Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Scottish Score Championships 2015Pitmedden Forest, 22 November

There was a fair turnout from ESOC for the Scottish Score Championships this year, with several trophy winners, and ESOC won the Large Clubs category of the Scottish Inter-Club Championships.

This year’s Scottish Score Championships was organised by Kingdom of Fife Orienteers at Pitmedden Forest, which is on the hills SE of Perth. This is a typical conifer plantation, with some open fields giving good views of snowy hills further north. In the forest, there’s a network of paths, including a few large tracks and some confusing mountain bike tracks. It was quite wet underfoot. The weather was sunny and clear, though cold.

The start was in the southern part of the area, and the most tempting high-scoring controls were some distance away to the north, resulting in a long run to the finish for many. The open fields were bounded by fences with compulsory crossing points that thwarted various route choices. Some runners disqualified themselves when they realised they had crossed fences marked as not to be crossed.

There were time limits of 70 minutes for M20-35 and W21, 40 minutes for M/W14 and below, and 60 minutes for everyone else. There were also some colour-coded courses.

The ESOC winners were:
Ben Brown (M14)
Ian Pyrah (M70)
Rachel Brown (W12)
Judy Bell (W45)
Eleanor Pyrah (W70)
Megan Brown won the Yellow course.

This event was also the Scottish Inter-Club Championships, and ESOC won the Large Clubs category, with 7559 points. The scores for this are calculated by applying a weighting to everyone’s Scottish Score points, according to age and gender. Clubs with more than 26 members competing in the 2015 SOL series were in the Large Clubs category, and their 13 highest SICC scores counted.

Full results, including Routegadget, are available here. Further details about the event are in this news item on the KFO website.

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