Right royal weekend for racing Reivers

Individual medal winners from left: Kirstin Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, John Tullie.
Individual medal winners from left: Kirstin Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, John Tullie.

ROYAL Deeside was the fitting venue for the 2012 Scottish Orienteering Championships held over the four-day Jubilee Bank Holiday.

The Scottish Individual Championships took place not far from Balmoral Castle in mixed woodland and open hillside. Roxburgh Reivers again acquitted themselves well with three class winners – Kirstin Maxwell on W20 elite, Eileen Maxwell on W45 and John Tullie on M55.

Other results: Fiona Forrest second Scot on W35, and fourth Scot places for Sarah Tullie on W20 elite, Barry Veitch on M40 and Lindsey Knox on W50.

The Relay Championships were held on the outskirts of Braemar, but neither of the club teams managed a podium place, although everyone enjoyed their run which was much less rough underfoot than the previous day.

Reivers’ Edinburgh University student members fared better with Kirstin Maxwell part of the winning team in the women’s open and Douglas Tullie taking silver in the men’s open.

Banchory was the venue for a sprint race on Monday, but with many of the members back at work, Kirstin Maxwell was the only Reiver to make an impact, a storming run to take first W20 on the women’s elite course.

The weekend incorporated selection races for the 2012 World Championships to be held in Switzerland in July.

The final race of the series was a middle distance competition which saw Douglas Tullie having a comfortable win to seal his place in the team. Kirstin Maxwell rounded off a good weekend by finishing first W20 in the women’s selection race, and Sarah Tullie took third place in the standard W20 class.