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National Cross Country - Falkirk 22/02/2014

On Saturday 8 MRR's travelled to Falkirk to take part in the Scottish Cross Country Championships. The whole event was superbly organised. it was great to see so many North District runners with their colourful banners claiming one of the hills (though it was the probably the coldest and most windy spot in Falkirk), which added to the great atmosphere of the day. The course was very well marked and marshalled, with very enthusiastic crowds cheering everyone all the way round the very muddy course.  I think all the north runners acquitted themselves superbly with some great performances. Cameron Main was our first runner of the day with a brilliant run, coming in16th(out of 136 runners) in a time of 14 min 27sec(less than 1 min for the winner) in the under 15 boys. Next was Sophia Green in the under 15 girls.(despite falling at the start, finding herself in almost last place, went on to battle through the field to claim 32nd place out of 107 runners) in a time of 17 mins 31 seconds. The mens team claimed very respectable 18th place out of 40 teams. First for the MRR men, Gareth Jenkins was 59th in 44 min 06 secs, Kenny Wilson was 61st in 44 min 09 secs. Paul Taylor was 193rd in 48 min 18 secs, Colin Green was 196th in 48 min 23 secs, John-Paul Downey was 364th in 53 min 15 secs and Keith McArthur was 374th in 53 min 35 secs. 566 men completed the course. Hopefully next year will see even more MRR's and our friends from the other North District clubs going to this great event.

Forres Cross Country 15 February 2014

The curtain came down on the North District Cross Country League as Forres played host to the final fixture of the season. The mixture of hills, leaves, tight turns and mud provided the usual test of endurance around the Grant Park course and this year was no exception despite the pleasant weather. In the junior races there was a good turnout of yellow vests in the U11 races with Niamh Whelan, Alice Craig, Grace Jenkins, Megan McKay, Harriet Whelan and Niamh Grant all bringing the season to a close with good runs. Blair Milne had a real battle in his race to dead heat for 2nd place and take 2nd place overall in the league, Brother, Joshua Milne also sprinted hard to claim 4th place on the line. Well done also to Alex Paterson on his 1st race for the Club. In the U13 categories Grace Whelan claimed her 3rd victory of the season and with it a share of the League title well done Grace. Cara Nally and Beth Grant also ran well and can now look forward to the track season. Morgan Lewis proved his consistency once again when finishing 6th in his race to cap off a good season with Tomas Coelho running well also. In the U15 Boys race Cameron Main secured the overall runners up spot with another strong run to finish 2nd, his 3rd consecutive 2nd place of the season and Sam Anderson completed his season and can also now look forward to the Petrofac Athletics League .

In the senior races, Gareth Jenkins (7th) took 1st Vet 40 in the league with Kenny Wilson (12th), Paul Taylor (16th), Colin Green (20th), John-Paul Downey (33rd) and Keith Macarthur (37th) also taking part as they all prepare for the National Champs in Falkirk on 22nd Feb good luck guys. The Ladies team were led home by Karen Norvell (14th) with Sarah Houston (18th), Amanda Strang (27th) and Jenni Coelho (33rd) bringing their X-Country season to a close. As always, a huge thank you to Forres Harriers for their organisation and excellent hospitality and, finally, to the league organisers on what has been a fantastic season throughout.   


Inverness Cross Country 18th January 2014

Dores was the stunning new venue for the Inverness fixture in this season's North District X - Country League. The undulating course provided a real challenge for the runners and there were some notable performances from our junior members in particular. Blair Milne (U11) battled hard to finish 2nd in his race a mere 6 seconds behind the winner and Grace Whelan (U13) also finished 2nd which leaves things finely poised in her age group with only 2 races remaining. Following on from his fine run in last weekend's inter district champs, Cameron Main (U15) ran strongly to finish a clear 2nd in his first league outing of the season. Performance of the day though went to Sophia Green (U15). Better known for her swimming prowess, Sophia used her endurance to great effect to claim an outstanding victory in her debut race for the Club. Well done to all our other juniors for ensuring another good show of yellow vests.
There was real quality in the senior races and our men competed well to consolidate their 3rd place in the league with Gareth Jenkins and Kenny Wilson leading the team home, ably supported by Paul Taylor and Colin Green.  In the Ladies Race, Michelle Green, Karen Norvell and Irina Thompson were our scorers on the day. Well done to all those who made the journey through and a big thank you to Inverness Harriers for an excellent event. The next fixture is Saturday 25th January at Edderton.

Scottish Athletics North District CC Championships - Nairn

This was the 4th meet.  The course has it's now infamous sand dunes and burn crosses, thankfully the tide was out making the burn crosses a wee bit easier. Even the weather was kind to the runners with the wind on the runners backs along the beach and being a mild and dry day.

U13 girls-Grace Whelan 1st 14.47.  Beth Grant 24th 18.32.  Amy Jenkins 25th 19.33.  U13 boys-Moray Lewis 7th 14.12.  Ellis Saunders 22nd 15.29.  Tom Jenkins 2 9th 17.57.  Tomas Coelho 30th 19.31.

U15 girls-Megan Smith 13th 20.33.  Ana Downey 19th 21.22.  U15 boys-Sam Anderson. 

U17 boys-Lewis Sim 3rd 25-33. 

Ladies-Georgina Zissler 17th 32.27.  Claire Reilly 27th 36.10.  Sarah Houston 28th 36.16.  Irina Thompson 29th 36.21.  Karen Norvell 30th 36.27.  Amanda Strang 39th 40.11.  Kathy Dunbar 44th 43.55.  Jenni Coelho 45th 44.03.  Frances Wardhaugh 47th 49.42.

Men's Kenny Wilson 5th 38.04.  Gareth Jenkins 6th(1st vet) 38.37.  Blair Laird 16th 40.06.  Paul Taylor 17th 40.24.  Colin Green 24th 41.06.  Steve Reeve 30th 42.09.  Alisdair Campbell 34th 43.00.  Steven Morrison 35th 43.07.  John-Paul Downey 45th 43.59 and Keith McArthur 60th 46.41.

Kenny, Gareth, Blair, Paul, Colin and Steve claimed 3rd team. Well done to all who competed today and a big thank you to Nairn organising a great race with superb hospitality.

Full results on the Scottish Athletics Website

North District Cross Country League Meet 3 - Elgin

The conditions for this 3rd Meet was fine weather with the ground being dry underfoot.  A total of 40 MRR athletes took part in the 3rd fixture of this season's North District Cross Country League.  We were the hosts and a big thank you to those who prepared food, set up and dismantled the course and those who marchalled on the course. 

First up were the U11 Girls, who secured 3rd place with good runs from Niamh Whelan, Ellen Smith, Olivia Oatley, Jessica Laing, Niamh Grant, Megan McKay, Millie Beckett and Harriet Whelan.  In the U11 Boys' category, Blair Milne continued his good form to finish 2nd and with brother Joshua, David Ferguson, Jack Levy, Finlay Downie and Magnus Engstrand claimed 2nd Team.

In the U13 Girls, Grace Whelan finished in 2nd, Cara Nally, Beth Grant also ran well to claim 3rd team.  The U13 Boys Morgan Lewis and Tomas Coelho ran well in a big field. 

In the U15 Girls' team were Charlotte Bevan, Sarah McCafferty and Hannah Levy, securing 3rd team.  In the U15 Boys' race, Cameron Main finished 3rd with Sam Anderson also competing in a strong field.

Lewis Sim was our final junior competitor and he consolidated his position in the league with another strong run to finish 2nd in his U17 race.

5 Senior Ladies took part, with Claire Reilly, Karen Norvell, Linda Smith, Amanda Strang and Kathy Dunbar, this puts the team place at 6th overall.  In the Men's race it was Kenny Wilson (8th) who led the team home to overall 3rd place.  Pauk Taylor, Colin Green, Stephen Carmichael, Ally Campbell, Steven Morrison, George Sim, Kevin McArthur, Kevin Morice completed a fine showing of yellow vests and a big well done to all the athletes, in particular those competing for the first time.

Full results are on the NDCCL Website

North District Cross Country League Meet 2 - Keith

The cold, wet conditions did not deter the 40 MRR athletes who took part in the 2nd fixture of this season's North District Cross Country League.  Keith and District were the hosts and, despite the rain, the course had held up well with only the occasional muddy patch.

First up were the U11 Girls who secured 3rd place with good runs from Niamh Whelan, Millie Beckett, Megan McKay, Grace Jenkins, Alice Craig, Niamh Grant, Harriet Whelan and Lauren Reilly.  In the U11 Boys' category, Blair Milne continued his good form to finish 3rd and, with brother Joshua and Finlay Downie, claimed 4th team.

In the U13 category Grace Whelan maintained her 100% record with another fine win.  Morven Ross, Cara Nally, Beth Grant and Amy Jenkins also ran well to claim 4th team.  The boys managed 3rd place with Morgan Lewis, Ellis Saunders and Tom Jenkins all battling hard in the worsening weather.

It was great to see an U15 Girls' team competing with Charlotte Bevan, Eilidh Collie, Ana Downie and Sarah McCafferty securing 3rd spot.

Sam Anderson was our sole representative in the U15 Boys' race and finished 15th in a strong category.

Lewis Sim was our final junior competitor and he consolidated his position in the league with another strong run to finish 2nd in his U17 race.

5 senior ladies took part, with Sarah Houston leading the team to 4th place when finishing 10th overall, ably supported by Karen Norvell, Claire Reilly, Michelle Slater and Amanda Strang.  In the Men's race it was Kenny Wilson (5th) who led the team home to overall 3rd place.  Gareth Jenkins, Colin Green, Stephen Carmichael, Ally Campbell, John-Paul Downie, Steven Morrison, George Sim, Keith McArthur and Brian Milne completed a fine showing of yellow vests and a big well done to all the athletes, in particular those competing for the first time.

Finally, a big thank you to Keith and District for their excellent hospitality.

Report courtesy of Gareth and full results are on the NDCCL website.

North District Relays Championships

Well done to all our lads and lasses who made the long and uneventful round trip to Caithness again at the weekend. 

Irina Thompson, Amanda Strang and Georgina Zissler came second to Inverness Harriers' ladies team but won the overall gold medal with Inverness taking the Vets title.  And our men's team of Gareth Jenkins, Paul Taylor, Colin Green and Kenny Wilson won a bronze medal.

Full results here

North District Cross Country League Meet 1 - Caithness

Caithness AAC hosted the first Cross Country League meet of the season where running conditions were very good and the course was its usual boggy self!

There were yellow vests in every category bar one (U17 women) and valuable 3rd team points were won by U11s, U13s, senior women and senior men.

U11 girls were first to set off and Niamh Whelan showed good form finishing in 3rd place (5.05) followed by Grace Jenkins in 10th (7.13), Harriet Whelan in 12th (7.15), Alice Craig 14th (7.17), Kirsty MacLeod 15th (8.09) and Lauren Riley 17th (9.06). 

Blair Milne was first Moray Roadrunner in the U11 boys race, finishing 4th in 5.06 with Joshua Milne in 10th (5.22) and Finlay Downie in 12th (5.29).

The U13 girls were led home by Grace Whelan in great form in 1st place (13.14) ably supported by Cara Nally (16.34) and Amy Jenkins (17.55).

Morgan Lewis (13.27), Tom Jenkins (16.21) and Tomas Coelho (18.29) were the U13 boys team finishing 7th, 21st and 22nd respectively.

Anna Downie (5th, 25.21) and Sam Anderson (11th, 22.57) both acquitted themselves well in the U15 category.

In the U17 men Lewis Sim had a great result, finishing 2nd in 23.09.

The senior women's 3rd team place went to Irina Thompson (11th, 32.04), Karen Norvell (12th, 32.11) and Claire Reilly (14th, 32.31).  They were followed by Jenni Coelho (18th, 37.11) and Kathy Dunbar (19th, 37.24).

And in the final race of the afternoon, Gareth Jenkins (34.46), Paul Taylor (36.14), Colin Green (37.04) and Steven Morrison (39.44) were also placed 3rd team finishing in 4th, 12th, 16th and 24th respectively, followed by Brian Milne (45.50).

Well done everyone.  I think this must be a record turnout of juniors and seniors making the long journey north and the good day's competition was marred by a mishap with one of the mini buses on the way home.  I hope everyone has recovered from this.

Thank you to Caithness AAC for their hospitality.

Full results on NDCCL Website


Masters Cross Country International

Gareth Jenkins has been invited to represent Scotland at the above champs which are being held at Cardiff, Wales on 16th November.

 Well done Gareth, well deserved.