Baillie Wind Farm and Olrig Hill Trail Results

For a lot of North Highland Harriers members the Statkraft Winter Trail Series is the highlight of the runing calendar. This year we started the series at Baillie Wind Farm on 21 October. It was a cold and blustery morning for the first trail with either a 2.3 or 5.1 mile option available. Baillie is run mainly on the wind farm tracks and offers some tough hills throughout. Forty runners completed the long course with Greg Shearer finishing first in 29.28 and first female finisher was Hannah Patterson in 39.08. Three runners completed the short course with Fiona Stockan coming in first in 22.10. On the 4 November we returned to Olrig Hill, which was re-introduced last year to the trail season after some time in abeyance. The clue to what to expect is in the trail name, and in addition to the main hill offers a number of other uphill sections. This is a tough run but the view from the top of the hill on a clear, crisp autumn day was worth it. The long course was 6.7 miles with 34 runners completing this run. Kenny MacGruer came in first in a time of 42.35, with NHH’s head coach Sophie Dunnett leading the ladies in a time of 56.36. The short course of 4.6 miles was completed by 8 runners, with Paul Steven being the first finisher in 36.45 and Sarah Armitage the first female in a time of 41.56.

The Baillie Wind Farm results can be found here and the Olrig Hill results can be found here.

 

 

 

Statkraft Winter Trail Series Points – 9 November

Sandy has been busy compiling the points for the trail series so far. The first table is the pace points where you race against yourself and you start getting points after you have completed your second trail, highest points are awarded to those who are improving on their pace. The second table is the overall championship points. 

NHH Statkraft Trail Series 2018-2019 Your Pace Points

Forename

Surname

Gender

No

Ballie

Olrig

Total Points

Current Position

Graeme

Bremner

Male

92

0

100

100

1

Donna

Stewart

Female

1

0

100

100

2

David

Spencer

Male

41

0

99

99

3

Julieanne

Leslie

Female

17

0

99

99

4

Simon

Cottam

Male

102

0

98

98

5

Nia

Bernal

Female

67

0

98

98

6

Louise

Sinclair

Female

58

0

97

97

7

Malcolm

Lord

Male

56

0

97

97

8

kenny

macgruer

Male

107

0

96

96

9

Rebecca

Sinclair

Female

44

0

96

96

10

Marcus

Brogden

Male

103

0

95

95

11

Vicki

Teven

Female

32

0

95

95

12

Chelsea

Durrand

Female

52

0

94

94

13

John

Budge

Male

20

0

94

94

14

Yvonne

Richard

Female

91

0

93

93

15

Paul

Steven

Male

69

0

93

93

16

Murray

Mackay

Male

127

0

92

92

17

Fiona

Stockan

Female

100

0

92

92

18

James

Kelman

Male

68

0

91

91

19

Lee

Davies-Jones

Male

33

0

90

90

20

Donna

Mackay

Female

136

0

 

0

21

Alan

Macdonald

Male

105

0

 

0

21

Sanders

MacDonald

Male

104

0

 

0

21

Kerry

Macdonald

Female

99

0

 

0

21

Darren

Sutherland

Male

98

0

 

0

21

Gearóid

Murphy

Male

96

0

 

0

21

Roxane

Andersen

Female

95

0

 

0

21

Hannah

Paterson

Female

94

0

 

0

21

Jennifer

Bremner

Female

93

0

 

0

21

Craig

Banks

Male

90

0

 

0

21

Gordon

Smart

Male

73

0

 

0

21

Shaun

Henderson

Male

71

0

 

0

21

Ryan

Sutherland

Male

60

0

 

0

21

Jayne

Klimas

Female

54

0

 

0

21

Adam

Taylor

Male

48

0

 

0

21

Michael

Ruse

Male

43

0

 

0

21

Phil

Cartwright

Male

38

0

 

0

21

Raymond

Mackay

Male

31

0

 

0

21

David

Stockan

Male

24

0

 

0

21

Julie

Richmond

Female

18

0

 

0

21

Simon

Harrison

Male

15

0

 

0

21

Jamie

McCulloch

Male

14

0

 

0

21

Greg

Shearer

Male

9

0

 

0

21

 

 

NHH Statkraft Trail Series 2018-2019 Championship Points

Forename

Surname

Gender

No

Ballie Double Points

Olrig

Total Points

Current Position

kenny

macgruer

Male

107

198

100

298

1

Murray

Mackay

Male

127

192

97

289

2

David

Spencer

Male

41

184

99

283

3

John

Budge

Male

20

186

95

281

4

Malcolm

Lord

Male

56

178

91

269

5

Simon

Cottam

Male

102

174

92

266

6

Lee

Davies-Jones

Male

33

170

87

257

7

Marcus

Brogden

Male

103

168

89

257

8

James

Kelman

Male

68

164

88

252

9

Paul

Steven

Male

69

172

78

250

10

Graeme

Bremner

Male

92

150

82

232

11

Greg

Shearer

Male

9

200

 

200

12

Darren

Sutherland

Male

98

196

 

196

13

David

Stockan

Male

24

194

 

194

14

Ryan

Sutherland

Male

60

190

 

190

15

Craig

Banks

Male

90

188

 

188

16

Gordon

Smart

Male

73

182

 

182

17

Simon

Harrison

Male

15

180

 

180

18

Sanders

MacDonald

Male

104

176

 

176

19

Jamie

McCulloch

Male

14

166

 

166

20

Shaun

Henderson

Male

71

162

 

162

21

Michael

Ruse

Male

43

160

 

160

22

Adam

Taylor

Male

48

158

 

158

23

Gearóid

Murphy

Male

96

156

 

156

24

Raymond

Mackay

Male

31

154

 

154

25

Alan

Macdonald

Male

105

152

 

152

26

Phil

Cartwright

Male

38

148

 

148

27

michael

sutherland

Male

76

 

98

98

28

Paul

Gaffney

Male

147

 

96

96

29

Ian

Walker

Male

110

 

94

94

30

Michael

Aitken

Male

51

 

93

93

31

Richard

Hunt

Male

89

 

90

90

32

Howard

Christley

Male

74

 

86

86

33

Kevin

Oag

Male

4

 

85

85

34

Gavin

Powell

Male

23

 

84

84

35

paul

bremner

Male

34

 

83

83

36

Robbie

Anderson

Male

116

 

81

81

37

Neil

Dunnett

Male

97

 

80

80

38

Leslie

Mackay

Male

128

 

79

79

39

Graham

Douglas

Male

39

 

77

77

40

John

Shane

Male

50

 

76

76

41

Rebecca

Sinclair

Female

44

196

99

295

1

Louise

Sinclair

Female

58

192

98

290

2

Nia

Bernal

Female

67

188

97

285

3

Yvonne

Richard

Female

91

190

94

284

4

Chelsea

Durrand

Female

52

184

92

276

5

Donna

Stewart

Female

1

180

93

273

6

Julieanne

Leslie

Female

17

182

91

273

7

Vicki

Teven

Female

32

176

89

265

8

Fiona

Stockan

Female

100

174

86

260

9

Hannah

Paterson

Female

94

200

 

200

10

Jayne

Klimas

Female

54

198

 

198

11

Julie

Richmond

Female

18

194

 

194

12

Roxane

Andersen

Female

95

186

 

186

13

Jennifer

Bremner

Female

93

178

 

178

14

Kerry

Macdonald

Female

99

172

 

172

15

Donna

Mackay

Female

136

172

 

172

16

Sophie

Dunnett

Female

30

 

100

100

17

Nikki

Sinclair

Female

49

 

96

96

18

Marion

Budge

Female

21

 

95

95

19

Louise

Hunt

Female

88

 

90

90

20

Sarah

armitage

Female

11

 

88

88

21

Suzie

Anderson

Female

115

 

87

87

22

Samantha

Dunnett

Female

62

 

85

85

23

Debbie

Baxter

Female

146

 

84

84

24

Baillie Wind Farm Trail – Sunday 21 October

Sunday 21 October is the start of this year’s trail series at our sponsor Statkraft’s wind farm at Baillie. 

There are two course on offer, the short at 2.3 miles and the long at 5.1 miles. Registration is from 9.15am to 9.45am, with the first runners off at 10.00am.

Parking is available close to the start / finish area within the wind farm. The entrance to the wind farm is on the Shebster (back) road to Reay from Thurso. If travelling from Thurso it is a right hand turn, about a mile from Shebster, there are various signs at the entrance. After taking the right turn, drive to the top of this road and take a left towards the start / finish for the trail.

All donations of cakes and and sandwiches are most welcome. Please take them along with you on the day.

Caithness Half Results

The results for the Caithness Half are now available on the Caithness Half page of our website. Congratulations to all the runners on a very warm Caithness day.

Many thanks to all our volunteers today, without who the race would not happen. 

The prize winners were:

Male

1st  – Greg Shearer, North Highland Harriers, 1:18:28

2nd – Calum Faulkner, Highland Hill Runners, 1:22:13

3rd – Kenny Macgruer, North Highland Harriers, 1:24:00

1st Master – Andrew Sutherland, Maryhill Harriers, 1:32:38

1st Master Over 50 – Kevin Cormack, North Highland Harriers, 1:31:33

Female

1st  – Amy Hudson, InvernessHarriers, 1:38:12

2nd – Hannah Paterson, North Highland Harriers, 1:45:11

3rd – Marianne Wilson, North Highland Harriers, 1:46:06

1st Master and 2nd Female Overall – Allison Wilson, Inverness Harriers, 1:43:22

1st Master Over 50 – Sophie Dunnett, North Highland Harriers, 1:59:15

Caithness Half Marathon – this Sunday

This Sunday North Highland Harriers are holding their first Caithness Half Marathon. The event is SA permitted and is run in and around the village of Watten.

Registration is on the day in Watten Primary School from 11.30am – 12.30pm, with a race start of 1.00pm. Costs are £10 if you are a SA member, £12 otherwise.

A custom made medal for all finishers.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Brora 10k

NHH were out in force at Brora 10k on Sunday 22 July, with over 25 of us turning out to support the race on a very warm and humid day. NHH featured heavily in the prizes with Greg Shearer taking 2nd place in 35.17, Kevin Cormack was 1st Veteran in 37.14 (Kevin also came second at the Stromness 10k the previous day), David Spencer was 1st Super-vet in 40.32, Hannah Patterson was 2nd lady in 45.33 and Rhoda Kennedy was 3rd lady in 48.12. Congratulations to the prize winners and all the NHH runners.

We also had some of the NHH talent of the future running in the 5k and 3k – special mention to Amy Sutherland’s eldest Josh who got a prize in the 5k race.

 

Castle of Mey 10k report

The 10th Castle of Mey running festival did not disappoint with record numbers of people taking part in the three events across the afternoon.  The glorious weather in Caithness attracted spectators of all ages and saw a fantastic atmosphere at the Castle to welcome all those taking part. 

First off was the 5K Mey Meander which saw 74 walkers heading out from the Castle towards the shore, round towards Scarfskerry and then up onto the main road to finish coming down the drive of the Castle.  The inclusion of this event in a programme otherwise dominated by running, makes sure that there truly is something for everyone and the age range this year proved this to be the case.

The Mey Mile fun run attracted a record 217 children with additional adults trying to keep up with their young charges.  Many of the young runners were out to enjoy the encouragement of the crowds but for some the race was on.  First home in the Primary Schools was Eve Miller and Finlay Gunn, with Rachel May and Jack Wadell taking the Secondary School titles.

The 10th Castle of Mey 10K saw 333 runners take part in what was warm conditions for running.  This did not stop runners producing excellent performances and many recorded personal best times or improved on what they expected to achieve.  North Highland Harriers (NHH) who organise the event, had provided pace runners who assisted runners to reach their time goals at 50, 55, 60 and 65 minutes as well as providing a buddy runner for those running at a more leisurely pace. 

To the delight of the local crowd and after years of participating in this event, the first runner home taking the Senior Men’s title was Kevin Cormack, NHH in a time of 35.17min.  The race between Kevin and the 2nd placed Mike Stewart, Keith & District AAC saw the lead changing hands several times with Mike finishing in a time of 35.31min.  Kevin used his local knowledge and held back until the Castle drive where he opened up and then stretched out a convincing lead on Mike.  Both runners although picking up Senior prices are more used to competing in the Master Over 50 category but such was the strength of their runs that they saw off all of the younger runners.  

3rd Senior home on the day was another visit, Peter Fraser, Inverness Harriers in 37.38min, one of few athletes to travel from the Highland capital but it saw him scoop one of the top prizes on the day. The onto the Master Over 40 age group which is always extremely competitive.  1st home this year was Davie Macleod in a time of 38.22min, one of a large contingent of Orkney athletes who came over for the day.  2nd runner was Alistair Skelton in 39.04min following a run out at the Stirling Marathon four weeks ago, with local Dave Stockan, NHH coming home in 3rd place in 40.33min, another runner who has recently participated this time in the London Marathon.  

Master Over 50 title went to Dave Spencer who along with seven other runners has completed all 10 of the Castle of Mey events.  Dave who runs for NHH finished in a time of 39.45min. 

In the women’s race there was a clear win for Rhona Grant, Highland Hill Runners in a time of 38.09min finishing 5th overall in the race.  The next two runners home saw local University students returning home to race and it was the old rivalry of the Unis, Edinburgh versus Glasgow.  This time Edinburgh University Hares and Hounds runner, Rhiannon Kirk came out on top in a time of 40.22min, closely followed by Laura Stewart of Glasgow University Hares and Hounds in 40.40min.  

In the Masters category it was a strong run by Shoana Blackadder which saw her take the win in 43.03min, with Lorna Stanger, NHH 2nd in 45.40min and Marianne Wilson, NHH taking 3rd spot in 46.27min, another NHH runners who recently completed the London Marathon.  The 1st Master Over 50 saw a frequent attender at this race, Ruth Spence from Orkney take the honours in a time of 50.52min.

Prizes for 1st Local runners out with the main prize lists went to two NHH members, Hannah Paterson in 44.42min and Kenny MacGruer in 38.38min. 

The Female and Male team prizes for the Scottish Athletics affiliated clubs were scooped by North Highland Harriers with the Female team comprising of Hannah Paterson, Lorna Stanger, Marianne Wilson and Amy Sutherland where as the men’s team runners were Kevin Cormack, Kenny MacGruer, David Spencer and Darren Sutherland.  

The final prize of the day went to the first team made up of non-running club affiliated runners and this year saw the trophy heading over the water to Orkney Running Group, Marcus Shearer, Ailsa Curnow, Ian Sutcliffe and Erika Clarkson.  The recently formed club were over the moon with their win.

A massive thanks from North Highland Harriers to all of the sponsors, volunteers, runners, walkers and spectators who made the event such a success.  Until next year.