Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas - FVO run - Dumyat





There's a tradition of FVO members running up Dumyat on Christmas Day, a small hill 418m high at the west end of the Ochils, close to Stirling; and this year was no exception! There was a good turn out with a celebratory drink (- thanks to Jason!) on the summit.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

FVO Night Street O - Dunblane

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007





Jason Inman (above) planned a fun night street O - with a surprisingly large number of Santas turning up to race. The 4.2k course with 25 controls ended-up being a surprise 8.4k with 23 controls, with the FVO Christmas Party at the Sheriffmuir Inn later in the evening being an incentive to run hard!

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

FV0 Night Event - Mine Woods





I organised and planned tonights event. The course was 5.3k with 17 controls, with a short cut of ca 4k with 12 controls. It was great to see that both courses were won by FVO juniors - the long by Jamie Stevenson (who is fast and talented - like his namesake!) and the short by Abi Longhurst (who showed a number of very capable seniors a clean pair of studs!).

Results.

Map with course.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

FVO Night Event - Barr Wood





Gary Longhurst planned a challenging and fun course. I was anxious not to over exert myself after a recent virus and opted for the short option, which was ca 4k with 14 controls.

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

FVO Club Championships - Sauchie Crags





Sauchie Crags is located to the south west of Stirling and has not been used for orienteering before. Olympian (steeplechase in Mexico) and FVO stalwart, Gareth Bryan-Jones, made the map and planned and organised the event; whilst wife Jan laid on much appreciated post-race soup.

I didn't run because of a viral infection, but went along to spectate, take photos and enjoy the soup! Had I been running, I would have done the Blue (Veteran Men and Senior Womens) course which was 4.1k with 165m of climb and 14 controls.

Results.

Map with Blue course.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Park-O and MOV XXVIII - Venice





Video on orienteering in Venice by unknown person(s) and which, as epocian comments on Nopesport, gives a "good impression of what it's like!"





SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007 - Park-O


This was my first time in Venice and it was obvious from the difficulty I had trying to find my hotel, that this was going to be unlike any street orienteering event I had done before.

Saturday was the Park-O. I ran the Mens Medium (the longest) course which was 3.8k with 14 controls. I had a pleasing, clean run; took 25:42 and finished in 21st place.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.





SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2007 - MOV XXVIII

This was the main event of the weekend and attracted 3163 runners from 32 countries. It promised to take runners into the centre of Venice where the maze of alleys is most confusing - and also where the alleys are most congested with tourists!

I ran M50 which had 89 entrants and which was 6.1k with 16 controls. I took 48 minutes and finished in 3rd place behind Massimo Balboni of Italy and James Crawford of England.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.



Map with my route - dashed line is where I can't remember exactly which way I went!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Tinto Twin Day Event and SOL 7 - Altarstone





Altarstone is close to Stobo Castle near Peebles and is larch woodland planted on reasonably steep ground. The courses were planned by Gerry Thomson and Jason Simpson - the duo creating enjoyable, but challenging, courses which tested a range of orienteering techniques. In their determination to produce good courses, they dug the depression at number 2 and moved a boulder (- a significant distance!) to number 6 because the reentrant they'd intended to use was indistinct - well done and thanks guys!

I ran M50L which was 5.9k with 260m of climb and 27 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Tinto Twin Night Event and Scottish Night Championships - Firpark





I ran M50L which was 6.7k with 75m of climb and 21 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FVO Night Event - Polmaise Wood





This was my first night event of the autumn - premarked waterproof map with a single course, a mass start and SI punching. The course was 4.7k with 170m of climb and 18 controls.

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

GRAMP District Event - Forvie




Forvie lies on the coast to the north of Aberdeen and is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. Permission to use such a sensitive area for todays event was, in part, due to a Monitoring Report (produced by the Scottish Orienteering Association) which provides event organisers with guidelines on how to minimise the environmental impact of their courses on the area. The efforts of all concerned gave access to a beautiful area with fantastic contour detail, which; on a wonderfully warm autumn day, provided one of the most memorable events of the year!

I ran the Blue (second longest!) course which was 6.6k with 15 controls.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.


Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

MAROC District Event - Inchmarnoch





Deeside was at its autumnal best, with the golden leaves of the birches contrasting wonderfully with the dark green of the scots pine needles. The event used Inchmarnoch on the south side of the River Dee for some courses and Cambus O'May (to the north of the Dee) for others. Both are wonderful areas - rough, tough and technical!

I ran the Brown course which was in Inchmarnoch and which was 7.4k with 220m of climb and 16 controls. It was also the first half of a Long O which, following a 2k run along a cycle path, concluded with the Blue course on Cambus O'May.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

BASOC Middle Distance and District Events - Inshriach South





SATURDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2007 - Middle Distance Event - Inshriach South

Inshriach South is pine forest on an area of complex moraine and with fine autumnal weather, is a fantastic place to spend a weekend!

The middle distance course was 4.8k with 13 controls.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.





SUNDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2007 - District Event - Inshriach

I ran the Brown course (with a contour only map) which was 7.7k with 275m of climb and 20 controls.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.