Braemar success for the Moravian Orienteering Club

There was success for the Moravian Orienteering Club at their last event in Braemar.

Moray Pathfinders have done well at Braemar.

Nine members of the Moray Club took part in an event held in the Highland Village, following routes over a largely unknown area adjacent to the Highland Games ground.

The quest through deep heather proved to be a long physical challenge in the scorching sun for the competitors.

Young Elgin Finlay McLuckie (M14-) made it to the second longest adult course and destroyed most of the field, only being beaten by a local youngster.

Her sister Kate (W16-) raced the next course and placed third in a battle with a boy and girl her age, beating all the adults, although her mother Morag (W50+) had a great race for finish fifth on the course.

Kinloss teenager Michael Bishenden (U16-) rode a great run over a tough course for his first-ever long course race, finishing fourth in a classy field of older youngsters who took the top five places.

The club’s oldest competitor, Eddie Harwood (M70+) from Urquhart has won the wooden spoon – how long will he continue to run the longer courses?

Putting on her orienteering shoes, W70+ runner Margaret Dearman of Duffus showed she had recovered from both a heart attack and hip replacement surgery by tackling in the middle course.

She managed to edge a rival by one second after nearly 80 minutes of racing.

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Dino J. Dotson