Strath Pathfinders Celebrate Success
The Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club celebrates the success of two of its junior members.
Trophies were presented to Alice Kemsley running in the W16 class and Finley Hollinger (U10) for winning their classes at the 2021 Scottish Orienteering Championships earlier this year. The championships were hosted by ESOC in Craig a Barns in Perthshire in June after months of uncertainty.
Due to the restrictions in place, the event only hosted the Scottish Individual Championships this time around.
BASOC spokeswoman Jo Cumming said it was a great achievement for the couple to claim their categories. She said: “It is the biggest event on the Scottish orienteering calendar, attracting hundreds of competitors each year.
“The orienteers appreciated the courses with difficult and varied terrain, planned according to the highest standards.
Hundreds of orienteers have competed and there are no qualifying criteria – anyone can show up and try their hand alongside Scotland’s best runners.
Kemsley was also first in the W16 class of the Scottish Junior Cup. His victory was based on the results of three events over the summer. There are fewer daytime events during the winter due to the uncertainty about the weather.
However, the BASOC Championships and Club AGM were held in Newtonmore on Saturday.
The handicap scoring system allows all ages to compete equally, with Suzanne Anderson crowned the winner.
The top three in the club championship were – winner: Suzanne Anderson (W50); r / up: Gemma Karatay (W35); 3rd Nick Anderson (M65).
A BASOC spokesperson said: “With the results of the juniors, the winning lineup demonstrates the inclusiveness of a sport where people of all ages and abilities are welcome and can compete at their own level.
The days being shorter, on Tuesdays, training in the forest takes place with headlamps. During the winter the main competition is the Nights of the North Championships with BASOC, Moray and Inverness clubs each hosting two events.
BASOC performed well last season and aims for another successful year