Winter se­ries starts

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Sol­way Ori­en­teers started their winter com­pe­ti­tion sea­son with their Septem­ber Sat­ur­day event.

This se­ries com­prises low key lo­cal events to in­tro­duce the sport to new­com­ers as well as pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive sit­u­a­tion for mem­bers to use as training to im­prove their skills and pre­pare for higher level events.

This time round the club tied the event into the lo­cal Doors Open Day and of­fered a free novice course for all. The venue was Sham­bel­lie Woods, us­ing the wood­land around the pic­turesque Sham­bel­lie House.

Win­ner on the novice course was reg­u­lar ori­en­teer Rory Young­man with new­comer Rachel Find­lay sec­ond, fol­lowed a sec­ond slower by brother Sean Find­lay with Jenna Young­man and Mum close be­hind in fourth.

The other two cour­ses on of­fer were ‘score’ cour­ses where nav­i­ga­tors are given a set time to visit as many of the con­trols as pos­si­ble. Short course of 45 min­utes was won by Tim O’Donoghue on 540 points, tak­ing the short time to pre­pare for the AGM later in the day. Sec­ond place went to ori­en­teer­ing re­turner Kerry Wil­lacy with 520 points with young­sters Aiofe and Eilidh Tal­lon­tire and their helpers in 3rd and 4th places re­spec­tively.

The long, 70 minute course win­ner was Stu­art Graham on 1130 points with Alas­tair Mur­ga­troyd sec­ond on 1020 points. Dave McQuillen was next with 980 points. Event plan­ner Derek Kennedy was pleased to re­port that ev­ery one of the con­trols was vis­ited at least once, mak­ing his job worth­while.

Run­ners then moved on to Sham­bel­lie House for a DIY lunch and an in­au­gu­ral awards pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore hold­ing the AGM.

In the run up to the event, Dave and Jane McQuillen trav­elled north to near Kin­gussie for Round 3 of the Scot­tish Ori­en­teer­ing League and were re­warded with 16th and 31st places on Short Blue and Short Green re­spec­tively. Com­pet­ing in un­known ter­rain is an ex­cel­lent way of im­prov­ing nav­i­ga­tion skills and com­par­ing fit­ness with peers.

Sol­way mem­bers are look­ing for­ward to host­ing a round of the South Scot­land Ori­en­teer­ing League at Mark Hill later this month and Dave is the plan­ner for this pres­ti­gious event.

Full in­for­ma­tion on the club and ori­en­teer­ing in gen­eral is on the club web­site: www.sol­way­ori­en­teers.co.uk . Kirkcud­bright

Septem­ber 29, 18 hole Septem­ber medal: win­ner – Gil­lian Rowl­in­son 94(21)73. Sil­ver – 1 Gla­dys Kelly 93(17)76; 2 Mar­garet Stry­jew­ski 93(14)79; 3 Karen Shamash 96(16)80. Bronze – 1 Su­san King 100(21)79; 2 Jane Richard­son 111(31)80; 3 Janet Roff 108(25)83. New Gal­loway

Ken­bridge Tro­phy (Four­somes) Septem­ber 2: 1 A Harvie & G Mil­lar (63); 2 D Aitken & R Ritchie (65).

Septem­ber Medal, Septem­ber 9: 1 S Jamieson 78 (8) 70; 2 R Wil­son 85 (15) 70; 3 T Graham 79 (8) 71.

Pres­i­dents Put­ter Septem­ber 16: 1 R Tul­loch 73 (5) 68 + 27 putts = 95; 2 I McQueen 84 (12) 72 + 24 putts = 96; 3 I Brown 81 (8) 73 + 25 putts = 98.

Prizewin­ners Re­cip­i­ents of the AGM awards

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