Sunday, August 31, 2008

MAROC District Event - Birsemore Hill



Birsemore Hill lies to the south of Aboyne in Deeside and to the east of the Glen Tanar orienteering map. It's use is restricted because of capercailzie (the bird in MAROC's emblem), with no events allowed during the spring and summer. I ran the Brown (longest) course which was 7.1k with 270m of climb and 23 controls. Drahokoupil Ales of GRAMP won in an impressive time of 64:22, with fellow M50 Roger Coombs (back in Scotland after 2 years in Norway) second.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

FVO Evening Event - Killearn Glen and Kirkhouse Wood



This was the first time, to my knowledge, this area has been used for orienteering and the imaginative mix of urban and woodland terrain tested a range of technical skills. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't up to the challenge, and made a number of navigational errors - some on legs that were relatively straight forward!

I ran the Green (longest) course which was 5.1k with 13 controls and was disqualified for going to the wrong control at number 11 - the fence at the north edge of the circle instead of the reentrant!

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Purple Thistle 08 - Day 2 - Creag Mhic Chailein



Creag Mhic Chailein is part (oak) wood and part open, with a wealth of contour detail to provide a stern technical challenge and lots of climb and bracken to provide an even sterner physical test!

I ran the Mighty Thistle course which was 12.4k with 23 controls - there were to be 24 controls, but number 19 was within an area of new deer fencing and so was removed from the course. Douglas Tullie recorded the fastest time of the day of a little more than 95 minutes, closely followed by other runners from Edinburgh University.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Purple Thistle 08 - Day 1 - Kerrera



Photo by Brooner.



The Purple Thistle event adopts a "barebones" approach in that it focuses (as should be the case!) on the things that matter - finding a good area, making a good map and planning a good course!

This years Purple Thistle was based on Oban on the west coast of Scotland, with Day 1 involving a short boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Kerrera. The event used the southern part of the island which offered open, but technical and physical orienteering, and fantastic views of the surrounding hills and islands.

I ran the Mighty Thistle which was the longest course - 11.1k with 23 controls and a fair amount of climb. Scott Fraser won it in an impressive time of just under 80 minutes.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

FVO Evening Event - Dumyat



Steve Barrett planned tonights event on Dumyat, near Stirling. I ran the Green (longest) course which was 5.4k with 200m of climb and 7 controls, had a clean run and took 40:09; ca 30 seconds slower than Jamie Stevenson (of FVO) and 2 minutes behind Ross McLennan.

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Carnerthy Hill Running Club - Caerketton Hill Race



Carnethy Hill Running Club
organise the Caerketton Hill race, a short 2.4k with 240m of climb. Scottish Hill Racing describe it thus: "The race starts with a steep uphill grass slope to the stile, followed by an even steeper bank of blaeberries. Once on the first top there is only the briefest section of proper running to the higher Caerketton summit and back before you hurtle back down to the stile and finishing straight."

I set off a bit too fast and struggled for much of the climb. Even on the flatter section (between the summmits)my legs felt tired, possibly from last weeks 6 Days; but on a positive note the descent went better than expected with only a couple of people passing me - and and I stayed on my feet!

Al Anthony won from Muuray Strain, and I finished 12th in 15:24.

The race was also the last of the Bog and Burn races - with your best 4 results (from 10 races) counting.

Results.
Results from Bog and Burn series.

Map of route (from Scottish Hill Racing website).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Croeso 2008 - South Wales



Croeso 2008 was based around Tredegar in South Wales, and comprised 6 races with your best 4 results to count. The areas were mostly open, some on complex limestone terrain with lots of negative features and others taking advantage of the areas industrial (coal mining) heritage and the complex spoil heaps that have been left behind.



SUNDAY, AUGUST 03, 2008
Day 1 - Merthyr Common

This was limestone terrain and an area I had run on before during a Veterans Home International. Unfortunately, that previous visit didn't help and I got totally lost going to number 2, taking 20 minutes to relocate.

M50L was 7.5k with 170m of climb and 15 controls, and took me 73:21.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





MONDAY, AUGUST O4, 2008
Day 2 - Blorenge

Blorenge is a hill overlooking Abergavenny and provided a physical and in places, technical challenge.

M50L was 6.0k with 120m of climb and 11 controls, and took me 52:35.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





TUESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2008
Day 3 - Pwll Du

The weather was atrocious, but the good terrain and planning, and the ever cheerful event organisers; made for an enjoyable day.

M50L was 6.5k with 140m of climb and 19 controls, and took me 49:31.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





THURSDAY, AUGUST 07, 2008
Day 4 - Wentwood (West)

This was the only event to be held in woodland - an area that had a fearsome reputation for brambles in the past! Fortunately, the brambles were no longer a significant feature of the area which allowed fast running through open woodland.

M50L was 6.8k with 320m of climb and 18 controls, and took me 55:03.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





FRIDAY, AUGUST 08, 2008
Day 5 - Mynydd y Garn

This was a lovely area of open land on limestone, with lots of depressions.

M50L was 8.5k with 210m of climb and 20 controls, and took me 53:22.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my route.





SATURDAY, AUGUST 09, 2008
Day 6 - Clydach Terrace

The weather was even worse than on Day 3, but the area was terrific - varied and detailed! I set off very cautiously in the complex area after the start and was caught 2 minutes by Joachim Friessnig from Austria at number 4, afterwhich we had a good race against each other to the finish. Found the map very hard to read (even with my magnifier) and feel that a larger scale map could have been justified given the complexity of the area.

M50L was 6.3k with 150m of climb and 18 controls, and took me 54:25.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Overall results.

Map with my route.