Tuesday, May 29, 2007

ECKO Spring Series - Dunollie and Ganavan







I travelled to Oban tonight following an irresistable event flier! It promised "top quality terrain and undoubtedly the best views of any of our orienteering areas - from Mull and Lismore, to the hills of Ardgour and Glencoe, to Cruachan, to the Paps of Jura and to Kerrera." It went on to say "the Green and Blue courses offer extremely varied and very enjoyable terrain: heather, rough grass, bog myrtle, patches of native woodland, short grazed grass with clumps of gorse, crags, knolls, beautiful bluebell woodland, short bracken and small areas of marsh." Wet weather prevented the views from being as good as they might have been, but the area and course were first class! I ran the Blue (longest) course which was 7.4k with 20 controls and which took me 64 minutes.

The view from Ganavan on a dry evening.



Results.
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RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

INVOC SOL 4 - Rogie







SOL 4 was at Rogie, a fantastic area between Inverness and Ullapool, and used for the short qualification race at the World Championships in 1999. With Eddie Harwood planning it promised to be special - and didn't disappoint! M50L was 7.7k with 245m of climb and 19 controls, and took me 64 minutes. I had a good run, only losing time because of a few hesitations.

Results.
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RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

FVO Evening Event - Minewoods





Minewoods is on the northern edge of Bridge of Allan and is a steep beech/sycamore wood. Tonights event was organised by Gareth and Jan Bryan-Jones - two stalwarts of FVO! I ran the long course which was 3.3k with 12 controls and which took me 26 minutes.

Results.

Roger Goddard of WAROC warming down.



Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

LOC National Event - Caw





Caw is just north east of Stickle Pike (- used for yesterdays event) and is similarly rocky with lots of contour detail. I ran M50L which was 7.8k with 385m of climb and 12 controls, and which took me 60 minutes. The course was really good, had far fewer controls than is usual in the UK and gave a number of long legs with route choice. 7-8 was particularly challenging and I was lucky to relocate on the boulder to the north east of the flag after failing to pick up the line of dot knolls and the rocky knoll to the west of the control. Other than that, I ran a good technical race, having a clear plan for every leg and maintaining good concentration throughout.

Results.
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Map with my course.



Map with my route.

BARRO Cumbrian Short Race Series Event 3 - Stickle Pike

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007



This was the first event for new club Barrow and District Orienteering Club and the last of the Cumbrian Short Race Series. Stickle Pike is an area of rocky (- much rockier than the map suggests!) moorland with plenty of contour detail. I ran the M40+ course which was 3.2k with 125m of climb and 14 controls, and which took me 25 minutes. The course was great (- being both technically and physically challenging) and I look forward to competing at many more BARRO events in the future.

Results.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.



In the evening I went badger watching and managed to capture some of what I saw with my mobile phone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ECKO Spring Series - Creag Mhic Chailein







Paul Frost's e mail put paid to painting the fence tonight! It advertised an evening event on one of the best areas for orienteering in Britain, with all the trimmings - pre-marked waterproof maps and sportident punching!

I took advantage of my employers (- Clackmannanshire Council) flexi system and finished work at 4pm so I could attend. Gerry and Jason of TINTO travelled even further than I did to be there!

I ran the Blue (longest) course which was 7.6k with 18 controls and which took me 55 minutes.

The event was well supported with lots of the newcomers to the sport and it was heartening to think that they must have gone away with a really positive impression of orienteering. Well done ECKO!

Results.
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Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

GRAMP SOL 3 - Glen Truim





I have run at Glen Truim once before - when it was used for the Scottish Championships in 2003. Then I ran M45L, at todays Scottish Orienteering League event I ran M50L which was 6.2k with a whopping 400m of climb and 15 controls. I took 56 minutes and, other than being a bit hesitant into number 2, had a clean run.

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Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

BASOC District Event - Dunachtonmore







Dunachtonmore is the area previously called Craigbui and is a fantastic mix of birch woods, pine plantation and open areas. I ran the Brown course which was 7.3k with 290m of climb and 19 controls. I took 51 minutes and was in 4th place, some 3 minutes behind Steve Nicholson, when I left. I expect that will change as Ben Hartmen, Dave Robertson, Graeme Ackland, Andy Hyslop and a strong contingent from Edinburgh University were all at the event and starting late.

After a string of poor technical races recently, I decided to concentrate on "the process rather than the outcome" - see okansas blogspot for clarification. I found that when I made mistakes at 6 and 12, this helped me put them behind me. Usually I get annoyed with myself, try and make up the time and make more mistakes!

Results.
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RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

FVO Evening Event - Barr Wood





Barr Wood is fantastic at this time of year before the bracken grows-up. I ran the long course which was 4.5k with 13 controls, and which took me 29 minutes. I caught Roger Goddard at the the third control and we ran together for the rest of the course.

Results.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Monday, May 07, 2007

British Relay Championships - Pwll Du

SUNDAY, MAY 06, 2007







I ran last leg in the M40 relay with Duncan Francis and Steve Barrett. Duncan came back 5th at the end of the first leg and Steve brought us up to third. My leg was 5.2k with 115m of climb and 18 controls, and took me 40 minutes. I was passed by Roger Thetford of TVOC just before the last control and finished third. WCOC won and a strong SYO team managed to get themselves disqualified.

Results.
WinSplits.

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Map with my route.

British Individual Championships - Pwll Du & Blorenge

SATURDAY, MAY 05, 2007





Pwll Du and Blorenge is an area of mine-worked moorland to the south west of Abergavenny. I ran M50L which was 8.1k with 225m of climb and 24 controls. I had a poor technical race, lost a lot of time near the end of the course and finished second in 59 minutes - 1 minute behind John Rye of RMOC.

Results.
WinSplits.


Map with my course.



Map with my route.