WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2008 - Ben Sheann
Steve Barrett, FVO, approaching the finish. Photo by Chris Upson.
This was my first hill race for many years and a consequence of e mails advertising them (from FVO Coach, Jason Inman) and of FVO colleagues participation in other races. The Scottish Hill Racing website described Ben Sheann (near Strathyre) as: "A micro classic. A small race with a big feel. The race climbs steeply through the forest to the prominent summit of An Sidhean. After the summit, follow a loop around some boggy, tussocky ground before launching back into the forest for the final exciting descent. Expect midge hell."
This was the 6th race of this years Bog and Burn Series and attracted a strong field, including a large contingent of Forth Valley Orienteers, for the 4k course with 426m of climb. The race was won by Prasad Prasad, with junior orienteer Jamie Stevenson finishing a very credible second. I had a good climb, but lost ca 8 places on the descent to finish 18th in a time of 29:47. Afterwards, the predicted "midge hell" became reality!
Map of route.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2008 - Eildon 2 Hills
This race was organised by Gala Harriers and starts and finishes in the Borders town of Melrose. I've run it once before - back in 1985, and have also orienteered on the area several times. The race was 7.2k with 460m of climb and I finished 7th (1st Super Vet) in 33:25. Lost a bit of time with my choice of route off both summits, but descended better (apart from down a long flight of steps) than at Ben Sheann! Was pushed hard all the way by John Tullie who finished 8th.
Map (old orienteering map) of route.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Kingdom of Fife Orienteers organised the third Scottish Orienteering League event of the year in Devilla Forest. I ran M50L which was 7.1k with 180m of climb and 16 controls. I took 50:38 but was well behind John Tullie who posted a very impressive 46 minutes.
Map with course.
Map with my route.