Bowmont results

The results from this evenings Sprint and Yellow are HERE

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Sprint. I’ve planned here on several occasions and decided to make the most of Lindsey’s remapping to take you to sites I’ve never used before. Starting on the west side of the road also allowed me to use a bit of forest that hasn’t been used for sprints before. It also lent itself nicely to producing a Yellow course that went through the Sprint area. Seb commented on seeing his dad several times on his way round. The view from the start area was quite spectacular but it was also bitterly cold due to being on the windy side of the forest.

As everyone on the Sprint course was warned I’d made the original course too long. However, some work with tippex, a black and a purple marker seemed to do the trick of removing two controls from the course. What I hadn’t expected was turning up to put out the controls on Wednesday afternoon to find tree-felling machines hard at work in two places right in the middle of my courses. Fortunately, they stopped work by 4.30 and I was able to get into the area and found that my control sites were still intact and able to be used.

Welcome to newcomers Max, Isla and Ian. Max and Isla enjoyed their yellow courses. Max chose to cut through the forest when he could while Isla sensibly stuck to the paths. It looks like we have some future orienteering talent here. Ian came along because he was keen to try orienteering. He was very much thrown in at the deep end with the map, the mystery of pictorial control descriptions and all to be managed while sprinting. I do hope he’ll come back!

Thank you to Lindsey for managing registration and bringing in controls. Thanks also to Rob for collecting controls. Finally, thanks to Catherine. I met her doing some compass work with Barry when I was checking controls sites and she gave me some useful help with control 104 on the yellow course – a future planner?

Next up is The Hirsel on 1 May.


Sprint Series

I’ve produced a double A5 of the sprint series details which can be downloaded HERE.  Feel free to print off and circulate.

The flyer was updated on 23 April to show that Hawick is now on 9 May and Jedburgh is on 29 May (a swap from the first version).

Note that the dates/venues are always subject to change, so make sure you check a few days before each race. 


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


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


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 –

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
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.