Hirsel Sprint Results – including League Table

This is just a short post to show the results. More material will follow later along with the up-to-date League Table after two events.

The full results are HERE

The League table after two events is shown below:

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The table will change next week as Ian is organising and we will move onto three counting events. Until we get to week 5, the table is based on the sum of all your ,points so far. From week 5 onwards we will just take your best four scores.

The next event is in the urban environment of Jedburgh next Wednesday with the first start at 6pm. More details are elsewhere on the website.

World Champion for RR

Robin Sloan is the new M70 World Champion after a thrilling Long Distance Race in a damp Woodhill Forest, near Auckland.  After two qualifying races Robin was seeded 8th in the final and managed to keep his head while the 7 seeded above him lost their’s.  Robin took the lead towards the end of the course and finished 10 seconds in front of the silver medalist. The result made up for a slightly disappointing Sprint Final when he missed a medal by a mere 3 seconds.  Well done Robin. The photo below is of the three GB medalists – David May M70 Silver, Robin, Nick Barrable M40 Silver.

Of the other 3 Reivers ?   All 3 were reasonably happy with their Sprint races before things got much more tricky in the forested sandunes of the long distance races.  Douglas didn’t travel to the Final due to a very sore back, Rob got his monies worth in the tricky terrain, and Lindsey managed to qualify for the A Final despite a turned ankle but an upset stomach in the Final scuppered her run. 

The whole World Masters experience was great (despite the problems mentioned above).  Douglas organised a group meal one night which involved a ferry across Auckland Bay.  The sprint qualification race was extremely tricky, the sprint final was less tricky until a sting in the tail on different levels, all three long races were in lovely undulating and runnable woodland – the danger was running too fast.  We all had different goals and in the main we weren’t too far off those.  After a week of glorious sunny weather we were unfortunate to have rain for the Final day.

Copenhagen in July 2018 !



Bowmont Sprint Results

Congratulations to everyone who ran at Bowmont yesterday evening in ther first Sprint of the 2017 Wednesday evening.

Thanks to Pauline for planning interesting and challenging courses.

The full results are HERE

The next event is in the rhododendrons of The Hirsel next Wednesday with the first start at 6pm. More details are elsewhere on the website.

After one race the Series positions look like this:

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Eildons SoSOL – results


Provisional results are HERE

Winsplits are HERE

Routegadget is HERE

Photos below

Lost property:   A pair of white Pringle socks were found at the event. Claim from John Tullie:   johntullie@btconnect.com

Planner’s Report:

A couple of key decisions drove most of the rest of the course planning (a) I wanted to use some different parts of the hill, and have a start/finish/parking area that was weather resilient (not that we needed it today!), (b) I wanted everyone to have an ‘open hill’ experience as well as legs in the forest (which has got more pleasant in recent years), and (c) it’s not an especially technical area, so I tried to force route choice decisions.

The resulted in the ‘right across the map’ leg that was on Blue and Brown (post-race, no two people told me they’d gone the same way!), and ‘over-or-round’ options for most other courses. In hindsight, I’m not sure that was a good idea for Short Green – sorry. I also know that many of you found it pretty physical – the gorse and heather are on the march on Eildon due to lack of grazing.

I hope you enjoyed the challenge, hilltop views, and the sunshine we laid on for you.

Paul McGreal RR

Lanton Event – 18th February

Well done to everyone who braved the heavy terrain of Lanton today.

The full results are HERE

It was good to see a new face from the Borders [Kate Grimsditch representing Jed Joggers] as well as a Catherine Maccoll visiting from Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club. It was also good to see a number of families. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Lanton can be tough underfoot and the rain of the past few days contributed to some serious mud in a n umber of places. I planned the longer courses to try to give you a a number of legs where there was a choice of going straight through the woods or taking a longer route round [muddy] paths, rides and tracks. Few controls were very far from a clear attack point off a path or track but holding a bearing through some bits of broken terrain or dense woodland may have been a problem today.

The Yellow Course was designed to let you see a bit more of wooded areas rather than just forest roads.

Thanks for helping us out by parking sensibly. Lanton is not ideal for parking. I know some of the Reivers who participated in Ian Maxwell’s training session beforehand parked quite a distance away and then had an intensive training session before walking to the start. I suspect one or two of you were glad to get to rest this evening.

Thanks to Robin Sloan for acting as Controller of the event and to Robin, John Tullie, Ian Maxwell, Keith Murray, James Purves and Sam McKinnon for bringing in the Controls. Robin and my wife, Susan, also helped me put out the controls.

Roxburgh Reivers next event is the South of Scotland Orienteering League on the Eildon Hills on Sunday 26th March. Full details elsewhere on this website. Entries through OEntries please.

You are also invited to take part in Roxburgh Reivers Sprint Series on Wednesday evenings from 26th April to 31st May inclusive at Bowmont, The Hirsel, Jedburgh [Urban NOT Lanton], Selkirk Hill, Melrose [Urban] and Hawick. More details will appear on the website soon. Four races to count and courses will be of Orange standard with Yellow also at some venues. Seniors £15 for the whole series, £3 pay as you go, Juniors £7.50 and £1.50.

Duncan Shiell [Planner and Organiser]

The Hirsel – Planner’s Report

I do hope everyone enjoyed a crisp, winter run in the Dunglass Wood area of The Hirsel today. Quite a contrast from Dundock Wood and the rhodies everywhere. The weather was certainly very kind to us.

I enjoyed planning this handicap score event very much – it’s quite different from all other events including ordinary score events. The secret I think is to make you really think about which controls you want to leave out and it was good to talk to some of you afterwards and hear that you changed your minds about which ones to go for and which to leave out on more than one occasion on your way round.  It’s not about legs as such but it’s certainly about route choice.  It’s also important to use the handicap system to try to equalise times across competitors of all ages and abilities and I think I’ve done a fair job on that judging by the overall results although John Tullie’s winning margin was impressive.

Andrew Armstrong, Planner

The full results are HERE but the adjusted results for the Championships (and guests) are below.  These full results list by number of points scored so don’t mean an awful lot but let you see the order people did their course in.  Apologies to Keith for announcing at the AGM that he was 3rd, my mistake.  


1John Tullie 16M6000:34:4716
2Ian Maxwell 16M5500:39:2616
3Robin Sloan 14M7000:39:4614
4Robert Cranston 14M5000:39:4914
5Pauline McAdam 13W6000:40:3613
6Eb Rooney 15M5500:40:4715
7Sam McKinnon 13M1600:42:4313
8Cathy Rooney 12W5500:43:4312
9Keith Murray 16M5000:44:1016
10Paul McGreal 16M4500:44:5216
11Lynne Bogle 12W5000:46:2212
12Mike Johnston 14M4500:46:4414
13Duncan Shiell 12M6500:46:5212
14Marc Heger 15M1800:48:2216
15Calum Murray 14M1800:49:5114
16James Purves 14M6000:51:0514
17Susan Shiell 10W6500:51:5410
18Paul Morris 1300:52:2612
19Bridget Khursheed 12W5000:55:2712
20Judith Purves 12W4500:56:2012
21Fiona Johnston 12W5500:57:5912
22Rainer Heger 13M5001:04:2413
23Kerem & Jenna 10M2101:05:4912
24David Patterson 11M5001:12:1312