Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Beinn Ratha Hill Race and Easter 10k is cancelled.
Festive running schedule below:
Monday 23rd – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Tuesday 24th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Tuesday 24th – Rep session, Thurso, 2pm, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso The session might be on grass if still frosty, so take trails and trainers
Thursday 26th – Boxing Day Hash, 11am Dunnet Forest
Thursday 26th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Friday 27th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Friday 27th – Hill rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso
Saturday 28th – Thurso parkrun, 9.30am
Saturday 28th – Scarben run, meet 8.00am in Wick Co-op for car share
Tuesday 31st – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Tuesday 31st – Rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso The session might be on grass if still frosty, so take trails and trainers
Wednesday 1st – Dorrery Dash, 11am
Friday 3rd – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station
Friday 3rd – Hill rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso
Saturday 4th – Thurso parkrun, 9.30am
Sunday 5th – Packrun, Thurso, 10am, meet at Thurso Riverside Hut, 8miles
The Statkraft Winter Trail Series is the highlight of North Highland Harrier’s year, offering a number of trail runs in beautiful locations in Caithness and Sutherland, plus there is great home baking on offer after the running.
The series started at our sponsor Statkraft’s wind farm at Baillie on 13 October. It was a great start to the series with a sunny autumn morning, the run offers stunning views across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. There were two distances on offer, 2.3 miles and a hilly 5.1 miles with 34 runners taking part in total. It was good conditions underfoot and road shoes were the preferred option on the day. First male on the longer route was David Spencer, first female was Jayne Klimas and first junior was Cameron Charlton. Two runners completed the shorter route Debs Larnach and Jacqui Oag. The range and standard of runners varied from 35 mins to just under an hour for the long route so there is always someone around your pace to keep you company. The handicap system used at the trails gives the less speedy runners a good head start and allows everyone to finish around the same time. Full results can be found here.
On 27 October, 35 runners gathered at John O’Groats on a very windy morning. The John O’Groats trail is one of the favourite trails, with a challenging route and amazing views. First male on the 5.9 mile route was Darren Sutherland and first female was Jayne Klimas. On the 3.75 mile route, first male was John Budge and first female was Fiona Stockan. Full results can be found here.
The third trail of the season was held on 10 November and a beautiful day greeted the runners for the Olrig trail. Starting and finishing in Castletown this route offers mud, gravel, grass and tarmac. The Olrig trail takes the runners out of the village and up the challenging incline towards the Olrig mast. Stunning views of Dunnet beach and the striking cliffline from Dwarwick along towards Dunnet Head were appreciated on the fresh sunny day. The long route of 6.5 miles was completed by 38 runners with first male finisher of Kenny MacGruer, first female for the hat trick was Jayne Klimas and first junior was Connor Miller. Eight runners completed the shorter distance of 4.7 miles with Alistair Geddes first male and Jodie Henderson first female. Full results can be found here.
On Sunday 13 October we had the first Statkraft Winter Trail Run of the 2019/20 series at our sponsor’s wind farm, Baillie. Thirty-two runners completed the long option and two runners completed the short option, well done to everyone who took part, you can find your results here.
Many thanks to Sandy and Les for organising and everyone who helped with marshalling, timekeeping and who baked. Next trail is this Sunday (27 October) at John O’Groats, Simon Harrison is in charge and all offers of help are welcome.
NHH membership for 2019/20 is now open. You can enter via: https://www.northhighlandharriers.co.uk/membership/
Results are now available for the 2019 Caithness Half, please click here.
Many congratulations to all the runners and massive thanks to all our volunteers. Race report to follow later this week.
This Saturday (27 July) NHH with the Wick Gala Committee host the Wick Gala 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk at the Riverside.
Enter on the day, registration 1.00 – 1.45pm at the boating shed, with runs staring at 2pm.
Entry costs: £5 for 5k and £2 for fun run / walk.
Under 8s must have adult supervison.
Entry for the Caithness Half Marathon on 15 September 2019 is now open. Enter via our website.
Entry is online only, closing on Sunday 8 September. There will be no entry on the day.
Well done to all the runners who took part in the Castle of Mey 10k yesterday. Results can be found here.
For the first time at the Castle of Mey 10k we had a female overall winner with Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers finishing in 35.44, beating her own course record of 36.37 set in 2017. Congratulations to Jenny on her win.
1st Female – Jenny Bannerman, 35.44, Inverness Harriers
2nd Female – Rhiannon Kirk, 40.37, Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds
3rd Female – Marianne Wilson, 42.13, North Highland Harriers
1st Male – Grant Anderson, 38.00, North Highland Harriers
2nd Male – Craig Moar, 38.02, Orkney Athletic Club
3rd Male – Colin Barnett, 38.03, Orkney Athletic Club
1st Master Female – Debs Larnach, 42.13, North Highland Harriers
2nd Master Female – Rhoda Kennedy, 47.50
3rd Master Female – Angela Campbell, 48.23, Bellahouston Harriers
1st Master Male – Davie Macleod, 38.14, Orkney Athletic Club
2nd Master Male – David Spencer, 38.59, North Highland Harriers
3rd Master Male – David Stockan, 39.21, North Highland Harriers
1st Over 50 Female – Ruth Spence, 49,27, Orkney Athletic Club
1st Over 50 Male – Gavin Lee, 43.45, Inverness jogScotland
1st Local Female – Hannah Paterson, 43.24, North Highland Harriers
1st Local Male – Murray Mackay, 39.56, North Highland Harriers
1st Female Team – North Highland Harriers – Marianne Wilson, Hannah Paterson, Debs Larnach, Julie Richmond
1st Male Team – North Highland Harriers – Grant Anderson, David Stockan, David Spencer, Murray Mackay
Photos of overall winner Jenny Bannerman, 1st male Grant Anderson and Angus MacInnes representing sponsor Taylor and Fraser.
Photos courtesy of Eilidh Geddes