Lanton Results and Report

Results are HERE

Thank you to all of you participated in Saturday’s event at Lanton. Given the other sporting events in the Borders and on the Television on Saturday it was encouraging to see 25 groups or individuals out in the Forest.
Car Parking is a bit of a problem at Lanton. The ability to use Monklaw Farm helped in the choice of registration and start area. The narrow strip of woods near the Start is not an area that Roxburgh Reivers use very often, but it does have quite a lot of contour detail which can be used for Controls.
The Yellow Course was constrained to follow the paths in a circular fashion. Sorry about the mud, especially the bit on the main track between 5 and 6.
All the courses were very competitive with not much time between the first three competitors on each of Yellow, Orange+ and Light Green. If you look at the detailed splits elsewhere on the site, you can see the lead changing hand a few times.
Congratulations to the the winners – Amjad Khursheed on Light Green, Sam McKinnon on the Orange+ and Calum, Sam and Finlay the group of young lads from Gala Harriers on the Yellow course.
The map of Lanton still needs a bit of work done on it, but at the right time of year, Lanton provides a good orienteering challenge. Early April is a good time, so hopefully we may have another event here next year.
I was a bit unsure of the position of Control 3 on the Light Green course, but it doesn’t seem to have held anybody up. I should probably have put in on the stream junction to the West used as a control on the Orange+ course.
The new extraction track in the hatched area near Control 5 on the Light Green course seems to have caused a bit of trouble, but I felt the catching ride/track approximately NE/SW to the West of the control would be helpful in relocation. The area around Timpendean Tower is quite intricate in terms of contour detail and I was quite keen to use it. I realise that the legs in and out of the Tower field were going to favour the fast runners, but the choice of across or round was quite useful.
The next Roxburgh Reivers event will be in Bowmont Forest near Kelso at 1pm on Saturday 10th May. We hope to see you all again then.

Recent events

Competing for Great Britain at the recent Mediterranean Orienteering Championships in Portugal Doug Tullie had an excellent few days amongst the worlds elite orienteers.  Doug took an unexpected 7th place in the Sprint Final, which isn’t his favourite distance, but then surpassed himself with 3rd place in the 15km Long Final.  Doug is now working in Sweden and training with a large orienteering club there.

On the domestic scene the club were in Livingston at the weekend for a double-header.

On Saturday competitors navigated the intricate streets and alleyways of the town in search of both UK Urban League and Scottish Urban League points.Best result of the day went to Robin Sloan, an easy winner of the M65+ class.  Lindsey Knox finished 2nd on the W55 class and Eileen Maxwell was 3rd on W40+.  Karen Maxwell took 4th place in the highly competitive Women’s Open.

On Sunday runners were in more traditional woodland with a South of Scotland event at nearby Deans and Dechmont Law. Despite the steady drizzle competitors enjoyed their runs. Fiona Forrest finished top woman on the Blue course, Pauline McAdam 1st W55 on Green, Eileen Maxwell 1st W50 on Blue, Patrick Heger 3rd on Short Green and Marc Heger 4th on Orange.

Selkirk Hill 1/3/14

Results are HERE

Thanks to Ian for another entertaining afternoon out, despite all your reservations you all seemed to have enjoyed the challenge.  The Yellow course comprised a short Yellow and then a short Yellow+.  Other courses were micr-o with no control codes on the map and 1 minute penalty for each wrong punch.

Overall Results Micro-O

1st    Faisal Khursdeed       51.42
2nd   Amjad Khursheed       57.07
3rd    Eb Rooney                62.03
4th    James Purves            62.35
5th    Patrick Squire            64.41
6th    Marc Heger                66.16
7th    Duncan Sheil             68.34
8th    Rainer Heger              79.13
9th    Fiona Johnston           80.17
10th  Judith Pate                 98.23
11th  Mhorag Heger            102.59
12th  Sam McKinnon          104.59

Well done to the 12 competitors who completed all 3 courses especially those who would normally have ran an Orange course. (this was a big step up)

Fiona was the only person to make no mistakes on all 3 courses, Lindsey managed 2 wins and no mistakes out of 2 courses but Faisal was a worthy winner with easily the fastest time and only 1 wrong control (although he did get 2 penalties for missing out controls 13 & 14 on course 3).

Here’s a spreadsheet of the penalties picked up per course.

I promise normal type courses for Bowhill on 29 March.

Celebration of Sport

We’re delighted to one of the finalists in the Club of the Year category at this years Celebration of Sport.  John and Robin are representing us at The Cardrona Hotel on Friday for the dinner and awards presentation.  Fingers crossed !

Update:  sadly we didn’t win but congratulations to Peebles Cycling Club who are so successful they have a waiting list for members. Luckily we have no restrictions on numbers so there’s no danger of us every having a waiting list.