Saturday, June 24, 2006

Training - Coille Nathais

Went to an area near Oban (see location) that I last ran at in a Scottish Orienteering League race in March 2004. Was keen to get some quality technique training in prior to the World Masters in a weeks time, but sacrificed relevance of terrain so that I could subsequently visit the nearby Isle of Lismore to look for otters and sea eagles (- didn't see either!).

I reran most of the 2004 course, starting from the road in the south east part of the area, visiting 11-17 and then 1-8. The area was tough going with a lot of recent bracken growth - the scourge of summer orienteering in the UK!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

TAY Local Event - South Creag Vinean

My sore muscle felt a bit better when I tested it on early morning jog, so I drove the 40 minutes to Dunkeld and somewhat rashly entered the Blue (longest) course which was 7.5 kms with 290 m of climb and 20 controls. The forest was rough and tough with lots of brashings (see photo below) and the rain fell relentlessly, making the going even harder!

I retired after 6 controls, happy that my body was holding together and not wanting to do too much with the World Masters just a couple of weeks away.

Steve Nicholson, M35 from FVO, ran a very respectable 62 minutes, which I guess will turn out to be the fastest time.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Memories of Sunshine

Having a breather at Sunshine a few winters ago.


Elk (similar to Scottish red deer, only bigger!) near Banff, Canada.

No orienteering today

I'd planned to go to the INVOC colour coded event at Clunas (see map from 2003 event) near Nairn today, but a muscle injury sustained whilst on a training run last Wednesday has put paid to that, so it looks like I'll have a quiet day in front of the TV watching the World Cup instead!