The British Orienteering Championships were held in north Northumberland and the winner was the glorious weather.
The forest for the individual race on Saturday has been rarely used and provided a very physical challenge to all the runners with most of the area covered in either heather, high bilberries or tree brashings making running very difficult. Roxburgh Reivers still managed to get two people on the podium in the shape of Fiona Forrest on W40 and John Tullie on M55 who were both 3rd in their classes. Pauline McAdam just missed out, finishing 4th on W55.
The relay championships provided much more pleasant running conditions among grassed-over mine workings near Otterburn. Kirstin Maxwell had a great run to help her Edinburgh University team to first place on the Women’s Premier class in what was her final run as a student. Roxburgh Reivers had a record six teams competing, including two junior teams. Although none made it onto the podium Elena Heger deserves a mention for having the fastest time on her leg on the mixed under-18 class, and Yousuf Khursheed also ran well for 4th place on his M14 leg.
Some photos courtesy of Rainer Heger below: