British champion Tullie finds his way

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TEVIOTHEAD’S Douglas Tullie is officially King of the Forest after winning the Men’s Elite course at the British Orienteering Championships held at Wharncliffe Wood near Sheffield on Saturday.

At this level of competition the medals are usually won by seconds, but Douglas’s winning margin for the nine-mile race was an incredible two minutes. The 23-year-old Edinburgh University student is hoping the win will help secure his place in the British team for the 2011 World Championships.

Due to injury and exams, only four other Roxburgh Reivers made the trip south. John Tullie was pleased with his seventh place in M50 despite not having run for several weeks due to lambing on his farm, but he was even more pleased to see his son lift the most prized title in British orienteering.

Barry Veitch had a good run at his first championships to take fourth place on M40, while Karen Maxwell and Lindsey Knox put in solid performances to finish 13th in their respective classes.

The next local event is at the Eildons on Wednesday 25 May.

More details are available at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk