Older stuff.............. SPEY VALLEY 10 MILE TRAIL RACE - SATURDAY A wee report frae Malkie. Pics below.
Where's Malcolm been this week? The Spey Valley 10 Mile Trail Race with Alistair & Carol Stewart and 150 others. The race takes place on part of the Speyside Way, which runs down the old railway track starting at Ballindalloch and finishing at Aberlour. This course offers panoramic views of the River Spey and Spey Valley if you have time to look. The course is quite flat, muddy in places and follows a narrow trail. Malcolm didn't do as well as he expected, but he had not run for three weeks and Alistair reaped revenge on Carol for beating him over the finish line at the Nairn Half Marathon (in Alistair words, "she came from nowhere to beat me"). Not literally - Alistair Carol and Malcolm both won substantial prizes, but poor Alistair was out of the running, you should have worn your club colours Alistair. Willie Johnstone from Speyside Leisure, did a marvellous job with sponsorship and the overall organisation of the race.
Prizes sponsored by Saucony – Falke – Speyside Runner. All competitors received a Saucony Technical T-shirt and a Medal from Little the Jewellers - Elgin.
All proceeds from the run go to The Badaguish Cairngorm Outdoor Centre: “A Scottish charity helping people of all abilities enjoy the outdoors”.
Malcolm Beharrell :- (20th) 67min 41 secs Alistair Stewart :- (69th) 80min 27 secs Carol Stewart :- (93rd) 86 min 51 secs
HALF MARATHON 2007 - From all accounts a tremendous success, with our highest ever entry list. A big, big thanks to all those who made the event work. The Marshalls and Water Helpers, Timekeepers, Results Runners, Results Team, PA Announcers, Registration Team, Prize Co-ordinators, Medal + Trophy Team, Course Setters and Clean-up Squad........and more. About 45 volunteers are due a big THANK-YOU for their help. You can put your feet up & relax now. p.s. Told you the weather would be fine! RESULTS HERE
Summer Clava hill runs have now, just like the rest of Summer, finished. We're back to normal training on a Wednesday.
UPDATE 14th August
Where's Malcolm been this week.............? By the look of the flag pretty far afield! There's no stopping the lad, oor Malc's just had a PB in the CREAG DHUBH HILL RACE at the Newtonmore Highland Games. Well done Malcolm in taking 45 secs off. Race report reads... The Newtonmore Highland Games and the Clan MacPherson gathering made a fine back drop for the Craig Dhubh Hill Race which has been a central part of the games since 1947. (Malcom remembers it well!) The race began as normal with one lap of the arena in front of an appreciative crowd, but to exit the arena the 80 runners in the race had to leap over or crawl under the barrier surrounding the arena then climb over a fence, negotiate their way through a temporary car park, climb over another fence, ford the river Calder, climb over a fence, cross the Laggan road and run through a farmyard all before the difficult part of the race started. The course is 4.5 miles long with a 1225 ft of climb to the summit , was at times a very narrow muddy and rocky trail or over virgin territory through the bracken and heather. In parts due to the steepness of the course handfuls of heather were a useful aid to lever oneself up the hill and overtaking was difficult unless you waited for the right moment when ascending or desending.
CREAG DHUBH.. Malcolm proudly displays his colours. He's the one in orange by the way!
Where's Malcolm been this week?..............The Ben Rinnes Five Tops Hill Race Yes Malcolm, Gordon and Adrian have been participating in the gruelling Ben Rinnes Race. The following report comes from "I used to have knees" Adrian - "Malcolm (and Gordon and Myself) were at the Ben Rinnes 5 tops this afternoon, and all got round in pretty challenging conditions (Gordon also lost quite a bit of time helping Graeme Jervis who retired from the race through illness near the end). Also credit to Gavin Rennie (Reading Road Runners) who came up for the weekend to do his first hill race ( I promised him it would be sunny and dry, although he still seems to be talking to me and came home inside 3 hours). It was wet, very windy near the top, and pretty muddy and slippery underfoot (there were a few falls, myself included, and i think Gordon may have had a couple as well). Ironically the pulled calf I've been trying to shake off for a month is the only bit of me that doesn't hurt now." Nice pic of Adrian's knees can be found on the Forres Harriers web site. The Dufftown Highland Games is the host to one of the most arduous hill races in the Scottish calendar. The race started with a lap around the Highland Games arena which is usually surrounded by enthusiastic spectators, but due to the adverse weather only a handful braved the wet conditions, before starting the climb up to the "Little Conval".The route leads from "Little Conval" at 1811ft down to Glach-en-ronack and up "Meikle Conval" at 1873 ft descending very steeply down to Glach Harness and immediately starting to rise again towards "Round Hill" continuing to climb up to "Roys Hill" and onwards and upwards to the top of "Ben Rinnes" at 2755 ft. Once the runners have reached the check point at the summit of Ben Rinnes they have to turn around and do the whole thing again in reverse order. In total the runners had to ascend 4900 ft over 14 miles of very rough, water logged and very slippery terrain. All the summits were shrouded in low cloud, making it difficult to navigate, and with horizontal driving rain on Ben Rinnes, the conditions very unpleasant for the 60 runners competing in the race.
Where's Malcolm been this week?...................
He's been in Tomintoul doing the Tominabat hill race.
The climb from the Tomintoul Highland Games to the hill tops is through long and dense heather, not forgetting several deep drainage ditches and plenty of peat bogs, and not a hint of a path, and with one particular precarious decent, local knowledge would have been a huge bonus. With the race just being over 3.5 miles and with a 1100 ft of climbing it was a short but very tough hill race, thoroughly enjoyed by the competitors. Malcolm was accompanied by Adrian who, after hearing that the Haggis's in the area were very aggressive, decided to stick to being official photographer and just missed capturing that shot of Malcolm, approx 100 yards from the finish, checking out what he had previously had for lunch.
Elgin AAC hosted the Elgin 10 Mile Road Race on what was traditionally the Elgin Highland Games Weekend. Although the Games are now unfortunately defunct, Elgin AAC resurrected the 10 Mile road race, which doubled up as the North District Road Race Championships. The race course took athletes on a different route this year, they had to endure another climb back up the Spynie hill and over Brumley Brae back to Morriston, which made it tougher than the original course, and the hot sunny day did not make it any easier to achieve a good time. Nairn was well represented by the following runners:- Malcolm Beharrell 70.30 Gordon Main 71.15 David Webster 73.00 Kenneth MacLeod 85.29 Phyllis Lemoncello 88.59 Eddie Froude 92.05 Linda Taylor 99.53
Where's Malcolm been this week?........... This week Malcolm has been to.........Harris ! Where he finished the half marathon in 1:31:22, and was closely followed by Adrian in 1:43:55
Colin and Dave have also been touring the country... Brora 10k and the Forres Games 10k, where they were joined by Kenny McLeod and Andrew Gulland. Well done Andrew for knocking 5 mins off your 10k PB. (we told you that efforts were good for you!)
Brora 10k Colin - 40:48 Dave - 43:36 Forres HG 10k Colin - 40:48 Dave - 43.18 Kenny - 48:05 Andrew - 54:53 (pb)
Monaughty Forest Run A good turnout from the club on Wednesday night through at Monaughty on a warm evening. Results to follow.
Previous News 3rd July -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Stonehaven 1/2 Marathon took place last Sunday in dreary damp conditions. The day was ideal for running but the hilly course meant that good times were hard to come by. I can recommend this event to all Nairn Road runners. particularly if you fancy the 1/2 marathon distance, as opposed to the 10k in Portsoy. The event is well organised with plenty of water stations and marshals. The nairn road runners finished as follows;-
Paul Webster. 1 hr 24 min 10. 19th out of 220 David Webster. 1 hr 34 min 46. 50th out of 220
Whilst David and Paul Webster headed for the far east, Colin and Billy decided to stay a wee bit closer to home and represented the club at the Follow the Herring in Portsoy. Well done lads. Colin finished the run in 22nd place in a time of 41:37 from an entry list of 152 runners. Billy was hot on his heels though, and came in 34th in a time of 41:35.
Where's Malcolm been this week?
Well done to Malcolm for coming in 25th in the Barra Half Marathon on Saturday in a time of 1:36:50. Not bad for someone who had just returned from offshore. Adrian went along as well but, having pulled a calf muscle, decided to play safe and spent his time drinking tea!!! Well I think it was tea!