Correct choice of footwear was all-important at the Roxburgh Reivers Club Championship meeting last Sunday, as recent snow had melted, then frozen hard, making the tracks and paths of Bowhill Estate into a skating rink.
The going was good under the forest canopy, and Douglas Tullie from Teviothead, caught just the right balance of hill and track, in choosing his route over the demanding terrain. Handicapper Rob Cranston had devised a classic competition, where careful choice of controls and route was more important than overall speed. John Tullie, with the lowest handicap none were off scratch – was closest to son Douglas, but still a few minutes adrift. This was a good start to the season for the young Hawick High School pupil Douglas is already a member of the Scottish Junior O Squad – and augers well for the 2003 Orienteering season about to get under way.
Runners packed in behind the Teviothead duo, with not much separating Darnicks Robin Sloan, Dick Warren from Morebattle, Jim Knox of Hawick and Chris Hall from Eshiels. First lady back was Kirstin Maxwell from Jedburgh just ahead of Hawicks Lindsey Knox.
Full results will be posted on the Results page in the next couple of days