It has been a busy start to 2019 for members of Solway Orienteers although at this time of year with short days, the format tends to be score events, timed runs to visit as many control points as possible.
First footing over the Border took the O’Donoghue and Graham families to Mawbray Dunes near Silloth where they took part in West Cumbria’s January 1 competition. With well over 100 participants and finishing around the middle of the results, they were happy with the day out by the shore.
Mabie was the location for Solway’s annual Knollbagging competition on January 2. Stuart Graham had the task of organising the event, being last year’s winner. A number of contenders racked up many penalty points returning late because of the rough going these days in the formerly decent terrain.
Jonathan Mortlock was the outright winner on 300 points, marginally faster than second placed finisher Keith Tonkin, on the same points. Alastair Murgatroyd ran to third place with 210 points, just ahead of Edward Hex on 200.
Hannah Mortlock took the honours of first female on 180 points. Dave and Jane McQuillen returned Supervet winners on 190 and 70 points respectively.
First junior man was Angus Thom on 80 points with sister Morven first junior woman on 40 points. In the family/group section, winners were David and Max Fordyce.
Saturday saw the postponed December Pits ‘n Bumps event at Barhill, Dalbeattie, organised by the O’Donoghue family. The weather was good this time, ideal for running. This was another score competition with the twist of bonus controls in the centre of the map which was conveniently blank and those visiting had to memorise the map in advance.
Long course winner was Stuart Graham on 440 points with Alastair Murgatroyd second with 410 points. HC and HCy O’Donoghue used local knowledge to good advantage to take third on 370 points.
Eilidh Tallontire and sister Aoife shared points on the Short course with 201 points each, Eilidh running marginally faster. Third spot was taken by Connor and Jasmine McCathie with Matilda Dale on 190 points
Definitely a busy week and even more nearby events to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. Solway’s own regular Saturday event will be in Heathhall Forest on January 19. Full information on the events and orienteering in general is on the club website