THE Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club clinched qualification for the final of the 2013 British clubs championships – and they achieved their goal despite fielding an incomplete team.
After a long journey to Aboyne at the weekend, club members were thrilled to make it through having missed qualification in recent years. The courses were tough with recent forestry operations cluttering the forest floor, and there was a deep layer of snow on the top of the hill at Birsemore. However, everyone stuck to their task and the reward is a place in the final at the Forest of Dean in October. John Tullie deserves a mention for his club Captain role in filling a gap by running the men’s long course and being the oldest by quite a margin.
Individual highlights were first places for Kirstin Maxwell and Karen Maxwell, runners-up spots for Lindsey Knox and Robin Sloan, fourth position for both Eileen Maxwell and Susan Shiell, fifth for John Tullie, and sixth for Ian Maxwell.
The next local event is at the Eildon Hills, Melrose, tomorrow (Saturday), with starts from 1-2pm. Courses for beginners and the more experienced are available. Details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk