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.

Gareth

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buckie 10k

Sunshine, and a cool fresh south easterly greeted 30 Moray Road Runners at yesterday’s Buckie 10k.  Another impressive turnout of yellas given that the starting line was missing some of our biggest hitters through injury and other running commitments.

Lachlan Oates, Shettleston Harrier and international runner, won by some considerable margin in 31:15.  It’s always great to see athletes of this calibre take a trip north.  It would have been a great race for Kenny. Kayleigh Jarret, running for Elgin AAC, won the female race by an even bigger margin, with 8th place overall in a time of 36:46.

The club dominated places 10 though to 60 with no fewer than one in three finishers being MRRs.

First MMR with a very creditable tenth place was Jonathan Ward in 37:17.  That was just enough to keep Blair Milne only six seconds adrift and in 11th place.

First MRR female was Iona Craft.  Iona was 3rd female and 38th in the overall race in a time of 41:42.  Just five seconds behind, Michelle Slater won 1st FV.  Michelle was not at her best (her words) but still routinely won the age group prize at a canter.

Running well inside 40 minutes was enough for David Adam to win the MSV category.

Well done to all who donned the yellow vest.  Especially those struggling for fitness and speed.

Looking ahead, the final race in the Northern Scot 10k series is in 4 weeks.  Mark the date in your diary – Sunday 12th May at Benromach Distillery, Forres.  See if we can beat the 30 runners from yesterday.

The overall title is a tussle between Gordon Lennox (Inverness) and Max Abernethy (Fraserburgh).  It’s Gordon’s for the taking with a one minute lead.  John Anderson is in with a shout for 3rd place.  That depends on Eoin Coull from Ross County.  Does he get third overall, first MV or both?

On the female side, Caroline Marwick (Inverness) has it in the bag if she runs.  Michelle Slater is sitting second and/or first FV.  Justine Blaszk is ready to claim third overall.

Reigning MV champ Graham Stephen is currently holding 3rd place.  David Adam is strolling to the MSV prize, with yours truly sitting second and ready pounce if he can’t run.

Thank you as always to Marie Third and Keith and District AAC for organising.  What would we do at weekends without dedicated volunteers like this?

Thank you too to the photographers who kindly share their pictures and videos with us.

Finally, Marie also organises a lovely 10 mile off road run for the Aberlour Highland Games in early August. I highly recommend the run. The race is effectively free, just pay a few quid to get into the games. A great day out.

Report by:  Nigel Williams

MRR Miltonduff 10k

The Club played host to the Miltonduff 10k on Sunday with many runners rewarded with PBs in favourable conditions.

Our own Kenny Wilson and fellow Scottish Internationalist Jenny Bannerman (Inverness Harriers) led home the mens and ladies fields in 30.46 and 34.52 respectively.

Michelle Slater took the V40 prize in 40.43 and a further 24 MRRs ensured a strong showing of yellow vests throughout.

With many helpers on the day, Inverness Radio Volunteers and Elgin ATC making sure the runners were well supported out on the course and, also, a kind donation of water from Lidl in Elgin, it really was a great team effort.

Thank you everyone and all eyes now turn to the 3rd race in the Northern Scot series at Buckie on Sunday 14th April.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

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