Scottish Elite
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SEDS Winter Training

SEDS Dec 2012

SEDS winter training rolls on.
Below is a wee report of what we’ve been getting up to. As always our training weekends are open to all, so get in touch if you are interested.

A few weeks have passed since the planning weekend and SEDS training has been going strong.

The first training in November was a session put on by Jason Inman of FVO in Polmaise before the local event and saw several athletes take advantage of some good techinical training.

A hardy SEDS group took on the Grampian Mountain Challenge, a two day orienteering/mountain marathon organised by GRAMP. They braved sub-zero temperatures in the overnight camp but were rewarded with blue skies and great views. Murray and Tess took the honours and Tess'  report is well worth a read.

A small SEDS group went to the lakes towards the end of November with Doug T and Murray training up future SEDS (Scotjos!).

We kicked off December with a well attended training weekend in Speyside. The weekend started with Night O in Tomvaich for half the group. Saturday saw three sessions - Head to head "trains" in Anagach, followed by a local score event in Nethybridge put on by BASOC. We focussed on technical orienteering in the afternoon in Deishar wood, with a line course, corridor exercise and a control pick. Some of the maps from this weekend can be seen in our map archive along with others. On Sunday we ran a long-o around Loch Vaa - a classic area which never grows old - a top way to round off the weekend.

It was Speyside again in January for a small group as we joined EUOC for some of their training at their famous Christmas weekend.

The first big weekend of 2013 saw us hit the Moray coast for a great weekend's training. On Friday night a small group trained in Speyside making the most of the ROMP controls in Achlean, well worth a visit. On Saturday of Jon hollingdale of  Moravian put on two top sessions with a local event sandwiched in between. Things kicked off with a mass start race on Findhorn Dunes. Head to head racing...much like a world cup race, only this was gaffled so we'd argue a better orienteering test ;-) Places were decided by small (and some big!) mistakes and micro route choices. Over 30 runners toed the line with 8 nationalities and several Moravian juniors and seniors making the most of a good session. Check out the map here. A well attended local event in Findhorn was next, then in the afternoon more head to head orienteering in tougher snowier surrounds in Phorp forest. A top day which captured what SEDS training is all about. Thanks to Jon and Moravian. Sunday saw us taking on deep snow on the tough Craigellachie hillside next to Aviemore.

A good winter so far - but plenty more to come. Many athletes are heading to to warmer climes for the Portugal O Meet this weekend but the rest of us will be training in Deeside planned by Jon Musgrave. Beyond that we've got a great series of Scottish races to look forward to and we will have training organised near Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd March prior to the Gullane SOL.

We'll keep the twitter feed updated with goings on. Happy training.

James T

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