Reivers rock around the clock

John Tullie with Tinto Twin orienteering trophy
John Tullie with Tinto Twin orienteering trophy

For orienteers the last weekend in October equals two classic events, the Tinto Twin and the Original Mountain Marathon.

This year saw the 24th running of the Tinto Twin, a unique combination of a night event on Saturday and a day event on Sunday.

The weekend competition took place near Stobo in warm autumn conditions and a mixture of forest and open hillside.

Four members of Roxburgh Reivers braved the twin challenge with overall wins for Kirstin Maxwell (W20), Fiona Forrest (W35) and John Tullie (M50).

Barry Veitch just missed out on the M40 trophy, taking second place, while Lindsey Knox, with fresh legs, won the W50 day race.

The Original Mountain Marathon was planned this year by Darnick’s Robin Sloan in the hills around Comrie in Perthshire.

This two-day epic race attracts over 700 teams who have to carry all their kit and camp overnight in a remote spot.

Teviothead’s Douglas Tullie and friend John Rocke won the C Class several years ago as teenagers but now running in the Elite Class had a brilliant two days to finish a close third, taking only 11 hours for the demanding 40-mile course.

Heavy rain and low cloud on Saturday made conditions difficult but Sunday dawned better and they finished happy but very tired.

The next local event is on Saturday, November 19 at Gordon Community Woodland.