CompassSport Cup/ Trophy Final hosted by Forth Valley Orienteers at Tulliallan was a great success!

A big thank you and well done to Forth Valley Orienteers for a fabulous weekend of the Stirling City Race (SOUL 10) and CompassSport Cup & Trophy Final 2022.

Compass Sport Cup/ Trophy Final Arena run in Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle

The rain on Saturday didn’t dent the enthusiasm of those enjoying the delights of the streets of Stirling with over 290 competitors taking part.  Thanks go to Jon Cross (planner), Chris Smithard (controller) and Marie Claire Shankland (organiser) and all the other volunteers who made the event possible.

SOA’s Fran Britain enjoying the rain Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle

On Sunday the CompassSport Cup & Trophy Final for 2022 was held at Devilla Wood and Tulliallan with an amazing assembly/ arena location at Tulliallan Police College. 

Over 680 competitors from 22 qualifying clubs from all over the UK congregated to compete for the CompassSport Cup (Large Clubs) and Compass Sport Trophy (Small Clubs) following various qualifying heats.  A large club is determined as one which has more than 126 British Orienteering Federation (BOF) members between the ages of 12 and 85.  A small club is one which has less than 125 BOF members between the ages of 12 and 85.  

Each competing club gains points from the highest placing members of their club on each course with limits on the number of counting runners on each course.  The top 25 counting runners provide the score for the large clubs and the top 13 counting runners provide the score for the small clubs. 

The Scottish heat was hosted by FVO at Callander Crags on 12th March with FVO and Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) qualifying for the CompassSport Cup Final and Interlopers Orienteering Club (INT), MAR Orienteering Club (MAROC), Moravian Orienteering Club (MOR) and Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC) qualifying for the CompassSport Trophy Final.  

On Sunday all competitors were treated to a gloriously sunny, if cold, day which picked out the autumn colours around the arena.  

In the CompassSport Cup Final FVO put in a great effort coming in second place only 6 points behind South Yorkshire Orienteering Club who scored 2425 points. They were too busy to get a team photo on the day.

Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle
FVO club tent Compass Sport Cup Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle

In the CompassSport Trophy Final there was an amazing Scottish first, second and third with INT lifting the trophy with 1256 points.  MAROC were very close behind in second place with 1251 points.  MOR sneaked in to snatch third place on 1222 points with their local rivals INVOC not far behind in 5th place on 1179 points.  

Interlopers – CompassSport Cup Trophy Winners Photo Credit: William Ivory
MAROC Team Photo 2nd Place CompassSport Trophy 2nd place Photo Credit: Pat Graham
MAROC Team CompassSport Trophy 2nd Place Photo Credit: Pat Graham
MOR Team CompassSport Trophy 3rd Place Photo Credit: Andrew Campbell
INVOC CompassSport Trophy 5th place Photo Credit: Ken MacDonald

The golden boot trophy for the fastest run in which should be minimum of 150 metres and this year featured a tricky up hill corner to catch out those tired legs was won by Jamie Goddard (FVO) in 27 seconds and Louise Adams (INT) in 33 seconds.

The final hill was tricky for tired legs despite the times of Jamie Goddard and Louise Adams Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle

Well done to all who competed in the event and a huge thank you to Mark Wood (planner), David Esson (GRAMP – controller), Neil Polwart (organiser) and all those who volunteered and made this day/ weekend possible.