Autumn Series 2- Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

4 October 2014

Thanks to all those who came along to Hawick and (I trust) enjoyed a good run around ‘The Park’.  I certainly enjoyed planning the event.   Pleasingly, after more than 24 hours of steady heavy rain, the weather faired up by the time the first starter set off and conditions were excellent for competitors.  However, the River Teviot was swollen and high after the rain, so there was no chance of Paul McGreal repeating his famous direct route river crossing of a previous event.

Although not technically challenging, the area does offer plenty of excellent, fast running. The number of competitors was a bit lower than hoped but a wide age range was represented and there was certainly hot competition at the front on the Light Green, with barely a minute between the first three.  There was also deadly rivalry on the Orange course with Calum Murray just ahead of sister Eilidh.

Earlier, Eilidh had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Permanent Orienteering course which has just been set up in the Park.  The Permanent course is part of a number of developments, which will be seen in the next year or so, as renovations are made to the Park. Ideally, the permanent course can heighten the profile of orienteering locally and maybe give newcomers to the sport an opportunity to try it out.

As ever, I had oodles of help from Reivers club members in setting up and dismantling the event.  Lindsey did all the ‘techy’ stuff, preparing the maps and control units before the event and running registration on the day.  Robin assisted with putting out the controls while John, Sarah, Ian, Kirstin, Pauline and Paul helped collect them in.  Thank you.

Results here

Traquair results

Thanks for the good turnout and pleased to see that everyone seems to have enjoyed the format.  It was very satisfying to see the new map being used (despite me forgetting to add the northing lines !).  Hopefully we’ll be allowed back another time and I can finish mapping some of the outlying areas that we didn’t use this time.

The full results are HERE

A spreadsheet of your total times for either Yellow+Maze or Courses 1+2+maze are below.  Well done to Charlotte on the Yellow/Maze combination and 3 good runs from Kirstin on the Course1,2 and Maze combination, despite Faisal’s best (if slightly cheating) efforts.

PositionNameYellowcourse 1course 2MazeTotal
1Charlotte Muller Stuart00:21:5700:08:330:30:30
2Eva Gibson00:21:5800:19:190:41:17
3Emma Amos00:26:0700:23:210:49:28
4Eilidh Murray00:26:0800:23:280:49:36
5Trinity Hill00:32:5300:17:010:49:54
1Kirstin Maxwell00:09:1800:13:2400:07:470:30:29
2Faisal Khursheed00:11:2000:12:4800:07:350:31:43
3Ian Maxwell00:10:3000:14:0500:07:270:32:02
4Robin Sloan00:11:5800:15:5100:08:360:36:25
5Andrew Armstrong00:13:2600:15:5000:09:100:38:26
6Eb Rooney00:14:5000:18:2200:08:460:41:58
7Maggie Cripps00:15:3600:18:3600:09:050:43:17
8Pauline McAdam00:16:3500:20:0100:10:380:47:14
9Yousuf Khursheed00:14:0500:24:1500:09:410:48:01
10Mairi Eades00:17:1200:21:5300:10:560:50:01
11Bridget Khursheed00:22:0400:20:1500:10:170:52:36
12Duncan Sheill00:21:0500:23:2700:10:390:55:11
13Keith Murray00:22:1800:22:0300:11:320:55:53
14Sam McKinnon00:18:5900:26:2000:12:190:57:38
15Fiona Johnston00:20:1900:26:5100:11:200:58:30
16Cathy Rooney00:24:0400:23:0300:12:430:59:50
17Bill Urquhart00:25:3500:26:2700:09:161:01:18
18Judith Pate00:23:2000:39:5200:18:351:21:47
19Fiona Eades00:31:4100:39:3200:13:151:24:28
20David Paterson00:32:0300:41:0300:26:451:39:51

The new permanent course was duly opened and hopefully the course will be well used.  Thanks to Catherine Maxwell Stuart for agreeing to host the course, as well as having us competing there on Saturday.

Opening of the Traquair Permanent Orienteering Course

Opening of the Traquair Permanent Orienteering Course

Eileen took a few photos on the day…

Teviothead Results

Congratulations to everyone who ventured out into wet hills of Teviothead today. There was an impressive turnout of over 30 hardy souls. A special welcome to two orienteers from Solway who ventured East to run on Reivers territory today.

It was encouraging to see a number of orienteers taking on the challenge of the contour-only course. The ordinary Light Green course used exactly the same controls so the contour only competitors can compare themselves against those who had the benefit of the black detail on their map. Ian Maxwell, who ran the contour only course had the fastest time of all, but Ian might just have a little bit of local knowledge as well.

The competition at the top of all the standard courses was fierce with Faisal Khursheed winning the Light Green by under two minutes, Marc Heger just pipping Yousuf Khursheed by a minute and half in the Orange and Eilidh Murray had less than a minute to spare over Emma Amos in the Yellow.

In the Light Green Course, James Purves’ time has been adjusted to reflect the fact that his Start punch didn’t register properly. To make the mathematics simple James we just deducted 828 minutes from your recorded first leg time!]

The full results from today’s event can be found by clicking here

The Club barbecue required a further degree of hardiness from Club Members although there was a cover over the barbecue. Thanks are due to John Tullie for fabricating a cover from black bin bags at short notice. A good deal of food and drink was consumed.

The Autumn Series of events is scheduled to start in September. Further details will appear on the website in due course and we look forward to welcoming more and more orienteers to our events.

British Championships 2014

The British Orienteering Championships were held in north Northumberland and the winner was the glorious weather.

The forest for the individual race on Saturday has been rarely used and provided a very physical challenge to all the runners with most of the area covered in either heather, high bilberries or tree brashings making running very difficult. Roxburgh Reivers still managed to get two people on the podium in the shape of Fiona Forrest on W40 and John Tullie on M55 who were both 3rd in their classes. Pauline McAdam just missed out, finishing 4th on W55.

John Tullie 3rd

John Tullie 3rd

The relay championships provided much more pleasant running conditions among grassed-over mine workings near Otterburn. Kirstin Maxwell had a great run to help her Edinburgh University team to first place on the Women’s Premier class in what was her final run as a student. Roxburgh Reivers had a record six teams competing, including two junior teams. Although none made it onto the podium Elena Heger deserves a mention for having the fastest time on her leg on the mixed under-18 class, and Yousuf Khursheed also ran well for 4th place on his M14 leg.


Edinburgh Uni winning team.

Some photos courtesy of Rainer Heger below:

Next event – Teviothead 7th June

Details of our next event at Teviothead are now via the link to the right hand side.

This is the final local event before the summer break and were having a barbeque afterwards in Teviothead Hall, just across the road.  Everyone welcome but you need to bring your own food.

The hardest course is Light Green+ which is a mixture of Light Green and Green controls.  There will also be a contour-only version of this course for the people wanting an extra challenge.  Ian is running a “contours” coaching session starting at 12 noon which will be helpful for Orange and Light Green+ competitors.

Scottish Champs 2014

One of the highlights of the orienteering season are the Scottish Championships, two days of individual and then relay competitions, this years event being held north Perthshire last weekend.

The individual race took place in glorious sunshine just north of House of Bruar in a mixed area of woodland and open hillside and with Roxburgh Reivers being part of the organising team they had to juggle their runs with operating one of the Starts. The event was also a Scottish Veterans team selection event so competition was tight but Reivers were delighted to get three members on the podium. Fiona Forrest won W40L by over a minute and Lindsey Knox took the W55L Scottish title by slightly under a minute. Rob Cranston finished 3rd overall but 2nd Scot on M45S.

On Sunday the weather had deteriorated to dull with regular heavy downpours so the club were glad of the club shelter for the Relay Championships at Dunkeld. With additional members travelling up from the Borders for the day, there were 3 teams entered including a squad of under-16’s competing in their first orienteering relay event. Whilst not finishing on the podium all the boys did well and gained experience for future runs. Faisal Khursheed in particular had a good run, running an adult course and finishing in 4th position. The club senior team of Pauline McAdam, Lindsey Knox and Ian Maxwell won their handicap age class and were placed 4th overall.

This weekend sees a large number of Reivers doing a raid over the border to Northumberland for the British Championships.

Patrick - 3rd from left in blue top at start of relay race.

Patrick – 3rd from left in blue top at start of relay race.

Lindsey with W55 trophy and "bag" memento

Lindsey with W55 trophy and “bag” memento