This summer saw over 100 of our members travel north to Strathearn to the biannual Scottish 6 days competition. The first day was held in the super tough terrain of Auchingarrich. SYO got off to a fabulous start with 18 podium positions. There were wins for Will P (M10A), Freddie (M10B), Charlotte (W10A), Anna (W12A), Robbie (M12A), Alex C (W14A), Cat (W21E), Lesley (W50S) and Peter G (M70L). Freya (W14A), Stanley (M10B), Andy P (M40L), Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L) and Lucy (W50L) all took 2nd place; while Lawrence (M10A), Max (M16A) and Jamie (M14A) all picked up 3rd place positions.
Day 2 saw us transfer to the new area of Edenchip – the mix of open fell and woodland and less technically challenging terrain providing a sharp contrast to day 1. SYO's early start block in the tough terrain meant podium positions were harder to come by today. However there were still some excellent performances with wins for Freddie (M10B), Charlotte (W10A), Robbie (M12A) and Nick B (M45L). Finlay (M10B) and Jenny J (W40L) took 2nd place; while Jamie (M14A), Alexandra (W14B) and Mary (W21E) all gained 3rd place.
I’m sure many competitors will agree that day 3’s Dundurn and Cnoc a’Mhadaidh provided a superb day of competition - technical terrain, challenging courses, a fab arena and glorious weather! SYO members continued to perform magnificently with 15 top 3 positions. Well done to Freddie (M10B), Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L), Tim T (M55L), Charlotte (W10A), Cat (W21E), Jenny J (W40L) and Lesley (W50S) who all topped their classes. There were 2nd places for Lawrence (M10A) and Dave P (M50L), while Freya (W14A), Euan (M16A),Will (M10A), Stanley (M10B) and Andy P (M40L) all finished 3rd.
Day 4 of the Scottish 6 Days provided a complete contrast to day 3, with fast runnable open fell and easy navigation. SYO didn't fare quite so well results wise as the previous day, although there were still 9 podium positions to celebrate. Well done to Freddie (M10B), Tim (M55L), Charlotte (W10A) and Nick B (M45L) who all finished in 1st place; while Stanley (M10B), Anna (W12A), Jenny J (W40L) and Lucy (W50L) all finished 3rd.
Day 5 saw us return to the classic orienteering area of Craig a Barns - a super technical and physical Scottish forest. Despite an early start block there were some good results with Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L), Cat (W21E) and Tim (M55L) all finishing their courses in the fastest time. Laura (W35L) and Robbie (M12A) finished in 2nd place and Lucy (W50L) and Stanley (M10B) came 3rd.
The final day saw the introduction of a middle race for all but the shortest courses. Grandtully provided beautifully runnable and surprisingly technically challenging (particularly without a compass) terrain. Surprisingly SYO picked up the least number of podium positions on this day (clearly we love a bit of grot!). Well done though to Brian who picked up a win on M75L, Tim T (M55L) and Dave P (M50L) who both took 2nd position and Jamie (M14) and Andy P (M40L), who took 3rd.
Prizes are presented to the top 3 overall in each class, with the best 4 out of 6 races counting. SYO managed an excellent 11 podium places overall. Congratulations particularly to winners Freddie G (M10B), Nick B (M45L), Charlie A (M50L), Tim (M55L) and Charlotte (W10A) – that’s double the number of winners we had in 2017! Well done also to the other podium finishers – Will P 3rd (M10A), Stanley 2nd (M10B), Robbie 2nd (M12A), Peter G 3rd (M70L), Jenny J 3rd (W40L) and Lesley 3rd (W45S).