THE climax of the orienteering season, the Scottish Championships, saw more than 300 runners battle for honours in deepest Perthshire at the weekend.
The Individual Championships were held at Auchingarrich, in a mixed forest and moorland area.
Barry Veitch, after a long spell out of the sport, had an excellent run to win M40 by a considerable margin. Kirstin Maxwell and Sarah Tullie finished second and fourth respectively on W20, and there were third places for John Tullie, Robert Cranston and Lindsey Knox.
The Relay Championships moved slightly east to the impressive grounds of Drummond Castle. Due to injury only two Roxburgh Reivers teams competed, but they also provided two members of the Edinburgh University Ladies’ team. In addition to the men’s and women’s open classes, club teams battled it out over three legs to win the coveted Silver Quaich.
John Tullie, on lead-off leg for the Reivers’ senior team, returned first from a pack of 80 runners, well ahead. Lindsey Knox and Robin Sloan were able to maintain the lead until almost the finish, but were pipped at the post by a young team from Stirling, although still taking a superb first place in their handicap class and second overall.
The other Borders team of Robert Cranston, Eileen Maxwell and Andrew Armstrong finished ninth in their class.
The Edinburgh University Ladies’ A team were given a good start by Sarah Tullie, who came back in second place, giving her international team-mates Alice Leake and Kirstin Maxwell the perfect base to take a slightly unexpected but very popular win to take home the handsome silver cup.
There was good news last week with the announcement of the GB team for the 2011 World Orienteering Championships, with Douglas Tullie securing one of the three places for the classic long race. He missed the Scottish Championships due to being in France with the GB squad on a training weekend.
The last in the series of local events takes place at Bowhill next Wednesday, with starts any time between 5-6.30pm.
More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk