Ori­en­teers look out for pits ’n bumps

The Galloway News - - SPORTS -

Pre­par­ing for the lat e s t ori­en­teer­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Sol­way Ori­en­teers held an in­tro­duc­tion and train­ing day at the new Dal­beat­tie Learn­ing Cam­pus.

The event was held both in­doors and out round the new school to in­tro­duce new­com­ers to the sport and help im­prove the skills of newer, mainly younger mem­bers of the club.

It was very well re­ceived and on Satur­day par­tic­i­pants will be able to put these skills to the test.

The event will be held in Barhill Wood, Dal­beat­tie, and is the now an­nual Pits ’n Bumps com­pe­ti­tion where each run­ner is al­lot­ted a cer­tain amount of time to nav­i­gate round a des­ig­nated area of the wood to visit con­trol sites on small hills and de­pres­sions, gain­ing points for each one vis­ited.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be in the John Street car park and starts are from 10.30 to 11.30. The costs are the usual £3.50/2 for se­niors/ju­niors but non-mem­bers have to pay an ex­tra £2/1 levy.

The ju­nior area will have the nor­mal kites and punch boxes and the se­nior area will in­clude the ju­nior one but will have a num­bered stake and no kite.

Se­niors will also have ex­tra sites to visit worth 30 points but will only have part of the map to guide the run­ner.

Al­lot­ted times are ju­niors 30 min­utes and se­niors 50 min­utes.

Santa hats may be worn and could be worth an ex­tra 10 points. How­ever, the or­gan­is­ers will prob­a­bly dis­qual­ify any run­ner using a sled and rein­deer to get around.

This will be the fi­nal event of 2018 but is good prac­tice for the an­nual Jan­uary 2 event at Ma­bie, the yearly Knoll­bag­ging com­pe­ti­tion.

Full in­for­ma­tion is on the club web­site www.sol­way­ori­en­teers.co.uk and up­dates can are reg­u­larly made on the club face­book page.

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