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Bowhill 9th March 2019 – updated with Planner’s Report

Provisional Results from today’s event on Bowhilll are HERE.Thank you to everyone who came along to Bowhill today and encountered four seasons in a day. The hail and snow in the middle of the event was a bit of surprise and caused the non-waterproof maps on the Green course to run a bit.. We also realise there were a few problems with missing kites, which in turn meant that one control unit was placed slightly off position on the small bit of fencing in the hope that it would be more clearly visible. Eb Rooney’s Planner’s Report is now included below.

I have left the results unchanged, but everyone can see their times for all the controls.

There were a few challenges for organisers and competitors today with mislaid rucksacks (containing kites), forgotten Download boxes (delivered by the cavalry just in time for the early Downloads), lost glasses somewhere in the forest and ink running on the extra non-waterproof green maps during the snow.

Despite the weather and the technical issues, there was a lot of positive feedback at the finish and download. We hope to see you all at future Roxburgh Reivers events.

Eb Rooney says: This event was meant to happen last October, but got postponed because of forecast high winds and heavy rain.  This morning it looked like we were in for a bit of a treat, with pleasant spring sunshine and the prospect of some lovely running through the woods.   Then the snow started….

Originally I had planned three courses (Yellow, Orange and Light Green) but with the East of Scotland juniors descending on Bowhill for a training event we decided to add a Green course at the last minute.  This meant more controls than usual, and a slight problem with having enough flags to go round, which we probably could have coped with if I hadn’t left my rucsac halfway up the hill while I was setting up.  The result was that some of the controls had to be placed with no flag and were less than easy to find – particularly in the snow!  Apologies for that.  I also underestimated how many runners might want to do the Green;  I had printed some extra maps on ordinary paper just in case, and we probably would have got away with this if the snow hadn’t started just as the last waterproof map was handed out…

Fortunately for me orienteers are a hardy and forgiving lot, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed their day despite these challenges.  I certainly enjoyed the planning, and seeing so many people having a go.  The addition of the Green gave the opportunity to take runners into areas I’d not used before, and to introduce some options for route choice which generally seemed to work.

Thanks to Robin for help with the planning and course design and for acting as Controller, Duncan for handling registration and download and coping with all the various challenges of the day, Rob for setting up, Ian, James, Robin and Rob for collecting in controls, Lindsey for setting up the laptop, Paul McGreal of Durty Events for the loan of extra controls, and Buccleuch Estates for permission to run the event at Bowhill.  Thanks also to those competitors who stopped to help one of the runners who had lost his glasses at a crucial point in the course – the friendly spirit of orienteering at its best!



Selkirk Hill 16/2/2019

Results from today’s event on Selkirk Hill are HERE.

My first time planning at Selkirk Hill and a few lessons learned. Having misjudged the time to put out controls I ended up rushing and mixing up two of the controls, knowing how confused I get when I end up finding a control I’m not expecting through being in the wrong place I realise being in the correct place and seeing a wrong number would have really thrown people so apologies for that. Being here later in the winter than usual influenced how I set up the course and with the hillside being more open I tucked one or two controls away a bit however what vegetation that was left was sharp and combined with using convenient bushes to attach gripples onto this led to a few bloodied hands at the finish. The Light Green course was possibly a bit too long and all this led to some being out a bit longer than anticipated, fortunately the weather was kind for February and there was even a lack of mud which made for good running. I did use a new start area and a couple of parts of the hill I hadn’t been to before to give a different challenge for those familiar with the area. I also tried to give a bit of route choice into some of the legs which seemed successful.

It was good to see a healthy turnout with not too many maps left over and a couple of less familiar faces so hopefully they will return for future events. Ian Maxwell took the honours on the Light Green course romping round in just under 30 minutes with Paul McGreal and Sam McKinnon not far behind completing the podium. Stuart Haddon was quickest round the Orange course while Cormac Thomas put in a good time on the Yellow course.

Thanks for all the help, Lindsey beforehand and on the day, Rob on the computer and Ian, Kirsten and Eb for helping collect controls in.

Keith (Planner/Organiser)

Club Championships 2019 – Tweedbank

The results of the 2019 Club Championships are below. The Full results including Yellow are HERE

NameCategoryRaceTimeFinalScore 
Ellie Darlow 11W1217:3111
Douglas Henderson 13M6518:5013
Kirstin Maxwell 17W2118:5417
Ian Maxwell 16M5519:0816
Lindsey Knox 13W6019:5013
Eileen Maxwell 13W5520:1413
Paul McGreal 16M4520:1616
Edmund Rooney 15M5521:2215
Ged Smith 11M5521:2211
Catherine Rooney12W5521:4112
Pauline McAdam 13W6021:4213
Bridget Khursheed 11W5022:0111
Mike Johnston 16M4522:2016
Keith Murray 16M5522:3816
Sam McKinnon 16M1822:5416
Kate Darlow 14W4023:0114
Andrew Armstrong 14M6024:1814
Robert Cranston 9M5024:359
Tracey Murray 9W4525:199
Judith Purves 11W4526:4511
James Purves 14M6028:5314
Wils Wilson 11W5029:5111
Fiona Johnston 11W5533:1011
David Patterson 10M5546:43122 extra
Ken Horne 15M5527:55141 short

Boxing Day results

Thanks to James, Judith and Sam for the fun on Boxing Day which consisted of collecting up to 12 controls in 30 mins, each with an image to remember once we were back at the Hall, 10 points for the control, 10 points for the memory bit. Tie-breaks were determined by the time taken for Part 1.

Person Part 1 Part 2 Total  
Kirstin 120 120 240  
Eileen 120 120 240  
Paul 120 110 230  
Eb 120 110 230  
Lindsey 120 110 230  
Andrew 120 90 210  
Bridget 120 80 200  
Fiona 110 90 200  
Team Fergie 77 110 187  
Team Macpherson 76 110 186  
Richard +Sarah 77 90 167  
Anne 75 90 165  
Ian 120 40 160  
Rob 70 80 150  
Cathy 110 10 120  
David 100 10 110  
 
 

Answers for the controls

                                      Control Answer
101 Bauble
102 Xmas tree
103 Present
104 Robins
105 Turkey
106 Stockings
107 Reindeer
108 Star
109 Santa
110 Snowman
111 Crackers
112 Wreath