Reivers duo map out route to World Championships

Roxburgh Reiver orienteerer Douglas Tullie
Roxburgh Reiver orienteerer Douglas Tullie

The orienteering season is in full swing with races every weekend, so it’s been a busy time for local club Roxburgh Reivers.

The traditional JK International weekend took place in Lancaster and South Lakes with a record number of competitors arriving to sample British orienteering before the World Championships in Inverness this August.

Lancaster University was the venue for a sprint race on a rainy afternoon and there was plenty of action for the spectators, including a water bath for one or two runners in an ornamental pond on a sharp bend near the finish.

None of the local runners made it onto the podium, but in a large field, three members made the top 10 with seventh for Ian Maxwell, ninth for Lindsey Knox and 10th for Pauline Maxwell.

Action moved to the fells and over the two days the stars for the club were John Tullie, taking second place on M55 by one second, Douglas Tullie, finishing in eighth place on men’s elite, being second GB runner, and Pauline McAdam, fourth on W60, missing a medal by only 25 seconds.

Rounding off the weekend were the relays on the side of Lake Windermere. A team of Amjad, Faisal and Yousuf Khursheed were fifth from 73 teams on the mixed class with Yousuf having the third fastest time for his leg.

Following the JK weekend, selections were made for the British team competing in the World Cup in Norway and Sweden in June. Douglas Tullie and Kirstin Maxwell were selected, as well as former Roxburgh Reivers member James Tullie and his wife Jess, who both now run for the Badenoch & Strathspey club.