Sunday, September 17, 2006
It was good to return to Achlean - even though it was only a week since last running there! I ran the brown (longest) course which was 8.6k with 21 controls. I had a clean run and took 67 minutes, finishing third. Ben Hartman took 65 minutes and Mark Nixon took an incredible 53 minutes!
Map with my course.
Map with my route.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Beachen Wood is situauted on the outskirts of Grantown on Spey and has not previously been used for orienteering. It is a mixed wood with areas of pine, birch and hazel; and a multitude of point features.
I ran the brown (longest) course which was 7.7k with 315m of climb and 23 controls. I took 68 minutes and finished second, 2 minutes slower than Mark Nixon of EUOC.
My run was a bit scrappy with time losses in the circle at 5, 14 and 22; and by drifting-off between 8 and 9.
Part 1 map with my course.
Part 2 map with my course.
Part 1 map with my route.
Part 2 map with my route.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Loch Vaa was first used for orienteering for the World Championships Relay in 1999. Like Achlean, it has numerous moraines and offers a sustained technical challenge.
I ran M45L which was 7.2k with 145m of climb and 22 controls. I took 51 minutes - a time which left me trailing Donald Petrie of CLYDE by some 3 minutes! I lost time by going too far east and being hesitant into 11, and by not simplifying 19; but can't account for 3 minutes!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2006
ECKO 11 Person relay - Achlean
On a sunny Saturday in Speyside, I ran the 4th of 5 legs (legs 2, 3 and 4 each had 3 runners!) which was light green standard and 3.1k with 70 m of climb, and 10 controls. The course took me 19 minutes. Fraser Purves set off in first place on the last leg for FVO, but had only a minutes lead over Oleg Chepelin from EUOC, which wasn't enough to keep the students at bay! Nonetheless, our second place did mean we gained revenge over CLYDE; who narrowly beat us at this years Harvester.