The Edinburgh University Orienteering Club Big Weekend had been eagerly anticipated, and lived up to expectations. On Saturday 24 January, the Edinburgh City Race started at the Commonwealth Pool, and took competitors northwards through the streets to the Old Town, up and down closes, past many intrigued tourists, then back south again for a quick tour of Pollock Halls before the finish. The intricate detail on the map called for serious concentration, and there was plenty of debate about route choice afterwards. There were just 2 courses – long (6.3km) and short (4.7km). The best ESOC results were:
Andrew Dalgleish 12th in the Men’s Open class (the largest class)
Rona Lindsay 1st in W18-
Mary Williams 1st in W55+
ESOC members participated enthusiastically in Saturday night’s ceilidh too, which was possibly as strenuous as the race earlier in the day.
Next day, the 5th event in the 2008-9 South of Scotland Orienteering League took place on Arthur’s Seat. The courses were mostly quite tough, with more ascent than usual, and gave plenty of opportunities to admire the view. Fortunately the weather was better than expected, though it was quite breezy on top of the hill.
For full results and other information, visit the Edinburgh Big Weekend page.