Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

SoSOL3 – 2014/15Croy Hill, 9 November

The third South of Scotland Orienteering League event of the 2014/15 season was organised by Clydeside Orienteers, in glorious weather, and had an unexpectedly high attendance.

Croy Hill is in the Central Belt, a few miles NW of Cumbernauld. It’s mostly open tussocky hillside, quite steep-sided, with some woods, crags and lots of marshes, one of which had become impassable after heavy rain the day before. Everywhere was very wet underfoot, and muddy in places. The line of the Antonine Wall crosses the area, and its deep ditch is a striking feature. There were good views from the top of the hill.

ESOC members in the top half of the results were:
Brown (43 competitors) – Jonathan Ellis 19th
Blue (50) – Heather Thomson 13th, Crawford Lindsay 15th, Roger Garnett 23rd, Roger Scrutton 24th, Helena Nolan 25th
Green (35) – Alastair Lessells 4th, Sally Lindsay 8th, Maggie Scrugham 11th, Ian Pyrah 13th
Short Green (14) – Les Dalgleish 3rd, Jim Clark 4th, Margaret Dalgleish 6th
Light Green (17) – Ben Brown 3rd
Orange (7) – Rachel Brown 1st
White (5) – Megan Brown 2nd

Full results from the event are available in the 2014 CLYDE Results Archive. Further details about the 2014 South of Scotland Orienteering League, including the league tables, are available on the SoSOL page of the East of Scotland Orienteering Association website.

This event was also the Individual day of the Scottish Students Orienteering Championships.

A few ESOC members competed at the Glasgow Mixed Sprint Relay the previous day – this was organised by Glasgow University Orienteering Club, as part of the Scottish Students Orienteering Championships, and there was an open class alongside the Scottish Student Relay class. The start was beside the old buildings of Glasgow University, and courses ran down into Kelvingrove Park, with butterfly loops around the parkland, then back past the start and into some complicated modern university buildings before returning to the handover area. There was some exciting close racing. The weather was fine, though dull, to start with, but rain set in, and later it was very wet indeed. Paved areas were treacherously slippy throughout the race.

ESOC Jedis (Helena Nolan, Crawford Lindsay, Andrew Dalgleish and Sally Lindsay) came 5th out of 6 teams; ESOC Too (Heather Thomson, Terry Johnstone, Roger Scrutton and Heather Thomson again) came 3rd.

Full results from the event are available in the 2014 CLYDE Results Archive.

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