Douglas navigates his way to top spot in British orienteering

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Douglas Tullie is officially King of the Forest after winning the Men’s Elite course at the British Orienteering Championships held at Wharncliffe Wood near Sheffield on Saturday.

At this level of competition the medals are usually won by seconds but Douglas’s winning margin for the nine-mile race was an incredible two minutes.

He said: “It was a tough race in a tough Sheffield forest but I was running well and didn’t lose any time through navigational errors which I think was the key.

“It was a great feeling to cross the line and hear the commentator announce I had a clear lead, better than I expected so I was ecstatic and so was my dad who was at the race too.

“It is ‘the’ trophy to win in British Orienteering, with a lot of past legends of the sport having won it so it is a bit special to have my name on it alongside them.”

The 23-year-old Edinburgh University student is hoping the win will help secure his place in the 2011 British Team for the World Championships.

Due to injury and exams only four other Roxburgh Reivers made the trip south.

John Tullie was pleased with his seventh place in M50 despite not having run for several weeks due to lambing on his farm, but he was even more pleased to see his son lift the most prized title in British Orienteering.

Barry Veitch had a good run at his first Championships to take 4th place on M40 while Karen Maxwell and Lindsey Knox put in solid performances to finish 13th in their respective age classes.