Orienteers look out for pits ’n bumps
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.