Thursday, July 24, 2008

British Orienteering Squad - Turnhouse Hill Race

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008

Photograph from Scottish Hill Runners.



This race was organised by the British Orienteering Squad to raise funds and was 5k with 350m of climb.

Scottish Hill Racing described the route as follows: Start where the Turnhouse track leaves the reservoir road - 229631. Follow the markers along the main Turnhouse path over the hillocks and to the wall corner - Checkpoint - 222630. Turn left and contour along the wall follow the wall as it climbs the re-entrant then follow markers through the woods (217626) and onto the spur, join and contour along the fence and drop into a small re-entrant - Checkpoint 214623. Climb the re-entrant and continue to the summit of Turnhouse Hill - Checkpoint 213626. Follow the main path north along the ridge, then bear left following markers off the north end of the spur and descend to Burton 's Gold Medal Biscuits - Checkpoint 215636. Follow paths and markers right on an undulating contour back to the wall corner - Checkpoint 222630. Finish down the main path to the start point.

Orienteer Murray Strain won the race in a new record time and I finished 8th (first veteran) in 29:10.

Results.

Map of route (from Scottish Hill Racing website).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ochil Hill Runners - Maddy Moss Hill Race



Photo by Chris Upson.



This race was organised by Ochil Hill Runners and was 10k long with 710m of ascent.

Scottsh Hill Racing describes the Maddy Moss Race as "Possibly the best, and generally the longest time-wise, of the mid-week Bog and Burn races. The race starts up a near vertical grass slope adorned with gorse bushes, before breaking onto a runnable path and a short rocky descent to a burn crossing. The ascent up the nose of The Law is largely hands on knees, with only short sections of shuffle running. The route then opens out across the grassy tops of Ben Cleuch and Andrew Gannel Hill, before dropping into a narrow trod high above Gannel Burn where overtaking is virtually impossible. The final section of downhill is frighteningly fast and tricky before the near vertical plummet to the finish."

I had a good climb and reached The Law in circa 12th place, but lost several places on the descent from Andrew Gannell Hill to finish in 57:43 in 15th place and 1st M50. There was a good turnout of orienteers, with Murray Strain finishing 3rd and Douglas Tullie 4th.

Results.

Profile of route.



Map of route.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Strathearn Harriers - The Famous Grouse Crieff 10k



Robert Gilroy and David Morwood - photo by David Bauchup.



This is the first time I have done this race, which was superbly organised by Strathearn Harriers. It follows a lovely route (with 350m of climb) to the west of Crieff (- one I train on reasonably often) and was memorable for pipers giving encouragement at strategic locations such as the top of Laggan Hill and near the monument at Trowan. I went off fairly hard and struggled on the climb soon after we left the road after 1k. I then had a better middle section, where the route is more undulating and on small paths; but was hanging on over the final 2k. Was pleased to finish 6th in a time of 37:42 and was even more pleased to receive a bottle from the sponsors! The post race sandwiches and cakes were a further highlight and helped make for a really enjoyable day.

Results.

Map of route.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

World Masters Orienteering Championships - Portugal



The World Masters Orienteering Championships took place from 28th June to 5th July and was based on Marinha Grande in Portugal. The organisation was excellent, the areas, maps and courses first rate; and the hospitality and weather wonderful - a really great weeks orienteering!



SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008 - Sprint Qualifying Race - Leiria



Leiria is an old town, with some courses visiting the hilltop castle. I ran in heat 2 of M50 which was 2.1k with 45m of climb and 15 controls, and finished 5th in 14:23.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008 - Sprint Final Race - Praia da Vieira



Praia da Vieira is on the coast and was a superb choice for the final - new town, forested dunes, open dunes and old town! I ran in the M50 A final which was 2.3k with 65m of climb and 21 controls, and finished 4th in 14:55. James Crawford ran a great race to record a British victory!

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





TUESDAY, JULY 01, 2008 - Model Event - Pedreanes

I ran ca4k with 10 controls to get a feel for the long event areas and for how they were mapped.

Map with my route.





WEDNESDAY, JULY 02, 2008 - Long Qualifying Race 1 - Pataias

I ran in heat 1 of M50 which was 7.2k with 205m of climb and 17 controls, and finished 4th in 49:42.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





THURSDAY, JULY 03, 2008 - Long Qualifying Race 2 - Pataias



I ran in heat 1 of M50 which was 7.2k with 175m of climb and 20 controls, had a good run save for being hesitant into 7, and finished 3rd in 42:59.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





SATURDAY, JULY 05, 2008 - Long Final Race - Pedrogao

Photo by Nick Barrable of Compass Sport.



Unfortunately for me, this was the warmest day of the Championships and with a late start; I suffered in the heat! I ran in the M50 A final which was 8.4k with 275m of climb and 23 controls, and finished 11th in 63:26.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.