Trio find their way to Lakes com­pe­ti­tion

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

ORIENTEERI­NG Mem­bers of Sol­way Ori­en­teers have ven­tured to events hosted by neigh­bour­ing clubs in prepa­ra­tion for the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships in May.

Over the week­end, after the schools’ cham­pi­onships, there was a dou­ble header com­pe­ti­tion in the Lake Dis­trict. There were only two Sol­way mem­bers tak­ing part in the Lake­land Galop­pen at Haver­th­waite on Satur­day.

Dave McQuillen ran the green course and was re­warded with 27th place out of 127 fin­ish­ers, se­cond in his age class. Jane McQuillen ran short green and fin­ished 41st and fourth in her age class.

Sun­day saw the ac­tion move to Hamps­fell where Dave and Jane McQuillen were joined by Steve John­son. Dave and Steve ran the short green course where Dave had an ex­cel­lent run to win the M75 class with only in­ter­na­tional class ju­niors ahead of him while Steve was happy to fin­ish fourth M65.

Mean­while Jane chose very short green for her se­cond run of the week­end and ended the day third W75.

Last week­end, Ian Mur­ga­troyd was the only lo­cal to take on the long course at Bor­der Lin­ers’ Satur­day train­ing event and re­turned in 10th place over­all.

On Sun­day, Sol­way was well rep­re­sented at the lat­est round of the Scot­tish Orienteeri­ng League at Dumyat near Stir­ling. Jane McQuillen ran the short green and 44th over­all saw her the third W75 home.

Ian Turner cont i nued his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­turn­ing 30th on green with Dave McQuillen choos­ing short blue and run­ning to 24th over­all.

Zoe Gra­ham con­tested the blue course and her 33rd place gave her se­cond W20 po­si­tion, beat­ing club­mate Derek Kennedy who fin­ished 57th in what was the most hotly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion. Stu­art Gra­ham chose short brown and was happy to fin­ish 24th over­all.

This com­ing Satur­day, the next lo­cal event will take place in Cally Woods, Gate­house. It is hoped that some of those who en­joyed the schools event will go along to make fur­ther use of the out­doors in what is a very pleas­ant for­est. Cour­ses avail­able are white through to blue and reg­is­tra­tion will be in the Forestry Com­mis­sion car park area with starts from 10am till 12 noon.

The maps cost the usual £4/2 for se­niors/ju­niors with a levy for non­mem­bers of £2/1.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on both this event and oth­ers go to the club web­site www.sol­way­ori­en­teers.co.uk

Busy Jane McQuillen

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