Lake District chal­lenges for Sol­way club mem­bers

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS -

Af­ter the stresses of the sum­mer multi-day com­pe­ti­tions, mem­bers of Sol­way Ori­en­teers have been re­turn­ing to the more fa­mil­iar week­end jaunts.

For the last cou­ple of weeks this has meant cross-Bor­der travel to the Lake District.

On Septem­ber 3, the West Cum­bria club hosted a com­pe­ti­tion on the quaintly named Great Cockup area.

Stu­art Gra­ham ran his usual Brown course with a 25th place fin­ish.

Blue was the choice for Ian Turner and he too ended in 25th place. John Rob­son and Dave McQuillen com­peted on Green with John com­ing off best in 15th with Dave 24th.

Zoe Gra­ham made a wel­come re­turn af­ter a long bat­tle with in­jury and cel­e­brated with a third place on Short Green. Suzanne Christie ran Light Green and an 11th place fin­ish while son Ed­ward com­pleted Orange in 14th place, just two places ahead of Jane McQuillen.

Last week­end the ac­tion moved to High Pike with Bor­der Lin­ers host­ing this one.

The weather was kinder to the early starters but most had heavy show­ers to con­tend with as well as the open fell area.

The added lo­cal in­ter­est was that Tim O’Donoghue was asked to con­trol, hav­ing over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for the event.

Jane McQuillen chose Orange again with a sixth place this time. Isla O’Donoghue went head to head with mum He­len on Short Green and headed home 10th, three places ahead of He­len. Green was the colour for Dave McQuillen and Ailsa O’Donoghue. Dave ran in 16th while Ailsa fin­ished 36th.

Blue was very pop­u­lar as well as com­pet­i­tive and Ian Turner came off best of the Sol­way run­ners with a 17th place fin­ish while Derek Kennedy and John Rob­son ended fur­ther down the peck­ing or­der.

Again Stu­art Gra­ham chose the long­est Brown course and his run re­warded him with an 18th place fin­ish.

Now ori­en­teers are look­ing to pre­pare for the au­tumn re­turn to lo­cal events with an in­tro­duc­tory event on Septem­ber 23 on the Crich­ton Cam­pus pre­view­ing the first of the win­ter Satur­day se­ries at Mark Hill, Rock­cliffe. De­tails are on the club web­site – www. sol­way­ori­en­teers.co.uk and reg­u­lar up­dates in the club Face­book page.

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