Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

FVO Middle & SOL 2 weekendTulliallan/Trossachs, 16/17 March 2013

The 3rd and 4th events in the new UK Orienteering League were presented by Forth Valley Orienteers, in tough terrain. Sunday’s event was also the 2nd in this year’s Scottish Orienteering League.

The Middle Distance event was held at Tulliallan Police College, Kincardine, just across the Forth. The assembly area was on flat lawns, which would have been very pleasant in fine weather, but unfortunately it was wet, so the indoor facilities nearby were very welcome. The terrain was particularly rough in places, with a lot of mud, fallen trees and brashings, and it was surprisingly hilly. There were also some very large ditches. Longer courses ventured into easier terrain, which was more runnable, but everywhere was very wet underfoot. The last few controls were a big contrast, in the landscaped grounds of the Police College.

ESOC members in the top half of the results were:
Black (63 competitors) – Andrew Lindsay 21st, Andrew Dalgleish 30th
Brown (31) – Claire Ward 2nd, Helen Bridle 4th
Short Brown (38) – Clive Masson 18th
Blue (60) – Heather Thomson 19th, Crawford Lindsay 25th
Green (54) – Alison Cunningham 13th, Roger Scrutton 15th, Ian Pyrah 17th, Alastair Lessells 24th, Helena Nolan 27th
Short Green (31) – Janice Nisbet 2nd, Sally Lindsay 5th, Eleanor Pyrah 6th, Anne Stevenson 7th, Jim Clark 10th, Mary Williams 14th, Maureen Brown 16th
Orange (10) – Ben Brown 3rd
Yellow (9) – Rachel Brown 4th
White (8) – Megan Brown 4th

Full results and Routegadget for this event are available on the Tulliallan results page of the FVO website.

SOL2 was at the classic Scottish area, The Trossachs, west of Callander. This is described as “offering a notable physical and technical challenge with lots of rock and much intricate contour detail on steep slopes”. Most of the rock was in the form of large crags. There were many marshes, almost no tracks, and much of the area is open deciduous woodland. Given the terrain, courses were shorter than usual, but there were still some very long times. The weather was dull and stayed dry until around noon, though everyone got very wet and muddy anyway.

ESOC members in the top half of the results were:
Short Brown 1 (26 competitors) – Claire Ward 1st, Andrew Lindsay 6th, Helen Bridle 9th
Blue (82) – Crawford Lindsay 27th, Rona Lindsay 34th
Short Blue (56) – Alison Cunningham 9th, Alastair Lessells 10th, Tyler Morrison 14th, Helena Nolan 19th, Neil Williams 26th
Green (61) – Sally Lindsay 12th, Janice Nisbet 17th, Margaret Dalgleish 23rd, Mary Williams 27th
Short Green (33) – Jim Clark 6th, Eleanor Pyrah 7th, Fiona Findlay 10th, Anne Stevenson 15th
Yellow (10) – Rachel Brown 2nd
White (4) – Megan Brown 2nd

Full results and Routegadget for this event are available on the Trossachs results page of the FVO website.

These events were the 3rd and 4th events in the new UK Orienteering League, and many people came from far afield to compete. There are more details about the UKOL, including the league tables, on the UK Orienteering League page of the British Orienteering website.

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