Orienteering champions crowned | Deside Piper

Morocco’s junior men’s teams won gold and bronze at the Scottish Orienteering Relay Championships

This was followed by Sunday’s Scottish Relay Championships in Sluie with local Orienteering Club Mar (Morocco) coordinating the event.

Athletes arrived from all over Scotland and further afield to compete on the challenging Deeside ground. Course planners for Glen Dye – Gareth Yardley and Sluie – Nick Hale had their work cut out to ensure competitors could avoid the severe gale after winter storms and local mapping expert Jon Musgrave , had extensively updated areas.

Competitors from Morocco achieved great individual results with many members on the podium with Ewan Musgrave M18E (Dess) and Ruth Gooch W16 (Aboyne) becoming Scottish Champions 2022 with Adam Barrie M18 (Drumtochty) and Dougal Mather M10 (Logie Coldstone ) being a finalist in their classes.

Women’s Open winning relay team

Sue Barrie (W55S), Nick Hale (M60S) and Emily Bichard (W14BS) took second place, while Jenny Ricketts finished third in W21S.

The Elite Men race was contested on the physical course of 15.975km with 435m of elevation gain and the top three finished within 4 minutes of each other. Forth Valley’s Alasdair MacLeod took the win in 100:13 minutes with runners-up Alastair Thomas (Edinburgh United) and third-placed Phil Vokes (Octavian Droobers – West Midlands) finishing just 45 seconds apart.

In the women’s individual, Mairi Eades (Edinburgh United) took a convincing victory by 8 minutes over teammate Niamh Hunter, completing the 10.55km 325m uphill course in 92.50 minutes. Helen Bridle (Edinburgh Southern) won the bronze medal.

Sunday’s action featured some very competitive, fast, furious and fun relay races centered on an exposed, open hill in Sluie, near Potarch. The addition of spectator control adjacent to the staging area provided entertainment for relay athletes waiting for their new team members in the quarantine area.

Men’s Open winning relay team

Fresh off her class win the day before, Sue Barrie did a tremendous amount of prep work with course planner Nick Hale, controller Tim Griffin and the many volunteers at Morocco to ensure the event ran smoothly.

The powerhouse members of the University of Edinburgh (EUOC) team continued to dominate the results winning both the Men’s Open (David Bunn, Alasdair Pedley, Alastair Thomas) and Women’s Open (Niamh Hunter , Ellie Bales, Mairi Eades), as well as WO Bronze (Kirsty Campbell, Alice Wilson, Louise Adams).

Maroc Juniors did a great job with several younger members taking part in their first relay. The mini team of Dougal Mather, Dara Tivendale & Emily Bichard were delighted with their bronze medals. The older junior boys stormed through their class taking gold (Ewan Musgrave, Jonas Newey and Yann Newey) and silver (Adam Barrie, Joel Gooch and Ranolph Whitehead) finishing just ahead of the Forth Valley team in third place.

Dino J. Dotson