Hopetoun House, 7 June
The Scottish Schools’ Orienteering Festival takes place every year in early June. The 2019 event was at Hopetoun House, and ESOC’s Anne Thom was the organiser, with Katy Lessells planning and many other ESOC members helping. Hopetoun House is near South Queensferry, on the shore of the Forth estuary. The terrain is mainly open parkland, with managed gardens and woodland, and a network of paths. Longer courses visited the surrounding deer park. There were various fun activities, including a very popular maze on the lawns by the house, and a great atmosphere.
Judy Bell commented: “It was a great day. Warm and sunny at the beginning, the rain threatened later - but held off until all were off home. Stunning location. Great to see the front lawns full of kids playing before and after their races. There was some serious racing in the mazes too.”
Teams travelled from schools all over Scotland, and nearly 400 pupils took part in the Festival. The competition classes are based on academic year, from P5 upwards. Some classes were very large. There are team trophies for each competition class, worked out from the total time of the best 3 results for the same school.
Results for ESOC juniors, running for several different schools:
P5/6 boys – Calum Robertson 2nd, Thomas Finlayson (with Ruairidh McNab) 50th
P7 boys – Rowan Lawlor (with Orlaith Shepherd) 2nd, James Kruuk 7th, Tim Rose (with Christian Bogut) 13th, Ben Finlayson (with Oliver Tumiotto) 24th
S1 boys – Tom Tynan 14th (his team, James Gillespie’s High School, won this class.)
S2 boys – Joseph Lawlor 7th, Alistair Scott 16th
S4 boys – Jamie Lawlor 6th
S5/6 boys – Ben Brown 1st
P5/6 girls – Megan Brown 5th, Jasmine Muir 51st
P7 girls – Rachel Rose 5th (her team, Bonaly Primary School, won this class)
S1 girls – Maja Robertson 1st
S2 girls – Isla Wilkie 6th
See the SSOF 2019 page of the Scottish Schools Orienteering Association website for information about the event, and the SSOF 2019 Results page for full results, including Routegadget.
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