Con­trast­ing events home and away for Sol­way mem­bers

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Last week­end Sol­way Ori­en­teers’ mem­bers vis­ited either end of the coun­try.

A group stayed close to home to en­cour­age lo­cals to try the ad­dic­tive sport.

On Satur­day, Tim and Helen O’Donoghue cre­ated a pair of cour­ses on the Crich­ton Cam­pus to en­tice peo­ple to try out in an easy to reach and safe lo­ca­tion. They were aided by club cap­tain and coach Stu­art Gra­ham as well as a num­ber of other mem­bers who as­sisted the many fam­i­lies who turned up to try out.

Other club mem­bers ran round to sam­ple the nav­i­ga­tional chal­lenge.

It was pleas­ing to see how many peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the pleas­ant weather, not to men­tion the dou­ble Beat the Street points on of­fer. All re­turned safely with smiles on their faces. Some tried out the longer course while still novices with the com­fort of run­ning close to ‘base’ at var­i­ous points of the course.

Mean­while, The High­land Wolf event was be­ing held in con­junc­tion with the Vet­eran Home In­ter­na­tion­als near Aviemore. Dave and Jane McQuillen and Derek Kennedy were those who trav­elled north to com­pete in the pub­lic races which at­tracted huge num­bers of com­peti­tors.

Satur­day was the mid­dle dis­tance race, with a mass start, as well as the in­ter­na­tional re­lays.

Dave ran green and fin­ished in 22nd place while Jane fin­ished in 16th place on or­ange. Nei­ther de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in the ur­ban races in the af­ter­noon.

On Sun­day, the long dis­tance races were held over the same cour­ses as the In­ter­na­tional. Derek Kennedy ran short blue and fin­ished in 52nd place, com­ing home in front of some of the Welsh and Ir­ish team run­ners. Dave ran his usual green and re­peated his Satur­day with a 22nd place over­all and first M70 by about four min­utes and again was ahead of some in the in­ter­na­tional race. Jane, mean­while, ran or­ange and had to con­tend with mainly fast ju­niors but ran hap­pily into 33rd place.

Most ori­en­teers are now look­ing for­ward to the monthly Satur­day events that con­tinue over the win­ter. The first of these will be tomorrow at Mark Hill, Rock­cliffe. Reg­is­tra­tion and starts will be from 10am till noon at Assem­bly which is a bit of a walk from the pub­lic car park. A full range of white (easy) through to blue (hard) will be on of­fer. Maps will cost £3.50 and £2 for se­niors/ju­niors and non­mem­bers will need to pay a £2/£1 levy. There will still be dense veg­e­ta­tion in parts of the area so full leg cover is ad­vised. How­ever, hope­fully the ice cream van will be there to wel­come run­ners on the way back to the park­ing area.

Full in­for­ma­tion on the event and ori­en­teer­ing in gen­eral is on the club web­site www. sol­way­ori­en­ and there are reg­u­lar up­dates on the Face­book page.

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