Birnam Hill, 30 March
Birnam Hill is just over 400m in height, and lies to the south of Dunkeld. It is very steep in places, with many rock features and contour detail. Parking was along forest tracks, and the start for the White and Yellow courses was nearby. Other courses had a long, steep walk to the start, near the top of the hill. The higher parts have patches of pine trees, some areas of windblown trees, and tussocky heather interspersed with marshes. The final few controls for the longer courses were in thick plantation forest.
The weather was cool, though sunny, and there were great views from higher up.
There were 2 Scottish champions from ESOC:
Mary Williams (W Ultravet) and Eleanor Pyrah (W Hypervet).
Other ESOC members in the top half of the results for their class were:
M Open (10 competitors) – Andrew Lindsay 5th
M Supervet (25) – Keith Brown 11th, Richard Oxlade 12th
M Ultravet (13) – Roger Scrutton 7th
M Hypervet (5) – Ian Pyrah 3rd
W Open (15) – Sarah Jones 6th, Rona Lindsay 7th
W Supervet (24) – Alison Cunningham 3rd, Maggie Scrugham 5th, Anne Hickling 11th, Sally Lindsay 12th
W Ultravet (8) – Janice Nisbet 2nd
Full results, including Routegadget and other analysis, are available on the Scottish Middle Distance Championships page of the FVO website. For a list of the Scottish Middle Distance champions see this news item on the Scottish Orienteering website.
This event was held alongside the 2019 BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Orienteering Individual event, with teams competing from universities all over Britain.
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