Lindsays North District Cross Country Championships

Seniors …….. 🏆North District X Country Champions🏆
Fantastic job by the winning men’s and women’s teams today at Gordonstoun.

Kirstie Rogan winning individual bronze in the ladies and Michelle Donaldson Slater taking bronze in the vets.

Kenny Wilson winning after being runnerup last 2 years😉 Paul Rogan 3rd vet. 

Grace Whelan U20 Winner

Great effort by all involved

Juniors results from today. All the kids ran fantastically!

U13b – Roy Taylor – gold medal and ND Champ.

u13g team – Silver Medal (Beth, Zara, Nicole).

u15g – Ellyn Smith – Silver Medal.

u15g team – Gold Medal (Ellyn, Hannah, Harriet)

u17M – Blair Milne – Silver Medal.

Report by:  Carol Sim

British and Irish Masters Cross Country International

Well done to Paul Rogan and Robbie Paterson on their placings at the British & Irish Masters International in Swansea.

Paul finished 14th in the M45 category and Robbie 20th in the M35s.

Some great results from our North athletes👏🏻

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“I know this is a very rare statement from a runner but we were both very pleased with the way we raced 😊 A tough wee course which seemed to suit us both. 👍”

Paul Rogan

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Report by:  Carol Sim

Brodie Castle 10km

An excellent turnout of MRRs today at Brodie, with us taking a host of prizes.

Congratulations to the prize winners and well done to all who ran in a slightly breezy day.


Prize winners:

1st Ewan Davidson
2nd James Wilson
3rd. Gareth Jenkins

Graham Stephen 2nd M40.
Andy Alexander 1st M50,
Simon MacDonald 2nd M50.
Michelle Donaldson-Slater 3rd Lady.

Barbara Bowie 1st SV lady.

Well done all.🌟


Report by:  Carol Sim

Leeds Abbey Dash

Another race for Kenny Wilson representing Scotland at Leeds Abbey Dash where team mate Adam Craig won the race in 29.09.

Other team member Euan Gillham was 25th, 1 second ahead of Kenny finishing 26th in 30.54.

Not a bad run Kenny.

Jenny Bannerman IH was a late call up to the Scottish squad finished 16th in the winning ladies team! Well done 👍🏻

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Report by:  Carol Sim

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

Diageo Sports Awards

⭐️Sports Personality of the year at Diageo Sports Awards⭐️ and Senior Sports athlete of the year. Kenny Wilson.

Shortlisted in their categories also included junior, Roy Taylor, Senior Kirstie Rogan and veteran Paul Rogan.

Congratulations to you all👊🏻 delighted and well deserved😎
What an abundance of talented sport men and women Moray have🌟

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Lindsays’ scottishathletics National Cross Country Relay Championships

It was a great occasion for MRR at the National XC Relays as, for the first time in the Club’s history, a Ladies Team entered the event. Along with 3 competing Men’s teams, it was fantastic to see the yellow vests flying the flag for the North at senior level.
Once again Cumbernauld played host to the relays and the crisp, dry conditions set the scene for a fast, hard race on the grassy, undulating course. First up were the Ladies quartet of Kirstie Rogan, Justine Blaszk, Michelle Slater and Grace Whelan who all battled superbly throughout before eventually securing a final placing in the top half of the field – 21st out of 45 teams. This was an outstanding performance in a high quality Ladies race with several Scottish Champions and GB athletes taking part.
119 complete teams took part in the Men’s race so it was always going to be tough for our 3 teams –
A – Kenny Wilson, Robbie Paterson, James Wilson, Ewan Davidson
B – Cameron Main, Alasdair Campbell, Andy Alexander, Jon Ward
Masters – Gareth Jenkins, Colin Green, Martin Bain, Paul Rogan
How superb it was to hear the on-course commentator mentioning Moray Road Runners throughout the 1st leg as Kenny led the field in the early stages. With everyone giving it their all, the teams overall placings were 14th(A), 50th(Masters), 62nd(B).
This was a really proud day for the Club and hopefully we’ll see even more people taking part in this event next year.
Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Team Yella on Tour

Having had a successful ‘overseas’ trip to Orkney for the marathon in 2016 there was much talk in the club about doing another MRR Road Trip … so (including husbands & wives) 15 of us embarked on a weekend break to Amsterdam to take in the sights and run the TCS Amsterdam Marathon … due to injury, Justine deferred to the 8km and Steven had to pull out of the marathon at the last minute … the rest of the runners were :

Andy Alexander : 3:03:16 (PB)

Karen Norvell : 4:03:01

Sally Bruce : 4:07:36

Robert Bruce : 4:09:50

Kirsteen Carmichael : 4:11:11

Michelle Russell : 4:29:30 (PB)

Debbie Barron : 4:57:34

Justine Blaszk : 35:21

The Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course with the start and finish taking place in the historical Olympic Stadium. The support within the stadium and throughout the course is really great, the Dutch are a wonderful friendly people and you are made to feel very welcome from the off. The Marathon course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills with some beautiful rural scenery and past some of Amsterdam’s busiest tourist spots, including Vondelpark (twice!) and the heart of the Rijksmuseum. The course is flat and fast … with the potential for a PB, if you can find a space to get up to pace! It is a busy marathon and my only complaint about the whole event is the congestion at the start & finish … but we coped!

It was a perfect day for us all, with optimum running conditions and, despite the congestion & confusion at the start, we did manage to merge together at various points and there was some good representation from Team Yella throughout the pack 🙂

Personally, I had trained since Edinburgh to a Heart Rate based plan and on the day it came together beautifully for me, my plan to run steadily at the start and then pick up the pace shows in my splits, and my10km times were consistent throughout … I did come in slightly in front of the 4 hour pacers, but they started well in front of me and I understand that they were not spot on their target … overall I was delighted and I think the rest of the team were too.

It was a brilliant weekend away and a lovely marathon to do … now, who’s organising next year’s trip?!

Report by:  Karen Norvell

Picked for Scotland

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Fantastic Kenny Wilson🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
flying the flag of MRRs again. Well deserved. I’m sure all MRRs and North district wish you all the best 😃👍🏻

are pleased to confirm that Kenny Wilson has joined the Scotland selection for the Abbey Dash 10K race in Leeds on Sunday 4 November.
With Luke Traynor turning his focus to XC training for a spell, Kenny adds to his recent Scotland road race selections.
Congratulations to Kenny, his coach Carol Sim and Moray Road Runners . . .

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Report by:  Scottish Athletics

Kenny runs in Commonwealth HM

Heart op put Kenny on road to stardom

Written by Craig Christie

INTERNATIONAL runner Kenny Wilson used to finish last in his school sports races until doctors found out why – he had a hole in his heart.

Kenny Wilson breaks his half marathon PB in Cardiff

Kenny Wilson breaks his half marathon PB in Cardiff

Open heart surgery at the age of five fixed the problem and nearly 25 years later, Kenny could not be fitter and has established himself as one of Scotland’s best road athletes.

Last weekend he raced for his country for the third time, smashing his personal best in the Commonwealth half marathon championships in Cardiff.

Yet it could have all been very different for the Craigellachie-based Tamdhu distillery warehouse operator had a serious heart defect not been picked up by doctors back in 1995.

“I had a chest infection that wouldn’t clear and the doctors thought it was a heart murmur to begin with,” Kenny recalled. “Looking into it more they found there was a hole.

Kenny Wilson with his Scotland team-mates before the Commonwealth Championships in Cardiff

Kenny Wilson with his Scotland team-mates before the Commonwealth Championships in Cardiff


“I think it was the sound of the heartbeat. You had the normal heartbeat and the sound of the blood getting pumped to the wrong bit so it was off of that they figured it out.”

The news was a terrible shock to Kenny’s parents Jane and Allan, and they took their son to Edinburgh sick children’s hospital for a major operation that was to change his life.

“I obviously don’t remember but they cut me open, moved the ribs about to get to the heart, patch it up and put me back together again. I had the op on a Saturday and I was out by the Tuesday, then back to school two weeks later.

Kenny Wilson aged 5 with the operation scar he calls his 'zip'.

Kenny Wilson aged 5 with the operation scar he calls his ‘zip’.

“Straight away I was back into playing the kids games and playing football and I think everyone was scared to hit me with the ball in case something happened to me. Before the operation there’s videos of me pretty much finishing last in every sports day race. It’s changed a bit since then.

After two years of check-ups, young Kenny was given the all-clear to live a completely normal life.

Attending Knockando primary school, his talent for running was picked up by PE teacher Marjory Swinton, who coached him in his earlier years of athletics.

He joined Moray Road Runners, where current coaches Carol and George Sim took him under their wing and developed his running ability, soon attracting the interest of Scotland athletics selectors.Kenny Wilson

His past heart issues remained a secret until recently when the British Heart Foundation published his story on their Facebook page.

“I saw a few comments and it was good knowing other people with the same condition or similar things can see you can make a full recovery and lead a normal life and be healthy.

“If any young kids can see my story and see my progression and if that motivates them, that’s even better for me.”

The Northern Scot