Borderers make their mark in Moray

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THE last of the major spring events were held on the Moray Coast recently.

A round of the UK Urban League managed to secure unique access to RAF Lossiemouth and a very interesting race was held combining the base and the adjacent town.

Roxburgh Reivers did well in the M60 category with urban specialist Douglas Henderson taking first place, closely followed by Robin Sloan in third.

Only 20 seconds split the first three in this class which is often the way in urban racing.

Karen Maxwell returned to competing after her exams to take second on W16, while older sister Kirstin Maxwell finished third in the women’s open class.

The following day the action moved to Culbin Forest, an area of intricate forested sand dunes with fast running underfoot.

Karen Maxwell had a storming run to win W16 by an impressive seven minutes, while Robin Sloan continued his good form with second on M60.

The club had two runners in Finland last weekend, both running for Scotland in the world-famous Jukola Relays.

In the women’s event, covering 27km over four legs, Kirstin Maxwell had an excellent run to finish 119th on her leg, helping her quartet to take 115th place overall from an entry of 1,074 teams.

The men’s 80km race over seven legs started at dusk and Douglas Tullie was the star of the Scotland A team, placing 18th on his night leg and taking the Scots to 51st place overall from 1,499 teams.

The next highlight for the club is the Scottish Six-Days, being held in the Oban area in August when more than 3,000 orienteerers from all over the world will converge on Scotland for a week of high-class competition mixed with a holiday atmosphere.