Marc maps out a winning route on Selkirk Hill outing

Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club Championship trophy winner Marc Heger from Melrose
Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club Championship trophy winner Marc Heger from Melrose
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Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club held its annual club championship on an exceptionally wet and wintry Selkirk Hill last Saturday.

Starting from the Argus Centre in Selkirk, the 33 runners had to visit a given number of controls, depending on their age and ability, with the aim of having everyone finish at around about the same time.

The popular format produced a tight finish, with the trophy going to 14-year-old Marc Heger from Melrose who completed his outing in a time of 28 minutes, closely followed by Amjad Khursheed, who recorded 28.02.

James Purves and Sarah Tullie had a tussle for third place, with James just edging it in 28.44 from Sarah (28.48).

There was also an open orange course which was won by Andy Duncan.

New champion Marc is one of five club juniors heading to Turkey in April for the World Schools Orienteering Championships, and all five are busy fundraising for their trip. As part of their efforts they organised and delivered the catering for the club social after the race.

At the club’s AGM afterwards, vice-chairman Robin Sloan paid tribute to founding member Andrew Hewat who passed away recently.

Andrew produced most of the local maps during the club’s early years and there will be many people reading this article who had the opportunity at school to use them as part of their outdoor education.

The next local event is at Bowhill on February 21. More details on this and other Roxburgh Reivers news can be found at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk.