British Champs and SoSOL9

Roxburgh Reivers were well represented at the British Orienteering Championships near Midhurst In West Sussex last Saturday with several club members putting in excellent performances over very wet and physical courses.

Douglas Tullie dropped in on his way back from competing in the Spring Cup in Denmark to finish a superb 2nd in the M18 race, only 33 seconds behind the winner and Ian Maxwell achieved his best result to date finishing 3rd in the M45S race behind two former GB internationals.

James Tullie finished in 5th place in a very competitive M20E class with Kirstin Maxwell and Sarah Tullie placed 9th and 12th respectively in the W14 race. Andrew Tullie finished 24th on M18L , John Tullie was 20th on M45L and Douglas Henderson was 72nd on M55L

Kirstin and Ian along with several other Scots competitors made the long journey back up on the Saturday evening to compete in the final SoSOL of the season at Devilla the following morning. The forest is being clear felled and thinned, and this combination with the normal long heather meant the courses were quite physical. 

Best performances from the Reivers came from Robin Sloan who finished 2nd on the Blue course and Kirstin Maxwell who was 6th on Green.  Winning the overall league titles are Karen Maxwell and Kirstin Maxwell, a tremendous achievement by both athletes and a good result for the club with two class winners from the seven available. KFO had a frustrating day – their generator broke down so the SI system couldn’t function and everyone had to make up their own control card using a quarter page A4.  And one control apparently went walkies.