Sprint Series 1 (of 6) will be at Bowmont Forest, near Kelso. NT732284
Parking: From Bowmont Sawmill (shown as Mill on the map), follow the narrow road south-east until you see the car parking area on your left. HERE
Starts from 6pm – 6:30pm.
One sprint course of about Orange standard, plus a Yellow.
Entry fees: Club members – Seniors £15 for the whole series, £3 Pay As You Go; Juniors £7.50 and £1.50. Non-members £18 for series, £3.50 PAYG, Juniors £9 for series and £2 PAYG.
Parking drive past sawmill to our usual dog walkers’ car park.
Scoring: 6 events, with best 4 scores counting in the series. The winner of each race will get 30 points, 29 for 2nd and so on. (If there are more than 30 people everyone below 30th place will receive 1 point).
Terrain: Woodland. Full leg cover required.
Permission awaited but hopefully….
Sprint Series 2 will be at Dundock Woods, The Hirsel, Coldstream NT819398
Parking is in the small car park at Dundock Wood, just off the A697 (same as the car parking in 2017 if you were there). HERE
One sprint course for all of Orange standard, plus Yellow.
Woodland terrain, full leg cover required, no shorts.
Sprint Series 3 will be in Hawick on a new Heronhill map, land use courtesy of John Tullie and his neighbour.
The map is at a scale of 1:4000 with 2m contours. Fast open sheep and cattle-grazed fields with a bit of contour detail.
Courses: Sprint race plus Yellow.
Parking/Registration: In a field on the south side of the minor road which runs between Deanbrae and Hawick at map reference NT 518147. The easiest route is from the Hawick-Jedburgh road at the eastern edge of Hawick take the A6088 (near the Emtelle factory, signposted Bonchester Bridge) to the Deanbrae War Memorial junction 1.3km. Turn right (southwest) at the memorial and then right again after 250 metres. Continue up the hill for about 1km and you’ll see parking on the left.
See map HERE
Clothing etc: Shorts will be fine. Shoes with some grip would be best.
If you get lost on the way, phone me 07944 818797
Sprint Series No 4 will be at Gordon Community Woodland
Sprint race plus a Yellow course
Parking will not be at the usual car park, but at the southerly one beside the Gordon to Greenlaw road A6105, about 1 mile east of Gordon village. This is quite a fast stretch of road, so take care when approaching.
Only part of the map will be used, and this is enlarged from the usual 1:7500 to a scale of 1:5000. Much of the woodland is mapped as ‘slow run’, with heather mixed with the trees in some areas.
The courses go near to the Eden Water, and if the weather has been wet, please take care near the watercourse, and advise juniors also to be careful. Neither the Sprint nor the Yellow course crosses the Eden.
Sprint Series 5 will be at Gala Policies.
Sprint race plus a Yellow.
Parking near Gala Swimming Pool, or Balmoral Avenue.
Map scale is 1:5000. The Policies are usually quite runnable, but the undergrowth is suddenly shooting up, so take care and wear good leg protection. You are likely to meet many dog walkers, so please treat them with mutual respect.
The Finish is near a pond, and young participants should be reminded to keep well clear of the water. Also, as the area is very close to the town, there may be broken glass and debris – so again please take care.
Otherwise, Gala Policies is an interesting small area with a good network of paths and is well contained between the Housing, open fields and Gala Academy.