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CLUB NEWS

Welcome to our new Forres Harriers Website!


Our old website is still available but will no longer be updated. Forres Harriers would like to say a big thank you to John Harnott for doing all the website updates for the past 10+ years.

Link to old website: http://www.forresharriers.org.uk/

🍻🥂Club End of Season Doo🥂🍻


Saturday 15th Feb - Forres Golf Club @19:00.

Adults £10, Children 13yrs and above are free. Quiz starts at 19:30, teams of 4 (Whisky & Gin for the winners). 

Followed by Stovies, Raffle & Captain's Speeches.

Payment will be collected on the night, but to secure your place please let Carrie Ward or Douglas Cowie know ASAP, along with any dietary requirements (vegetarian & vegan Stovies are available too).



Club Membership Due


All club memberships are now due from 1st Jan 2020.  This can be done on-line via Entry Central.

Please note that these fees are for club membership ONLY. 

Athletes are now responsible for their own Scottish Athletics membership which will be required to be current for entry to some district and Scottish championships.  

 

18 JAN 20 - NORTH DISTRICT XC RACE 4 - PETERHEAD ATHLETICS CLUB

There was a new stomping ground for Forres Harriers at the 4th race of the North District Cross Country League, with a small group of Harriers making the journey East along the Banffshire and Buchan Coast to the beautiful Aden Park, in Mintlaw.  Peterhead Athletics Club were the hosts, with the support of neighbouring club Fraserburgh and the North District League Organisers.  Course conditions were favourable for some fast running.  


Bruce Evans was only the only Forres Junior competing, but he did it with style, by winning the Under 15 boys race by over 30 seconds and piling on the pressure on the current Under 15 boy League leader.  Next up was Bruce's mum; Siobhan Evans, finishing 6th lady in the Senior Women's race, supported by Susan McRitchie 12th, Hilary Cameron 15th, and Shona Spencer 32nd.  The ladies finished 3rd Team.


Raymond Hughes had a strong run in the Senior Men's race to finish 14th, with Colin Hall 26th and Gary MacFadyen 35th.


Forres Harriers would like to extend their thanks to Peterhead Athletics Club for their hospitality.  Next league race is on 1st February at Nairn.

(Race report by Susan McRitchie).

 

2019 FORRES HARRIERS CLUB ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

The Women’s contest was close, with Clare Nicholas, who had enjoyed such a good season, leading the standings until the final 10 miles race in December. Jackie Nicol (sunshine powered?) became our champion, with Susan McRitchie, returning to impressive running form, finishing second, just in front of Clare, Paula Boon and Elaine Schiavone.

 The Men’s contest should have resulted in a clear victory for Dave Weir, in front of Colin Hall. However, they only completed two distances, so Colin Youngson somehow retained the title he won last year. In 2020, hopefully, many more Forres Harriers will ensure that they race not only 5k and 10k but also a longer event.

For each interested Harrier, only three fastest times will contribute to the 2020 Club Championship results: 5 km; 10 km; and the best age-graded percentage from either 10 Miles or Half Marathon or Marathon. The percentages will be found using the online Good Run Guide age-graded calculator.

In 2020, please send the following information to Colin Youngson at cjyoungson@btinternet.com. Name; date of birth; name and date of race; distance; and finishing time.

 Here is the final table (any queries to Colin Youngson).

15 Dec 19 - MRR 10 ml TURKEY TROT - LOSSIEMOUTH

The ever-popular Moray Road Runner's 10 Mile Turkey Trot, held on Sunday 15th December, enticed many of Scotland's top runners up to Lossiemouth.  The event also incorporated the North District 10 Mile Champs.  Cold temperatures and icy conditions underfoot, did not deter from some fast times.


Lachlan Oates of Shettleston Harriers was the overall winner in 52.53, James Wilson of Moray Road Runners was 2nd overall and took the North District title in a time of 54.34.  Fiona Brian of Metro Aberdeen Running Club was 1st female overall in a time of 58.44, with Amy Hudson of Inverness Harriers finishing 3rd female overall and taking the North District female title in 60.28.


First Forres Harrier to finish was David Weir in 62.48.  David was 1st M50 and 1st North District M50.  James Ward took on the 10 miles with the extra challenge of running in a turkey outfit and finished in 68.56.  First Harrier lady to finish was Susan McRitchie in 73.10.  Jackie Nicol 76.50, finished 3rd F50 overall and North District 3rd F50.  Jessica Haworth 79.10, closely followed by Paula Boon in 79.41.  Kaisa Oikkonen 83.05, Andy Wonnacott 84.39.  Elisabeth Smart 89.27, finished 2nd F60 overall and North District F60 title win.  Elaine Bowler 90.00, Marisa Christie 90.11.  Anne Docherty 92.15 and finished 3rd F60 overall.  Terri Gouge 93.18.


Forres Harriers would like to extend their thanks to Moray Road Runners for hosting this successful event.

 

07 DEC 19 - NORTH DISTRICT XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - DORES

Tough conditions faced the Forres Harriers racing at Dores in the North District Cross Country Championships on Saturday 7th December.   A bitterly cold wind, with rain, was an added extra to tackle on the leg sapping, undulating course. 

Eva Esslemont and Sophie Howard were the first Harriers to take on the course, finishing 9th and 10th respectively, in the under 13 girls race.  In the under 13 boys race, Michael Bishenden finished 4th with a strong run and was less than 20 seconds behind the eventual winner.

In the under 15 girls, Ida Oikkonen finished 15th and in the Under 15 boys, Bruce Evans had a good run and placed 7th overall.

David Scott and Ewan Martin ran in the under 17 boys race and finished 11th and 13th respectively.

Moira Davie proved that she has recovered well from recent injury and battled at the front end of the Senior Women's race and took the overall win.  With Siobhan Evans finishing 10th, Susan McRitchie 12th and Carrie Ann Ward 17th, the Ladies clinched the overall Team win, with the support of Frances Britain 20th, Hilary Cameron 21st, Elizabeth Barr 28th, Jackie Nicol 35th and June McIntosh 38th.  The Team of Evans, McRitchie and Ward also took the Masters Team win.  


The Senior Men had Raymond Hughes 29th, Colin Hall 47th, Tim Pott 57th and Gary MacFadyen 60th.


Forres Harriers would like to extend their thanks to Inverness Harriers for putting together a successful event with great hospitality.