ORI­EN­TEER­ING

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORT -

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

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