Results & Race Reports
The Dava Way 50k
Saturday 12th November 2022
What a way to end the 2022 series!
At 7.30am - just as the sun was staring to rise over the river Spey - 213 runners (of which 75 were female...another super impressive stat, ladies!) embarked upon their journey from the tourist town of Grantown-on-Spey, around Anagach woods, onto the Way itself, across the Dava moor, through Sanquhar woods, up (yup, up!) to Nelsons Tower, before finishing in the award winning Grant Park.
It seemed this time that it was a tale of two packs: the first half, who got a cloud of drizzle following them the entire route (refreshing was the feedback!), and the second half, who had perfect sunshine and rainbows the entire time! The finish area was brilliant sunshine with zero wind and continuous smiles from supports right up until the final finisher crossed the line with 3 minutes to spare before cut off... a hugely impressive feat! I'm led to believe the piper and drummer were just icing on the cake (a lot of which was consumed at the end with the finish line beers!).
Kyle was buzzing at his new custom made whisky barrel podium - again, from the course you run on during the Moray Way Ultras - along with bigger and better-than-ever-finisher medals (that the amazing marshals may have cursed at, trying to get clips through them), that were a great addition to the Windswept beer, Walkers shortbread, Active Root vouchers and Dava Way 50k neckwarmer goody bags!
John Anderson, on phenomenal form over the course of the series, took the new course record in 3.26.13, with Julian Barrable 2nd and Grant Jeans 3rd, both also under the previous record (along with 4th place John Hammond, son of the over 70s (and over 60s in fact!) champion/legend Malcolm).
For the girls, Fanni Gyurko took the win, with 2nd place Heather Imrie and 3rd place Lorna Robertson. Fanni is another great role for mums out there, with her daughter having just turned 1!
What we are blown away by is the amount of 1st timer ultrarunners - and runners who have never braved a marathon for that matter - that chose us as their 1st! It really makes us emotional and proud, so I want to say a big thanks to you all!
We think people are choosing us predominantly because of our volunteers. They are one in a million, the hardest working and most encouraging group of supporters we have ever come across. No one is ever just a number at a Moray Way Ultra - if you don't leave feeling like part of our family on the day, we didn't do our job right!
Thank you again for being a part of the series and we hope we see you next year at perhaps one of our other races, or back at the Dava to end your year on a high once again! Entries are live on the website.
Results for all runners can be found below, with our official
photos following shortly!
Speyside Way Ultras
Saturday 20th August 2022
Yet another weekend where we have been blown away by the MWU community! The day started in the Macdonald resort in Aviemore, when the 100kers were off at 5am. The sunrise as they were running through the Cairngorms was just magical! The 14 starters had 18 hours to make their way all the way through Speyside to finish in the finishing town of Buckie, and apart from 1 unfortunate DNF, they all made it with the 1st runner being within minutes of the record, and the final runner having half an hour to spare.
At 7am, the Classic 35 milers were off, and what started as a very breezy morning (a great tailwind might we add!), the wind died down and the sun glistened beautifully on the Spey to ease any pain that comes with such a huge challenge. Since we are renowned for our track record of perfect weather, the rain decided to cool our runners down for a quick 30mins so that they could re-energise for their climb up Ben Aigan, before the sun popped its head back out again to keep everyone smiling through the finish!
Our volunteers couldn't have been more amazing and supportive whether it was our sweepers, course markers or those at each aid station and marshal point, and the hundreds of seals supporting and cheering at Buckpool certainly lifted some broken spirits!
One MASSIVE accomplishment in our book was an almost 50/50 split in male and female runners! We are making history here, people!! This is something that should not be taken lightly and should be celebrated, embraced and normalised. You are moulding the future in the best way and for that, we salute you!
Top 3 females for the 100k were: Katherine Scheibner, Elsbeth McStay & Helen Wilkie
Top 3 males for the 100k were: Brian Stuart, John Anderson (Moray Road Runners) & Stuart Miller (Girvan Athletic Club)
Top 3 females for the Classic were: Claire Dunn (Metro Aberdeen), Caragh McWhirr (Metro Aberdeen) & Jennifer Campbell (Campbeltown Running Club)
Top 3 males for the Classic were: Grant Jeans, Kev Mottram (Insch Trail Running Club) & Paul Anderson
We cannot thank you all enough for being a part of our special day and we will see you at the Dava Way 50k on 12th November!
Results can be found below and images to follow.
The Moray Way 100 & Moray Way Relay
Saturday 25th June 2022
Another unbelievable weekend (not day!) at the Moray Way 100 and Moray Way Relays event!
It was our 1st year hosting a relay race so we were a little nervous but there was no need to be! The atmosphere was electric no matter what time of night it was, and the comradery and community vibes we got made us emotional! That, combined with a magical course and glorious sunshine, made it truly an unforgettable event...
Our individual animals set off at 5am and straight into the heat. The waves were glittering, sea turquoise and sand untouched. Runners got pretty hot as the made there was up Ben Aigen and down into whisky country through the forests, and when they hit the highest point at Dava they were told to look out for 5 planets aligning (the next time this will happen will be in 2040!). John Anderson looked fresh as always, we never saw him walk once, and he came through - still in daylight might we add! - in a course record of 17.16! Elaine Wilde was first female in 29.53, and was the most determined athlete out there at Edinkillie in order to make the cut off time, which she smashed!
Nine teams turned up at 11am, which was the perfect time to catch some of the solo guys at their darkest places to give them a morale boost! Their energy was incredible and we were hugely impressed by the size of their vans, team choices of fuelling (curries and champagne being a couple of examples) and attention to detail ie lamination of spreadsheets! Tactics were key in this race and the Newburgh Dunes Mixed Team took the win (and automatic course record) in 14.22. What they lacked in running name creativity, they made up for in speed! Fi's Flanci Fillies were first all females in 16.28 and were ahead of first all males team, the Newburgh Dunes Old Boys, who came in in 17.27 not looking a day over 25.
Our volunteers were second to none as always - we had 100 miles of terrain to mark and 30 hours of entertainment to provide, so without them we could not go ahead!
Thank you to absolutely everyone involved and we really hope to see you next year... But first, we have the Speyside Way 35miler and 100km on 20th August if you want a cool down!
Results can be found below and photos available here
Moray Coastal Trail 50 Race Report
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. 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.
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!
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!
Dava Way 50k Race Report
A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and sponsors. And of course, a huge congratulations to all our runners if you managed to complete the Dava Way 50k, and even more kudos if you DIDN'T curse us at the top of Cluny Hill (we couldn't make it too easy for you!). We are overwhelmed by the phenomenal day we had and it wouldn't have been the same without you! Well done to Allan Christie and Nicola Macdonald for your wins and inevitable course records in the process!
For those who chose us as your first ultra, we are hugely
appreciative and hope you had a great experience. We would love to have you
again next year, perhaps even going up in distance. The Moray Way Ultras next
step up would be the Speyside Way Classic at 35 miles, then the Moray Coastal
50 miler, the Speyside Way 100k, and the longest being the Moray Way 100 (plus
Finalised race dates for these events will be confirmed this Friday, along with some more exciting news you won't want to miss! Stay tuned to our social media for more details!
HEAPS of photos on the media page!!
Moray Way 100 Race Report
Huge well done to all runners - especially our champions Jamie Pallister and Erin Rendall - both finishing looking like supermodels!
The race started at a calm 5am on Saturday morning, with severe weather warnings scheduled for later on in the day. Thankfully, a couple hours of rain wasn't enough to stop these superstars.
The 1st section was along the coast line as the sun was rising. The 2nd part was on the Speyside Way, which started off on runnable disused railway lines; a gradual uphill to zap the legs. However, after Cragganmore, the SW turned into a technical mud fest in the dark and on tired legs! The reward at the end was a downhill straight forward Dava Way, and a wee bump in the road in Forres before entering the finish line back at Grant Park.
We heard the Dava Way in the early hours were magnificent when you turned your headtorch off and looked up at the stars. Simply magical.
The support and camaraderie for this kind of race was unreal. We are particularly grateful for Arash and Christophe who sacrificed their race times to help out another runner.
We are also incredibly thankful to every single volunteer, who gave up (a lot!) of time to help with the race. We couldn't do it without you and appreciate you guys so much.
We hope you all enjoyed yourself and felt like members of the MW family.
This being our first year, we have so many takeaways and lessons learned, so be prepared for the Moray Way 100 to be bigger, better and a MUST DO race next year!
Speyside Way Ultras 2021 Results
35 Mile Results can be found here:
100k Results can be found here:
Moray Coastal Trail 50 2021 Results
Speyside Way Ultra 2020 - Race Report
What a day the 14th November brought to the COVID-19 edition of the Speyside Way!
After the previous Tuesday's announcement that different council areas were to be moved to tier 3 as of the day before the race, very last minute changes to race waves, timetables, buses, deferrals and refunds had to be processed, as well as trying our best to communicate all COVID measures with runners, volunteers, the Forestry Commission, Scottish Athletics and sponsors.
Stress aside, it turned out to be a great day in my 1st ever year as a Race Director! The weather was as perfect as it could be for an ultra race, 9C and light breeze (in the right direction!). Although the first couple of miles in the sheltered forest were a little muddy, the path and scenery opened up and the sun came out. Light showers hit towards the end to cool down the 2nd half of the runners, and the majority of runners beat the early sunset that November brings.
The runners, volunteers and minimal supports couldn't have been better behaved. No runners complained (to our faces at least!) about lack of "nice-to-haves" and everyone wore their masks as required for registration, bus travel, start line, aid stations and through the finish line. The marshals and support crews felt like family - although a lot of you I had never met before, you truly welcomed me to the Speyside Way community and the comradery and help you gave was second to none.
And back to the race - we had a course record!! Chris Richardson of Metro Aberdeen was the winner in a new record time of 3.56.51, with Jason Kelly in 2nd with 4.03.29 and Grant Jeans in 3rd with 4.19.55.
On the girls' side, Nicola MacDonald - also of Metro Aberdeen - took the female title in an impressive 4.53.11 (not many girls have broken the elusive 5 hours!) in her first ultra, with Sarah Simpson in 2nd in 5.38.45, and Jenni Rees Jenkins 3rd in 5.41.24.
With forest, mountain, water and sea, this race had a bit of everything, and we were so proud and fortunate we could put this race on after all the setbacks faced this year.
After the launch of the brand new Ultra Series, the Moray Way Ultras (www.moraywayultras.com), we couldn't be more excited after this weekend's taster! We hope we can welcome you to our 50km, 100km, 50mile or 100mile (as well as the original Speyside Way Ultra!) races next year - there is a race within the series that I'm sure will suit everyone.
Please support our amazing sponsors of whom below have offered the following discount codes for you to use:
Active Root Products: SPEYSIDEWU15
Windswept Beer: SPEYSIDEULTRA10
Thank you again for a great day - and a final huge thank you to our volunteers for being so patient and doing an incredible job with the race.
Yours in running,
Race Director, Moray Way Ultras