Karen in Urban miss

DESPITE heading towards the end of the orienteering year there was plenty for local athletes to compete in last weekend.

On Saturday the final of the 2011 UK Urban League was held in Penrith, the first of two major events taking place in that area over the weekend. Karen Maxwell has had an outstanding season and was already sure of taking the top spot in W16, which was just as well as she was at a training camp and missed the final.

On Sunday the Tim Watkins Trophy was held in the hills above Elterwater. This is one of the few mass-start orienteering events in the calendar and Roxburgh Reivers’ John Tullie had a good run to finish third overall/first in the M50 category. Not to be outdone, Sarah Tullie took the honours on W20.

A slightly larger contingent headed north to Stirling University for the Scottish Score Championships.

With one hour to collect as many points as possible, many runners were tempted onto the steep slopes of Dumyat Hill by high-counting controls, and a few struggled to get back in time, collecting time penalties in the process. Lindsey Knox stuck to a pre-planned safe strategy and retained her W50 title, while Fiona Forrest comfortably regained the W35 trophy she last won in 2009. Susan Shiell also had a solid run to finish fourth in a very competitive W60 class.

The next local event is at Tweedbank on Saturday, and varies from the normal wooded terrain. Starts are from noon until 1pm.

More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk