Stornoway Running and Athletics Club
3 years on, almost to the day, since the ISLAND SELECT athletics team was formed, the weekend of Sunday 20th April 2019 saw a brand new crop of SRAC youngsters raring to go!
A bit nervous, but really excited too! Much as the coaches and athletes all were in 2016 for the very first match when they turned up in Dundee in their minibus, with both athletes and coaches nervous as anything as the big guns rolled in in their big buses, and they looked on in awe!
But what a year that first year was, with their team-mates from the North Uist, South Uist & Eriskay, & Orkney and Shetland Athletics clubs more than holding their own. The U17s won Match 1, and the U13s & U15s took an excellent 2nd! What a debut, and that was the theme set for 2016, with both teams continuing with the high quality performances in matches 2 and 3, and qualifying for the National Scottish final!
On to 2017, and with both teams again in the national final, the U17s went on to win, lifting the U17 Scottish YDL Challenge Trophy; and 2018 saw the U13s & U15s finish a fantastic runner up to the mighty Edinburgh AC, with the teams again amongst the country’s top 8 YDL teams!
It has been without doubt a fantastic and rewarding experience for the club, and so important for SRAC’s best young athletes to get more high level competition. What lies ahead then for 2019?
Well we got a great indication from the first match of 3, with 6 of the 7 SRAC youngsters – 4 making their debut – smashing their PBs, as they once again teamed up with our friends from a wee bit further South in the Western Isles, and our friends from the North !
As race day dawned, the conditions in Aberdeen were promising, with little wind, but a sea haar making it a bit chilly at the start. However it soon lifted, and the sun was shining with great conditions.
First up were the short sprints, and U13 Noah Morrison comes home an excellent 2nd in his 100m race on his Island Select debut, in his first sub 15 run, his new PB – 14.72. Well done Noah!!!
There was also an excellent 2nd place for Ewan Murray in his U15 100m race, in what was also a PB, with Ewan running 13.44.
Another good run followed from U17, Matthew MacLeod as he finished 4th over the 100m in the B race, the first of 2 races for Matthew.
It was a busy day for the SRAC athletes, and while we had no-one in action in the field, there was plenty happening on the track!
A number of the athletes were also in action over the 200m and 300m. U13, Finlay MacLeod took an excellent 2nd place in his 200m race, in a time of 30.37, matching his PB !
U15, Ellen McMurdo then had a storming run to come home 4th in the U15 300m girls A race, as she broke her own PB for the 3rd time in a row this season – her new mark of 45.43 now ranking her 31st in Scotland!
U15 Lewis MacLean came home 2nd in his 300m, with a good strong run which was very close to his PB.
Next up was a really well judged 400m run from U17 Matthew Macleod, as he also came through strongly in the final 200m to finish 2nd in the B race in a new PB of 56.97.
U15 Francesca Greenstock, on her Island Select debut, had a really good gutsy run over 1500m, finishing in 6th place in the girl’s A race. A great effort, which was rewarded with another PB for Francesca, after her run at the Stornoway April OGM. Her new mark is 5 minutes 49.23 taking another 3 seconds off her best time.
The 4 x 100m relays rounded of the day, and saw all of the SRAC athletes in action with their new friends and island team-mates, the end of what was a great day of performances from the ISLAND SELECT squad !
The even better news, which came a little later, was that in what was an extremely tight and competitive match, the ISLAND SELECT U13s & U15s won Match 1 by 9 points, and sit top of the 8 team YDL North division league !!!
The U17s took 3rd place which was also a great result as well with many not able to be there due to exam commitments.
So a great start to the ISLAND SELECT 2019 journey, with a place at the Scottish finals again very much the target.
Massive thanks to our vest sponsors, BUILDBASE. It was fantastic seeing all the athletes competing in their new vests with all the club colours represented! A big thanks also to the TRANSOCEAN TRAVEL FUND & THE LEWIS & HARRIS SPORTS COUNCIL for their help with trip costs. Their collective support is invaluable to help give our young sporting talent these great development opportunities.
On Friday 10th May and Saturday 11th May the North District U13, U15 & U17 Track & Field Championships took place in Inverness, along side this there was a National Outdoor Open for U20s and Seniors. A big squad of over 30 athletes made the trip across the narrow sea to take part and waw what a two days it was for our troops! There were brilliant performances across the board with countless PBs and there were reports the Loch Seaforth was straining under the weight of 15 medals taken home by the squad! Well done to everyone that took part you did us proud and big thanks as always to the coaches and parents for organising and supervising the trip. Coach Macrury was last seen lying in a darkened room trying to get his heart rate back under 200!
Here are all of the SRAC results from the two days in Inverness:
U13 Girls 100m
3rd – Jess Muir – 14.98 (PB)
6th – Amy MacRitchie – 15.70 (PB)
7th – Abbie Stewart – 17.24
4th – Hannah MacLean – 15.31
U13 Girls 1500m
3rd – Abbie Stewart – 6:21.76 – BRONZE
U13 Girls 200m
1st – Sarah MacIver – 28.88 (PB) – GOLD
6th – Megan MacLean – 31.63 (PB)
7th – Jess Muir – 31.66
8th – Kyla McMurdo – 31.74
1st – Sarah MacIver – 29.58 (PB)
3rd – Kyla McMurdo – 31.43 (PB)
5th – Hannah MacLean – 32.64 (PB)
6th – Amy MacRitchie – 33.50 (PB)
3rd – Megan MacLean – 31.67 (PB)
4th – Jess Muir – 31.91 (PB)
U13 Girls 800m
1st – Sarah MacIver – 2:37.80 (PB) – GOLD
2nd – Kyla McMurdo – 2:40.81 – SILVER
3rd – Megan MacLean – 2:44.68 (PB) – BRONZE
U13 Girls High Jump
4th – Megan MacLean – 1.06
U13 Girls Long Jump
1st – Sarah Maciver – 4.14 (PB) – GOLD
5th – Kyla McMurdo – 3.57
6th Jess Muir – 3.55 (PB)
13th – Hannah MacLean – 3.25 (PB)
14th – Amy MacRitchie – 3.19
U13 Girls Shot Putt (2.72kg)
8th – Abbie Stewart – 4.15
U15 Girls 100m
6th – Amy MacMillan – 14.00 (PB)
3rd – Amy MacMillan – 14.03 (PB)
7th – Mairi Anna Binns – 15.91 (PB)
7th – Anna Harrison – 16.02
U15 Girls 1500m
4th – Rachel Murray – 5:11.87 (PB)
9th – Francesca Greenstock – 5:56.46
U15 Girls 200m
3rd= – Amy MacMillan – 29.49
3rd= – Ellen McMurdo – 29.49
6th – Kaitlin MacDonald – 29.61 (PB)
U15 Girls 300m
5th – Ellen McMurdo – 45.63 (PB)
U15 Girls 75m Hurdles
6th – Francesca Greenstock – 16.37
7th – Anna Harrison – 21.05
U15 Girls Long Jump
12th – Kaitlin MacDonald – 3.77
17th – Alyth MacLeod – 3.48
19th – Mairi Anna Binns – 3.43
U17 Women 100m
6th – Angela Horne – 13.70
U17 Women 200m
6th – Angela Horne – 27.86
3rd – Angela Horne – 28.67
U17 Women 300m
3rd – Gemma MacRitchie – 44.20 (PB) – BRONZE
U17 Women Long Jump
3rd – Gemma MacRitchie – 4.81 – BRONZE
4th – Angela Horne – 4.67
U20 Women 100m
2nd – Sian MacDonald – 13.47
3rd – Sian MacDonald – 13.29
U20 Women 200
2nd – Sian MacDonald – 28.08
2nd – Sian MacDonald – 27.64
U20 Women Long Jump
1st – Sian MacDonald – 4.54
U20 Women Triple Jump
1st – Mary MacLeod – 10.49
Senior Women 400m Hurdles
1st – Eve Carrington – 73.84
Senior Women Shot Putt (4kg)
1st – Eve Carrington – 9.96
U13 Boys 100m
4th – Ewan Amos – 15.67 (PB)
U13 Boys 1500m
2nd – Jordan Nicolson – 5:19.03 (PB) – SILVER
U13 Boys 200m
2nd – Iain Matheson – 29.33 (PB) – SILVER
3rd – Finlay MacLeod – 29.76 (PB) – BRONZE
7th – David MacIver – 33.06 (PB)
2nd – FInlay Macleod – 30.73
4th – David Maciver – 33.14 (PB)
1st – Iain Matheson – 30.63
U13 Boys 800m
1st – Iain Matheson – 2:34.89 (PB) – GOLD
5th – David Maciver – 2:52.98
U13 Boys High Jump
4th – Ewan Amos – 1.21
5th – Jordan Nicolson – 1.06
U13 Boys Long Jump
5th – Ewan Amos – 3.67
7th – David Maciver – 3.21
U15 Boys 100m
6th – Ewan Murray – 13.33 (PB)
4th – Ewan Murray – 13.40 (PB)
6th – Angus Morrison – 14.89
U15 Boys 200m
4th – Ewan Murray – 27.47 (PB)
6th – Lewis MacLean – 28.39
3rd – Lewis MacLean – 28.61
4th – Ewan Murray – 28.64 (PB)
5th – Angus Morrison – 30.84 (PB)
U15 Boys 300m
2nd – Lewis MacLean – 43.77 (PB) – SILVER
U15 Boys High Jump
4th – Lewis MacLean – 1.26
U15 Boys Long Jump
3rd – Ewan Murray – 4.57 – BRONZE
U15 Boys Shot Putt (4kg)
2nd – Angus Morrison – 8.47 – SILVER
U17 Men 200m
4th – Matthew Macleod – 26.31
U20 Men 100m
2nd – Scott Maciver – 11.67
1st – Scott Maciver – 11.53
U20 Men 200m
2nd – Scott Maciver – 23.91
1st – Scott Maciver – 23.71
Here are the final details for runners taking part in the Stornoway Half Marathon or 10k on Saturday 25th May 2019.
Please note the deadline for name changes, races transfers and joining the race waiting lists is Sunday 19th May.
The 8th annual Rhenigidale Hill Race took place today on a beautiful dry and sunny day in Harris. The run is a very lumpy out and back 12km route from Urgha to Rhenigidale along the Postman’s trail with over 800 metres of climbing. Andrew Reeve took the men’s title taming the course in the second fasted time ever recorded, Finty Royle was first lady just 10 seconds outside the female course record. Well done to all that took part especially the first timers!! Big thanks to Stuart Simpson for making the trip back up to the island to organise the race, the Hebrides Mountain Rescue team for providing support on the route and Gerry for marshalling!
|1||Andrew Reeve||MS||Scalpay Hill Runners||01:06:45||1st Male|
|2||John Hamilton||MS||Ranish Hill Runners||01:10:24|
|4||Alexis Laberine||MS||Clermont Ferrand||01:13:04|
|5||Charles Knoery||MS||Highland Hill Runners||01:16:55|
|6||Alan Smith||MV||Deeside Runners||01:18:27|
|7||Anesti Davenhill||MV||Ness Hill Runners||01:26:00|
|8||Finty Royle||FS||Chorley ATC||01:26:40||1st Female|
|10||Geordie Taylor||MV||Highland Hill Runners||01:30:30|
|12||Jon Royle||MV||Red Rose RR||01:38:21|
|13||Valerie Hamilton||FV||Ranish Hill Runners||01:51:57|
|14||Ella Corrick||FS||Ness Hill Runners||01:54:52|
|Isobel Oakley||FS||Ness Hill Runners||DNF|
Read the latest club senior newsletter here – 2019-04 SRAC Senior Newsletter – April 2019
Provisional results from the OGM in Stornoway on Saturday 20 April 2019 – April OGM provisional results
See link below for timetable for tomorrow’s OGM.
The annual Rhenigidale hill race will be earlier this year taking place on Saturday 11th May, race organiser Stuart Simpson has confirmed. The race will start at 1pm, runners should meet to register by 12.30pm in the car park at the start of the Urgha to Rhenigidale trail. It is an out and back route to Rhenigidale along the ‘Postman’s trail’. The distance is approx 7.5 miles (12kms), and there is over 800 metres of climbing.
The start point and route – https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/urgha-rhenigidale.shtml
Cat A/Medium Hill race, so runners required to carry full body cover. Over18s only
Contact details:Stuart Simpson 07774398719/stuartsimpson06@
18/01/20 – Lewis & Harris XC Race 3
30/01/20 – Wacky Race 4
15/02/20 – Club Ceilidh & prizegiving
22/02/20 – National XC Champs
27/02/20 – Wacky Race 5
14/03/20 – Benbecula 10k
26/03/20 – Wacky Race 6 (final)
06/06/20 – Benbecula Half
13/06/20 – Skye Half
27/06/20 – Barrathon
04/07/20 – Harris Half