Weekly Club Roundup

Team Yella had a splashing time at the weekend with wet conditions for both the latest round of the North District XC League at Evanton on Saturday and the Brodie Castle 10k on Sunday.  Despite this there were plenty of good performances on both days.  Among the prizewinners at Brodie were Ewan Davidson, James Wilson, Louise Cartmell, Paul Meldrum, Andy Alexander, Karen Norvell and Simon Macdonald.  Well done to all of them.

The club will be holding its Christmas night out on Saturday December 7, a tenpin bowling night at Pinz.  Anyone wanting to come along should contact Karen Norvell via email or Facebook.

We also need volunteers to help with the club’s 10 Mile Turkey Trot on Sunday December 15.  Anyone free to help should contact Gareth Jenkins via email or Facebook.

The club will have a place available in the London Marathon next April. Anyone who was unsuccessful in the marathon ballot who is interested in the club place should email morayroadrunners@live.co.uk by Sun Nov 17, with the draw to choose the place being made the next day.

This weekend club members will be taking part in the Scottish short course XC championships at Kirkcaldy on Saturday and at the Peterhead 10k on Sunday.


London Club Place

The Club has 1 place for the London Marathon 2020.

Any MRR Club Member who was unsuccessful at the London Marathon ballot can put their name into the draw for this place.

If you are interested then please e-mail Bernard at morayroadrunners@live.co.uk by Sunday 17th Nov.

A name will be drawn at training on Monday 18th Nov.


Evanton XC & Brodie 10k

A good show of yellas at Evanton XC.  Ewan Davidson & James Wilson were 4th & 5th respectively,  the weather was mud glorious mud.

Iona,  Michelle & Justine all ran well for the ladies and I happily brought home the 4th Team counter.  Great runs as well from Kimberley,  Amanda and Debbie Main (don’t think I’ve missed anyone!)

Juniors also ran well and in particular enjoyed the mudfest

Ross County were great hosts but the course at Evanton Community Woods had not benefited from a week of rain and the weather on Saturday was grim … the course was wet,  muddy and wet with extra mud thrown in on the long loop for for the senior runners!

Sunday saw the usual great Team Yella turnout for the Brodie Castle 10k.  Less than ideas conditions again,  especially for all of those trying to wash and dry kit from the cross country!!
A muddy start on the castle path before heading onto the road .. for puddle dodging! Thought it was a road race not more cross country 🙂

Past the halfway point and the wind was mercifully behind us! Another muddy path finish to our brilliant Goodie Bottles and soup .. thanks to Forres Harriers and all the marshals for a great job.

As well as Ewan & James it was great to see Louise Cartmell back racing, finishing 3rd lady

Awesome results from the senior senior members of the team saw prizes for Paul Meldrum (3rd V40) Andy Alexander (1st V50) Karen Norvell (1st V50) and Simon Macdonald (2nd V60)
There’s life in the old dogs yet 🙂

Report by:  Karen Norvell

Weekly News Update

MRR held its AGM this week, with chairman Gareth Jenkins highlighting a successful year for the club with achievements at district, national and international level.  He also paid tribute to Robert Bruce, who has decided to stand down as club secretary, with Bernard Salmon taking on the role.
The meeting also agreed that individual members will in future be responsible for their own Scottish Athletics membership subscriptions.
Last weekend, the club had a men’s team in action at the national cross country relays at Cumbernauld, while Scottish International Kenny Wilson made his marathon debut in Frankfurt, finishing in an impressive 2.22.
This weekend club members will be travelling to Evanton for the latest round of the North District Cross Country League and the popular Brodie Castle 10k is on Sunday.
Good luck to all members of Team Yella.

Frankfurt Marathon

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Well after the build up to the marathon that’s the first one done and dusted in Frankfurt.

Really pleased to finish in 2.22.39, not a bad debut😀  Cramps in hamstrings from 16mile and massive blisters….but Kenny is happy.

Paced it really well, just more work for the last 7k and all will be good 💪🏻happy coaches Kenny 🌟🌟🙌🏻

Also well done to Gordon Lennox on a 2.40.32 ! Great job 👍🏻

Report by:  Carol Sim

North District Cross Country Relays

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ND Cross Country Relay medalists today

Junior Girls-1st Inverness Harriers, 2nd Inverness Harriers, 3rd Moray Road Runners.

Junior Boys– 1st Inverness Harriers, 2nd Ross County, 3rd Gordonstoun.

Senior Ladies– 1st Inverness Harriers, 2nd Highland Hill Runners, 3rd Moray Road Runners. Masters– 1st Highland Hill Runners, 2nd Forres Harriers, 3rd Peterhead.

Senior Men– 1st Moray Road Runners, 2nd Highland Hill Runners, 3rd Inverness Harriers. Masters– 1st Moray Road Runners, 2nd Highland Hill Runners, 3rd Inverness Harriers.

A full set of results will appear over the weekend at some point 😊
Thanks to MRR’s for organising the event, Gordonstoun for hosting and to the ever reliable North area SA officials for making it a fantastic afternoon of racing.


Great Scottish Runs

Well done to the 4 MRRs who took part in the Great Scottish runs in Glasgow today.
First off was the 10k. Conditions were really good for racing. Ewan Davidson and James Wilson finished a good 8th and 12th respectively.

Next was the Half Marathon that was also the Scottish Half Championships.
This was a really tough field at the front with the first 3 way ahead. Kenny Wilson finished 14th overall and 4th in the Championship. Andy Alexander had a super run, knocking 1min off his PB. Well done Andy and the guys.

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Report bt:  Carol Sim

National Trail Championships & RAM Final

🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♀️Busy day for the juniors today.

Beth U, Mackenzie and Hannah headed for Fife to take part in the National Trail Championships.

Beth took the bronze medal 🥉 in the u15g race and the three girls came away with a National team silver medal 🥈😍.

Grace Whelan took Ellyn, Niamh W and Liam M (and Dionne ) along to Aberdeen for the RAM Final.

Brilliant performances all round with a fantastic 13 sec pb for Liam M in the boys u15 1500m. And at Fyvie, Sylvie came second in the girls race. Brilliant to see our juniors continuing to do well across all the age groups.

For more information on the juniors section please contact juniorsmrr@gmail.com. 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Report by:  Kirsty Weir


Speyside Windfarm Challenge

Well done to all Moray Road Runners at the Windfarm race today, especially our prize winners:

Euan Cantlie/Graham Stephen first in the 10k

Blair Laird first in the 12 miler

Mark Fraser, most improved in the 12 miler

Paul Meldrum and Sharon Royan, first man and lady in the Speyside Series

Report by:  Elspeth Jenkins

Race Across Scotland

A wee race summary

Had over 24 hours now to let the Race across Scotland sink in.

Thought I’d write a more in depth summary for those who were dot watching me and wondering at times what I was doing.

So I lined up on the race in Portpatrick at 0550, ready for a 0600 start. However, we didn’t set off until 0610 as Wayne kept us anxiously waiting whilst he could take photos and update social media 😂.

I set off at the front with Abdullah Mohamed setting the pace. We lead upto checkpoint two before we took a break for 10 mins. Rob the eventually the winner took over us at this point and lead the race from then on.

I ran with Mo until about the 40 mile point before splitting up. I got into checkpoint 3 Glentrool in second and spent about 30 mins there. I left CP 3 in 3rd, making my way to St John’s CP 4 and where my first drop back would be. This part of the leg is where I had my first major issue. My Garmin watch froze which meant I had to reset it and in turn lost all my data including the race GPX. Luckily I remembered the route and was able to get to CP4 in 2nd place. I was hoping I would be able to load the race gpx file back onto the watch. But I wasn’t able to due there being no WiFi. I had a map and compass but racing and navigating in the dark is not ideal. I ended up staying at CP4 for 2 hours. I then teamed up with two other runners to get me through the night to Sanquhar.

The leg from St John’s to Sanquhar I would say is the make or break for people in the race. Most people who DNF tend to do it after this leg. Its about 26 miles of hills and boggy ground, then add in darkness, bad weather it equals hell.

I set off just after 2300 with Rosie and Gareth. It was a testing night, navigating animal tracks and boggy ground. At 19 miles into the leg was a bothy. I took refuge for an hour, trying to get some kip. Rosie and Gareth, had 15 mins then went on. After an hour at the bothy, I then continued to on Sanquhar. Half way there I got a bacon buttie and coffee from a farm house. That gave me a boost and I got to Sanquhar in quick time.

At this stage I was in 10th however, only the leader and Rosie had left the CP. I quickly took of my feet and got straight back out, making my way to Wanlockhead.

I spent a hour Wanlockhead getting my watch sorted before making my way to Beattock. The route to Beattock was a challenging having the highest amount of elevation gain of all the legs.

I arrived a Beattock in joint 3rd with Rosie. I was getting a dark again. Me and Rosie team up again for the next leg to Boston memorial hall. This leg gruelling, it was different to last year as a high trail had been added to it, thankfully Rosie had recced it before. This new part was testing, the elevation plus the weather made it extremely difficult. Unfortunately for us, the decision had been made to revert back to the old route due safety, however we were already out on the trail to be notified. The high route hit me hard, I was exhausted after it. I had plan to run through night but decided to sleep in a bothy for an hour. Rosie continued on to the next CP. After my hour, I made my to CP, I was still shattered, kept drifting across to side road as I kept falling a sleep running 😂.

Eventually I got to the CP had an hour and half there before heading to the final drop bag CP at Fairnilee. At this point I was in 4th and men’s bronze place and I thought I was looking good for the bronze. However, another runner was picking up pace and looking strong. I tried to pick up my pace but I was caught about 6 miles out from the CP.

At this point my head went down a bit as I was carrying an injury and knew that I was only get slower. I got to Fairnilee just be 1700 on Monday. Spent 45 mins there before heading out to Lauder CP 10.

On getting to Lauder, I’d close to gap on the 4 in front. Quick turnaround at the CP and was straight back out. However, It all went wrong straight away. The Southern Upland Way in Lauder goes through a field with cows in. Trying to avoid the cows I got disorientated and ended up off course in no mans land 😂. It was just a waste land and I was in the middle of it. I ended up falling off a bank in to a large stream smashing my head torch. I managed to sort it, cross the stream to the other side as the GPS said the path was there. However, the path was 10 ft up on a mud ledge. I had to scale some trees to get to it. That was 30 mins lost and any chance of a podium finish pretty much out of reach.

It was a lonely 13 miles to the final CP at the watch water fishery. I got there at just after 0500 it was amazing. The guys made me a cooked breakfast and I had 45 min kip. Eventually leaving just after 0600 for the final 21 miles. On leaving the hut, the view was simply breath taking, rolling hills with an amber sky. I really couldn’t describe the emotions I felt in that moment.

Cockburnspath here I come, I did the first 11 miles at a fast pace before catching up with Rosie. I had made ground on the others but it wasn’t going to be enough and injury was getting worst. For the remaining 10 miles I teamed up once again with Rosie. Rosie was pretty much getting 1st lady and a new female course record. We both deteriorated in the last few miles slowly down to 2mph.

When you finally get to the coast, there’s still 2 miles left to get to the finish. For me these aee always the worst 2 miles of the race. Everything is hurting, your so close to the end but 2 miles which takes usually 11 mins at this point was gonna take a hour.

As me and Rosie neared the finished line, we both agreed to cross together as we shared much journey together. It was great to have someone of her experience run along side, she’d represented Scotland in various ultra running events.

After the longest 2 miles, we had done it. Sub 80 hrs, joint fourth, 1st female and new cr for Rosie.

Such a different experience, compared to 2018. However, sometimes you have to go through the pain, dark times in order to progress.

Once again, I hope you enjoyed the dot watching. Thanks for the support.

Report by:  Jon Ward
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