Early season round-up
Although we’ve just had the first Scottish O League event, SEDS athletes have been racing on the international circuit in the last month. Here’s a brief round-up of who’s in form!
SEDS athletes had a partially funded training and racing camp to Portugal at the beginning of February. This was kindly supported by the SOA and the Squad Support Grant. This enabled us to take a coach to help everyone get the most out of the training. Thanks to Nick Lightfoot for all his imparted wisdom! Portugal O Meet (POM, http://www.pom.pt) is a great early season long weekend of races that happens every year. This time in the forested sand dunes a couple of hours north of Lisbon, it travels around different parts and terrain types each year. The weekend has become well-established with many orienteers (not just elites!) travelling to take part. Great organisation, maps and terrain! For most elites it's their first races of the season, with almost a guarantee of snow-free forests, it's popular amongst the big names. We had some great results in the camp, including 3rd in the first ever POM mixed sprint relay (this was our 2nd team, after our first team - along with others - mispunching). Especially with the boys running so well, if you were given a pound for every time the commentator mentioned, Scotland, you'd be rich! Great to get such coverage :) In the forest races, we had Hector finishing top Scot overall in 13th position in Men's super elite and Jess in 12th in the women's. However, Scott and Murray didn't compete in all races, but both got a top 10 result on individual days. Alasdair McLeod unfortunately didn't have enough World Ranking points to make it into the super elite class, but he had a great weekend and finished in 1st place on the elite class (interestingly, the courses were incredibly similar and would've put him in a great position on the super elite too!).
Some athletes then travelled out to Spain for the Andalucia O Meet (http://www.andaluciaomeeting.com). Scott, Alasdair and Murray were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the sprint, with Kirstin 8th in the women's race. The Scot's fairly packed in at the top end in the overall forest results, with Alasdair taking the Gold medal, followed by Scott and Doug in 3rd and 4th.
We've had a few great SEDS training weekends too, including a great day out yesterday in the Borders. Many thanks to Ian and Eileen Maxwell and RR for all their help.
Although early season results, they are a good indication that the Scots are doing something right so far! Now let's work hard to keep on the upward trend into the main domestic season and onwards.