Knock of Crieff, 12 December
Knock of Crieff is a small double-topped hill beside the town of Crieff – it has deciduous woodland at one end, coniferous plantation at the other, and rough open land lower down.
The weather was very cold, but beautiful, with blue skies and sunshine, and lovely views. Underfoot conditions were reasonable, perhaps the most difficult being the icy paths on the way to the start. There was quite a lot of snow on the higher areas, and it was quite deep in places on the rough open land.
There was a choice of a 40 or 60 minute time limit, with 25 controls to find, and a question at each control giving 5 extra points for a correct answer. The questions were general knowledge, though some relied upon local knowledge. Bonus points could also be obtained by working out a (fairly obvious) anagram from letters found at the controls, and by wearing some form of fancy dress, hats in most cases.
On the short course, ESOC won two prizes – Rona Lindsay was 1st woman and Imogen Beck was 2nd woman.
Other ESOC members in the top half of the results were:
Short – Tara Bergin 5th
Long – Alastair Hindle 4th, Andrew Dalgleish 7th, Tim Kieniewicz 9th, Andrew Lindsay 10th, Mike Stewart 13th, Crawford Lindsay 16th, Heather Kieniewicz 20th.
Full results, comments and Routegadget are available on the TAY website
The facilities of the Visitor Centre were much appreciated. Afterwards many competitors stayed on for Christmas lunch in the distillery restaurant, or a snack in the café. Some may even have taken the distillery tour.