Roon the Toon 10k – 10/06/2018

4 MRRs travelled down to Kilmarnock to run this race.  These were Colin Green, Amanda Strang, Andy Alexander and Robert Bruce.  We had all entered separately so it was nice to find others yellas going down.

This race is run round the town of Kilmarnock on closed roads, so it is billed as a fairly flat 10k with little in the way of hills.

On the morning of the race the weather stayed as it had been, it was about 20 degrees, so it was going to be a warm one.  This is a fairly big race with 1133 finishers and to run on closed roads was another bonus as it gave you plenty of room to manouvre

MRRs acquitted themselves well,

Colin finishing 17th Overall and 4th V40.

Andy finished 70th Overall and 4th in V50

Robert finished 233 Overall and 32nd in V50

Amanda finished 443 Overall, 71st Female and 25th V40

I think you will agree that considering the size of the field MRRs put on a good show with the placings.  I would recommend this race to members as one to consider.

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2018

A large contingent of Moray Road Runners made their way to Edinburgh last weekend for this year’s marathon festival, which included 10k, 5k and junior races on the Saturday and the half and full marathons the following day.

The most impressive performance of the weekend came from the MRR who was actually the slowest in the marathon.  However, Jon Ward did have the pretty good excuse that he’d done the 10k and 5k on the Saturday before doing the half first thing on Sunday, and then getting a Lamborghini back to the start and donning an elephant costume to do the full 26.2 miles, all in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.  In the circumstances, his times of 38.09 for the 10k, 19.04 for 5k, 1.25.46 for the half and 5.11.29 for the full were highly creditable.

In addition to Jon, also taking part in the 10k on a chilly Saturday morning were Graham Stephen, who finished in 40.09, and Sharon Royan (52.01). Graham’s daughter Hannah took part in the junior 5k and clocked 23.44.

Sunday morning was very chilly and foggy.  In the half, Michelle Stewart ran a time of 2.07.58.

Team Yella

Then 11 MRRs lined up for the full marathon.  After a team photo at the start at Edinburgh Uni, the runners made their way to their respective start pens and tried to stay warm.

When the race got under way at 10am, the course took participants down The Mound, into Princes St Gardens, up the Royal Mile and past the Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyroodhouse, through Holyrood Park and then out to Portobello and the beautiful East Lothian coastline.  However, without mentioning any names, ( eh Sally) not all the MRRs managed to notice all these sights.

There were some impressive performances from the MRR contingent, with several setting new marathon PBs.

The full list of times for the MRRs were (*=PB):
Andy Alexander 3.05.34*,
Martin Bain 3.12.08*,
Maria McCloud 3.55.15*,
Robert Bruce 3.55.30,
Bernard Salmon 4.08.32*,
Karen Norvell 4.08.51,
Sally Bruce 4.14.37,
Matthew Wilson 4.17.33*,
Michelle Russell 4.30.48*,
Kevin Morrison 4.44.02
and Jon Ward 5.11.29.

From my own point of view,  I really enjoyed the marathon and the whole weekend.  I was delighted with how my run went, all pretty much according to plan.  I ran a very steady race, with pretty even splits.  To take more than 10 minutes off my previous marathon time was about as good as I could realistically have hoped for. and, apart from slightly heavy legs, I didn’t suffer any adverse issues afterwards.

Now, when should I start thinking about my next marathon?

Report by:  Bernard Salmon

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


Vindolanda 10km

Well done to Paul Rogan who won the Vindolanda 10k run for the 3rd year in a row😊 great running Paul👍🏼

Starting and finishing at the Roman Fort of Vindolanda near Bardon Mill in Northumberland.

A challenging course on local roads.

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

Gordon Castle 10km – 20/05/2018

There were 14 MRRs ran in this event, which is part of a triple challenge.

The day dawned warm, it looked like it would be a shorts and vests type of run today.  As always your entry fee gets you into the Highland Games, so it is well worth entering this race.

The race started at 10am and it took a slightly different route to previous years but it is still a lovely place to run, you are running off road, up hills, down hills, up hills and it’s really enjoyable, if a bit warm.  The marshalls were all really friendly and cheered everyone on.

Everyone had a really good run and the race finished with all the male prizes being taken by MRRs.

Ryan Mclennan – 1st – 39:18

John Anderson – 2nd – 40:05

Martin Bain – 3rd and 1MV – 40:21

Stephen Carmichael – 4th – 41:28

Robert Bruce – 1st MSV – 44:49

Thanks to Spey Runners for organising an excellent event

Report by: Robert Bruce

Great Manchester 10km

Kenny Wilson finished 12th in the Great Manchester 10k today in 31.18?

Another hot day but happy with how the race went 👍🏻 good job Kenny

Report by:  Carol Sim

Benromach 10k / Northern Scot Series – 13/05/18

The curtain came down on this year’s Northern Scot series as Forres Harriers played host to the final race – the Benromach 10k.  Conditions were fairly still, dry and hot with a good turnout of yellow vests testing themselves over the flat course.  James Wilson was first MRR home in 2nd place overall with Gareth Jenkins (1st V40) and Colin Green (2nd V40).  JP Downey was next in to secure the Male Team prize.

In the Ladies Race Grace Whelan was 4th overall with Michelle Slater (1st V40), Elspeth Jenkins (3rd V40) and Iona Craft emulating the men to claim the Ladies Team prize.  Barbara Bowie was our other winner taking the 1st Vintage prize.  Well done to all our other runners and a huge thank you to Forres Harriers for an excellent event.

MRR athletes figures prominently in the overall series standings with success for JAMES WILSON and GRACE WHELAN who were crowned Champions for 2018. Well done to them and our other prize winners:

Yvonne Cantlie – 1st V40
Graham  Stephen – 1st V40
Elspeth Jenkins – 2nd Overall
Ryan McLennan – 3rd Overall
Dawn Thirkell – 3rd V40
Euan Cantlie – 3rd V40

Fantastic performances and another great series for MRR.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

North District Track and Field Champs 11/12 – May

A small number of junior and senior athletes headed through to Inverness to represent MRR in this year’s North District Track and Field Champs with several notable performances. How great it was to see the Club bring home 4 Golds and 4 Silvers from the following:

Beth Grant (U17 Shot Putt)
Dionne Milne (Discus)
Andrew Stoker (U20 200M)
Kevin Morice (400M Hurdles)

Niamh Grant (U15 Shot Putt / Discus)
Blair Milne (U17 3000M)
Grace Whelan (U20 1500M)
Well done to everyone involved.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Lillebaelt Half Marathon – Denmark – 05/05/2018

Wow that was a hard one!

The hottest day in Denmark this year delighted that Kenny finished 3rd at the Lillebælt half marathon.

Today was about racing, not times.

Fantastic that team mate Fiona Brian won the women’s race👍🏻👍🏻

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Report by:  Carol Sim