Devon was well represented on the podium at the Scottish 6 Days -and there were a lot of other good performances from the strong contingent of club members who made the long journey to Deeside. A report from the TBGS team and a selection of photographs can be seen below.
The overall results were decided on the basis of an individual's best 4 positions in the 6 events. Congratulations to all who completed the full six days and particularly to:
Flurry Grierson (M16) (3rd)
Ben Chesters (M35) (3rd)
Tom Lillicrap (M70) (3rd)
Ella Bowles (W55) (3rd)
Day-by-day report, with thanks to the TBGS team
Day 1 - Glen Tanar
Jack Forest: Glen Tanar was a vast area of Scottish Plantation which included a variety of technical challenges for all courses. I was M16A, C34, which included technical micro-navigation alongside interesting route choice. Challenging for a 14-year-old! I enjoyed my course and came 12th overall.
Day 2 – Balfour Forest
Tommy Wright: Despite having a challenging course and a shocking time I generated a huge amount of learning while having fun. The area consisted of open runnable forest and open moorland which many competitors found difficult to navigate. It was flat apart from the hill where the latter were more significant.
Day 3 – Birsemore Hil
Joe Cunliffe: Day 3 was very steep which seems like a continuation on a theme of the previous days. In the M14A, which seemed much more difficult than TD4 I had some interesting legs over the intricate rocky terrain. Overall, I think great plantation is a better area!
Day 4 – Creag Choinnich
Will Mathews: As I started the walk to start, I realised that I could not waste this day due to the unusually good weather. Despite struggling on my first control I enjoyed the course apart from some of the steep dissents which proved slower than the assents. Overall my favourite part of the map was the open run. The uphill sprint finish was a bit of a downer.
Day 5 – Glen Feardar East
Fraser Dixon: Day 5 was a mix of runnable moorland and slow, technical forest. It was a physical challenge for all the courses including M14A. I found my course a test of my navigation with some difficult legs with a lack of hand-rails. The weather soon improved after a worrying start which made for easy running for the Devon start block.
Day 6 – Glen Feardar West
Hugo Twigger: Day 6 proved a tough task with its difficult vegetation boundaries which were very vague in parts resulting with me loosing contact with the map. Though, it’s difficult to say that the run-in wasn’t stunning, sprinting through the very runnable fields. All in all, it was an incredible place though definitely not my finest run.
Tom ‘Snowy’ Snow: The Scottish 6 Day lived up to its impressive reputation with 6 days of tough and technical areas. The heathery moorland proved just as slow as anything that Devon can offer and the technical forest proved a tough challenge for even the most experienced navigator. However, the trip was most noticeable for an absence; Steve Perelle who has been struggling with injury sadly could not make it to Scotland. I am sure that all of Devon Orienteering will be hoping for a speedy recovery.
For further details see Devon's Mailchimp circular, or full results can be found at: https://www.scottish6days.com/results/2017/
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