Wednesday, November 29, 2006

FVO Night Event - Minewoods and Bridge of Allan



Minewoods and Bridge of Allan.


I planned one course which was 4.8k, with 230m of climb and 19 controls (with a short cut by going from 9 -17 which was - 3.1k, with 150m of climb and 12 controls) with pre-marked maps and a mass start. Controls were reflective tape - no punching! 14 people ran. Kyle Heron won the long in 36.30 and Hilary Quick won the short in 33.05.

Results.

Map with course.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

LINOC Scottish Score Championships - Beecraigs




Country Park map.


Beecraigs on Google Earth - with Linlithgow, its loch, the M9, Bo'ness and the Forth Estuary in the background.


It's been a few years since I last ran at Beecraigs - a Country Park near Linlithgow, in part because the area was subject to storm damage but also because of the demise of the local club - it's good to see them back!

The M45's had 50 minutes to get as many of the 28 controls as possible. As usual, I set out to get them all - which, with the benfit of hindsight, was a mistake! I got 19 and incurred penalties for being 3 minutes late. Was scrappy at 13, 27 and 28; and gave up trying to get to 17 from the south, where the slow run was impenetrable!

There was some confusion over road crossings. Apparently, I should have visited control 13 twice - on the way into and out of the area with controls 21, 33 and 34. And I shouldn't have run along the road between 13 and 15 as I did. Crosses on the road might have provided clarity - but it's always easy to be wise after the event!

Despite these hicups, I enjoyed the area and the event, and also the tea room in Linlithgow which was frequented by a good number of orienteers.

Controls visited.
Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Training - Cambusmore Woods


A note of my training - not something I normally record in my blog!

Went for a 40 minute run on paths and in the terrain at Cambusmore Woods between Doune and Callander. My route is marked on the Google Earth image which has Callander in the background - ran anti-clockwise around it. Found the small path (- which I usually follow) by the River Teith was flooded and had to run on the adjacent track instead.

Orienteering Videos


Scottish orienteering by Mharky.



Mens relays at 2006 World Cup Finals in France.



2005 Scottish Sprint Orienteering Championships by Nopesport.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

STAG SoSOL - Dalnamein



Dalnamein is located adjacent to the A9, a few miles north of Blair Atholl and is a new area for orienteering. It is a mix of pine plantation and open hill, has some areas of quite detailed moraine and was covered with a thin blanket of snow.

I ran the brown course which was 8.4k with 190m of climb and 22 controls, and which took me 57 minutes. The course had a number of transitions from wood to open and vice verca, which is always challenging; and controls which were hung on the far side of the features - as they should be! The limited visibility and rounded features in parts of the forest also provided a good test of compass work and confidence.

I was tired from organising the FVO Club Championships the previous day and from the Clubs dinner dance the previous evening, but apart from that ran reasonably well. I overshot 5 by ca 45 seconds, was hesitant into 13 and drifted off line from 14 to 15, where the walk forest was much less thick than I anticipated it would be.

Results.
WinSplits.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

FVO Club Championships - Barr Wood



I planned and organised the FVO Club Championships at Barr Wood which is a small, but quite detailed area near Stirling. I used Sportident electronic punching and kept things simple with the use of a thermal printer.

Results.
Courses can be found on RouteGadget.

Map with the Brown course.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

SWOC Veteran Home International Individual - Merthyr Common



I ran M45 which was 8.1k with 215m of climb and 16 controls. I had a bad start, losing time at the first 2 controls. As I climbed to 3, the underfoot conditions became rougher and stonier and the mist came down; reducing visibilty and increasing the technical challenge. Fortunately, I didn't try to make up for the lost time and concentrated on picking up distinct features to guide me between the controls. Chatting with Rob Lee afterwards, I discovered that he had adopted a similar "join the dots" strategy. From 3, I navigated to 4 via the knoll and then the crag; and to 5 I went via the 2 cairns and the small reentrant. I managed to maintain good concentration for the remainder of the course and whilst I encountered the occasional difficulty in making the map fit the ground, managed to complete the rest of the course without significant navigational errors and in a time of 55 minutes. Overall, Scotland again just lost out to England.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.

SWOC Veteran Home International Relays - Mynydd Llangatwg

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2006



Mynydd Llangatwg was open hillside, with tussocky grass and lots of depressions. I ran the second leg (of 4) for Scotland 3, which was the long course - 6.0k with 140m of climb and 16 controls. I set off in 18th place, just in front of Clive Hallett of England and Richard Barrett of Wales. The lead changed several times, but I opened up a small gap at 11 which I missed, but less badly than the others! Clive caught and passed me again going into 15, but I managed to get back past him on the climb to the last control and then hold on until the finish. I took 34 minutes and brought my team up to 10th place. Overall, Scotland were runners up to England in the relays, with Scotland 3 finishing in 6th place.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

TINTO Twin Day Event - Firpark



I last ran at Firpark in 1995 when I ran M21 and nearly managed 5 minute k's. Today, I ran M45L which was 7.5k with 75m of climb and 24 controls. I took 44 minutes (6 minute k's!) and finished third, just behind John Tullie and Blair Young, and not much in front of Donald Petrie and Evgueni Chepelin - close competition! I ran well, only losing time at 10 - which seemed to be nearer the wall (to the north west) than I thought it would be. Otherwise, really enjoyed the area, especially the last part of the course which had lots of controls and changes of direction, in really nice pine forest.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.

TINTO Twin Night Event - Stone Hill

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2006




Stone Hill is mostly dense plantation with lots of brashings. I ran M45L which was 4.7k with 80m of climb and 11 controls. I took 46 minutes which I was reasonably happy with. Lost a bit of time at 4 by not being able to pick up the vegetation change (semi open to fight) which was to be my route to the control. At 8, I (like everybody else!) found the ride stopped, so groped through the fight, got poked in the eye and eventually relocated on the garden fence. Dave Robertson did the sensible thing and turned round and went via the finish!

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.


Map with my route.