Winter series starts
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