Maxwell makes impressive senior debut in capital

ROXBURGH Reivers orienteer Kirstin Maxwell produced an outstanding result in her first major event at senior level in the Edinburgh City Race last Saturday.

The Edinburgh University student finished the women’s race in third place, less than 90 seconds behind British number one seed Claire Ward and 2011 British champion Tessa Hill.

Having just moved up to senior level at the turn of the year, Kirstin was delighted to get as close to Great Britain’s top orienteers and was almost four minutes clear of anyone else in the 80-strong Women’s Open field.

The race took place on a varied course in the centre of the city, taking in the narrow alleys of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket as well as the open spaces of The Meadows.

Other results: 1st in W16, Karen Maxwell (Jedburgh); 3rd in W35, Fiona Forest (Tweedbank); 3rd in W50, Lindsey Knox (Hawick); 3rd in M50, Ian Maxwell (Jedburgh); 2nd in M55, John Tullie (Hawick); 2nd in M60, Robin Sloan (Melrose).

The City Race was followed on the Sunday by a chasing sprint consisting of two races, one on Arthur’s Seat, with the other around Holyrood and the Scottish Parliament.

Top local performer in these races was 17-year-old Karen Maxwell, who finished in fifth place in the Women’s Open, with John Tullie having another strong run to second place in the men’s over-55 category.