Two runners from Elgin-based club Moray Road Runners have been named champions of this year’s Northern Scot 10K road race series.
Now composed of four springtime races in Moray – Nairn Roadrunners’ Nairn 10K (March), Moray Road Runners’ 10K at Miltonduff (April), Keith & District AAC’s Buckie 10K (April) and Forres Harriers’ Benromach 10K (May) – the series is a well established part of the North-East’s running scene.
This year, although hundreds took part across the four races, only 24 runners completed each of the events, making them eligible to win the series. After the final race at Benromach, overall and age group prizes were awarded to the runners with the quickest cumulative times across all four events.
Moray Road Runners dominated both the podium and the pool of eligible runners from which the winners would be drawn. Nearly half of all the runners who completed all four events were from the Elgin club.
U20 Moray runner Grace Whelan claimed the women’s crown with a cumulative time of 2.49.10. Just over four minutes behind Grace was team-mate and veteran runner Elspeth Jenkins (2.53.51), with Alison Wilson of Inverness Harries finishing third (2.57.09).
The men’s title went to last year’s series runner-up James Wilson. Moray Road Runner Wilson finished nearly 10 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Kevin Ewing (Keith & District AAC), whose time for the four races was 2.16.54. Third was Wilson’s Moray teammate Ryan McLEnnan (2.30.08).
Runners fancying their chances to be next year’s Northern Scot 10k series champion can get out their race diaries now. The first qualifying event of 2019 will be Nairn 10K at 2.30pm on Sunday, 3 March.