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

Run Garioch

Nine senior and junior runners headed east to represent the club at the Run Garioch series of races today. Conditions were a bit windy and showery with the road races covering some rolling ground.

The Junior Girls (7-9 years) 1000m Run saw a field of 170 take part with Rhian Cantlie second overall in an impressive time of 4:06. A much better runner than her mum and dad! Sylvie-Mae Slater also impressed against older girls with 35th place in a time of 5:00. A much better runner than her mum!

Next fast junior was Hannah Stephen. Hannah ran in the 5k and claimed second female junior with a time of 22:09. Placed 66th out of a field of 542 is impressive for a youngster. A much better runner than her dad!

The majority of MRR seniors opted for the 10k. Graham Stephen ran strongly in the wind to finish 16th out of a field of 857. Even better, Graham claimed first M40 with a time of 39:03. Better still, he didn’t need a lift in an ambulance after. Graham may have bragging rights for the day, but that doesn’t make him a better runner than Hannah.

Also competing and closely grouped in the testing 10k were Dave Mathers 51:27, Sharon Royan 52:08, Christina Cameron 53:23 and Eileen Riddoch 53:59. All finished comfortably in the top half of the results list.

Finally, I was the sole MRR in Half Marathon. I lost a few places in the final mile to younger guys, they appeared to be at least 3 stones heavier than me yet running on air. How do they do that? Finishing place was 56th out of a field of 542 in a time of 1:35:02. That earned me 3rd M50. If it wasn’t for the self induced water boarding/choking at the drinks stations and unscheduled pee stop I might have got second, but that’s racing.

Well done to all, especially the juniors showing us how it’s done.

Report by:  Nigel Williams

Nairn 10k

A fantastic turnout of 31 MRRs competed in the Nairn 10k last Sunday.

This ever popular race – the 1st in the Northern Scot 10k series – had a challenging headwind early on which proved a ster.n test for the runners.  The races were won by Scotland Internationalists John Newsom and Jenny Bannerman (.pboth Inverness Harriers).

First home for MRR were Gareth Jenkins (6th Male) and Michelle Slater (5th Female).
Well done to Michelle on being crowned the North District V40 Champion and Gareth on his District V40 Bronze.

In the accompanying 5k race, junior MRR Rhian Cantlie was 3rd Female – great running, Rhian.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to our friends at Nairn for organising a fantastic race.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

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.🌟

Results: https://resultsbase.net/event/4584/results

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

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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