North District Hill Running Champs at Knockfarrel

A good turn out of yellow vests with a male and female team competing at the North District Hill Running Champs at Knockfarrel.

Robbie finished with 3rd senior medal,

Paul, 2nd Master,

Kirstie, 2nd senior woman, leading the ladies of Iona and Susan to team silver.

The men including Colin just missed out on a team medal finishing 4th.

Thanks to Phil Hindell and Hannah Rogan for the photos.

Report by:  Paul Rogan

Scotland selections for Home International

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿First senior vest for Kirstie Rogan🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣

Sedbergh senior home International 2June.

Massive congratulations to Kirstie Rogan on her first senior vest!

Report by:  Carol Sim


Hill Races

Fyrish Hill Race

Well done to Blair Milne who won the U18 Fyrish hill race in Evanton at the weekend.

The Lads Leap Fell Race – Inter Counties at Crowden

Well done to Robbie Paterson and Kirstie Rogan ran the Intercounties hill race in the Peak District on Saturday.

Robbie finished 64th and Kirstie was 24th.


Report by:  Carol Sim

Cioch Mhor Hill Race – 24/03/2018

MRRs had a few people running in this hill race with fantastic results for Kirstie Rogan and Robbie Paterson winning the Alex Brett Memorial Cioch Mhor hill race in Dingwall today.

Kirstie and Iona Craft won team prize.

Blair Milne competed in his first hill race in the juniors and finished a good 4th in his age group.

Well done MRRs👍🏻🏆🏆

Report by:  Carol Sim

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

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

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

Monumental Challenge – 23/10/2016

73fdda47f4bef67f50a2d14a1e4d570fTen Moray Road Runners, from a field of 43, represented the club on Sunday 23 Oct 16 at the Fochabers Monumental Challenge. This was a good turn out considering it clashed with the Lossiethon Half Marathon. 

6407774fe60e5b3f8cf9a3316f5c6399The race was the third and final leg of the Fochabers Triple Challenge organised by Spey Runners. Gordon Castle Highland Games 10k in May and the Jean Carr Challenge in July are the others in the series. 

Five trail miles, four and a half of which are either uphill or downhill, makes a great run for those of us who enjoy a change from tarmac and a stomp through the mud. Weather on the day was great for trail running, cool with light rain. 

Any thoughts of chilly air and rain soon vanished as the hard work begins immediately, no namby pamby flat or gently rolling roads here. Simply a half mile uphill start that gets steeper as the effort starts to bite. The climb gradually eases then turns into three minutes of downhill followed by a relatively flat and fast half mile before the climb.

97d09f5fe3dab0014a5534e53ac2fcd4At approximately one and a half miles and 500 feet vertical gain, the climb sets a fair test of your fitness. The path in places adds to the difficulty, with roots a plenty, loose stone and wee gullies carved by water to keep you on your toes. The Monument is a welcome sight at the top of the hill. If you don’t know what the Monument is, take a walk or a run up there. It’s well worth the trouble.

From the top, it is a two mile fast run down mostly good quality forest road. The downhill is broken near the bottom with a detour round by the viewpoint overlooking Fochabers. Runners then rejoin the forest road for a steep and stony minute or two to the finish back at the Winding Walks car park.

Prizes were awarded back at Christies Garden Centre just half a mile away. Race participants were treated to a free hot drink and snack courtesy of Christies.

Many thanks to Spey Runners for hosting a well organised and friendly race. The Triple Challenge is a great series of races to participate in. I would highly recommend them to all road runners.

Michelle Slater turned in the MRR performance of the day, winning the ladies race by over 5 minutes. Steve Reeve was the first road runner over the line with Martin Flynn hard on his heels. Full results and pictures are available on the Spey Runners website.

Place Name

6 Steve Reeve 2nd MSV

7 Martin Flynn 3rd MSV

11 Martin Bain

14 Nigel Williams

15 Michelle Slater 1st FS

16 Euan Cantlie

18 Bill Murray

29 Mike Whelan

31 Kim Clark

35 Eileen Riddoch

Report by:  Nigel Williams

The Jean Carr Challenge – 24/07/2016

Six Road Runners represented the club at the 2016 running of the Jean Carr Challenge organised by Spey Runners. Locals Bill Murray, Euan Cantlie and Brian Milne were joined on the start line by yours truly, Kimberley Clark and Kev Rae making his race debut for the club.

The rain cleared and the cloud hung low and thick giving us near perfect windless running conditions. Free Jean Carrmassages were on offer before and after the race and a handy gazebo was provided to leave belongings.

Fochabers Gala Queen(s) set us off in good order up Fochabers High Street. It looked like the number of runners was similar to previous years. Mark Smith of Spey Runners led the way out of town on his bike. A snaking, colourful line headed out the Ordiequish Road, trying to sort themselves out before the climb. Passing for the next 3 miles would be difficult most of the time, so it’s important to get in position.

At just over the half mile point, Mark parked his bike across the road and directed us into the woods. The initial climb is steep with plenty of tree roots to dodge. For half a mile I tucked in behind 3 runners to get used to the work. Two of the three slowed a bit just as we approached the Ordiequish Burn, so I took the chance to nip past when the path widened a bit.

On the steep drop down to the burn I was on the heels of a runner from Fraserburgh Running Club. The path is narrow and twisty as well as steep and this guy took off making several meters on me. Next I knew, his arms were wind-milling wildly as he struggled to keep his feet and battered into the narrow footbridge. His momentum almost took him over the side but he came to a halt on the other bank, battered but not beaten. I saw him on the finish line, so he somehow finished, but I would think his run was compromised and he is feeling it now.

It’s a very steep but thankfully short climb up from the burn. From here the path levels or even drops a bit as it contours around Ordiequish Hill above the Spey. I lost a place to a Keith runner who slowly but surely disappeared. The final mile of the climb is quite tough, lots of boggy bits, even more roots and very narrow or closed in with vegetation making foot placement tricky. I knew I was tiring as each stumble or slip would lead to a good twist of the torso. Core of steel?

Soon enough I passed the Jean Carr Stone, it’s the first time I’ve noticed it on the run. Touch for good luck apparently then smile for the camera, but I couldn’t smile, too much effort. The drink station near the stone was duly ignored, I’d only get a face wash or choke. The top was near and I was glad to be on good, wide, firm, forest track.

Downhill from now to the finish on fast track. I had to keep reminding myself to work rather than leave it all to gravity. It’s a long way down, and hard to believe we had climbed so much. I caught and passed one runner at the edge of town but the next was too far ahead with the finish approaching.

A slight change to the route at the end kept us off of the streets and in the trees beside the Burn of Fochabers. We exited the trees, turning onto Charlotte Street for a slightly uphill 200m run to the finish at the Square. I was 12 seconds slower than last year but this was my third hard run in four days, so there’s my excuse.

The other Road Runners filed in, and I think I know the finish order, but just in case I get it wrong, I’ll leave it for the results to come out.

Thank you to Spey Runners for another fantastic event. I’ll miss the final event of the Fochabers Triple Challenge as I’m running The Illuminator the day before. But I would recommend all to try and make time for the Monumental Challenge on 30 Oct 16. You won’t regret it. Well, actually, half way up the hill you might, but go for it anyway. You’re all tough enough.


Report by:  Nigel Williams