Irish eyes smile on Reivers

A SMALL group of nine Roxburgh Reivers made the trip across the Irish Sea to compete against a field of more than 2,000 athletes from 25 different countries in the JK International Orienteering Festival.

Best performances came from Jedburgh’s Kirstin Maxwell and Teviothead’s Douglas Tullie, who both achieved podium places in the elite classes, Kirstin in the dunes on day two and Douglas on open hillside on day three.

Fiona Forrest from Melrose and Corbridge’s Douglas Henderson achieved good finishes on the sprint event in the grounds of the University of Belfast on the Friday evening, but the remaining Reivers all made costly mistakes and finished down the field.

Performances were better, however, on the longer distance events on Saturday and Sunday where Karen Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, Lindsey Knox and Ian Maxwell all produced top-20 finishes to back up the performances of Kirstin and Douglas.

Closer to home this weekend, the Reivers hold a come and try event in Lanton Forest near Jedburgh on Saturday. Newcomers are welcome with starts from 2.30-3.30pm. Parking is signed from the car wash at Bonjedward.