Wednesday, January 31, 2007

FVO Night Event - Laigh Hills & Barbush, Dunblane

I ran the Long course which was 5.1k with 17 controls and great fun! It took me 36 minutes, 1 minute down on Will Hensman. I was pleased with my run, only losing time at the last control where I stopped short.


Map with my course.

Map with my route.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

MOR Colour Coded Event - Darnaway Forest North

Darnaway was first used for orienteering when it hosted the World Orienteering Championships individual race in 1976. The forest still provides excellent technical orienteering. The Brown course was 7.8k with 17 controls and took me 55 minutes - some minutes behind winner James Tullie. My race was okay, but I did lose time through poor concentration at some of the middle controls.

Me near the finish.

Andy Hyslop, WAROC, in open beech forest.


Map with my course.

Map with my route.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

FVO "Old Boys" Ski Trip - French Alps

Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Tignes and Val d'Isere

FVO "old boys" comprised myself, Steve Nicholson (- whose parents have a chalet in Villaroger - our base for the trip!), Fraser Purves and Dave Coustick. Our first day saw us ski the Espace Killy which covers Tignes and Val d'Isere. The weather was perfect - clear, sunny and warm; which allowed an outside lunch at a mountain restaurant above Val d'Isere. A big day was had, with lots of miles covered and lots of feet (metres?) descended!

Part of the Espace Killy piste map.

Sunday, January 21, 2007 - La Plagne

Steve went teleing at Sainte Foye, whilst Fraser, Dave and myself checked-out La Plagne, a part of the Paradiski area - me on teles, the others on alpine skis. We started from Montchavin, had lunch above Champagny and found some great snow on the Bellecote glacier in the afternoon. The day was rounded-off nicely in a tea room which served amazing apricot tart - tough luck Steve!

Part of the La Plagne piste map.

Monday and Tuesday, January 22 and 23, 2007 - Les Arcs

The last 2 days were spent at Les Arcs - the other part of the Paradiski area. Unfortunately lack of snow prevented us taking the lifts out of Villaroger, which necessitated a drive down to Bourg St Maurice each morning. Monday afternoon was spent on blades (- great fun!) with Steve and myself on teles for the rest of the time, and Fraser and Dave sticking with their alpine skis. The highlight was on Tuesday afternoon - a ski back to Villaroger down a "closed" run of partially ice covered meadow, followed by a short walk out. That night, much needed snow fell and was only to be enjoyed by Dave, who was moving on to Chamonix for some "steep and deep" skiing!

Part of the Les Arcs piste map.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

FVO Night Event - Polmaise Wood

Polmaise Wood is on the western outskirts of Stirling, has a lot of indistinct paths and areas of rhododendron.

Approximately 25 runners set-off on a mass start for the tricky 4.0k course with 17 controls. Lots of route choice separated the runners reasonably early on, although I did have a good tussle with Ali Bryan-Jones (- who lives on the northern edge of the map!) around the latter part of the course. I took 46 minutes - some 12 minutes behind winner Steve Nicholson. Despite my slow time, I was not unhappy with my performance given a recent cold!


Map with course.

Map with my route.