Mapping out success in Perthshire

A BEAUTIFUL autumn weekend in Highland Perthshire saw orienteerers from all four home natkions competing in the 2012 Elite Home Internationals, with the Scottish team aiming to retain the trophy they won in 2011.

Relays were held at Dunkeld on Saturday and got the Scottish team off to a perfect start with wins in the men’s and women’s competitions.

Roxburgh Reivers’ Kirstin Maxwell led the Scottish team in the ladies and Douglas Tullie anchored his side with the fastest run of the day.

On Sunday the individual race moved north to a mixed forest near Bruar.

Douglas Tullie’s recent trips to Scandanavia have obviously paid off and he won the men’s course comfortably. Kirstin Maxwell finished second in the W20. The Scottish team had an excellent day and were convincing winners of the trophy once 

The fifth leg of the Scottish Orienteering League was also held at Bruar and there were some good runs by the veterans. Robin Sloan blasted round the forest to win M65 by a huge margin, Barry Veitch ran well to finish second in the M40, and there were third places for John Tullie (M55) and Lindsey Knox (W50).

Roxburgh Reivers host the final of the British Club Championships this weekend at Teviothead and with almost 900 competitors this will be the largest event held locally for many years. Entries are closed for the main event but are available on the day for white and yellow (children’s) courses.

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