Lake District challenges for Solway club members
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.