Juniors lead the way at ESOA Championships

Roxburgh Reivers’ juniors led the way at Sunday’s East of Scotland Championships held by Tay Orienteers at Mill of Fortune near Comrie in Perthshire, winnning five trophies between them. A large turn out of over 160 competitiors and some suprisingly mild Autumn weather helped make for an excellent event, despite being run on the same day as the Veteran Home Internationals (see below).

On the Yellow Course, Kirsten Maxwell finished in a well deserved fourth place, taking the W10 age class trophy. Similar success was also bestowed on the Tullie family with Sarah Tullie winning W12 after a tough Orange course and brothers Andrew, Douglas and James winning M14, M16 and M20 respectively. These results were particularly impressive considering that Douglas also won the Blue course in a time of 50 minutes for the 5.4km course and James ran up a class, finishing fifth on the 7.5km Brown course against some experienced opposition. Not to be outdone, Kirsten’s younger sister Karen also won the White course, but unfortunately was too young to qualify for a trophy.

Other results for the event, which was also the first of this year’s East of Scotland Orienteering League events (ESOL), included Martin Sloan who finished 23rd on the Blue course, just pipping fellow club member Lindsey Knox, who finished 24th, with Bill Bruce coming in 27th.

For full results see the Tayside Orienteers Web site. The next ESOL takes place this weekend (6 October) at Sherrifmuir and Dumyat near Stirling. More details are available from the ESOA Web site.

Despite Roxburgh Reivers’ John Tullie coming second in M45L, finishing a couple of minutes down on Forth Valley Orienteers’ Martin Dean, Scotland yet again came second to England during the Veteran Home Internationals held at Mynydd Llangatwg in Powys, South Wales.

Finally, in more International news, Roxburgh Reivers will be respresented by three club members in the forthcoming Junior Home Internationals next weekend, with Andrew, Douglas and James Tullie all selected for the squad.