Inverness Half Marathon – 11/03/2018

Runners enjoyed favourable conditions at this year’s Inverness Half Marathon which also doubled up as the North District Champs.

There were some fine performances from MRR runners with PBs and prizes throughout the field.

First home for the Club was Ally Campbell followed by Louise Cartmell in 1.25.22 which secured the North District individual title.

District Silver went to Iona Craft with Elspeth Jenkins taking the District Bronze V40 prize.

Well done ladies on also claiming 3rd team in the overall race standings.

A strong run from Andy Alexander was rewarded with District Bronze in the V50 category and there were great runs from our other entrants so well done to everybody who represented the Club.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Nairn 10km

On Sunday 4th March the 1st of The Northern Scot 10km series was held in Nairn.  MRRs had a good show at this event with 27 Club Members running.

A video was made of the day and I have included it within this post

We had a mixture of weather with some wind, some snow and a bit of rain but nothing to worry too much about.  Nairn Road Runners put on a very good race that was very well organised and thanks go to the many volunteers who helped make this race a success.  It was also their biggest entry with 326 finishers.

As a club, it was superb to see so many yella vests and we also managed to come back with a few trophies, the prize winners I have listed below:

James Wilson:  3rd Overall

Louise Cartmell:  2nd Female

Gareth Jenkins:  1st V40M

Elspeth Jenkins:  3rd V40F

In the 5km fun run we also had a good showing of yella vests with

Blair Milne:  2nd Male


Report by:  Robert Bruce

The Vitality Big Half

Good news from Kenny Wilson racing the Big Half in London this morning.

A PB of 67.06 and 12th place😀 we will take that after seeing the top 3 times.

A headwind in the last 3 miles took the 66 away but he also managed a 50.50 at 10mile so overall a great run for Kenny👍🏼😊 


Report by:  Carol Sim

Kinloss to Lossiemouth HM – 18/02/2018

MRR HM had our biggest entry to date with 268 athletes completing the race in perfect condition.

International athlete Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) led the way in this year’s Kinloss to Lossiemouth Half Marathon to win in a time of 67.13.  The 2018 Commonwealth Games Marathon hopeful led from the start and ran strongly in perfect conditions as he continues his preparations for the Gold Coast.

In the Ladies Race, there was a win for Alison Matthews (Darlington H and AC) in 84.53.

MRR athletes featured prominently throughout with Paul Rogan battling his way to 3rd overall and Steve Reeve picking up 3rd SuperVet.

Michelle Slater was our first lady home in 90.57.

Well done to everyone who ran – especially those who PB’d or completed the distance for the first time.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who helped organise another great day’s racing.

Results               Pictures

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

MRR Turkey Trot + ND Champs – 17/12/2017

On Sunday MRR hosted their annual Turkey Trot and this year we also hosted the North District 10 Mile Championship.  We saw a record number of entrants with over 400 people signing up for this popular race, due to snow over Aberdeen way and some difficult conditions getting to Moray we had just over 100 people not show up, however, those that did enjoyed the race.

The day had promised to be windy and wet, but at the start of the race, the weather was dry and mild, people were divesting themselves of their clothes as they felt it was too warm (a decision they may regret later)

Kenny Wilson took an early lead and pretty much kept extending it throughout the 10 miles.  Around about the 3rd mile, the joys of living in Scotland was that the rain started and a headwind was felt all the way up to the Gordonstoun turnoff.  This did not deter the hardy runners who just accepted the weather for what it was and did the race.

Afterwards there was a good spread in the hall and the prizegiving was presented.

For MRR, the following runners won:

Kenny Wilson – 1st Overall and North District Champion in a time of 51:03 and a new course record

Paul Rogan – 1st Over 40 in a time of 57:18 and ND over 40 Champ

Louise Cartmell – 3rd Lady, in a time of 65:13 and 2nd lady in ND Champs


Well done to all prizewinners and also to all runners and volunteers that helped make this race as successful as it was, see you all next year

Report by:  Robert Bruce

My 11 marathons in 11 days challenge

As part of my ongoing commitment to run 100 official marathons to coincide with the RAF100 centenary, thus joining the 100 marathon club in the process.  I set myself the challenge to run 11 marathons in a 11 days to help stay on schedule.

Day 1:  It all started on the 23rd November at the Timelord on Thames challenge.  Already weary from running a double marathon the weekend before, this race was probably the biggest challenge knowing what I had instore for myself.  I finished the race in 3:27:27 which was a good start towards a sub 3:30 average that I wanted.
Day 2:  The next day was the start of the SVN 10 in 10.  Starting off in Samphire Hoe in Kent.  This race didn’t go as well as expected,  I felt really lethargic and mentally I didn’t feel strong, I finished in just over 3:38.  I was thinking to myself I’ve still got 9 to go, it was going to be an uphill battle all the way.
Day 3:  Was on same course but called the Fudgathon challenge , a totally different  story to the previous day.  I somehow felt rejuvenated and I finished in 3:14, 1st place.
Day 4:  Was the Saxon shore challenge in Deal.  After the previous day, despite the legs feeling sore, mentally I felt energetic.  I took that energy into the race with me, although I didn’t win, I finished in just over 3:15.
Day 5:  The Hugin challenge at the Pagwell nature reserve.  6 loops near the seafront with a hill thrown in.  There were a few people with fresh legs running.  I set off at a fast pace and led from start to finish.  Completing the race in 3:19 and another 1st place.
Day 6:  The relativity run along the Margate seafront.  The course was longer than a marathon, it worked out to be about 27 mile.  This was 4 out and backs.  I started off out in front but on the 2nd lap I felt a bit lethargic and two runners ended up being some distance away from me by half way.  However, on the 3rd lap I got my 2nd wind and really picked up pace.  The leaders gradually slowed their pace down and by the end of the 3rd lap I had overtaken them and finished strong finishing in 3:19, 1st place and 10 mins ahead of the person in second.
Day 7:  Back at Margate seafront, same course as the day before for the Soul cake challenge.  The wind was an absolute killer that day.  It felt like I was running into it most of the time.  It was a lonely race too, I had no competition to give me that extra push.  I finished in 3:34, 1st place and about 25 mins ahead of 2nd place.
Day 8:  This was at Ramsgate seafront, it was a strange course with two prominent hills.  This was the St Andrews day challenge.  I saw fit to wear a fancy dress kilt for the occasion.  Despite going the wrong way on the course to start, I still had a really good run.  I like it when I have the odd hill to contend with, it allows me to use the strength in my legs to power up them.  I ended up finishing in 3:21, again another 1st place finish.
Day 9:  The advent challenge, again back at Ramsgate.  I had a sports massage the night before.  That had seemed to do the job.  My 9th of running and I felt really strong.  I went through half marathon running at just over sub 3hr pace.  I faded towards the end but finished in 3:08 which was the 2nd fastest time I had ever run a marathon and of course it secured 1st place.
Day 10:  The Fowlmead challenge at Betteshanger park.  The original course had to be changed last moment as part of the track was impassable.  So ended up having to do 12 Laps of a quite flat trail track which probably played in my favour as the original track was quite hilly.  I was in 2nd until the last 2 laps where I caught up with the leader.  He had slowed his pace right down and I was able to pull away from him.  I ended up finishing about a mile in front of him in the end, coming in at 3:22 and another 1st place finish.
Day 11:  The final day of what had been an epic challenge and some of my best running.  It was back at Betteshanger park but on the original course this time.  This was the Fowlmead lucky dip challenge basically you got to select what medal you wanted which were left over from previous events.  I was hoping to finish on a win for the last one.  Unfortunately there was a guy there with fresh legs that on a good day could run sub 3:20.  This was it for me, my legs were definitely feeling it now.  I couldn’t keep up with the leader and previously where I’d usually finish strong towards the end, this time I had nothing.  I still finished in a credible time in 3:25, 2nd place.
I had originally had a target of a sub 3:30 average for all 11. I totally exceeded my expectations finishing on an average of 3:22.
The 11 in 11 challenge brought an end to a very successful marathon running year.  I have completed 52 marathons in 48 weeks including 2 x 11 in 11, 1 x 7 in 7, 1 x 4 in 4 and also a PB of 3:01:53.  It also brings my total to 95 official marathons leaving me 5 to go in my RAF100 marathon challenge.
I hope people reading my story and following me, can take inspiration in what I’m doing.  Through making sacrifices and always giving a 100%, I’ve reach a level in running which I never thought was possible.  Yet, the journey is only just beginning for me.  I’m only going to get better especially now that I’ve joined the Moray road runners ☺
Report by:  Jon Ward

Leeds Abbey Dash – 05/11/2017

Kenny Wilson pulled on the Scotland vest today to run the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km.  This was his first outing representing his country but I am sure it won’t be his last.  His comments on this race are below:

”  Thanks everyone for the messages of support.  Really cool to say I have now ran for Scotland.  30:44 and 28th place.  Hoped for a bit more in the second half of my race, but a couple of lessons learned and just need to keep working hard in training.  Great runs from my teammates Logan in 29:28 for 6th and Lachlan 30:11 for 19th.

A big well to Kenny from all at Moray Road Runners

Report by:  Robert Bruce

Brodie Castle 10km – 05/11/2017

24 MRRs participated in this popular race today.  There were so many of us we need a team bus.

The day was perfect for running, dry, cool with a bit of wind.

This is a lovely race to do as it starts and finishes in the grounds of Brodie Castle.  The roads you run on are very quiet with very little traffic to worry about.

MRRs put in a good performance, with many PBs today and some places in the medals

James Wilson was 3rd Overall

Martin Bain was 1st M40

Steve Reeve was 1st M50

Simon MacDonald was 2nd M50

Barbara Bowie was 1st F60

Well done to all who ran today, got PBs, placed in the medals or who just enjoyed a race. 

Special mention goes to Paul Jamieson, who smashed his 10km PB and finished for the first time under 1hour



Report by:  Robert Bruce

Dublin Marathon – 29/10/2017

Now that the DOMS and epic hunger have departed I can finally write up my Dublin marathon race report.

Last Sunday (29th Oct) I lined up with around 16,000 other folk to run my 5th marathon. It only took a few minutes to cross the line and then we were off, winding through central Dublin before heading up to Phoenix Park and through the suburbs. I had started at 7.50m/mile pace but my legs were feeling fresh and I found myself unintentionally running at 7.30 pace. It felt fine so I just decided to go with it and deal with any fallout later!

The route was good and there was lots of support along the way. There were a few gentle inclines between the start and halfway, but nothing major.

I had caught the 3:20 pace group by mile 8 so decided to stick with them for a while, before gradually pulling clear of them. The miles were being ticked off and all was well until somewhere between mile 20-21 when I started with the ‘Stitch of Doom’! It got worse and worse, until I could hardly breathe, so I had no choice but to pull over and stretch it out. After that it abated a bit but kept returning, and forced me to slow considerably. I had to dig deep as I watched the 3:20 group disappear off happily into the horizon. Those last few miles were tough – the legs were willing but the lungs felt like that of an 80-a-day smoker!

Eventually I was down to the last half mile, and I spotted Neil waving and shouting amongst the crowd, so that spurred me on. My finishing time was 3:23.06 – an 11 minute PB despite the wheels coming off a bit at the end. Upon returning to the hotel I discovered my sports bra had been on so tight it had given me a bruise. I suspect this may have contributed to the stitch a bit!

Dublin is a great course and the atmosphere is excellent. The finishers’ medal is probably the best one I have ever got at any race, and the high quality long-sleeved technical top made a fine change from the usual t-shirt. All in all it’s a great event and I would recommend it to anyone that fancies at autumn marathon.

Report by:  Michelle Donaldson-Slater

Scottish Selection – Kenny Wilson

Great news, Kenny Wilson has achieved his first Scottish selection. Kenny will be in the Scotland team for the International Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on the 5th November. This is a great reward for Kenny who has worked so hard and now he receives the recognition he deserves for his commitment and hard work.

This is the first Scottish “Senior” vest for a MRR member in the history of the club. We are very proud of Kenny and wish him all the very best.

Kenny will be joined in the squad by IH Jenny Bannerman. Good luck, it’s great to see 2 North athletes from a team of 8 in this selection 👏🏻👍🏻

Scotland 10K teams for Leeds