Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

A weekend of contrasts - 6/7 February 2010

A few ESOC representatives ventured south for the Carlisle City Race and Tim Watkins Blodslitet, and had an excellent time, with junior prizewinners at both events.

The Carlisle City Race was on Saturday 6 February, in beautiful weather. Courses covered some diverse terrain, including pedestrianised areas in the city centre, narrow lanes and passageways, parkland, a maze, a footbridge and confusing underpasses for crossing major roads, and a large shopping mall. The main hazard was crowds of people, and the event was certainly noticed by the locals. There were some long legs with interesting route choice, and everyone enjoyed the event.

ESOC results:
Men’s Open Andrew Dalgleish 17th
Men 40+ Crawford Lindsay 18th
Men 55+ Les Dalgleish 10th
Men 16- Andrew Lindsay 1st
Women 40+ Sally Lindsay 19th
Women 55+ Margaret Dalgleish 8th
Women 16- Rona Lindsay 1st

See the Carlisle City Race page on the Borderliners website for full results and also photos from the event.

On Sunday 7 February, the Tim Watkins Blodslitet was held on Farleton Knott, near Carnforth, an hour further down the M6. This event has longer courses than usual, lots of controls, and a mass start for each course, with the interesting feature that the first 7 controls on the longer courses could be taken in any order. Farleton Knott is an area of open limestone pavement and woodland, and the map is amazingly detailed, showing over 2000 individual boulders and using some unusual vegetation screens to accurately depict the terrain. The weather started off misty but luckily cleared, though ice added to the challenge. It was a great day and well worth the journey.

ESOC results:
Course C (13.8 km, 35 controls)
- Andrew Lindsay 12th (3rd Junior Man), Crawford Lindsay 29th
Course D (8.9 km, 25 controls)
- Rona Lindsay 2nd (2nd Junior Woman)
Course E (7.6 km, 17 controls)
- Sally Lindsay 15th

See the Tim Watkins Blodslitet page on the SROC website for more information and full results.

There are some photos from both events in the ESOC Gallery.