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Callanish stones marathon and 10k 2 August 2014
The Callanish Stones Marathon and 10k took place on the Isle of Lewis on the Western Isles. The standing stones at Callanish provided a stunning location for the one-off event which was organised by Stornoway Running Club to celebrate Homecoming year. Both the marathon and the 10k routes proved to be challenging with warm windy conditions also testing runners. In the marathon NRR Kirstin Grant finished in 3.57.32 and Maureen Mackie in 4.02.27. First back for the team in the 10k was Ailene Cameron clocking 60.00 and Katie Hanson in a time of 61.52.
Ben Rinnes Hill race 26 July 2014
The Ben Rinnes 5 Tops Hill Race took place recently as part of the Dufftown Highland Games. The Category A hill event offers a 14 mile out and back route passing the summits of Little Conval, Meikle Conval and onto Ben Rinnes itself. The route is challenging with rough heathery sections and a 1520m total ascent. Conditions on the day were tough with runners facing high temperatures. Three Nairn Road Runners took part in the event. Ian Blackburn was first back for the team in a time of 2.49.06. Kirstin Grant was the only NRR female to run the race, clocking 3.10.17. Gordon Main finished in a time of 3.25.05 and placed 2nd in the M60 category.
Brora 10k 20 July 2014
Lynsey Easton was the only Nairn Road Runner to take part in the race, she completed the race in a time of 59 minutes.
Harris Half Marathon 5 July 2014
Maureen Mackie was the only NRR at the Harris Half Marathon. The event was the last race in the Heb 3 Series where runners are encouraged to run three out of the five Western Isles half marathons. The race also formed the Scottish Athletics North District Half Marathon Championships. Maureen finished in a time of 1h 42 min placing her first within the series for the F45 category. As part of the Championship race Mackie’s performance also earned her a Gold medal in the Masters Category and a Silver medal for 2nd female overall.
Glamaig Hill race 5 July 2014
Two Nairn Road Runners took part in the Glamaig Hill Race in Skye on Saturday. The 7km race is a straight up and down route boasting a 775m ascent. Conditions on the day were perfect, sunny with a good breeze which allowed fantastic views from the top. The descent on Glamaig is tough with scree and large boulders making for a technical descent, it is described as the roughest and toughest descent in the hill racing calendar. Iain Blackburn finished 27th in a time of 1h 11mins and Stephen Fraser placed 86th clocking 1h 35mins.
Forres Highland games 10k 5 July 2014
Several members of the Nairn Road Runners took part in the Forres 10k. The scenic and undulating race starts and finishes at Grant Park as a feature within the Forres Highland Games. NRR Results: Rich Allan (32) 44.36, Gordon Main (62) 51.42, Norma Breathet (79) 58.24, Marion MacLennan (81) 60.10, Jackie Clark (84) 66.45
Portsoy 10k 29 June 2014
Maureen Mackie was the only NRR to take part in the Portsoy 10k. Finishing in a time of 45.41.
Roseisle Forest Run 25 June 2014
This was the final race of the Moray Forest Run Series. The well organised family event was attended by almost 200 runners, offering an under 11 race, an under 16 race and an adult race. The course is a particular favourite in the series as it starts out along Roseisle Beach with the beautiful backdrop of the Sutherland Mountains. Five Nairn Road Runners took part in the event, Maureen Mackie was first back for the team in a time of 33.50.
Four members of the Nairn Road Runner team took part in the Highland Cross 2014 duathlon on Saturday. The challenging 50 mile race takes a coast to coast route through the Scottish Highlands from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass. It involves a 20 mile foot section from Morvich to Cannich passing the five sisters of Kintail before a 1000ft climb to enter Glen Affric and a welcome descent towards Cannich and the bike change over. The 30 mile bike section starts with a speedy downhill section passing Faskilly Dam and onwards through Struy, finishing at Beauly Square. The race was won by Joe Symonds from East Dumbartonshire in a time of 3.19.17. NRR’s Iain Blackburn was first home for the team finishing in 4.25.10.
NRR results: Iain Blackburn 4.25.10, Ian McIntyre 4.39.47, Greg Riddle 5.45.33, Stephen Fraser 5.45.33
Dochfour Dash 18 June 2014
Two members of the Nairn Road Runners took part in the recent Dochfour Dash in Inverness. The popular 5 mile fixture takes place mainly on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Marion MacLennan finished in a time of 51.39 and Lynsey Easton not far behind in 51.56.
Pinto 3k 18th June 2014
The first race in the Pinto Memorial 3k series was held on Wednesday 18 June at Cooper Park in Elgin. The series is held in memory of Moray Road Runner Alistair Sim, who inspired and motivated so many people to run. There was a great turn out with 137 runners taking part overall. Two members from the Nairn Road Runners took part in the adult race, Jenny Saunders placed 39th in a time of 14.21 and Lynsey Easton in 50th place clocking 16.57.
Skye Half Marathon 14 June 2014
Stephen Fraser and Maureen Mackie travelled to Skye to take part in the Skye Half Marathon which is part of the Heb 3 Series. The event is a single loop road race, very undulating with a steady climb from the 8-11 mile marks and then dropping back into Portree for the finish. The race was well attended with 450 entries from as far as Ireland, Preston and Nairn. Conditions were hot sunny and no wind. The race was described as a tough and undulating course 1685ft of up and down, but a great event well supported with about 5 water stops with water and lucozade sport. Great medal and t-shirt for all finishers and after the race a swim and a sauna then a choice of 6 soups loads of sandwiches fruit, tea cakes. Thanks to Stephen Fraser for the report.
Stephen Fraser 1:34:23, Maureen Mackie 1:46:08
Quarrelwood Forest run 11 June 2014
Five Road Runners travelled to Elgin to take part in the 3rd race in the 2014 Moray forest runs. Stephen Fraser 30:38, Gordon Main 32:17, Jenny Saunders 33:30, Maureen Mackie 35:40, Norma Breathet 36:19.
Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon 7 & 8 June 2014
Iain Blackburn was the only Nairn Road Runner to take part in the 2014 Lowe Apline Mountain Marathon which took place on 7 & 8 June. The unique challenge involves a two day mountain orienteering competition through the Scottish Highlands with an overnight stay in a remote location. The terrain is extremely mountainous and rough and is dominated by lots of rock and covered in Lochans, over the two days competitors cover around 35 miles. The climbs on day one of the race include Maol Chean-dearg and Sgorr Ruadh, both of Munro status with heights of 933m and 962m respectively. Day two of the race begins early with a slightly less climb between Bealach of Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl and over An Ruadh-stac but would no doubt prove to be tough on tired legs. Blackburn and his team mate completed day one in a time of 7h 21 minutes placing 35th out of 72 teams. The duo finished day two in a time of 5h 28 minutes finishing 31st placing them 32nd overall.
Benbecula Half Marathon 7 June 2014
Maureen Mackie was the only NRR to take part in the Benbecula Half finishing in a time of 1:42:59 . Maureen also picked up the age category prize for F45.
Grantown 10k 7 June 2014
There was an excellent turn out of Nairn Road Runners at the recent Grantown 10k. Eight members completed the race, which included a trail section and for some it was a first 10k experience. First NRR to finish was Rich Allan clocking 46.50 and first NRR female was Lynsey Easton who finished in 1.02.26. NRR results: Rich Allan 46.50, James Graham 54.35, Lynsey Easton 1.02.26, Andrew Paterson 1.03.06, Alison Fraser 1.05.07, Kirsty Grieve 1.06.17, Marion Maclennan 1.10.04, Jackie Clark 1.10.04
Nairn 10 Mile Road Race and 5k Fun Run 1 June 2014
Two members from the Nairn Road Runners took part in the Fyrish 3 Tops Hill Race at Evanton on Saturday. The nine mile race boasts a 630m brutal climb to the Fyrish Monument and onto a further two climbs through marshland and spongy heather clad ground before the descent back to the finish line. Iain Blackburn was first NRR home in a time of 1h 32 mins, Kirstin Grant finished in 1h 56 mins.
Culbin forest run 28 May 2014
The second race in the Moray Forest Run series took place at Culbin Forest near Kintessack on Wednesday with over 250 runners taking part in the event. Several members of the Nairn Road Runners took part in the five mile senior race which involved two laps of Hill 99. NRR Results: Stephen Fraser (35) 34.29, Gordon Main (55) 37.56, Greg Riddle (61) 38.29, Jenny Saunders (70) 40.15, Donald Ross (78) 40.01, Jim Graham (102) 44.19, Norma Breathit (104) 44.47, Aileen Mackintosh (118) 48.55, Lyndsey Easton (123) 49.50, John Rushforth (143) 51.05, Alan Bulcraig NTG Full results on race results page.
Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon 25 May 2014.
Well done to the 10 Nairn road runners who travelled to Edinburgh. We had seven members taking on the marathon and three in the half. In the half marathon first home was David Nicoll who set a new personal best time taking 9 minutes off his previous time finishing in 1:41:52. Margaret Smith and John Rushforth also completed the half running together they finished in 2:17:00. Alan Dallas was the first Nairn Road Runner home in the marathon race, completing the race in 3:29:22. First NRR female was Sarah Riddle setting a new personal best in a time of 3:53:45. Ailene Cameron also set a new personal best taking a massive 15 minutes off her previous time. Well done Ailene. NRR Results
Half Marathon: David Nicoll 1.41.52 (PB), Margaret Smith 2.17.00, John Rushforth 2.17.00
Marathon: Alan Dallas 3.29.22, Sarah Riddle 3.53.45 (PB), Steven MacKay 4.28.55, Ailene Cameron 4.54.55 (PB), Vicky Pottinger 4.59, Anita Nicol 5.05.24, Tony Lister 6.01.54
Alan Dallas first NRR home in the Edinburgh Marathon.
Stornoway Half Marathon 24 May 2014
Maureen Mackie was the only Nairn Road Runner to take part in the Stornoway Half. The event took place around the wooded grounds of Lews Castle with the second half of the route offering an off road experience. Maureen completed the race in 1h 42 minutes.
Triathlon Scottish National Championships GlasgowSunday 18 May 2014
Stuart Thompson was the only NRR to take part in the Standard Triathlon at Strathclyde Park, Glasgow. The multi sport event involved a continuous swim, cycle and run with distances of 1500m, 39km and 10k respectively. He completed the race in a time of 2.32.02 finishing 126th overall and 48th in his category.
A number of Nairn Road Runners were also out and about taking part in other events this weekend. Andrew Paterson travelled to Aberdeen to take part in the Baker Hughes 10k and finished in a time of 62:50 and we had 5 NRR Fiona McLachlan, Nicola Williamson, Anita Nicol, Grace Main and Julie Green in Aviemore who took part in the Race the Steam Train which is a 4.5 mile trail race from Boat of Garten to Aviemore. Thanks to the support team Kellie McLachlan and Lachlan who were out supporting the ladies in Aviemore. - Results to follow. Well done to you all.
Team Nairn at the finish of Race the Train pictured with Nairns number 1 supporter Lachlan
Monaughty Forest Run Wednesday 14 May 2014
8 Nairn road runners made their way to Monaughty to take part in the the first of the forest runs. It was a tough hilly route covering just over 4 miles through the woods. A well organised family event, with all proceeds going to the 1st Forres Guides who provided an excellent post race spread. The next event in the series takes place on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at Culbin Forest. Remember to hold on to your race number for the whole series. Stephen Fraser 30:02, Gordon Main 33:16, David Nicoll 33:29, Jenny Saunders 34:27, Donald Ross 35:55, Norma Breathet 38:20, Jim Graham 39:53, Lindsay Easton 43:48.
Team Nairn at Monaughty (Picture taken by Kirsten Grant) More Photos courtesy of Kenny Macleod here
Road Runners on Wheels - Etape Caledonia Sunday 11 May 2014
Four members of the Nairn Road Runners took on a double cycling challenge by completing the Etape Caledonia Cycling Sportive on Sunday. The 81 mile race begins in Pitlochry passing Loch Tummel and continues around Loch Rannoch. The route then begins its King of the Mountain section over Schiehallion which involves a climb of just over 3000ft. Riders complete their race finishing back in the heart of Pitlochry. Despite helping an unfortunate rider with serious collision injury David Nicol and Stephen Fraser still managed to complete their race in a respectable time. Local Veterinary Surgeon John Donald also took part in the race. Results: John Donald 4.19, Kirstin Grant 4.43, David Nicol 5.17, Stephen Fraser 5.17, Ailene Cameron 5.19
Benromach 10k Saturday 10 May 2014
An excellent turn out for the club today in Forres with 20 Nairn Road runners completing the 10k and as always fantastic support for team Nairn out on the course. Lots of PB's achieved and some completed their first 10k. Well done to Aileen and anybody else who managed to run the whole way without stopping . Full results on results page, Pictures to follow. Well done Team Nairn. NRRresults Stephen Fraser 40:44, Danny Bow 42:02 Gordon Main 45:37, Ricky Allen 46:28, David Nicoll 47:39, Jenny Saunders 49:02, Peter Ralph 49:15, Donald Ross 50:06, Jim Graham 54:20, Marion MacLennan 56:45, Lynsey Easton 60:29, Aileen Paterson 60:55, Margaret Smith 60:57, John Rushforth 60:58, Andrew Paterson 61:33, Alison Fraser 62:58, Amy McCruden 74:09, Kellie Mclachlan 75:45, Susan Smith 75:47, Wendy Arnott 76:51.
Nairn Road Runners on Wheels! Etape Loch Ness
Several members of the Nairn Road Runners transferred their running abilities to the bike at the Etape Loch Ness Cycle Sportive on Sunday 4th May 14. The inaugural event took place in Inverness with over 1000 participants taking on the 360 route around Loch Ness. The closed road race followed the A82 to Fort Augustus, passing through Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, arriving in Fort Augustus where it crossed the historic Caledonian Canal. Just out of Fort Augustus cyclists were faced with the King of the Mountains section which involved a climb over 5 miles and just under 3,000ft ascent. The route then starts its return journey to Inverness via South Loch Ness. NRR results: Ian McIntyre 3:35:02, Stephen Fraser 3:47:00, David Nicol 3:58:24, Kirstin Grant 4:09:22, Jenny Bryce 4:24:24, Sarah Riddle 4:30:48, Greg Riddle 4:30:50, Mary Ann Thompson 4:38:48, Ailene Cameron 4:40:19, Janet Bromham 4:42:45
London Marathon 13 April 2014
Well done to both Peter Ralph and Carol Stewart for completing the London Marathon today. We hope you both enjoyed the day and are looking forward to hearing all about it at the club on Thurday.
Also taking place this weekend was the Cioch Mhor Hill race on Saturday 12th April and The Glenlivet 10k on Sunday 13th. Well done to Kirsten Grant the only NRR to tackle Cioch Mhor battling needle hail stones and gales finishing in 1:49:58 and Maureen Mackie was the sole NRR at Glenlivet finishing in 49:10.
MRR 10K 30th March 2014
Well done to the 9 Nairn Road Runners who took part in the 10k in Elgin. A big well done to Marion Maclennan who completed her first 10k today in under the hour. Marion only a few weeks ago joined our beginners group. Well done Marion.
Stephen Fraser 41:54, Gordon Main 47:02, Will Leitch 48:21, Donald Ross 50:27, Norma Breathet 55:08, Marion Maclennan 59:49, Margaret Smith 59:51, John Rushforth 60:03, Andrew Paterson 65:03. Full results on the race results page.
NEWTONMORE 10 MILE ROAD RACE 22nd MARCH 2014
Well done to the 4 Nairn Road Runners who made the journey to Newtonmore to take part in the 10 mile road race. The race was an out and back course starting in Newtonmore heading to Kingussie and back. The weather was good with no snow but there was a slight head wind on the way back. It was an enjoyable day and a very scenic run with Beer and Whisky for all the finishers and plenty of prizes. Team Nairn won 3 prizes in the race number raffle. An excellent well organized event with great hospitality one for next years calendar.
Jenny Saunders 80:54pb Stephen Fraser 80:55 Margaret Smith 100:40 John Rushforth 100:4
CRAIG DUNAIN HILL RACE 22nd MARCH 2014
Well done to Iain Blackburn and Ian McIntyre the only two Nairn Road Runners to take part in the 9km 270m climb hill race in Inverness today. Results to follow.
Well done to the 9 Nairn Road Runners who braved the wind and the rain today to take part in the Inveness Half. Plenty of PB's again.
Maureen Mackie 1:40:41 Peter Ralph 1:46:17 Greg Riddle 1:46:45 Sarah Riddle 1:47:17 Donna Bisset 1:53:42 Julie Bhatti 1:58:22 Ailene Cameron 2:00:23 Anita Nicol 2:22:55 Tony Lister 2:24:40
Nairn 10k and Fun Run 2nd March 2014
Well done to all who who either ran or helped out today. A total of 34 Nairn Road runners took part in the 10k today with many running at PB.
First Male Nairn Road Runner was Stephen Fraser 40:39 and First Female Nairn Road Runner was Maureen Mackie 45:57.
The 10k was won by John Newsome Central AC in a time of 32:29. Second Male was Graham Bee IH 33:06 and third male was Gordon Lennox Forres Harriers 33:27. The first lady home was Jenny Bannerman IH in a time of 36:39, second female was Gemma Cormack Aberdeen Ac 37:58 and third lady home was Catriona Fraser IH 40:21. First male vet was Paul Miller 34:38, SV Stan Mackenzie Forres Harriers 34:44. First female vet was Maureen Mackie Nairn Road Runners 45:57, SV Sarah Houston MRR 46:59.
Thank you to Kenny Macleod (Cutter Photography) for the above pictures
Stephen Fraser and Maureen Mackie first male and female runners for Nairn
MORAY MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON Sunday September 1st 2013
Well done to the 7 NRR who travelled to Elgin and congratulations to Nicola Williamson for completing her first ever Half Marathon. Race report provided by Andy Green on reports page
Alan Dallas - 3:38:27 Gordon Main - 3:40:02
James Graham- 2:01:51 Andy Green -2:06:36 Linda Taylor- 2:14:03 Nicola Williamson- 2:26:36 & Anita Nicol- 2:26:36
Missing from picture Andy Green.
ABERNETHY 10 MILE RACE Saturday 10th August 2013
Well done to the 8 NRR, Alistair, Carol, Debbie, Corrine, Kirsten, Iain B, Donald R and Maureen, who travelled to Abernethy today to take part in the 10 mile race. A great day out for all culminating in the Team prize. What a fantastic result. Congratulations to you all. Results to follow.
Missing from Picture Iain B, Donald R and Maureen.
Well done to the 15 Nairn road runners who took part in the last race in the series. An enjoyable night had by all despite a number of runners going the wrong way at mile 3. A massive well done to the 3 road runners Jenny, Norma and Donald who went the wrong way and added an extra mile to their race.
Graham Mcleod 27:23, Steven Fraser 29:20, Kirsten Grant 33:40, Jim Graham 38:01, Andrew Paterson 38:24, Carol Stewart 39:19, Alistair Stewart 39:20, Corinne Ferguson 40:26, Debbie Halliday 41:07, Gordon Main 41:09, Jenny Saunders 46:23, Norma Breathet 46:24, Grace Main 47:55, John Ferrie 51:13, Donald Ross 53:25
Culbin Forest Run 29th May 2013
A record entry with over 360 runners taking part. An excellent turn out for Nairn with 30 NRR taking part, including a number of beginners well done to you all.
Well done to the 7 NRR who ran in the Benromach 10k. Stephen Fraser 41:48, Gordon Main 43:39, Danny Bow 43:44, Donald Ross 51:11, Norma Breathet 54:31, Margaret Smith 63:21, John Rushforth 63:21. Full results can be found on Race Results.
London Marathon 21 April 2013
Well done to both Fiona McLachlan and Alistair Stewart for completing the London Marathon today. Fiona Finished in a time of 5:14:01 and Alistair 4:42:20.Congratulations go to you both from all at the club, and we hope you had a wonderful day in the London sunshine. Enjoy your well deserved rest and see you both back at the club on Thursday.
Inverness Half Marathon Sunday 17 March 2013
A total of 1560 runners finished the Inverness Half today. The race was won by Hailu Million in a time of 1:06:22. First female back was Gillian Carr from Corstorphine AAA in 1:26:08. Well done to the 11 Nairn road runners who took part. First home and taking 2 minutes 30 seconds off his PB was Graeme Macleod finishing in 63rd position overall in a time of 1:24:22 . Other NRR were Iain Mcintyre 1:30:53 chip position 150, Stephen Fraser 1:32:01 chip position 159 , Maureen Mackie 1:38:24 chip position 291, Greg Riddle 1:51:38 chip position 675, Sarah Riddle 1:51:38 chip position 676, Andy Green 2:11:31 chip position 1230, Clare Rhind 2:12:31 chip position 1250, Julie Green 2:14:33 chip position 1255, Tony Lister 2:21:03 chip position 1357, Anita Nicol 2:26:31 chip position 1433.
Full results on webpage.
Nairn 10k and 5k Fun run Sunday 3rd March 2013
Well done to all who took part in either the 10K or 5k fun run today. Perfect conditions and a record number of 391 runners crossed the finish line for the 10K. First place went to Gordon Lennox in a time of 32:53. First female back was Nicola Gauld from Aberdeen AAC in a time of 35:28.
A total of 28 Nairn Road Runners represented the club today, with a few running PB's. First Male NRR was Graeme Macleod finishing in 36:49 17th place overall, and first Female NRR was Maureen Mackie who finished in 44:34. Maureen also picked up the prize for first female senior vet.
Other NRR were Geoff Main, Iain Blackburn, Stephen Fraser, Iain Macintyre, Danny Bow, Gordon Main, David Webster, Ian Wilson, Donald Ross, Chris Rankin, Norma Breathet, Andy Green, Jenny Saunders, Louise Macdonald, John Rushforth, Aileen Paterson, Andrew Paterson, Julie Green, Grace Main, Ailie Macleod, Fiona Crothall, Susan Wilson, Tracey Patterson, Ashlee Carins, Nicola Williamson, Wendy Arnott.
Results are on the Race results and Nairn 10k pages.
Kinloss to Lossiemouth Half Marathon Sunday 17th Feb 2013
Well done to the 7 Nairn Road runners who took part in the Kinloss to Lossie Half Marathon. Perfect condtions today 10c and the sun was shining. Hope you all enjoyed! Congratulations to Graeme Macleod, Iain Blackburn, Margaret Smith and John Rushforth who all ran a PB today. A fantastic result for John taking 15 minutes off his PB.
Graeme Macleod 86:52PB, Iain Blackburn 87:23PB, Iain Mcintyre 92:23, Maureen Mackie 99:10, Chris Rankin 110:58, John Rushforth 134:35 PB, Margaret Smith 134:36PB. Full results on Race results page.
I avoided the crowds at Balmoral by entering the 15 mile race on the Sunday instead of the more popular 10K race held on the Saturday. The weather was ideal, cool & blue skies, the views were fantastic, and the route was challenging ! This years race had been extended to 15 miles from last years half marathon, the first 8 miles were undulating along the river Dee with a superb view of snow covered Lochnagar at one point. Then it was up hill, firstly on a rough woodland track then onto a very rough road with loose stones which I found difficult, at least I was able to enjoy the views on a downhill section. After about 13 miles we hit a section of hard core which was sore for tired legs, then just when I was thinking the end was insight we were directed into a wet forest section that reminded me of cross country at Evanton and a fairly steep downhill section before back on the road for the last few hundred meters at Balmoral Castle. (My time 2hr 10:52)
The winners Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners)(1hr 21:11) and Morgan Windram-Geddes (Fife AC)(1hr 37:46) earned a trip to Ethiopia
Dave Webster tells me that this off road stuff makes your legs stronger for road races. (I hope he's right !) Maureen Mackie
We had 4 runners taking part in this years London marathon, Chris Rankin 3:38:32 Alan Dallas 3:47:34, Carol Stewart 4:48:08 and Alistair Stewart 5:05:07.
If you were inspired enough to want to take part in next years London Marathon, the online applications open on Monday 30th April 2012. The club were lucky enough to receive 2 places this year but you must have been unsuccessful in the ballot to apply for a club place.
Gordon Main was our sole representitive at this years Lochaber Marathon which had a wee twist to it this year with the start/finish having had to be moved so adding a few 100 metres to the usual 26.2 miles, but as usual Gordon took itr on the chin and finished in a great time of 3:29:41.
AGM WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY 26TH APRIL FOLLOWING OUR ANNUAL RUN AROUND THE TURKEY TROT ROUTE. RUN STARTS AT 7:30PM PROMPT
7 club members made their way along the A96 on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon to take part in the 2nd in the Northern Scot 10k series. Nearly 200 runners lined up in Cooper park as the mercury touched the 20c mark. The race was won by Simon Pride in a time of 35 mins,Sarah Liebnitz(Inverness Harriers) winning the lady's race in 40:35. First home for NRR was Peter Widlof in 40:09. For the 2nd year in a row Morag Macleod came home with a prize, last year she claimed 3rd spot FSV but this year she went home a winner in the category. well done to all that took part in such a hot afternoon.
Times - Peter Widlof 40:09, Maureen Mackie 48:33, Kenny Macleod 52:14, Morag Macleod 53:37, Donna Dallas 71:27, Alan Dallas 71:27, John Ferrie 75:23
Well what a trip that was, New Zealand is a truly wonderful country with a new adventure around every corner.
I thought I would share with you one memorable run I did on the North Island. It is a day walk called the Tongariro Crossing, lying a little South of Taupo in the Tongariro National Park. I decided to run just for the hell of it only the day before. Maggie my partner was to walk the direct route while I was to take one or two diversions so that we would arrive at the end around the same time.
We had to be up at 4.30am as we had arranged transport for 5.40am. We awoke to a beautiful starry sky which boded well for the day ahead. We arrived at the start in the dark at 6am, with the full moon lighting up the world around us in a beautiful silvery light. The temperature was a very cold crisp 2deg C. There were sixteen people in our party altogether and only me daft enough to be running!
I decided to wait a while for the light to improve before setting off so I let the walkers disappear up the track and out of sight. On one hand this was a good idea as I would be able to see the footing more easily but on the other hand it was so cold my hands began to go numb.
As the first light began to lift the gloom I set off, almost tripping over two people in sleeping bags who had spent the night there in anticipation of an early start (not early enough for us though).
The first part of the track was easy going on a good stony track with some boarded sections to protect the delicate habitat but a steady uphill gradient all the time. Steady running was to be the order of the day though as the track became more technical and this was no race but a day to be enjoyed.
Suddenly as I passed by the Soda Springs the track went skywards by way of a series of wooden steps on and on they went climbing so steeply I confess to walking some of them but keeping a good pace all the time. The steps it turns out are a necessary evil to protect the trail from erosion as it is so popular and rated as one of N.Z’s best one day walks.
My first diversion approached and I veered of the track to the right and began the assent of Ngauruho a beautiful conical shaped volcano 2290m 7513ft high devoid of any plant life at all. Traditionally Ngauruhoe has erupted every nine years although it last erupted in 1975, was this to be the day! I found myself in a scree field of volcanic pumice, awful stuff, two steps up and one step back, so steep and loose underfoot that it was impossible to run! This was the mountain they used in the Lord of the Rings as Mt. Doom and I was beginning to see why. About two thirds of the way up the sun split the sky and I could see shadows melting away as the sun began its climb. Once at the top the views were spectacular all around and down into the depths of the crater itself. Running around the rim of the crater I was besieged by tiny flies so just kept going until I had completed the circuit and was able to begin the decent. Tremendous fun scree running at its best, shoes filling up with pumice but too much fun to stop! Then a stumble and a fall at speed and OW! That pumice cuts skin very nicely thank you.
On joining the main track again I emptied my shoes of the extra baggage and carried on towards my next diversion to the Tongariro summit.
Cloud had come in to envelop the mountain so visibility was down to around fifty meters, I was in two minds, should I climb Tongariro or stay on the main track for safety. Two seconds later I was on the track to the summit of Tongariro, I’m not coming all this way to be defeated by a bit of cloud I thought. Foolish maybe I agree but it’s a long way back for a second crack at the top!
As I climbed up I broke through the cloud and it revealed some spellbinding views with the cloud inversion making a silky bridge back across to Ngauruhoe. I was the only person up there and wished that I could have shared it with Maggie but it was not to be, she was on the main track some way bellow. This summit was a little lower at 1968m 6457ft.
I could hear voices, it turned out that the people were over half a mile away from me, the air was so still and clear that the sound carried and made it sound like they were only ten feet away. I passed them on my way down from the summit plunging back into the cloud once again.
Back at the main track fifty or so people were stopped, resting, taking on fluids, eating, all enveloped in cloud. I just pressed on through as I had seen from the top that the cloud would soon thin and give way to sunshine once again, and that proved to be the case.
As I dropped down a scree ridge the Emerald Lakes came into view. Wow! What a colour, no need to wonder how they got their name. I had to stop to take in the view before pressing on down the slope. Leaning back into the hill and taking giant sliding strides was great fun but all too soon I had reached the base of the slope and entered the Central Crater.
The Central Crater was like a vast flat plain surrounded by mountains, no wonder it was used as the Plains of Gorgoroth in Lord of the Rings. Wonderful! It was an easy run across the crater but the climb out was steep and rocky. However once over the top a long descent began that would take me to the finish.
Starting the descent in the barren volcanic landscape it gradually gave way to small ground hugging alpine plants. Maggie later asked me if I had noticed how all the alpine flowers were all white and I had to admit that I hadn’t.
The track was washed out in parts, torrential rain earlier in the season had seen to that, I just had to watch where my feet landed and all would be well.
The lower I got the more ground cover there was and the better the track became. I passed a hut run by the Department of Conservation for backpackers, a similar idea to our Scottish bothies but a little more organised. Passing this hut I was still at 1454m 4770ft and over to my left there were some magnificent hot springs throwing steam out of the mountainside. They were on restricted ground so I couldn’t get up close but never the less it was an amazing sight.
Pressing on the vegetation became lush as grasses started to take hold along with Hebe and a few hardy trees. I could see the track way below me as it weaved its way down the mountain; it seemed as if it went on for ever. My quads were taking a pounding from all the down hill running, so when a short uphill section came along it was almost a relief. Down again went the track, now disappearing into a semi tropical rain forest the smells and sounds now so totally different from those higher up. The humidity was a shock to the system and the heat increased what a contrast to only a few minutes before. The track was wet in parts which posed a different problem under foot and the odd stream had decided to burst its banks just to make things a little more interesting.
I passed Maggie taking photo’s, she had made good time on her walk, don’t stop I’ll see you at the finish!
One last mossy rock covered scramble and finally the car park and the end of my run. No cheer not even anyone there to greet me but none of that mattered, I had just completed the best run of my life!
In all I had completed around 17miles in a little under 5 hours over the hardest terrain I have ever run on and enjoyed every minute.
Would I do it again? You bet!
The down side was that my quads were smashed for three days afterwards but hey that’s a small price to pay.
Inverness Half Marathon
Dean Cunningham 1:22:08,Denise Main 1:41:38,Maureen Mackie 1:42:14, Morag Macleod 1:54:37 and Mags Smith 2:27:16
Nairn 10k and Fun run
An incredible 567runners took part in this years event which was once again blessed with near ideal conditions. The 10k race which is the first in the Northern Scot 10k series was won by Forrers Harrier Mark Mitchell who smashed the course record prevously held by Alan Reid by no less than 36secs, with a time of 30:33, and was well ahead of 2nd placed Stuart Campbell of Arbroath and District (33:40). Mitchells clubmate Simon Pride claimed 3rd place in 33:59. First male NRR runner was Dean Cunningham with superb time of 36:33.
The womans race was won by Inverness harrie Jenny Bannerman in a time of 37:54, local lady Lynn Burnet took second place in 39:12 just pipping Sarah Liebnitz (Inverness Harriers) by 2 seconds ! First female NRR was Jenny Henderson who smashed her pb with time of 44:08.
The Forres mens team of Mark Mitchell,Simon Pride and Kevin Schenk went home ith the mens team prize and the womens team award went to Inverness harriers team of Jenny Bannerman Sarah Liebnitz and Roma Shepherd.
The 5k fun run again proved to be a popular event and it was so pleasing to see it so well supported by the "Curves" people, aslo pleasing was the amount of members of our "Beginners" group that took part (also in the 10k!!) well done . First male home in the 5k event was Jack Rawlinson 20:04 2nd Craig Wilson 21:25 and 3rd Grant Fraser 22:25, first female was Mhairi Maclennan 20:45 2nd Rachel Maclennan 22;45 and 3rd Katie Scott 23:35
Once again many thanks to the NRR committee for a well organised day and ofcourse special thank to all the volunteers that gave their time before,during and after the race, without you guys there would be no race.
Over 1000 pics of the day can be view on the Gurn website, many thanks to the Gurn team .
NRR times - Dean Cunningham 36:33,Stuart Thomson 38:54, Peter Widlof 39:38, Jamie Maclaren 40:20, Danny Bow 42:24,Andy Hodge 42;28,Chris Rankin 43:30,Jenny Henderson 44:08,Will Leitch 45:37,Maureen Mackie 46:02,Marsaili Maclaren 50:29,Robert Macpherson 50:29,Kenny Macleod 50:29,Morag Macleod 50:40,Donald Ross 50:57,Helen Laking 51:58,Jessica Toroil 51:58,Andy Le Brocq 52:28,Jim Graham 52:37,Gordon Cruickshank 53:02,Gordon Main 53:22,Jenny Saunders 54:06,Andy Green 54:21,Andy Paterson 57:36,Lorna Fraser 58:11,Norma Breathet 58:19,Laura Hannah 59:27,Sharon Mackenzie 61:08,Frances Hannah 61:08,Clare Rhind 62:25,Nicola Williamson 62:11 Gordon Mackay 71:26
The last race in the North District Cross Country Series was held on Saturday at Nairn East beach. The Nairn course proved a challenge as always, with an abundance of energy-draining loose sand, two water crossings and a strong headwind on the return leg for runners to contend with. Our boys really pulled out all the stops for the last race of the season, with no fewer than 7 turning up to represent their club. Nice one boys! First timer Dean took the 'sprawling fall' honours this time, but had the last laugh by running a blistering time to come in first for Nairn in 18th place overall. Our hard-working girls team put in reliably consistent performances, despite the trauma of having an extra 1 mile loop through the sands added to the women's course this year (the previous years course having been deemed 'too short'). Overall winners for the series were Forres Harriers (men's team) and Inverness Harriers (women's team), with Kyle Greig (Forres) and Melissa Whyte (Inverness) taking the individual honours.