Craig a Barns, 13 June
This event had been a long time in the planning during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a lot of hard work from the organisers in the face of continually changing restrictions and uncertainty about what lay ahead. There was no Relay event this year – this was the Individual event only. There was a big turnout from ESOC, with many members helping as well as competing.
Craig a Barns is on the north side of the Tay valley near Dunkeld. The parking field and starts were at the north end of the area, avoiding the very steep slopes on the south side of the hill. The starts were a short walk uphill from the parking field, with lovely views to the north. Craig a Barns is a technical area of complex terrain, mostly coniferous forest, plus some open heathery moorland and grassy slopes towards the finish. There were two out of bounds forestry re-stock areas – courses looped around these, with good variety of terrain and vegetation. It was often rough underfoot, though dry, and there were many crags and intricate contours to negotiate.
The weather was warm, with sunny intervals and a cooling breeze.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no prizegiving on the day. Trophies will be presented on a future occasion. Congratulations to ESOC’s class winners: Craig Leyland (M21L) and Rachel Brown (W18).
Other ESOC members in the top half of the results for their class were:
M20S (1 competitor ) – Ben Brown 1st
M45S (2) – Nicholas Hepworth 1st
M55S (4) – Finlay Ross 2nd
M60S (6) – Richard Oxlade 2nd
M75 (9) – John McLaren 4th
W21S (4) – Rona Lindsay 1st
W50S (6) – Judy Bell 3rd
W55L(12) – Alison Cunningham 2nd, Helena Nolan 5th
W65 (9) – Sally Lindsay 2nd
W70 (12) – Mary Williams 6th
Full results, organisers’ comments and Routegadget are available on the Craig a Barns event item on this website.
The Scottish Inter-Club Championship (SICC) 2021 was held in conjunction with the Individual Championships, and ESOC came 5th in the Large Clubs category. The scores are listed in this news item on the Scottish Orienteering Association website.
This was also a Scottish Orienteering League event. Further details about the SOL series have yet to be announced.
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