The second round of this year’s Scottish Orienteering League took place at The Trossachs near Aberfoyle on Sunday (April 7 2002). Hosted by Forth Valley Orienteers, this event was also a round of the elite UK Cup competition and a World Ranking event. As such, the terrain was of the highest quality, being a mixture of natural woodland and technical open.
However, the steep and complex terrain made for some long times and a physical course, even though courses were shorter than usual. Despite this, Roxburgh Reivers recorded some good results with Robin Sloan (Melrose) coming in second on M55L, two and a half minutes behind the winner Phil Smithard of KFO. The youngest Roxburgh Reiver, Sarah Tullie from Teviothead, also had a great day, winnning W10 and taking maximum points.
On Course 4, Martin Sloan (M21S), finished in fifth place. however fellow Reiver Douglas Henderson (M50L) from Riding Mill never fully recovered from a mistake on his way to the second control and was several minutes behind.
Unfortunately, Douglas Tullie was unable to match his excellent 4th place at last weekend’s two-day Jan Kjellstrom International competition but brothers Andrew (M14A) and James (M16A) had respectible runs, both finishing in the top ten.
Full results are available from the Forth Valley Orienteers Website. The next SOL is hosted by Maroc and takes place at Sluie near Aboyne in Deeside on April 21.