Scottish Score Championships and SOL 5

Over 200 hardy orienteers braved the wet and windy weather at Loch Doon in Ayrshire on Saturday to compete in the combined Scottish Score and Inter-Club Championships on moorland next to Loch Doon. In the Scottish Score event the younger members had the best runs with Kirstin and Karen Maxwell from Jedburgh both winning their age classes. And, proving that quality is better than quantity, Roxburgh Reivers finished 2nd in the Inter-Club competition despite only having 5 runners.

On Sunday the weather had improved for the 5th Scottish League competition. Karen Maxwell showed the rest a clean pair of heels winning W10 and in doing so wrapped up the title for 2005 having amassed the maximum 4000 points. Kirstin Maxwell couldnÂ’t quite repeat her Saturday result but finished a creditable 4th, not far behind the winner, while her mum Eileen had a good result in finishing 2nd. Ian Maxwell had a blistering run over the tough terrain to win M45S easily but only after a nail-biting wait for his main rival to finish.

TeviotheadÂ’s Douglas Tullie seems to have recovered from a recent injury with a good win in M18 and John Tullie was narrowly defeated by seconds on M45L despite his skill at finding buggy tracks over the rough ground. Lindsey Knox from Hawick had a good run to win W45L with a comfortable cushion of 8 minutes over her main opposition for the 2005 league title.