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Results of Night Event 3 at Selkirk Hill 27/11/19

Results are HERE

Planners comments: Selkirk Hill is a funny kind of place – we all know it well enough that we’ve probably visited every decent control site ! So it’s tricky to do something new, and make it challenging. On reflection, that was probably a bit more technical than was strictly necessary for a night event, though that said, every control was on or near a path, and there were always path options to connect them. I tried to tempt you into taking cross country choices rather than ‘round the paths’, and tried to give you route choice decisions to make. In order to make the most of the complex pitted area, the course had a LOT of controls – but I felt that was necessary to prevent it being a simple fly-through on the larger paths. I suspect patience, keeping it slow and steady and really drilling down into the detail and always knowing where you were was what worked. Maybe ask Ellie what the secret was !

Thanks to everyone for coming on what turned out to be a pretty miserable and damp evening !


Darnick & Shunters Wud results 13/11/19

The results from this evening’s night event are HERE

Thanks for a great turnout for the first of the Sprints, even the weather was kind after the previous few days of wet murk. Impressive running from Ian, not sure he could have done much better in daylight, (although there was a full moon). Great run also from Ellie with fourth fastest time and well done Fiona Booth, first timer – only caught out by #12 being on south side of hedge.
I think adding the BGH Residency area gave an extra twist to the Darnick map – switching between urban, parkland and campus added to the test. Although not technically difficult, there was some route choice, and short legs can be trickier than they look: Ian took nearly 200% of fastest split on #8 to #9, but still won!
Thanks everyone for coming and hope you all enjoyed the evening, see you at Hawick next week.



Gordon Community Woodland 9/11/19

Results from the event are HERE

Thanks to everyone who turned out to support this event on a beautiful but cold November afternoon.

I had two things in mind when I started planning the event.  The first was to try to do something different with the Yellow and Orange courses, which tend to follow the same lines dictated by course length and the available path network. The other was to make the most of Lindsey’s recent additions to the map, which included a wealth of new boulder detail, some significant fallen trees, and better mapping of vegetation, in areas which had previously been devoid of any detail whatsoever.

A ”remote” start along the minor road north of the cabin added a bit of interest and extra length to Yellow and Orange, and also allowed me to take runners on the Light Green course into the lesser used area above the road in search of one of the many new boulders. 

Looking at the results, the Light Green was possibly a bit on the long side, with the vegetation and conditions underfoot proving quite challenging away from the main paths. On the other hand, enthusiastic feedback from new/ inexperienced orienteers on the Orange and Yellow courses meant that those courses were well pitched.

Thanks are due to Gordon Community Woodland Trust for access and use of the cabin, and of course to all those who helped, especially Lindsey Knox for acting as Controller and providing the map revisions, Robin Sloan for running registration and download, Rob Cranston for help with setting out the course and manning the Start, Cathy Rooney for additional help with Starts, and everyone who brought in controls at the end.

Eb Rooney


Mapper note: For anyone who didn’t get there, here’s the new improved map and I didn’t get it finished in time so there could be more boulders for the next event ! Map HERE

Teviothead SOL – Results

Results are HERE

Winsplits – HERE

Routegadget – HERE

Any results queries to Lindsey Knox please – Lindsey “at” Lknox.me.uk

Notes from the Planner :

In the past we’ve experienced a number of extremes when we’ve put on a bigger event at Teviothead – a hot,sticky, midgie-filled summer night for a Harvester Trophy and a thoroughly sodden October CompassSport Cup final spring to mind.  But today, for most of you, conditions were ideal for a challenging run –  visibility on this very open area was limited by the mist which placed a greater importance on keeping in close contact with the map.  

I do hope that you enjoyed the challenge that the contour detail can provide. I tried to make sure that all courses presented as many interesting legs as possible.  In particular, legs 3-4 on Green and Short Blue offered a fundamental route choice of crossing the direct rough new plantation area versus the longer route on the open hill. And I heard from quite a few of you justifying both route choices –  that’s music to a planner’s ears !   

But if it made you think, then I do hope that you leave with an appreciation of why we in Roxburgh Reivers regard Teviothead as one of our best classic orienteering areas. 
Andrew Armstrong, Roxburgh Reivers. 

Coldingham results

Results from todays event are HERE

Thanks to the 19 folk who came along to sample the new map, including a couple of people from outwith the Borders and two who live in Coldingham. From the discussions afterwards I seem to have provided a good challenge for everyone on the Long course.

It was a bit windy so we made the right decision not to have a beach social, and I hope everyone enjoyed The Anchor’s beer garden and food. Thanks to Lynne for suggesting the area in the first place, and organising the food. Hope to see you all again at either Teviothead on 13 October or Gordon on 9 November.

Lindsey (Organiser/Planner)