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.
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.