DALGUISE House Outdoor Centre, near Dunkeld, was the venue for the 2012 east of Scotland orienteering championships and a new mapped area was eagerly anticipated. Small areas of beech woodland in autumn colours gave some nice running conditions but unfortunately the bulk of the forest was very wet and slippery after the summer rains, and being on a steep hillside this led to some challenging conditions.
The prize-giving was delayed because runners were taking longer than planned, but in the end there was good news for Lindsey Knox (pictured) who retained her W50 title for the fourth consecutive year. Barry Veitch, the only other Roxburgh Reiver running, finished a creditable fourth on the M40 course despite an ankle injury.
The previous weekend saw a clash of events with some members taking part in the Original Mountain Marathon, a two-day orienteering-type event with an overnight camp. John Tullie and Kenny Short had a great result on the B course, taking third place overall and first in the veterans’ category by a huge margin. Their total time for the two days was just over ten hours.
The same weekend also saw the final event in this year’s Scottish League, and although there were two individual winners on the day in the shape of Robin Sloan on M65 and Lindsey Knox on W50, the club only managed one podium place in the league with Lindsey taking second place overall. Several members competed in the Jedburgh Running Festival that day instead of orienteering, with Kirstin Maxwell securing a superb first place in the ladies’ 10k.
The next local event takes place tomorrow at Gala Hill. Parking in grounds of Gala Academy and registration at 1pm. More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk