Contrasting events home and away for Solway members
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. solwayorienteers.co.uk and there are regular updates on the Facebook page.