Selkirk Hill Night-o 29/11/17

Results of this evenings event at Selkirk Hill are HERE

Many thanks everyone for your support of our trial mini-series of Night-O events – an impressive turnout of club members on all three nights, which very definitely made it all worthwhile. I gather there hadn’t been much RR Night-O activity for a while – I’ve always loved night navigation and the slightly different skills that are required, so was happy (with Robin) to have a crack at changing  that. 

Hopefully we got the technical level about right (seems that way on the basis of the very low DNF rate?), that it was enjoyable, and we used some areas that have become familiar in a different way.

At Bowhill I was aiming for a fairly gentle introduction – always a path option (sometimes more than 1), but not necessarily the quickest choice, and tried to tempt you into considering ‘straight-lining’ some controls. I also was hoping to test your compass and pacing skills 😊. It was amazing how an area that I’ve been round many times took on a new dimension in the dark, and that relocation once map contact had been lost was pretty tricky (all those path junctions to choose from!).

Selkirk Hill was an attempt to step things up a notch in technical terms – I make no apologies for taking you through the lumpy bit twice!. Counting path junctions and pacing were critical I imagine, and I suspect taking it slowly and carefully may have actually been quicker?. It seems that the leg 8-9 created a few issues though, with some ending up on the wrong side of the old curling pond and pretty much off the map and on the golf course!.

 I hope everyone enjoyed the chance of a bit of local Night-O. Shall we do it again next year?.


Paul McGreal

Gala Policies Night-o 22/11/17

Results from this evenings night-o in Gala Policies are HERE.

Thanks to Robin for the nice new map and for the planning/organising.

Organiser’s Report:

Thanks to all those who came to the Gala Policies Night Event, you made the mapper/organiser’s efforts worthwhile. It must have been tempting just to draw the curtains on the rain and spend the evening with a good book – but although it was wet, fortunately wasn’t too cold. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the course on a ‘new’ area. Rob reckoned it’s 23 years since Gala Policies were last used for orienteering, that event being spoiled by vandalism in the days before gripples.

Well done John for the fastest time, with Barry and Mike not far behind – they’ve clearly got night orienteering sussed! But everyone deserves credit for braving the elements and finishing the course. Thanks to Paul for help and equipment, to Pauline, John and Rob for bringing in controls, and to Lindsey for sorting the computing glitch.

See you at Selkirk Hill for the third night event next week!


Selkirk Hill 18/11/17 results

The results from todays event at Selkirk Hill are HERE

Organiser’s / Planner’s report – Selkirk Hill, 18 November 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along to Selkirk Hill this weekend for the third event in our Autumn Series. It was good to see so many runners and especially families on such a cold day. I hope you all enjoyed your runs.

Robin had warned me early on that the map might need some revision, so my first few planning visits were spent checking paths and vegetation and noting the changes. The vegetation in particular turned out to be something of a moving target, as the hill management committee and local residents have been doing some impressive clearance work on the gorse and bramble which has been steadily taking over the hill.

The main challenge in planning the Yellow course was the profusion of paths, which required careful siting of controls to avoid having too many decision points close together. For Orange, I tried to give an element of route choice as well as the opportunity to go ‘off piste’ occasionally. I struggled a little with the Light Green course as it seemed difficult to find new challenges in such a small and (for many) such a familiar area, so I was pleased to see that control 102 – which had to be visited twice, from different directions – managed to get a few people scratching their heads on both visits.

Thanks to Robin as Controller for very welcome advice on course planning, and for updating the map in a number of areas, Rob for help with setting out the courses, Lindsey for programming the electronics and running registration/download, Cathy for manning the start/finish area, and Judith, Sam, Lindsey, Cathy and (glutton for punishment!) Rob again for bringing in the controls.


Bowhill 21/10/17 results

Results from todays event at Bowhill are HERE

I do hope that everyone enjoyed their runs.

When planning the courses it was clear that it is probably time to re-survey quite a bit of the area – vegetation in particular has changed somewhat with various areas much more runnable than indicated and in others rhododendron thickets are completely unmarked. For the most part I chose to avoid areas where this was the case. You’ll perhaps be relieved to know that I ditched my original plan to do something different from normal and take you up the steep hill to the north of Bowhill House. I did at least position controls 9 and 10 on the Light Green course in a small area that I’m not aware we’ve used for this kind of event.

I’d like to thank Bowhill Ranger Rory Powell for permission to run the event, and to Rob in particular for his help in putting out some controls before the 1pm rush.

Andrew (Planner/Organiser)

RR Club Coaching weekend

Club Coaching Weekend:

Self-catering accommodation is now booked for the coaching weekend on 24th & 25th November at Lagganlia in Speyside.

Cost for accommodation and maps will be around £40 each for club members as Roxburgh Reivers will be subsidising this.  Food and transport are not included.  Please now confirm to myself if you are going to attend the complete weekend or part and if you want to stay at Lagganlia. (numbers are limited)

The theme of the weekend will be “Back to basics” with sessions as follows.
Saturday: Contour interpretation, Orienteering race, Short physical session, indoor discussion on physical training for orienteering.
Sunday: Compass and pacing, fun sprint race.

All sessions will have exercises suitable for all levels of ability and experienced orienteers are welcome to just take a map and do their own thing.

Ian Maxwell

email:  Ian.C.Maxwell  “AT”