Results from todays event are HERE
It was good to see a healthy turnout at our December event on the Vertish Hill, not quite as high as recent local events but at this time of year that’s probably to be expected. Thanks to all who came along and I hope you enjoyed it, the weather was certainly kinder than last year.
This was my first attempt at planning and I really enjoyed the experience, possibly helped by being on an area I knew well from my days attempting to play golf and spraying balls all around the course, however I still managed to find some spots I’d never been before. It was certainly made more enjoyable by all the help and advice I received from Lindsey throughout the process for which I am very grateful. As well as mentoring me Lindsey also acted as controller, helped put out controls and did the registration and results, Rob helped set up beforehand and also got controls in along with John, Paul, Robin, James and Sam. Many thanks to you all.
The yellow course had given me problems with the lack of a path network but both Ellie and Seb Darlow seemed to make light work of it with Ellie romping round in first place with an impressive time of 12:10. I was spoilt for choice when making up the Score course and it was good to see a wide variety of routes taken with the first four all starting with a different control. John Tullie emerged a clear winner being the only person to get all the controls with nearly five minutes to spare.
Finally, thanks to Hawick Golf Club for closing off their course for our use and putting on an excellent meal for our Christmas dinner.
Keith Murray, Planner/Organiser
About 30 people braved the wet weather for a rather splashy run round the park where Calum Murray won the lavish prize for fastest to find 5 controls, some of which had had to be moved to avoid the floods waters. We then enjoyed a buffet feast safe in the knowledge that we’d earned it !
The next club event returns to a normal format with the club championships at Tweedbank on 16 January 2016.
We were disappointed to have to postpone the Traquair event but we’re planning on rescheduling it in the spring as part of our Sprint Series of which we’ll publish details once all the permissions are in place.
The Christmas Dinner did go ahead though, and we enjoyed an excellent meal in good company.
Monday 16 March 2015
at the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Base (next to the Argus Centre), Selkirk
An Evening with Paul McGreal
The athlete, organiser and all-round top bloke will give a talk on some of his recent and forthcoming projects and events.
As well as being an orienteer and a member of Roxburgh Reivers, Paul has been involved as a competitor and organiser in a range of sports including triathlon, duathlon, adventure racing, hill-running, mountain marathons, mountain-biking, hashing, hockey and shinty. Paul is well known for his organisation of acclaimed adventure races and triathlons. He is organiser of the World Orienteering Championship 2015 to be held in the Highlands this summer. In addition Paul is a member of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and has made a number of appearances on the BBCs Adventure Show. An informative and entertaining evening is promised.
Tea, Coffee and Juice will be available. Please bring snacks to share.
Fee: There is no charge for this event but donations to Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue are welcomed.
Ian Maxwell organised an enjoyable technique training exercise based in the Sports Hall at Jedburgh Grammar School. The session focused on map orientation, a core technique in orienteering. A course laid out on a grid gave everyone a chance to practice this skill in a semi-competitive way. Afterwards we retired upstairs for tea, coffee, juice and some rather nice mince pies (thank you Pauline). ‘Results’ to follow………………………..
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.