Almost 700 runners ran the Moray Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k road race, in the cool temperature, sunshine and drizzle of Elgin, on Sunday, September 13, including Melanie Johnstone, who became the youngest female ever to run 100 marathons.
Melanie, who crossed the line in 3:48:40, said "This is the closest marathon to where I grew up. I actually went to college in Elgin. For this reason it has a special place in my heart, so to be able to run it as my 100th is amazing and to raise money for two charities that I really want to help; Build Africa and Friends of Jubilee Hospital (which is a small local hospital in the town of Huntly, where I went to school and where they looked after my Granda so very well in his last days) will make all my efforts worth it."
Four days before his 45th birthday, Edinburgh AC's Martin Ferguson turned the clock back to win the race in a time of 2:41:47, his best time since 2003. Ferguson finished almost five minutes ahead of his closest rival, East Midlands based, Craig Mattocks who placed second with 2:46:46. Marathon specialist Richard Watkinson (unattached) earned third spot with 2:48:48.
In the Women's Race, Gala Harrier Kate Jenkins continued her winning form, from last month's Haddington Half Marathon, to claim first woman in 2:57:59, taking 30 seconds off of her PB in the process. Super Vet Colleen Donaldson took more than five minutes off of her PB to place second in 3:13:10. Welsh Super Vet Helen Johnson (Deeside Runners), who won last month's De'il O' The Highlands 43 mile race finished third in 3:15:50.
A total of 155 runners completed the race.
Niku Millott, who the Lochaber Marathon in April of this year, settled for the Half Marathon gold medal this time. The Metro Aberdeen runner crossed the finish line in 1:16:05, just ahead of the RAF's Simon Dobbs in 1:16:26. The local based runner being the first vet over the line. Keith & District's vet Nick Brown earning third place, and second vet, with a time of 1:17:11.
In the Women's Half, Pamela Tosh earned first place with a time of 1:24:34. The Aberdeen AAC runner, who took second spot at the Stonehaven Half in July and won the Dyce Half in August, has taken 260 seconds off of her half marathon time this season. Metro Aberdeen's Polly Tandy completed her first half marathon in 1:32:10, to earn second place. Unattached Amanda Jamieson, who completed both the London and Edinburgh marathons earlier this year placed third woman, with a time of 1:34:10.
A total of 282 runners completed the race.
10k Road Race
Local club runner Ross Milne won the 10k race, with a time of 32:13, more than two minutes ahead of Keith & District's Super Vet, Frankie Barton who placed second in 34:31. Peterhead's Alan Reid earned third spot with 34:57.
Fourth overall and first woman was Inverness's Melissa Whyte who capped a great season by dipping below 36 minutes for the first time this year. Whyte, who finished second to Haley Haining at the recent Paisley 10k went one better to earn first place with a time of 35:53. The Super Vet was followed by two local runners, Lydia Davis and Michelle Green. Davis took almost a minute off of her Moray Road Runners 10k in March, to earn second place with 40:22. Green who placed second woman in the recent Peterhead 10k, slipped to third place at Elgin, crossing the line in 41:20.
A total of 252 runners completed the race.
The finishing line for all three races was in the Cooper Park, Elgin with the 13th Century Elgin Cathedral forming a dramatic backdrop. There was an extensive prize list, one prize per winner and a Commemorative Medal, Kit Bag and Goody bag for all finishers. The event was sponsored by The Macallan.