First competition of new season
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.