Knox on Burns weekend

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THE now-traditional Big Weekend of orienteering in Edinburgh held around Burns Night attracted the usual large entry from all over the UK.

Some runners warmed up with a sprint night event round Kings Buildings on Friday evening but the main action started from The Pleasance on Saturday afternoon in torrential rain. Incorporating the first round of the Scottish Urban League 2014, competitors had to negotiate the streets and alleyways of The Old Town.

Most of the 17 Roxburgh Reivers running had late start times by which point the rain had eased, but large puddles remained and any grassy sections were treacherous underfoot. The only winner on the day was Lindsey Knox in the W55 category but Robin Sloan came close with 2nd place in M65 only 26 seconds behind the winner.

Kirstin Maxwell ran in the heaviest rain and did well to finish in 4th on the Womens Open.

On Sunday the action moved into Holyrood Park for a traditional cross-country race. The weather was diabolical again with many runners not completing their courses but John Tullie braved the elements to finish 2nd M55. James Tullie, now based near Grantown-on-Spey took top spot on the longest course. Special mention goes to Kirstin Maxwell and Fiona Johnston who ran all three races in fairly challenging conditions.