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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Team Yella on Tour

Having had a successful ‘overseas’ trip to Orkney for the marathon in 2016 there was much talk in the club about doing another MRR Road Trip … so (including husbands & wives) 15 of us embarked on a weekend break to Amsterdam to take in the sights and run the TCS Amsterdam Marathon … due to injury, Justine deferred to the 8km and Steven had to pull out of the marathon at the last minute … the rest of the runners were :

Andy Alexander : 3:03:16 (PB)

Karen Norvell : 4:03:01

Sally Bruce : 4:07:36

Robert Bruce : 4:09:50

Kirsteen Carmichael : 4:11:11

Michelle Russell : 4:29:30 (PB)

Debbie Barron : 4:57:34

Justine Blaszk : 35:21

The Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course with the start and finish taking place in the historical Olympic Stadium. The support within the stadium and throughout the course is really great, the Dutch are a wonderful friendly people and you are made to feel very welcome from the off. The Marathon course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills with some beautiful rural scenery and past some of Amsterdam’s busiest tourist spots, including Vondelpark (twice!) and the heart of the Rijksmuseum. The course is flat and fast … with the potential for a PB, if you can find a space to get up to pace! It is a busy marathon and my only complaint about the whole event is the congestion at the start & finish … but we coped!

It was a perfect day for us all, with optimum running conditions and, despite the congestion & confusion at the start, we did manage to merge together at various points and there was some good representation from Team Yella throughout the pack 🙂

Personally, I had trained since Edinburgh to a Heart Rate based plan and on the day it came together beautifully for me, my plan to run steadily at the start and then pick up the pace shows in my splits, and my10km times were consistent throughout … I did come in slightly in front of the 4 hour pacers, but they started well in front of me and I understand that they were not spot on their target … overall I was delighted and I think the rest of the team were too.

It was a brilliant weekend away and a lovely marathon to do … now, who’s organising next year’s trip?!

Report by:  Karen Norvell

Picked for Scotland

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Fantastic Kenny Wilson🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
flying the flag of MRRs again. Well deserved. I’m sure all MRRs and North district wish you all the best 😃👍🏻

are pleased to confirm that Kenny Wilson has joined the Scotland selection for the Abbey Dash 10K race in Leeds on Sunday 4 November.
With Luke Traynor turning his focus to XC training for a spell, Kenny adds to his recent Scotland road race selections.
Congratulations to Kenny, his coach Carol Sim and Moray Road Runners . . .

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Report by:  Scottish Athletics

Kenny runs in Commonwealth HM

Heart op put Kenny on road to stardom

Written by Craig Christie

INTERNATIONAL runner Kenny Wilson used to finish last in his school sports races until doctors found out why – he had a hole in his heart.

Kenny Wilson breaks his half marathon PB in Cardiff

Kenny Wilson breaks his half marathon PB in Cardiff

Open heart surgery at the age of five fixed the problem and nearly 25 years later, Kenny could not be fitter and has established himself as one of Scotland’s best road athletes.

Last weekend he raced for his country for the third time, smashing his personal best in the Commonwealth half marathon championships in Cardiff.

Yet it could have all been very different for the Craigellachie-based Tamdhu distillery warehouse operator had a serious heart defect not been picked up by doctors back in 1995.

“I had a chest infection that wouldn’t clear and the doctors thought it was a heart murmur to begin with,” Kenny recalled. “Looking into it more they found there was a hole.

Kenny Wilson with his Scotland team-mates before the Commonwealth Championships in Cardiff

Kenny Wilson with his Scotland team-mates before the Commonwealth Championships in Cardiff


“I think it was the sound of the heartbeat. You had the normal heartbeat and the sound of the blood getting pumped to the wrong bit so it was off of that they figured it out.”

The news was a terrible shock to Kenny’s parents Jane and Allan, and they took their son to Edinburgh sick children’s hospital for a major operation that was to change his life.

“I obviously don’t remember but they cut me open, moved the ribs about to get to the heart, patch it up and put me back together again. I had the op on a Saturday and I was out by the Tuesday, then back to school two weeks later.

Kenny Wilson aged 5 with the operation scar he calls his 'zip'.

Kenny Wilson aged 5 with the operation scar he calls his ‘zip’.

“Straight away I was back into playing the kids games and playing football and I think everyone was scared to hit me with the ball in case something happened to me. Before the operation there’s videos of me pretty much finishing last in every sports day race. It’s changed a bit since then.

After two years of check-ups, young Kenny was given the all-clear to live a completely normal life.

Attending Knockando primary school, his talent for running was picked up by PE teacher Marjory Swinton, who coached him in his earlier years of athletics.

He joined Moray Road Runners, where current coaches Carol and George Sim took him under their wing and developed his running ability, soon attracting the interest of Scotland athletics selectors.Kenny Wilson

His past heart issues remained a secret until recently when the British Heart Foundation published his story on their Facebook page.

“I saw a few comments and it was good knowing other people with the same condition or similar things can see you can make a full recovery and lead a normal life and be healthy.

“If any young kids can see my story and see my progression and if that motivates them, that’s even better for me.”

The Northern Scot

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