Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Sprint Scotland 2023

Alloa/Falkirk, 2/3 September

Masterplan Adventure organised Sprint Scotland 2023, a weekend of Sprint events.

Saturday’s events were in Alloa. The event centre was at the Bowmar Community Centre, south of the town centre, with the finish on playing fields just to the west.
The Alloa map was new for this event and includes typical town centre terrain, with shops, offices and car parks, as well as modern housing estates with many small pathways, pends and courtyards.  
For most ESOC competitors, this was a 2-part Sprint event. For the Men’s and Women’s Open classes, the event was a Knock-Out Sprint, with the first race as the qualifier, followed by 2 races in the afternoon: a Semi Final and Final.
The weather was sunny and warm.

Race 1 - ESOC results in the top half:
  W Open (31 competitors) – Rachel Brown (running as EUOC) 2nd, Helen Bridle 7th 
  M Vet (17) – Terry Johnstone 7th 
  M Supervet (21) – Keith Brown 7th, Ronnie Nolan 10th
  W Supervet (12) – Helena Nolan 2nd  
  M Ultravet (6) – Martin Caldwell 2nd, Ewart Scott 3rd 
  W Ultravet (7) – Janice Nisbet 2nd 
  M Junior (7) – Calum Robertson 3rd 

In the Knock-Out Sprint, Rachel came 2nd in the Women’s A final and Helen came 4th in the Women’s B Final.

Race 2 – ESOC results in the top half:
  M Supervet (20) – Keith Brown 9th 
  M Ultravet (6) – Ewart Scott 2nd, Martin Caldwell 3rd 
  M Junior (7) – Calum Robertson 4th 

Sunday’s event was in Falkirk, with the arena in the town centre and indoor facilities at a nearby Scout Hall. The event was a Sprint race for the Men’s and Women’s Open classes, on a new map of the town centre, and their start was a short distance NW of the event centre. For other classes, it was an Urban event, with the start further to the south. The Urban courses started in Hallglen, a tricky modern housing estate, then ran through the west end of Callendar Park, before reaching the town centre and the same finish for all, in the pedestrian High Street outside the Howgate Shopping Centre.
The weather was again sunny, with a cooling breeze.

ESOC results in the top half were:
  W Open (32 competitors) – Rachel Brown (running as EUOC) 3rd=, Helen Bridle 5th 
  M Vet (20) – Luigi Lerose 1st, Terry Johnstone 9th, David McNeish 10th 
  W Supervet (14) – Helena Nolan 2nd, Katherine Kirk 5th 
  M Ultravet (11) – Martin Caldwell 5th 
  W Ultravet (11) – Janice Nisbet 2nd, Margaret Dalgleish 4th  
  M Hypervet (8) – Roger Scrutton 2nd, Ian Pyrah 4th 
  W Hypervet (5) – Eleanor Pyrah 1st, Katy Lessells 3rd 
  M Junior (7) – Calum Robertson 3rd 

This was the 9th SOUL event of 2023. For a list of all this year’s Scottish Orienteering Urban League events, see the SOUL page of the Scottish Orienteering Association website. The latest league tables are here.

This event was also event 17 in the 2023 UK Urban League. Details about this league are available on the UK Urban League website.

Full results and other details about all the weekend’s events are on the Sprint Scotland website.


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