The JK international event, the largest annual competition in the UK, was hosted by Scotland this year with members of Roxburgh Reivers part of the organising team on the first day.
Day one was a fast and furious short race round the alley ways of Livingston, and although held in a drizzle, it was an enjoyable start to the weekend. There were mixed fortunes for the club with the notable exception being Kirstin Maxwell with fourth place on the W20 elite course.
Day two moved north to Perthshire and a traditional Scottish mixture of commercial plantation and semi-open grazing land, over which Reivers had better luck, with excellent results from John Tullie (second), Eileen Maxwell (second) and Kirstin Maxwell (third), bearing in mind that the event attracts a large number of overseas competitors.
Day three was at Craig a Barns, Dunkeld, the large forest with enormous crags, where winter storms had brought down hundreds of trees which meant a very physical race. Reivers were on a roll, though, with Douglas Tullie winning the men’s elite over the 12km course and taking second overall after a poor run the day before. John Tullie scored an overall win on M55, three years after winning M50 – not many people can claim two wins in the history of the event. Kirstin Maxwell also ran well on W20 elite to clinch a bronze.
The second of this year’s Scottish League events took a small number of club members to Dalbeattie Forest last weekend, when the best performances came from Lindsey Knox (second on W50), Douglas Henderson (third on M60), Ian Maxwell (fourth on M50) and Barry Veitch (fourth on M40).
The next local event takes place tomorrow at Elibank. Entrance is from the South Tweed Road between Walkerburn and Peel. See www.roxburghreivers.org.uk for more details.