Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Craigmillar Castle MTBO eventSaturday 27 November

ESOC’s first Mountain Bike Orienteering event was a great success.

Despite wild weather overnight during Storm Arwen, the Mountain Bike Orienteering event in Craigmillar Castle and Little France Parks was able to go ahead, with a good turnout and many enthusiastic comments.


ORGANISER'S COMMENTS: Walter Clark writes - Storm Arwen meant for wild weather overnight ahead of the mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) event at Craigmillar Castle on Saturday 27 November, but fortunately by the morning the wind had subsided and it was a lovely day with dry conditions for the riders. The marquee for assembly at Bridgend Farmhouse had lost part of its roof, so that was flapping about a bit and there were also a few branches to clear from the paths before the competitors went out on the courses, but we were lucky to be able to go ahead without any problems.

Most competitors did the A course (long and tricky!) of 10.4km (straight line distance) that took in Craigmillar Castle Park, Little France Park and a tricky urban section at Greendykes. The winner was John Houlihan in 50 minutes and he was awarded a gold medal, having also travelled the furthest to the event and helped collect in half the controls. Thanks also to Keith Dawson, Karena Hanley, Mark Rowe and Janet Clark for all of their help. It was fantastic to see nearly 40 riders competing, including mountain bike orienteers, mountain bikers and orienteers!

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