A handful of FVO members headed to a sunny Moray Firth at the weekend for an excellent two days of Orienteering. Saturday’s Urban Race was on a newly extended map of Lossiemouth which took in the RAF base, housing estates of varying complexity, an open sandy area and some fast forest. The general consensus was that it was a great area with exciting racing.
One of our juniors, Ben got a special mention from the Organisers ....
“Apologies to Benjamin Parkinson (M10 FVO). Nobody (except young Benjamin) had paid any attention to the sign on the way in to one of his controls (No 5 on Course E) that said "Authorised Personnel Only". He lost about 3 minutes trying to find an alternative way in. It might sound a minor thing, but we think that young Benjamin deserves a big public pat on the back for respecting an official notice, however great the temptation might be to ignore it. Adults will realise that the sign would not apply in the circumstances, but it's different with children. We spoke to Benjamin on Sunday personally to say sorry - mum and dad please give him a big pat on the back from us - and move him up the results an unofficial 3 places! Planners of urban races beware in future!”
Sunday’s SOL was at Culbin and it didn’t disappoint! The area of complex wooded sand-dunes has previously been used for the Scottish 6 Days and the more recently the British Championships in 2008. The courses were long but people enjoyed quality racing in a wonderful sun-lit forest.
Louise (Credit Moravian Orienteers)
Ewan (Credit Moravian Orienteers)
Gary exiting the RAF Base
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