Northern heights for local athletes

THE Scottish Sprint Championships took local orienteerers north to Aberdeen last weekend.

This year’s format consisted of two 15-minute races – firstly, a prologue round Seaton Park and the university grounds, then a chase round Old Aberdeen, with the fastest from the prologue going off last.

At stake were medals for the first senior in each age class and first three in each junior class, plus points in the 2013 Scottish Urban League.

Robin Sloan had a one-second lead going into the chase, but managed to extend this to emerge as winner of M65 by 17 seconds.

The result in W35 was even closer with Fiona Forrest just missing out on a medal by 10 seconds. Karen Maxwell came third in the very competitive W18 class. Other results: Barry Veitch, third on M40, Kirstin Maxwell fourth on W21 and Lindsey Knox third on W50.

The next local event is at Elibank on Saturday.