First com­pe­ti­tion of new sea­son

The Galloway News - - MOTORS -

All ori­en­teer­ing roads led to Rock­cliffe last on Satur­day when Sol­way Ori­en­teers held their first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son.

There was a good spread of mem­bers and new­com­ers, young and old, lo­cals and vis­i­tors from neigh­bour­ing clubs to taste the chal­lenge of Ian Mur­ga­troyd’s cour­ses.

The weather was kind with only one real shower dur­ing the races al­though the re­cent down­pours made the run­ning very wet un­der­foot.

Mark Hill al­ways poses prob­lems and some found it a bit tough.

Ten-year-old Drew Thom was the only un­aided runner on the white course and won hand­somely. Sec­ond place was taken by Rory McCormick and helper with a tie for third spot be­tween Eilidh Macin­tyre and Keir Macin­tyre with their re­spec­tive adults.

Yel­low saw only two starters and it was a battle be­tween youth and ex­pe­ri­ence. Mor­ven Thom’s speed could not be matched by Seon­aid Robert­son. Orange proved very com­pet­i­tive. Teenager Luke McKay won by three min­utes from Isla and Tim O’Donoghue with Adam Mur­phy tak­ing third place ahead of young­ster An­gus Thom.

The very com­pet­i­tive light green was won by Suzanne Christie from Rhian Davies, both run­ners show­ing im­prove­ment. Third spot was taken by Craig McKay by four sec­onds from the only teenager tack­ling the course, Maya Saun­ders.

Green was won by Dave McQuillen from sec­ond placed Han­nah Mort­lock. Han­nah is show­ing great nav­i­ga­tional skills to com­pli­ment her speed over the ground. Third place here went to John Rob­son.

The blue, and most dif­fi­cult course, was won by Ian Cump­stey who is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor from Cumbria. Sec­ond and third places also went to vis­i­tors from nearby clubs. Si­mon Mort­lock took the fourth place, the fastest Sol­way runner home.

Mem­ber Ian Turner de­cided his chal­lenge lay else­where on Satur­day when he trav­elled south to take on the Bri­tish Mid­dle Dis­tance Championships and was re­warded with a 10th place in the M70 cat­e­gory.

On Sun­day neigh­bour­ing club STAG from Glas­gow cel­e­brated a 35th an­niver­sary with an event in Grand­tully, Perthshire. In weather more suited to sit­ting at home by the fire, Dave and Jane McQuillen took on the for­est and the rain.

Dave was re­warded with a third place on the medium course, man­ag­ing to find all the con­trols de­spite some tricky run­ning in the thick trees. Jane ran the short course and fin­ished 9th over­all.

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.

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