Reivers reap rewards of successful season

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The latest Scottish Urban League at St Andrews last weekend brought more success for Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club as the season enters its final few weeks.

Using a double-sided A3 map of the whole of St Andrews, runners had to navigate between the alleyways of the old town, as well as a variety of university campuses.

On the under-16 men’s course it was a terrific clean sweep for Reivers with Faisal Khursheed, Patrick Heger and Marc Heger taking the top three places.

Not far behind, Yousuf Khursheed finished in fifth place.

This leaves Faisal in second place in the league standings and Patrick in third with just two rounds to go.

Kirstin Maxwell used the event as preparation for the World Student Championships later in the year, with a convincing win in the women’s open category.

Lindsey Knox also enjoyed a relatively easy win on W55.

Pauline McAdam was in good form, taking second on W55 after having run Dollar Hill Race the previous day. Kirstin now lies second in the league and Lindsey is in an unassailable position in first place.

The World Orienteering Championships are taking place in Italy this week and local athlete Douglas Tullie will be running in the middle distance final tomorrow (Friday) and potentially in the relay on Saturday.

With the 2015 World Championships being held in Scotland, Selkirk’s Paul McGreal, 2015 event director, is also in Italy getting a behind-the-scenes look at the event.

The last four major events were selection races for the Scottish veteran team and two Reivers, John Tullie and Lindsey Knox, have been picked for the team competing in the Forest of Dean in September.

Fiona Forrest, Pauline McAdam and Robin Sloan are first reserves for their age classes.

Judy McNeilly, club president, commented: “Considering that we are one of the smallest clubs in Scotland, to get five members into the squad of 38 is great.”