Reivers a hit in Oban

The Scottish Orienteering Championships in the Oban area at the weekend combined a mixture of stunning scenery with some of the toughest terrain in Scotland.

From an arena on the south shores of Loch Etive, the individual championships took runners into a beech woodland, with plenty of marshes and contour detail. There were no long-course winners for Roxburgh Reivers, but Robin Sloan came close, taking second place on M65. On the shorter courses there were wins for Sarah McAdam on W21, Eileen Maxwell on W50 and Douglas Henderson on M60.

The relays on Sunday were based at the Inverawe Smokery, and the club had a more successful day, winning two of the four relay classes entered. Lindsey Knox, Pauline McAdam and Sarah McAdam took the honours on the short handicap course, while Douglas Tullie, John Tullie and Ian Maxwell came up trumps in the long handicap class.

The club’s Spring Sprint Series came to a conclusion on Wednesday evening in Jedburgh. After six races and four different individual winners, Faisal Khursheed claimed the overall victory.

Other results: 2, Paul McGreal (after countback); 3, Patrick Heger; 4, Lindsey Knox (first lady); 5, Robin Sloan (first veteran man).