle Donaldson Slater (54th)

Senior Men

Kenny Wilson (19th) Robbie Paterson (51st) James Wilson (55th) Cameron Main (56).
(Unfortunately Cameron lost his shoe at the tight fast start. He then lost time putting this back on but continued to close the gap and finished the race anyway!)

Report by:  Carol Sim

MRR Club Champs

The Club Champions for 2017 were formally announced today as Gareth Jenkins and Elspeth Jenkins.  With age-gradings calculated over a range of selected races with the best 5 scoring, Gareth finished ahead of Colin Green in 2nd place with James Wilson 3rd. In a tightly fought ladies contest only 3 points separated the top 3 with Elspeth pipping Louise Cartmell by a single point with Barbara Bowie a further 2 points adrift in 3rd spot.
There were several notable performances at senior level with MRR athletes making their mark throughout the year.  A Scottish vest and 6th fastest 10k in Scotland saw Kenny Wilson announce himself at national level and 4 of our Masters athletes ended the year with national rankings as follows:
1st – Elspeth Jenkins (V45 – 5000m track)
2nd – Barbara Bowie (V65 – 10K)
2nd – Gareth Jenkins (V45 – 5K)
3rd – Gareth Jenkins (V45 – 10K)
4th – Paul Rogan (V45 – 10 Mile)
5th – Elspeth Jenkins (V45 – Marathon)
5th -Paul Rogan (V45 – Marathon)
Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

MRR Turkey Trot + ND Champs – 17/12/2017

On Sunday MRR hosted their annual Turkey Trot and this year we also hosted the North District 10 Mile Championship.  We saw a record number of entrants with over 400 people signing up for this popular race, due to snow over Aberdeen way and some difficult conditions getting to Moray we had just over 100 people not show up, however, those that did enjoyed the race.

The day had promised to be windy and wet, but at the start of the race, the weather was dry and mild, people were divesting themselves of their clothes as they felt it was too warm (a decision they may regret later)

Kenny Wilson took an early lead and pretty much kept extending it throughout the 10 miles.  Around about the 3rd mile, the joys of living in Scotland was that the rain started and a headwind was felt all the way up to the Gordonstoun turnoff.  This did not deter the hardy runners who just accepted the weather for what it was and did the race.

Afterwards there was a good spread in the hall and the prizegiving was presented.

For MRR, the following runners won:

Kenny Wilson – 1st Overall and North District Champion in a time of 51:03 and a new course record

Paul Rogan – 1st Over 40 in a time of 57:18 and ND over 40 Champ

Louise Cartmell – 3rd Lady, in a time of 65:13 and 2nd lady in ND Champs


Well done to all prizewinners and also to all runners and volunteers that helped make this race as successful as it was, see you all next year

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Mince Pie relays/Junior Prizegiving – 16/12/2017

Great turnout for the annual Mince Pie Relays with the Moray Road Crackers just holding off Santa’s Runners on the line.

Congratulations to our Junior Club Champions for 2017.

As always it’s very difficult to choose given the talent at the Club so well done to the following:

U11 – Thomas Reynolds / Mica McCloud
U13 – Roy Taylor / Zara Gill
U15 – Blair Milne / Ellyn Smith
U17 – Andrew Stoker / Beth Grant
Endeavour Award – Harriet Whelan
Club Champion – Grace Whelan

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Inter District XC Champs Selection

Massive congratulations to the following MRR athletes on their selection to represent the North at the Inter District XC Champs in Edinburgh on Sat 13th Jan 2018.

Zara Gill, Beth Urquhart, Nicole Taylor
Ellyn Smith, Niamh Whelan, Grace Whelan Sophia Green, Louise Cartmell, Iona Craft, Kirstie Rogan, Michelle Slater

Roy Taylor, Bruce Newlands, Blair Milne
Joshua Milne, Morgan Lewis, Cameron Main
Kenny Wilson, James Wilson, Robbie Paterson
Paul Taylor
(Reserves – Gareth Jenkins, Paul Rogan)

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

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

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

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