Baillie, John O’Groats and Olrig Trail Runs

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.

Baillie Wind Farm Trail

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.

2019/20 Winter Trails

Please find below a provisional list of trail dates for 2019-2020.
13/10/19, Baillie
27/10/19, John O’Groats
10/11/19, Olrig
24/11/19, Beach and Bark
08/12/19, Telford
26/12/19, Boxing Day Hash
01/01/20, Dorrey Dash
12/01/20, Blingery
26/01/20, Broubster
09/02/20, Forsinnan
23/02/20, Langwell
15/03/20, Bettyhill
29/03/20, Thurso Moors
The first trail run is next Sunday 13th at Bailie Windfarm.
We need offers of help for set up on Saturday 12th and for marshals/ timekeepers on Sunday.
Please let me know if you can help by replying to this email – this is a good one for folk learning the ropes with hopefully the potential to take over the running of one of the trails next year to ensure that we continue to be able to provide this as a club.

Wick Gala 5k run and 1 mile fun run /walk

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.


Castle of Mey 10k Results

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.

Prize winners

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

Mey Mile Prize Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Mey Mile, over 150 of you braved the horrible weather!

Prize winners were:

Joint 1st primary girl – Shannon May and Olivia Mackay

1st primary boy – Joshua Hughes

1st secondary girl  – Rachel May

1st secondary boy – Connor Miller, North Highland Harriers

Primary prize winners with Ian Gunn representing sponsor Gunn.

Secondary prize winners with Ian Gunn representing sponsor Gunn.

Photos courtesy of Eilidh Geddes


Statkraft Trail Series 2018/19 – Final Points

The Statkraft trail series for 2018/19 is now completed and you will find the points here.

Female trail winner was Rebecca Sinclair, 2nd was Vicki Teven and 3rd was Sarah Armitage. Male trail winner was David Spencer, 2nd was David Stockan and 3rd was Malcolm Lord.

Female improvement at trails winner was Vicki Teven, 2nd was Sarah Armitage and 3rd was Rebecca Sinclair. Male improvement at trails winner was Graeme Bremner, 2nd was Malcolm Lord and 3rd was David Spencer.

Congratulations to all the winners and a massive THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in putting on the trail series.