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Castle of Mey 10K - 12th May 2013
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A strong Caithness wind greeted the 386 hardy 10K runners and 80 Ďfuní runners at the Castle of Mey for the annual road races around the Castle and surrounding countryside. Despite the severe conditions, the runners and large number of supporters were in good form and the mood at the event was the usual mixture of excitement and anticipation.
With the new course taking the runners to the coastline as they made their way through Scrafskerry, the runners were always going to be exposed to the elements. However they get the benefit of the wind, when they turned onto the main road towards Mey around the 7K mark. With excellent feedback from the radio system used by the Race Organisers, the crowds waiting back at the Castle were kept up to date with the positions of the lead runners.
Jack Trevelyn (North Highland Harriers), last yearís winner, opened up a lead at the 4K mark from his follow Wick High School colleague, David Patton (Corstorphine AAC). The race order at the front remained the same to the finish line with Jack setting the new course record at 35.59min, with David coming home in 36.40min. In 3rd place in the Senior menís race was North Highland Harrier, Mark Taylor in 37.12min.
In the Masterís category, Kevin Cormack retained the 1st place he had secured last year in a time of 38.09min and along with Dave Spencer, the 4 NHH members took the overall Menís team title.
The Womenís race was less of a battle with Oonagh Dunnett setting out with the front male runners and clearly laying down her game plan of the race. Oonagh was never challenged and came home for her club, Edinburgh AC in 41.08min, setting the new course record some 3 Ĺ minutes clear of the next female and taking 50seconds off her personal best in the process.
NHH runner, Lorna Stanger took 2nd female in a time of 44.35min. Along with Joan Henry, Joanna Groves and Heather Campbell, NHH took the 1st Female team title. Emma Dunnett, Edinburgh AC, took 3rd place in 46.34min, choosing to take the opportunity to recover from a hill race the previous day and buddy a fellow runner, Sarah MacKinnon (CAAC) into 1st local female in a time of 46.36min; a personal best by some 3 minutes. The 1st local male went to Ryan Sutherland in 41.00min.
The overall standard of running continues to improve at this event with a larger percentage of the runners in under the hour; 249 runners this year in comparison to 198 last year. Even in the extreme conditions of the day all of the runners were safely home in just over an hour and a half which was an excellent performance and one which the runners will easily better in more ideal running conditions.
The three featured runners had done all of the hard work and we had followed them in the paper over the last 4 months. They did not disappoint with excellent performances on the day, with Maxine Whale first in in 1.04.57min, Graham Winkle next in 1.06.07min, followed by Kirsty Mackay in 1.10.30min. They can all proudly call themselves runners which they might not previously have felt able to.
The fun run saw a big increase in participation which was excellent and the winners on the day were Gabrielle MacGregor and Stuart Kirk for the primary age groups and Rhiannon Kirk and Scott Gunn for the secondary age groups.
The sponsors were out in force on the day and the Race Organisers were delighted to be joined for the presentations by Trishia Swanson and Richard Stoneham from Babcock International, the events main sponsor. Also able to take time out from all of the assistance around the event, was Gordon MacIntosh from Johnston Control Ltd. Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett was present as always to support the event and mingle with all of the runners and supporters, as well as our own Queen for the day assisted by our Dutchess of Cambridge, Yvonne Gunn and Karen Beattie who helped get the fun runners on their way.
The vote of thanks was given by Graeme Dunnett, on behalf of the Event Organisers, NHH. Thanks were given to all of the event sponsors, and helpers on the day that provided assistance with car parking, marshalling, registration and refreshments. The supporters and runners were well entertained on the day by Caithness Gymnastics Club who was out in force.
Other organisation who provided helpers were 1st Thurso Scouts, Thurso Ranger Guides, Thurso Rotary Club, family and friends of NHH. Many thanks to all of the supports who came out to the Castle of Mey and preparations for next yearís event will be underway shortly.
Full prize list:
- Jack Trevelyan, 35.59, North Highland Harriers
- David Patton, 36.40, Corstorphine AAC
- Mark Taylor, 37.12, North Highland Harriers
- Kevin Cormack, 38.09, North Highland Harriers
- Michael Diver, 39.19, Unattached
- David Spencer, 39.46, North Highland Harriers
Male Local Runner:
- Ryan Sutherland, 41.00, Unattached
Male Kilted Runner:
- Joe Brannen, 1.03.29, Unattached
Male Team Prize:
- North Highland Harriers - Jack Trevelyan, Mark Taylor, Kevin Cormack, David Spencer
- Oonagh Dunnett, 41.08, Edinburgh Athletic Club
- Lorna Stanger, 44.35, North Highland Harriers
- Emma Dunnett, 46.34, Edinburgh Athletic Club
- Jane Chalmers, 44.41, Unattached
- Shona Comrie, 45.47, Unattached
- Joan Henry, 45.49, North Highland Harriers
Female Local Runner:
- Sarah MacKinnon, 46.35, Caithness AAC
Female Kilted Runner:
- Lesley Brannen, 58.23, Unattached
Female Team Prize:
- North Highland Harriers - Lorna Stanger, Joan Henry, Joanna Groves, Heather Campbell
Fun runner winners were:
- Secondary Boys - Scott Gunn
- Secondary Girls - Rhiannon Kirk
- Primary Boys - Stuart Kirk
- Primary Girls - Gabrielle MacGregor