Category Archives: Results of RR events

Wilton Park, Hawick, 17 March 2018

Thank you to all who came along to support this event.   A small turnout on a bitterly cold day with the fierce wind made more ferocious by the frequent snow flurries which punctuated the morning & the afternoon. Thankfully the weather relented during the hour of the event and I hope those who came along enjoyed their runs. Orienteering & running events elsewhere reduced the usual number of participants but it was good to see a few new faces taking part. Wilton Lodge Park is not very technically demanding but it offers the opportunity for fast & pleasant running. And a few took the opportunity to try out the new Café facility over the new McLaren Bridge too.

As ever it was a RR team effort;  setting-up, running and then dismantling the event.   First Robin helped place the control flags , Lindsey worked her usual magic on the computer side for entries & results, and finally Robin, Eb & Bridget collected in controls. Thank you. The efficient clearing-up operation allowed me to get down to Mansfield Park in time for the 3pm kick-off (full-time score Hawick 38 Melrose 3). See you at the Summer Sprint Series starting in April.

Results from today are HERE

RR Double Urban Sprint – Results

Thanks to all who took part in The Roxburgh Reivers Double Sprint, we hope you had a great days sport.

Unfortunately we had an issue with the SI-Air that resulted in random controls not working in air mode on the Melrose event. All those who failed to record a punch because of this have been reinstated.

We only found the reason for this 10 minutes prior to the start of the Tweedbank race when Robin worked out that the controls that we had received had been set to a 4 minute run time rather than 4 hours. (A point in the wrong place.) Robin came up with a solution to re-set them and the Planner and myself did a quick Score round all of the controls to ensure that they would work for all other than a few of the very first starters. We apologise for this and hope that it didn’t affect your enjoyment too much.

Ian Maxwell, Organiser

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Planners Comments:

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the event, especially with the forecast this week and it was nice to hear a lot of positive comments. I love sprint orienteering and we don’t often get the chance to race this distance so was keen to plan quality courses for others to enjoy but also provide a great training opportunity for those looking for it. I think a good sprint course includes technical legs, route choice legs and some “get your head down and run” legs so aimed to incorporate all of these.

Planning was challenging, especially Melrose where I had to compromise between a really long walk to the start / taking courses to the best bits but this was made slightly easier when we were able to provide limited parking for those who required it. I was surprised to hear that so many people enjoyed the walk to/from Melrose….perhaps I could have made it longer! It’s really hard not to get carried away when planning as my initial courses were too long but feel I managed to get the winning times almost right in the end. I think we made the right decision holding the junior race 1 around the sports complex, almost all juniors were able to run on their own and from standing at the finish watching, seemed to really enjoy this aspect. This may have been quite straightforward for those more experienced but they were able to race a proper urban sprint in race 2. Tweedbank was slightly easier as the estate areas remain tricky no matter how many times you visit them.

It was difficult not living in the Borders, working full time and training a lot myself but I had a great team of Ian M, Ian P and Robin who all pulled together helping each other out when necessary. Also owe big thanks to my mum Eileen who pre ran and re ran lots of courses for me when I couldn’t get down myself.

It was frustrating that we had some SIAir issues as I know this would be something which would have annoyed me if I was racing. However, this was outwith our control and we did what we could to solve it. I guess there was always going to be something. I think on the whole it was a good day of sprint racing and it was really rewarding watching the race take place after all the hard work. I hope you all enjoyed it too, thank you for coming, especially those of you who travelled a distance – hope you felt it was worth the trip. Thanks again to all the helpers, RR are a small club so many people put in a big shift volunteering. Hope to see you back in the Borders again in the future.

Photos from the two races now on RR Facebook Open pages, see here

Kirstin Maxwell

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Results are HERE

Routegadget  HERE   (note that there are separate files for Melrose courses 1-6 and Melrose course 7.

Winsplits:    Melrose   Tweedbank 

BOF results:   Melrose       Tweedbank

UKUL points HERE

SOUL points HERE

Lost Property: 1 pair small black Decathlon trousers,1 pair black Ron Hill gloves, 1 Scottish Champs 2012 buff.  Email Ian Maxwell to claim – Ian.C.Maxwell@btinternet.com

Bowmont, Club Champs 2018 and Score/ Yellow

The full results of today’s event at Bowmont are HERE and the Club Championships, taking into account the handicap, are below.  The big turnout was good to see, and I hope you all enjoyed your runs. Well done to Ellie on taking the trophy, and also well done to Catherine who just missed out on a podium place by 1 second.  I think this was both girls first score-type event and they fared better than some adults, but no names mentioned !

The forest is undergoing a large thinning programme and will only get better with age.  The older ones among you will already see an improvement on previous years.

Lindsey (Organiser/Planner)

PositionName and target scoreCategoryActual ScoreCourse
RaceTime 
1Ellie Darlow 10W1210Champs00:25:54
2John Tullie 17M6017Champs00:27:57
3Ian Maxwell 17M5517Champs00:29:25
4Catherine Baker 10W1410Champs00:29:26
5Rachel Sullivan 16W4016Champs00:30:51
6Keith Murray 16M5516Champs00:31:13
7Judith Purves 11W4511Champs00:31:54
8Sam McKinnon 16M1816Champs00:32:00
9Kirstin Maxwell 18W2118Champs00:33:22
10Susan Shiell 9W659Champs00:33:42
11Lynne Bogle 12W5012Champs00:34:07
12Robin Sloan 15M7015Champs00:35:08
13Duncan Shiell 11M7011Champs00:35:15
14Barry Veitch 16M4516Champs00:35:17
15Paul McGreal 16M4516Champs00:36:20
16Eileen Maxwell 14W5514Champs00:36:33
17Cathy Rooney 12W5512Champs00:36:53
18Robert Cranston 15M5015Champs00:37:03
19Kate Grimsditch 10W4010Champs00:38:31
20Eb Rooney 16M5516Champs00:38:34
21Fiona Johnston 11W5511Champs00:42:44
22James Purves 15M6015Champs00:50:08
23Mike Johnston 16M4516Champs00:50:30
dnfTim Darlow 16M4015Champs00:33:531 short
dnfGed Smith 12M557Champs01:10:53A few short

Vertish Hill, Hawick (and Christmas meal)

The results from todays event at the Vertish Hill in Hawick are HERE

A slightly lower turnout for this year’s December event on the Vertish Hill in Hawick but thanks to all who came along and I hope you enjoyed it. The frosty conditions over the previous week meant the ground was pretty hard and the overnight rain probably made things slippier but thankfully no casualties were reported for all our new first aiders.

While not the most technical area there is lots of good running over the fairways and I tried to get a bit of route choice into the legs so it was encouraging to see the first three starters on Light Green all heading in different directions. Don’t know which routes Ian Maxwell took but he emerged a clear winner in a time of 24:12, with John Tullie and new member Rachel Sullivan completing the podium. Kate Grimsditch was fastest round the Orange course.

Thanks to Lindsey for all her help with the map, putting out controls, registration and results and also to Ian, John, Rob, Robin, James, Eileen and Kate for getting the controls in. Finally, many thanks to Nick and Jackie at Hawick Golf Club for use of the course and putting on an excellent meal for our Christmas dinner.

Keith

Selkirk Hill Night-o 29/11/17

Results of this evenings event at Selkirk Hill are HERE

Many thanks everyone for your support of our trial mini-series of Night-O events – an impressive turnout of club members on all three nights, which very definitely made it all worthwhile. I gather there hadn’t been much RR Night-O activity for a while – I’ve always loved night navigation and the slightly different skills that are required, so was happy (with Robin) to have a crack at changing  that. 

Hopefully we got the technical level about right (seems that way on the basis of the very low DNF rate?), that it was enjoyable, and we used some areas that have become familiar in a different way.

At Bowhill I was aiming for a fairly gentle introduction – always a path option (sometimes more than 1), but not necessarily the quickest choice, and tried to tempt you into considering ‘straight-lining’ some controls. I also was hoping to test your compass and pacing skills 😊. It was amazing how an area that I’ve been round many times took on a new dimension in the dark, and that relocation once map contact had been lost was pretty tricky (all those path junctions to choose from!).

Selkirk Hill was an attempt to step things up a notch in technical terms – I make no apologies for taking you through the lumpy bit twice!. Counting path junctions and pacing were critical I imagine, and I suspect taking it slowly and carefully may have actually been quicker?. It seems that the leg 8-9 created a few issues though, with some ending up on the wrong side of the old curling pond and pretty much off the map and on the golf course!.

 I hope everyone enjoyed the chance of a bit of local Night-O. Shall we do it again next year?.

Cheers

Paul McGreal

Gala Policies Night-o 22/11/17

Results from this evenings night-o in Gala Policies are HERE.

Thanks to Robin for the nice new map and for the planning/organising.

Organiser’s Report:

Thanks to all those who came to the Gala Policies Night Event, you made the mapper/organiser’s efforts worthwhile. It must have been tempting just to draw the curtains on the rain and spend the evening with a good book – but although it was wet, fortunately wasn’t too cold. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the course on a ‘new’ area. Rob reckoned it’s 23 years since Gala Policies were last used for orienteering, that event being spoiled by vandalism in the days before gripples.

Well done John for the fastest time, with Barry and Mike not far behind – they’ve clearly got night orienteering sussed! But everyone deserves credit for braving the elements and finishing the course. Thanks to Paul for help and equipment, to Pauline, John and Rob for bringing in controls, and to Lindsey for sorting the computing glitch.

See you at Selkirk Hill for the third night event next week!

Robin