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

Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games 10 Mile Multi-terrain Race.

While several MRR tough-nuts were way out west ‘enjoying’ the Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace, a handful of us tackled the relatively sissy Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games 10 Mile Multi-terrain Race.

James Wilson, Martin Bain, Jon Ward, Andrew Clark and myself toed the line in yella.

Being a born and bred Speysider, I’m slightly biased, but this is a peach of a run and is recommend to all. It has everything; road, uphill running (steep in places), downhill running (even steeper with a tech section), grass, easy trail and a finish in the Games Arena with generous applause for all runners.

Today was very warm and sunny, but there was plenty of welcome shade on the Isla Way alongside the River Fiddich and on The Speyside Way.

All of the 700 feet of climb is completed in the first 2.2 miles. For James, that takes 15 minutes, for me, on MRR rearguard duty, it was approaching 20 minutes. Technical downhill follows for a bit before a fun, steep, grassy, go as fast as you dare slope.

After the leg testing first 3 miles, it was 7 miles back to Aberlour, via Craigellachie, on well maintained flat trail. But not before crocked MRR Paul Meldrum, on marshal duty (wearing yella naturally), had us smile for the camera passing Dufftown Railway Station. The trick from here is to maintain your cadence and stride length as fatigue sets in. Easier said than done.

We were welcomed back into the arena by the dulcet tones of MRR Paul Jamieson on Games Announcer/MC duties for the day.

Result was an MRR 1, 2, 3. James retained his title easily in just over 60 minutes. Martin Bain edged out Jon Ward for second and third places respectively in around 65 minutes. It’s worth acknowledging Jon’s 17:45 Parkrun PB just two hours before this race. I trotted in some 10 minutes adrift of the medalists at around 75 minutes. I don’t know how Andrew Clark got on, but I guess he was not too far behind Jon as he disappeared up the hill and out of sight with the fast guys at the start.

Thanks to Marie Third for organising. I’ll be back and hope to see more yella vests next year.

Report by:  Nigel Williams

Isle of Skye Half Marathon 2019

5 MRRs turned up for the Isle of Skye half marathon on Saturday 8th June, comprising of Karen Norvell, Shirley Feaks, Iona Robertson (Ricky & Poppy), Susan McNairney and Stuart Dalgarno.

The weather was warm with little or no breeze. We were piped to the start just before 1030am, before ascending for 3 miles on closed roads (2-3 was a bit steep), with plenty of ‘uphills’, down hills (didn’t feel that many) and water stops around every 3 miles. Miles 9-11 could be described as a bit of a roller coaster, with a nice fast downhill into the finish.

The ladies won second ladies team (Iona (1hr 41mins), Shirley (1hr 46mins) & Karen (1hr 50mins)).

Stuart finished in 1hr 59mins, completing his first long distance run since coming back from injury.

Unfortunately, Susan had to pull out of the race.

The locals even put on a water shower for all the competitors around mile 9 with a hose spraying across the road, which was really refreshing at this point. The atmosphere, support, organisation of the race made the ‘uphills’ worthwhile.

A thoroughly enjoyable event…… MRR road trip next year maybe? (please remember your smidge).

Report by:  Shirley Feaks

North Schools Athletics

Successful day at the north schools athletics for our juniors:

Joshua 2nd 3000
Beth 2nd 1500
Zara 3rd 1500
Mackenzie 4th 1500
Harriet 1st 1500, 4th LJ
Hannah 5th 1500
Ellyn 2nd 1500 (on photo finish, PB)
Niamh W 5th 1500
Bruce 5th 1500
Megan 5th 300 (PB), 3rd 200
Eden 2nd hurdles, 5th 200
Niamh G 2nd shot putt, 2nd javelin

Report by:  Grace Whelan

A weekend of Medals

EMF 10k

Our very own Gareth Jenkins finished 3rd in this event.

Congratulations

 

 

Scottish Masters 5000m

Successful day out at the Scottish Masters 5000m.

Michelle Donaldson-Slater : Gold W40
Simon MacDonald : Bronze M60
Phill Thompson : Bronze M65

Congratulations to all the medal winners

Skye Trail Ultra

Congratulations to Alan Swadel, who completed the Skye Trail Ultra a 74 mile race.  Think he might be sleeping for a while now

Report by:  Robert Bruce

 

Great Stirling Run

9 MRRs journeyed down to Stirling for the Great Stirling Run which incorporated the Scottish Marathon Championships and an accompanying Half Marathon race. With both races setting off at 8.30am, conditions were pleasantly cool with light winds making for ideal conditions. First home in the Half was Graham Stephen in an excellent PB of 1.26.11. Andrew Alexander and Todd Henderson completed our trio of half marathoners coming home in times of 1.46.11 and 2.00.27 respectively. Well done lads.
With conditions warming up throughout the morning, getting around the undulating course as quickly as possible was the priority and our 6 marathoners didn’t disappoint. Official times are below and there were some outstanding placings both overall and in respective age categories:
Ally Campbell – 2.49.07 (11th, 3rd 45-49)
Andy Alexander – 3.02.18 (1st 50-54)
Ed Dunbar – 3.07.30
Willie Stuart – 3.14.52
Elspeth Jenkins – 3.23.42 (8th, 3rd 45-49)
Garry Henderson 3.51.12 (3rd 60-64)
With team placings still to be confirmed it’s looking like a possible top 3 finish for the men. Excellent racing everyone.
Report by:  Gareth Jenkins
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