Reivers were plotting to take over the capital in January

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JANUARY is normally a quiet month for orienteering competitions, but it’s been a busy time for members of Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club, with four races being held in the space of nine days.

Over the weekend of January 22/23 there was the now traditional Burns weekend hosted by Edinburgh University, consisting of an urban race round the streets and alleyways of the capital on the Saturday followed by a traditional orienteering competition on Arthur’s Seat on the Sunday.

With the urban race also counting for the 2011 UK Urban league and the 2011 UK Masters Cup, a large turnout of more than 350 competitors from all over the UK took to the streets, much to the amusement of the local inhabitants.

The only local urban winner was Karen Maxwell who sprinted round the junior course to win W16.

Other excellent results were: Kirstin Maxwell (second W20), Robin Sloan (third M60), Lindsey Knox (third W50), Douglas Henderson (fourth M60) and Fiona Forrest (fourth W35).

The Sunday race in Holyrood Park incorporated the 2010 East of Scotland Championships, postponed from December due to snow.

There were four club trophy winners – Karen Maxwell (W16), Kirstin Maxwell (W20), Fiona Forrest (W35) and Lindsey Knox (W50).

Last Sunday saw another traditional pre-season race, the Edinburgh Sprint. This consisted of a 2km prologue race on Corstorphine Hill, followed by a 2km chase with 28 controls to visit at nearby Laurieston Castle.

In-form Karen Maxwell had another good race to win the W16 class, while in the over-40s category Lindsey Knox was second and Eileen Maxwell fifth.

The next local competition is at Lanton Woods, near Jedburgh on February 20, which incorporates a round of the South of Scotland League and has courses to suit all abilities plus a special runners’ course. More details on the club website at