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