Pollok Country Park, 5 January
St Andrew’s Orienteering Club (Glasgow) are hosting their regular series of score events in the first few months of the year. The first event of the series was again at Pollok Park, in the south west of Glasgow. The terrain is a mixture of deciduous woodland and open parkland, with many tracks and paths, on low hills. The start and finish were in the Burrell Collection car park. The main event was a 60-minute Score course, and there was also a “Score Twist” option, intended for those who’re capable of collecting all the controls. Yellow, Orange, and Light Green courses were also available. For the Score, there were 25 controls (5 each with 300 points, 400 points, 500 points, 600 points and 700 points) giving 12,500 as the maximum possible score, which was achieved by 10 of the 60-minute Score competitors.
The weather was dull but dry, with a light breeze – ideal orienteering weather. It was quite wet underfoot, with a lot of mud on the paths and some standing water.
There were 55 competitors on the 60-minute Score course, and the following ESOC members were in the top half of the results:
Heather Thomson – 11th (12,100 points)
Crawford Lindsay – 17th (11,800 points)
Les Dalgleish – 18th (11,000 points)
Maggie Scrugham – 19th (11,000 points)
8 competitors did the “Score Twist” – this time the twist was to visit all the odd-numbered controls before any of the even-numbered ones. ESOC’s Alison O’Neil came 4th and Finlay Ross came 5th.
Full results are available in the STAG Score 1 news item, on the STAG website.
This event is the first in a series of five. The next event is on Sunday 12 January at Strathclyde Country Park. See this news item for further details about the series.
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