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British Relay Championships 2018 - Relay

Sunday 20 May 2018: British Orienteering Championships - Relay race, Torphantrick  

Torphantrick, part of the Inchmarnoch Estate near Ballater, was a fine setting for the British Relay Championships. Castles and sunshine were not present, but the venue was on a pleasant meadow in a loop of the River Dee, a favoured spot for fisherman but fortunately Sunday is a rest day for salmon.

The terrain was very different from Balmoral, including Scots Pine plantation recently thinned (with brashings) and more open oak and birch forest. There was an intricate path and fence network overlaid on some complex moraine features. Parallel errors were commonplace but the area was fair and fortunately no teams were out for too long.

British Orienteering Chair Judith Holt was however still out as third Leg runner as the prize giving started. Colin Matheson, British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Event Coordinator and Events Manager for Scottish Orienteering stepped in for the BOC Long Distance presentations while Judith completed her run and changed just in time to present the Relay medals and trophies.

Soon it was all over and 'Limelight', our excellent Event Services crew, cleared the arena ready for the return of the sheep. So that’s it for another year and we hope everyone makes the trip south (or north for many) to Yorkshire next year.

Relay
Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online

All results(pdf)

Entries Secretary David Nicol (FVO). Credit:  C Matheson
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Photo above - M/W 70 Relay winners 

1st: Cliff Etherden, Carol McNeill, Simon Cane (LOC) 
2nd: Geoffrey Hensman, Lindsey HEnsman, Dave Coustick (FVO) 
3rd:  Alastair Lessells, Eleanor Pyrah, John McLaren (ESOC). 

Photo credit:  Deeside Camera Club

Photo above:  Relay A: Premier winners

1st: Chris Smithard, Mark Nixon, Kris Jones (FVO)
2nd:  Alex Carcas, Matthew Fellbaum, Alexander Chepelin (EUOC)
3rd:  Alan Cherry, Josh Beech, Matthew Speake.

Photo credit:  Deeside Camera Club

Thanks go to the Balmoral Estates and in particular Garry Marsden for permission to stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral on Saturday 19th May – the same day as the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Torphantrick is part of the Inchmarnoch Estate, and thanks go to Mrs J C Carson for permission to use this area for the British Relay Championships on Sunday 20th May.

British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs who gave their time as volunteers to help stage this competition. MAROC, ESOC, TAY, ECKO, CLYDE and FVO were the main clubs involved with the Long Distance Championships.  GRAMP and BASOC were the main clubs involved with the British Relay Championships.  Individuals from other clubs across Scotland are also involved.

Especially thanks also to Colin Matheson (Event Coordinator, Day Organiser and Safety Officer and Events Manager at SOA), Assistant Coordinator: Ross Lilley (ECKO), Treasurer: Jackie Reynard (GRAMP), Entries: David Nicol (FVO), Payments: Sarah Hobbs (Membership & Communications Officer, SOA), Long Distance - Planner: Steve Nicholson (FVO), Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton (GRAMP), Controller: Brian Bullen (FVO), Assistant Controller: Dave Armitage (GRAMP), Relays: Planner: Clive Masson (ESOC), Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite (BAOC), Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR).

Thank you to all who travelled up to the Championships and took part in this event.   Another great weekend of Orienteering set in superb surroundings and enjoyed by all.  

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British Orienteering Championships 2018 Balmoral

Saturday 19 May - British Orienteering Championships - Long distance race, Balmoral, Scotland. 

Probably one of the most memorable British Orienteering Championships ever held! Balmoral Castle on the day of a Royal Wedding, beautiful weather, fantastic courses and excellent mapping all combined to make it a great event.

Parking was on an immaculately mown lawn, with care taken not to drive over the cricket pitch.

The walk to the Red start was long but essential, with around 700 competitors passing Her Majesty’s ponies on the way to the westernmost (and toughest) part of the area. Runners might have been treated to the sight of a drone gathering race footage, as well as running cams and other cameras out in the woods. 

Dougie Vipond interviewing Sasha Chepelin for the BBC Adventure Show

Interviews were conducted with the main hopefuls in M21E and W21E by presenter Dougie Vipond (also of Deacon Blue fame) and well-known hill-goer Cameron McNeish. With GPS tracking and race commentary, there will be an excellent TV programme coming out sometime in the summer.

Ice cream in high demand
Ursula Oxburgh setting out uphill
Run in with the castle in the background

Everyone was a winner at Balmoral, but we hope that those who limped in nursing sprains, cuts and bruises make a quick recovery.

Photos by: Colin Matheson

 

RESULTS - Long Distance
Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online
All results(pdf)
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Sprint Scotland 2018 (19 - 22 July) - book now!

2 coaching days and 3 races!

Sprint Scotland is proud to invite you to a weekend of high-quality sprint orienteering on new areas in Falkirk, Denny and Grangemouth.

Reminder! 
Entry prices increase on the 27 May 2018.  
 

The event is organised by the Masterplan Adventure team of Graham Gristwood, Chris Smithard, Kris Jones and Fanni Gyurko, and includes coaching, Q&A sessions and a ceilidh as well as orienteering! 

Event programme includes:

19 July - Coaching day in Grangemouth South and West, followed by an evening talk.
20 July - Coaching day in Hallglen (Falkirk), followed by an evening talk.
21 July - 2 sprint races in Denny (near Stirling) (Scottish Urban League,  2*WRE), followed by an evening talk and ceilidh.
22 July - 1 sprint race in Grangemouth North (WRE).


Entries are open.  You can book your place here.  

Sprint Scotland website can be accessed here.  

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