Darnaway, 16 February
Darnaway Forest lies SW of Forres, in Moray. The event centre was in the old walled garden of Darnaway Estate, with a 1 mile walk from the parking field. There were 2 starts, both just outside the walled garden, and the terrain at first was beautiful open beech forest on undulating moraine. Longer courses criss-crossed the area, with a variety of forest, some coniferous with brashings, and some deciduous, as well as some rough felled areas. A few courses had fantastic views from a path high above the River Findhorn, and all ran through the delightful open beech trees again before finishing in the centre of the walled garden.
Despite the appalling weather in many other places, it was sunny throughout the event, and although it was quite windy, most found conditions fairly mild for the time of year.
ESOC members in the top half of the results for their course were:
Blue (51 competitors) – Rachel Brown 6th
Short Blue (34) – Crawford Lindsay 8th
Green (51) – Alison Cunningham 7th=, Alastair Lessells 21st, Roger Scrutton 26th
Short Green (34) – Margaret Dalgleish 1st, Ian Pyrah 2nd, Mary Williams 4th, Anne Stevenson 8th, Anne Hickling 10th, Eleanor Pyrah 11th, Bill Stevenson 14th
Light Green (28) – Maja Robertson 3rd
Orange (13) – Megan Brown 4th, Calum Robertson 7th
Full results, including Routegadget and further information about the event, are on the Darnaway SOL page of the Moravian Orienteers website.
Details of all the events in this year’s Scottish Orienteering League are on the SOL page of the Scottish Orienteering Association website.
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