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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

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

Scottish Score Champs 2018 – Results

The results from Elibank:

Results and splits per course are HERE

Results and splits per class are HERE

Routegadget for Championships courses  HERE

List of Scottish Score Champions HERE

Organiser’s Report:

Thank you to all those who came down to the Borders to support Roxburgh Reivers’ running of the Scottish Score Championships 2019. We were satisfied with the turnout which matched our expectations. I hope you enjoyed your run. Certainly most faces showed a cheery disposition when returning to assembly after running and I am sure Lindsey’s courses gave much pause for thought as to what was your optimum route.

From an organisers point of view a Score event is ideal for this time of year when daylight is short. Dismantling of the event is much easier to plan when you know all competitors should be back within 70 minutes of starting.

Elibank is of course a ‘working’ forest and there is much work being done at the moment. It will be different the next time you run here! RR are thankful to Forest Enterprise and Elibank Estate for permission to hold the event.

As always RR club members gave willing and skilled support in running the event. And at the end of the day there was still a goodly number willing to go back out into the forest and collect in controls. Thank you. Special thanks are due to:-
Lindsey Knox for keeping me right on many aspects of the event organisation as well as the pre-event programming of the SI units;
Controller Ewart Scott for wise guidance and a calm head;
Duncan Shiel for a great shift on the laptop doing registration, download and also producing a comprehensive set of results for the prize-giving;
John Tullie for bringing along his trailer and generator and completing all sorts of trouble-shooting tasks on the day (and still having the energy to have a great run on his course);
And finally to Paul McGreal who led a slick prize-giving and even brought his own PA and a podium, well done to all those who got to step up on to it as Scottish Champions.

Robert Cranston

Planner’s Report:

I’ll start with a couple of apologies and get them out of the way. The bracken was still a bit more lively that I would have liked so earlier starters had a tougher run than later runners in certain areas. Secondly, I hadn’t spotted that Stirling Surveys printed the 60-min descriptions in value order which didn’t match the control number order on your maps. I personally find value order quite annoying,

Elibank was certainly tough but I received many comments from people saying how much they’d enjoyed the course. I had thrown in a few higher pointed controls to tempt people away from a natural circuit and that kept you on your toes.

There’s been much debate about whether we have a Score Championships or not but I think there’s still a place for it. Folk know that they’re only going to be out for a set time, they need to use a different skill set, and with a shorter competitive window controls can be collected before it’s dark (which we just managed on a gloomy day).

Finally, I was very impressed with some of the scores today considering the bracken was still a hindrance in places.  Well done to the 3 people who cleared their courses within the time limit, I honestly didn’t think anyone would manage it !

Lindsey Knox

Selkirk Hill Night 3

The results of this evenings night event are HERE

Series results as follows:

We scored the series on 1 point for winning, 2 for being second etc, so lowest score wins. Must do all three.
Points totals were:
Ian. 5
Barry. 8
Sam. 12
Lindsey. 26
Pauline. 26
Andrew. 26
James. 27
Judith. 38
Bridget. 38
That’s as far as we went, don’t think anyone else did the three events.