Sun shone on riders who found their way out of the forest

MTB Solo: Jonathan Ellis who won the Male Solo competition.
MTB Solo: Jonathan Ellis who won the Male Solo competition.

A BEAUTIFUL sunny day at the beginning of the month drew more than 50 competitors to the Yarrow valley, where the Yarrowford Village Hall played host to the fourth round of the Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering series sponsored by Alpine Bikes and High5.

Competitors came from as far as Wiltshire to compete in the world-famous Borders hills and took on a challenging course set by organisers Walter Brydon and Antonia Jupp.

MTB Orienteering: Richie and Ellie Scott were competing as a generation team. Ellie is 9 and was competing for the first time.

MTB Orienteering: Richie and Ellie Scott were competing as a generation team. Ellie is 9 and was competing for the first time.

The general consensus was that it was a tough day, not made any easier by the relentless sun, but the amazing views and awesome descents made up for it.

Several people were spotted dusting off their compass in order to navigate out of Bowhill Forest, while one competitor resorted to using his teeth to bite out a piece of inner tube to repair a ripped tyre wall. Richie Scott, competing for the first time with his nine-year-old daughter Ellie, summed up the event well.

He told TheSouthern: “Why wouldn’t anyone enjoy this, it’s a guided tour of some of the best riding in the country.”

Keith and Lynne Brydon won the mixed pairs with 308 points, Jack and Nicholas Williamson won the generation team with 190 points, James Daplyn and Paul Ryan won the male pairs with 289 points, Rosemary Byde won the female solos with 305 points and, finally, Jonathan Ellis won the male solos with a superb 357 points.

The next event is being held at Wark Forest on Sunday, September 4. For more details see www.smbo.org.uk