Johnshaven, 7 March
SOUL 3 was at Johnshaven, a fishing village on the Aberdeenshire coast. The event centre was at Lathallan School, NE of the village centre, and the terrain included narrow streets and alleyways in the village, as well as the extensive grounds of the school. Men’s and Women’s Open had Sprint races, with Urban courses for the other classes.
The weather was dull but dry, with a cool breeze.
ESOC members in the top half of the results were:
W Open (16 competitors) – Helen Bridle 1st
M Vet (19) – Terry Johnstone 9th
W Vet (7) – Hanne Robertson 4th
W Supervet (15) – Sally Lindsay 8th=
M Ultravet (12) – Crawford Lindsay 1st, Les Dalgleish 7th
W Ultravet (7) – Margaret Dalgleish 1st, Rhona Fraser 4th
M Young Junior (4) – Calum Robertson 2nd
Full results from the event, plus other details about the event, are available in the Johnshaven SOUL event item on the MAROC website.
For a list of all this year’s Scottish Orienteering Urban League events, and the latest league tables, see the SOUL page of the Scottish Orienteering Association website.
Some ESOC members travelled a little further north for an event the next day on Deeside, at Birsemore Hill, Aboyne, scene of SOL 1 in 2019. This is a varied technical area in coniferous forest, with gentle undulating ground on the top of the hill, and complicated rocky terrain on the steep northern slopes. Recent thinning had left many extraction lanes and it was quite rough. The start was fairly low, so the courses had a lot of climb.
Brown (27 competitors) – Helen Bridle 12th
Blue (43) – Rachel Brown 1st, Maja Robertson 13th, Crawford Lindsay 34th
Green (32) – Margaret Dalgleish 10th, Sally Lindsay 11th, Les Dalgleish 23rd
Full results, Routegadget and further details are in the Birsemore event item on the MAROC website.
Both of these events were part of the UK Elite Orienteering League. For more details, see the UK Elite Orienteering League website.
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