Burns run

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THE 2012 orienteering season came in with a bang at the weekend with the traditional start in Edinburgh.

Organised by Edinburgh University, the weekend attracts runners from all over the UK who enjoy two days of competition plus a ceilidh and Burns supper.

With UK Urban League points at stake, the race round the streets and alleyways of the city on Saturday attracted a large entry. Roxburgh Reivers are back into their winning ways with top places for Robin Sloan and Lindsey Knox. Kirstin Maxwell, Fiona Forrest and Ian Maxwell had good runs too, finishing in second place in their age classes.

John Tullie addressed the haggis at the ceilidh and a good night was had by all.

On Sunday, the runners took part in a competition round a windy Holyrood Park. There were wins for Ian Maxwell, Robin Sloan and John Tullie, with Barry Veitch and Fiona Forrest taking runners-up spots.

The next local event is at Selkirk Hill on Saturday, February 18. More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk