Sunday, August 26, 2007

EBOR White Rose Event - Pickering Forest







This years White Rose Event took place in Pickering Forest in the North York Moors National Park. Pickering Forest was the venue for one of my first orienteering events - Nev Myers tells me it was in 1973! I remember running M15 and crawling through fight whilst trying to follow a compass bearing! Fortunately I wasn't put-off and this weekend was a much more positive experience!

The weather was great, the area (- much to my surprise and relief!) free of bracken and brambles, and the courses challenging - with route choice and areas of good contour detail!

The socialising was a highlight too, with a British Squad reunion and an opportunity to meet up with old friends not often seen at current events!



SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2007 - Day 1

M50L was 5.5k with 195m of climb and 14 controls. Managed to break one of my Active Ankles at the second control!

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.


Map with my course.



Map with my route.





SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2007 - Day 2

M50L was 6.3k with 255m of climb and 18 controls. Had a good, pretty clean, run; but finished some 3 minutes behind Colin Dickson of BAOC.

Results.
Splits.
Overall results.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

FVO Evening Event - Stirling University







Brad and Becky planned a really good long course which was 4.8k with 95m of climb and 22 controls, and which took me 30 minutes - some 5 minutes slower than Ross McLennan of CLYDE who recorded the fastest time. The event used SI punching - a first for an FVO evening event and much appreciated by all I spoke to.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Training - Isle of Lismore







With a good weather forecast and no orienteering events today, Hazel and I drove to Port Appin on the east side of Loch Linnhe (- between Oban and Ballachulish), and got the 5 minute ferry over to the north end of the Isle of Lismore.

We did a 2 hour run around the north of the island. Soon after starting, we had a close-up view of a white tailed sea eagle being mobbed by gulls and also saw common seals hauled out on skerries. The views to Ardnamurchan and to the Isle of Mull were fantastic, and were responsible for a number of stops during the run!

White tailed sea eagle.



Me with Loch Linnhe and the Glen Coe hills behind.



Looking south down Loch Linnhe.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

TAY 5K Trail Race - Hermitage





This was the first running race I've done in many years. Unfortunately, torrential rain meant a small entry; but the bad weather was more than compensated for by a great course which followed a variety of paths (- some rooty and muddy - suiting orienteers!) and with a few small climbs and descents. I completed the course in 18:46.

Results.

Map with course.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Scottish 6 Days Orienteering - Spey 2007





This years Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event Spey 2007 was based on Grantown on Spey in the Highlands and attracted nearly 4000 runners. The weather was mixed, but the areas were good and varied; and the maps, planning and organisation top class. Am already looking forward to the next 6 Days Tay 2009 at Perth!



SUNDAY, AUGUST 05, 2007 - Day 1 - Alvie



Alvie was used for the first Scottish 6 Days in 1977. It is pine forest of varying ages with some areas of moraine. M50L was 6.2k with 265m of climb and 16 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.






MONDAY, AUGUST 06, 2007 - Day 2 - Balavil

Balavil is a varied area comprising some detailed pine forest, birch woodland with juniper bushes and some open areas. M50L was 6.2k with 300m of climb and 17 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.





TUESDAY, AUGUST O7, 2007 - Day 3 - Inshriach West



Inshriach is pine forest - young, with low visiblilty near the start; but more open nearer the finish. M50L was 6.6k with 145m of climb and 19 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.





THURSDAY, AUGUST 08, 2007 - Day 4 - Culbin

Culbin is forested sand dunes and was used for the World Relay Championships in 1976. M50L 6.5k with 60m of climb and 19 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.





FRIDAY, AUGUST 09, 2007 - Day 5 - Camerory

Camerory is a new orienteering area and is a mix of pine forest and open hill. M50L was 6.3k with 140m of climb and 11 controls. A misplaced first control resulted in times being taken from control 2 onwards. Fell over in a marsh between 5 and 6 resulting in a muddy (and difficult to read!) map.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.






SATURDAY, AUGUST 10,2007 - Day 6 - Anagach West and Heathfield



Anagach is forested moraines, with a reasonable path network, on the outskirts of Grantown on Spey. M50L was 6.9k with 225m of climb and 22 controls.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.
Overall scores.