All go for orienteerers

More than 40 years after orienteering was introduced to hundreds of local school pupils, Wilton Park in Hawick now has a permanent course with marker posts.

The course, aimed at giving beginners a chance to try the sport in a non-competitive way, is a joint initiative between Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club and the team who are implementing the regeneration of the park.

The course was officially opened on Saturday afternoon with club member and Hawick High School pupil Eilidh Murray cutting the tape.

Maps will be available from the museum during opening hours.

After the opening, Calum Murray was first home on the Orange course, with younger sister Eilidh taking second. And on the harder course, Ian Maxwell pipped Keith Murray by 17 seconds, with John Tullie close behind in third.

Last weekend also saw the end of the Scottish Urban League with a sprint in Kingussie. Lindsey Knox finished top of W55+, Kirstin Maxwell took second on Womens’ Open and Faisal Khursheed was third on Junior Men.

Five club members – Yousuf and Faisal Khursheed and Elena, Marc and Patrick Heger – have qualified for the Scottish Select team.

Congratulations go to them – the serious business of training and fundraising starts now.