13th May 2023
The Moray Coastal Trail 50
Yet another spectacular day in the 2nd ever Moray Coastal 50 this weekend! You runners and volunteers didn't disappoint! With a lower number participating due to the "deferral year" curse, and with a couple of last minute drop outs from the 'vid, we quickly realised the runners that did make it were all quality and we didn't need quantity!
Whether you were defying the odds, breaking records, travelling hundreds of miles to visit us, or a local tackling the gruelling distance (you all know who you are!), you certainly made Debbie cry a few times throughout the day (edit: happy tears!). We are so so proud of each and every one of you.
John Anderson was 1st overall in 7.04.48, with Keith Stewart 2nd in 7.42.46, and Jonathan Cordiner 3rd in 7.45.18. For the ladies, Alison Locke took the win in 9.21.20, with Caron Mutch cheekily grabbing 2nd from Angela Davidson in a photo finish and both with times of 9.36.51!
Furthermore, we only had two dropouts which is frankly unheard of! Statistically, a much larger figure should have DNF'd, but you Moray Way Family members are a tough bunch!
Thank you for entering our race, for training with us in mind, making all those sacrifices that comes with endurance sport, getting up early, showing up with a smile, running, not complaining about the 3 miles of hell, finishing looking like supermodels, sharing your stories, partying with us afterwards and making Debbie cry multiple times (edit: still happy tears!) and lose her voice today.
They say if you ever lose faith in humanity, watch a marathon. You guys did nearly 2 of those yesterday! This community is so special and we just love being a part of it! We couldn't have put it together without our volunteers either, so huge shout out to them!
Results can be found here and photos will be available soon:
This race is particularly epic scenery-wise! Moray is famous for having some of the best coastline and seafood around. With its wide sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, coastal formations and attractive fishing villages, it makes for a stunning route for a race. Beginning at the RD's home town of Forres, you soon reach the coastline at Findhorn, famed for its eco-community. From there, a forest overlooking the sea takes you past where the RD got married (this is how much he loves the area!) all the way to Lossiemouth and its epic clifftops, to Spey Bay where you can search for dolphins, past picturesque former fishing villages, and then finishing in Cullen.
Interesting fact: Kyle & Debbie's 2nd son was born the night before the inaugural Moray Coastal Trail 50, and Kyle had to leave the hospital only a couple of hours after the birth to go and mark the course..!
- Tugnet Ice House and Findhorn Heritage Centre
- Attractive villages with beach huts, lighthouses and railway heritage
- Burghead Headland Visitor Centre (Pictish fort)
- Wildlife including bottlenose dolphins
- Sea views over coves, skerries and beaches
- Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie
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Date: 13th May 2023
Cutoff: 16 hours
Entry Limit: 200 runners
Who can take part?
Provided you are over 18, we want you to feel part of the Moray Way Coastal Trail family! Extra points for those who can spot sealife on route!
Where is it?
The route follows the Moray Coastal Trail from Forres to Cullen.
The full route, GPX and race handbook available on this page.
THE MORAY COASTAL TRAIL 50
Beginning inland at the fine country town of Forres, it soon hits the coastline at Findhorn, famed for its eco-community. From here the coastal trail properly begins across the forested back of the vast Burghead Bay.
The section from Burghead to Lossiemouth has some superb clifftop walking with great seaviews. Further on is Spey Bay, renowned for its dolphins, the ship-building heritage of Buckie and finally a string of picturesque former fishing villages leads on to Cullen, where the route will total approx. 50miles.
The GPX file is available below to download and accounts for the diversion of the Lossiemouth bridge that is currently closed. The route will be revised if the bridge has been built on time!
Further details of the route are below and in the race handbook on the top of this page.
BE PART OF THE MORAY WAY RACE SERIES
2023 Entries Open!
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We need your help!
To ensure the race runs smoothly, we'll need volunteers to help with marshalling, attendance, catering, and more...
No previous experience?
Don't worry about it! We want everyone to get involved - plus we'll take any help we can get!
You will receive goodies all day long, as well as a flattering hiviz, and a party to finish!