Muir of Dinnet, 23 February
The British Night Championships took place on Saturday 23 February, at Muir of Dinnet, near Aboyne on Deeside. This is a National Nature Reserve with a variety of terrain – hummocky moraine with birch woods in the lower parts, and steep rocky plantation forest further up. The event centre was in Dinnet village hall, which was very busy indeed with Emit brikke collection. There was a long walk to the start (and back from the finish), along the shore of Loch Kinord. The shortest courses stayed on the lower ground, while the longer courses crossed the B9119 into the conifer forest. The very longest courses headed further north and crossed the famous Burn O’ Vat gorge, with long route choice legs across the hill to the south. The terrain was physically tough and technically challenging, and there were some long times as well as retirals.
The weather was mild and clear, with a beautiful starry sky.
Unfortunately some people were late for their start, and the results were adjusted to take account of this. Following further discussion, the original results have now (quite rightly) been reinstated – see the MAROC website (link below) for further background on this.
ESOC had 4 trophy winners: Ian Pyrah (M75L), Maggie Scrugham (W60L), Janice Nisbet (W65L) and Eleanor Pyrah (W75).
Other ESOC members in the top half of the results for their class were as follows:
M18L (12 competitors) – Duncan Robertson 2nd
M45L (16) – Peter O’Hara 8th
M50S (6) – Mark Wood 3rd
W16 (12) – Rachel Brown 2nd
W18S (3) – Kerry Wood 2nd
W50S (9) – Judy Bell 2nd
W55L (15) – Alison Cunningham 2nd
W60L (5) – Sally Lindsay 2nd
The full results and other information about the event are available on the British Night Championships 2019 event page of the MAROC website.
This event was the first in the 2019 UK Orienteering League. More details about this league, including the latest tables, are on the UK Orienteering League page of the British Orienteering website. ESOC is currently lying 2nd in the club league, but will inevitably move down as the year progresses and more events take place further south! The score for each club is calculated automatically from the 15 best club members' scores (across various age class groups) - so the club members whose scores are included may change with each event.
Last updated: 1 March (to include final results)
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