Junior Inter Areas Competition 2017

The Junior Inter Area competition is an annual competition where the 3 areas in Scotland (North, West and East) compete during a relay and individual event to see which area will come out on top. This year the relays were hosted at Dechmont Law alongside the Scottish Orienteering Urban League event and the individual at Drummond Hill using the final Scottish Orienteering League event of the year. Congratulations to the North Area who are this year’s Junior Inter Area Champions!

The relays were held at Dechmont Law in Livingston, where parents and friends juggled competing in the urban race with supporting the juniors who were racing in the relays. With a Yellow, Orange and Light Green leg for each team to run in either the open or girls competition, areas need a variety of ages and experience in their team. New Team Managers this year for both the North (Jess Tuille and Jenny Hall) and East (Claire Ward and Katherine Ivory) added to the excitement but the strength of the areas was shown by all 3 having a relay team on both podiums!


1st North (Oscar Shepherd (INVOC)/Finlay McLuckie (MOR)/Joe Wright (MAROC))

2nd West (Jamie Goddard (FVO)/James Hammond (FVO)/Louis MacMillan (ECKO))

3rd East (David Ivory (INT)/Finn Duguid (TAY)/Max Bloor (INT))


1st West (Rona Shearer (ECKO)/Kirsty Flint (FVO)/Jura MacMillan (ECKO))

2nd North (Isobel Howard (MOR)/Kate McLuckie (MOR)/Katrina McGougan (BASOC))

3rd East (Maja Robertson (ESOC)/Emily Atkinson (ESOC) /Rachel Brown (ESOC))

Overall it was all to play for with West taking the lead going into the individual races on the Sunday: West 64, North 56, East 48.


After a fun evening with all the teams staying together in Stirling Youth Hostel, the action continued on Sunday at the Scottish Orienteering League event at Drummond Hill. With beautiful views out over Loch Tay, interesting courses criss-crossing through the woods and a phenomenal East team who were regularly scoring in the top three, it was the North who eventually came out on top winning the Individual Day trophy: North 78, West 50, East 47. Overall this put North as this year’s winners! Overall Points – North 134, West 114 and East 95. Well done to the North Area and all the competing juniors!


Results for the relay can be found here: https://fvo.org.uk/media/events/2017/oct/28/jiar-2017/index.html

Results for the individual can be found here: http://www.rstrain.ndtilda.co.uk/results_17/intrepid/

Steve Wilson took some photos of the event and prize-givings and they can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82484038@N06/sets/72157688496411854