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Solway Orienteers is a Dumfries and Galloway accredited sports club.


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Thanks to Dave Mcquillen for devising a quiz about significant or famous geographical features around the world.

Test your knowledge about pictorial descriptions in a quiz on Border Liners web site. British towns and cities

Scottish Orienteering are producing a puzzle a day.

Octavian Droobers also have a selection of on line training exercises.

17 March 2020 All orienteering events and activities have been postponed until further notice. For further information check out the announcement on the British Orienteering web site. Later today there will also be one on the Scottish Orienteering web site.

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Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships

We are sorry to have to tell you that the Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships which was to have taken place on Friday 20 March has been postponed. This morning we were informed that the council has banned all events where pupils from different schools will be attending and potentially mixing. With the current uncertainties it is not possible to predict if or when this event can be scheduled.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in putting on the Cally Woods event.

It was cold out there but the rain stayed away which made a nice change from recent weather. The results are now available and you can see them on the following link. Results
Don't forget to check out Winsplits and fill in your route on Routegadget.

The second session of night orienteering

was held on the 5 Feb and was another great hit with everyone who came along. Once again the weather was kind .....I think we need to put Stuart in charge more often as he seems to have great weather calming skills!

The second in our Come and Try Orienteering series was in Castledykes Park

Well done to Alastair today for providing some good courses in this small and interesting area, and for getting everything organised. There were lots of smiling faces and people dashing in various directions in pursuit of controls, and plenty of people had the enthusiasm and energy to progress through the various activities offered. Many of the people there were back following having enjoyed themselves at Heathhall two weeks ago.

Heathhall Wood

What a wonderful day for orienteering. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying being out enjoying the courses. Check out the results on this link
Winsplits are also online
Routegadget is on this link.

The Crichton night event

was a big success and weather was good. There was a good turn out and everyone loved the challenges of night O and came back really buzzing. Thanks to Stuart and his team for taking on the challenge of delivering this event and who knows maybe we will see another night event at some point in the future.
The updated results are now on the web.

Mabie Knoll Bagging 2 Jan 2020

Thank you to everyone who came along today braving the damp conditions. It sounds like everyone enjoyed the event despite the weather. Thank you also to Jonathan and his team of helpers for doing all the hard work necessary to make this event happen.
The results are now on line.

Routgadget is now available.

Pits n' Bumps 15 Dec

Thank you to everyone who came along to this event, it was great to see everyone enjoying the orienteering in the winter sunshine. There were lots of different routes being followed. Some of you will know that we had a few technical issues but these have now been resolved and you can check the results on the results page.

Mark Hill 30 Nov 2019

What a wonderful event it was today at Mark Hill with a very good turnout - even better considering there were slippy roads between Dumfries and Dalbeattie. Challenging courses and great weather - many thanks to John and Florence Smith for the event and to Dave and Jane and Ian T for assisting them. You can check out the Results on this link and don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget.
Winsplits is also available.

Solway Orienteers’ Annual Autumn Quiz Night

Thanks to Kate & Derek for a really enjoyable evening. Kate had collated a good selection of questions to tax our brains with and as promised there were topics to suit all. If you missed out this time round make sure to make the 2020 quiz night top of your list of things to do next year.

It’ s time to renew your membership for 2020.

Time to renew membership.

There are lots of good things coming up and we hope that you will be there taking part and enjoying being a part of the club.

Please rejoin now as your 2019 membership runs out at the end of the year. Those of you who are also members of British Orienteering will receive a reminder direct from B.O. If you have an S.O.A. and Solway membership the details of how to join are on the HOW TO JOIN page of this web site.

What a fantastic day,

Silvercraig was looking lovely in the autumn sunshine and our juniors did a wonderful job of planning the event and running registration and down load. Thank you to everyone who came along and for all the appreciative comments and feedback and we hope to see you at

our next event which will be on the 30 Nov. in Mark Hill Forest near Rockcliffe..

You can see the Results from Silvercraig on this link.

And don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget.

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Thanks to Ian T. and his band of helpers for the event at Shambellie.

Great courses and lovely weather all followed by great company, yummy food and Cake. Who can ask for more. There has been a bit of a delay getting the results to you because of a few technical issues but they are sorted now and the Results are now on the web. Routegadget is also available for this event so please take a wee bit of time to fill in your route.

Mabie BBQ

The last event of the summer series was a great success with a good number of runners there to enjoy Dave's BBQ themed courses. Zoe and Maya did a fantastic job putting out controls and dealing with registration while Ian did a splendid job on BBQ duty. The strawberries and cakes went down particularly well with everyone.
Thank you also to everyone who helped collect in controls at the end.

You can check out the results Results on this link. And Winsplits are on this link.

The Scottish Orienteering Championships in Dumfries and Galloway.

What a busy weekend we have had. Thank you to everyone who came and took part and to everyone who helped out on the day.

Scottish Orienteering Individual Championships

The results from the weekend are on this link.
Routegadget for the Scottish Relay Championships are now on the web

Cally Woods 6 April 2019

What a glorious day we had in Cally Woods and what a fantastic number of people turned up to take part. There was a nice mix of Solway folk, members from neighbouring clubs and folk who came along to try out the sport. In fact there were so many of you that we had to do a spot of map recycling ! So thank you to those of you who handed in your map after your run so someone else could have a go.

Thank you also to Carol for planning some very enjoyable courses and to her band of helpers who helped out on the day.

The results are now on the web.
Winsplits are also on line for this event
and don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget.

Coaching evenings

Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships on Friday 22 March

Well what an enjoyable day we had! Thank you to all everyone who made this event possible, teachers, parents and our volunteers. We hope you all enjoyed it is much as we did. The Results are now on the web.


CompassSport inter club competition

19 Solway folk took part in this most enjoyable event which was hosted by Border Liners Orienteering Club on Bampton Common. This is a new area to the sport and the first time competitors had run there. The highlights of the day were the well planned courses which required accurate navigation all the way to every control location, the crisp bright weather and BL's efficient organisation on the day. Solway came a creditable 6th in the Trophy category.

Mabie Forest

What a fantastic day we had at Mabie, once again the sun shone and there was a fantastic turn out. Thanks to John R. for all the hard graft pulling the courses together, putting out controls and all those other tasks that go on behind the scenes. Thanks also go to Jean and her band of helpers on registration and download. And not forgetting Derek for collecting in controls after his run.

You can view the Results on this link.

Winsplits and Routegadget are now on the web


Thanks to Ian and his helpers for the Heathhall event. There was a fantastic turn out of folk and an impressive number of competitors who where new to the sport, we hope you enjoyed the orienteering. You can find the RESULTS on this link.


Pits n Bumps

Thanks to everyone who came along to this event, we hope you enjoyed your time in the forest. The
results are now on the web.

Mabie Knoll Bagging

Thanks to Stuart and his team of helpers for this event. Fantastic weather, enjoyable orienteering and a good turn out, what could be better. The results and Routegadget are now on the web.

What a fantastic day we had at Silvercraig Wood, Kirkcudbright. The weather was perfect and our juniors had planned some lovely courses to keep everyone happy. And what did you think of the Classroom in the Forest? Wasn't it lovely! Thanks to Kirkcudbright Development Trust for letting use it.

The results are on the web

Silvercraig Wood 24 Nov 2018

14 Oct. 2018 SoSOL at Mark Hill

Thank goodness our event was on Sunday as this meant that we had lovely weather and missed all the rain! It was pleasing to see a good number of people were tempted out to enjoy the dry weather - in the end just over a hundred people took part.

Thank you to Dave and Derek who were our officials for this event and to our loyal band of volunteers who all helped out on the day - we couldn't do it without you.

The Results, Winsplits and Routegadget are all on the web.
You can also check out how many SoSOL points you gained at this event. Results with SoSOL points
SoSOL league points for 2018

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Shambellie Wood - 29 Sept 2018

What a fantastic start to Solway's autumn / winter series. The weather was kind, the orienteering enjoyable and the food delicious. Those of you who were there will know that there was a slight change to our normal format. There were 3 courses on offer, a beginners course - which was free as part of #ClubsOpenDoors18 and for more experienced folk there were two Score course options. This departure from the norm was so that everyone would finish around the same time and we could then have our pot luck lunch. This was followed by presentations and the club AGM.

It was very pleasing got see a great turn out of regular orienteers and a bumper number of folk trying out the sport for the first time.

Thanks to Derek who planned this event and to his team of helpers for all their hard work. Thank you also to everyone who brought along food to share and to Shambellie House for allowing us to use the old cafe.

The results are on the web along with Routegadget. Please take the time to fill in your route as this helps our planners immensely.

Shambellie Woods 29 Sept. 2018

Mabie Forest

Well that's the Summer Series over for another year and hasn't it been a fantastic set of events. Once again the weather was kind and Alastair had done us proud on the planning front with courses which made good use of the terrain. The lovely weather encouraged folk to relax after their runs and our thanks go to Kate and Alastair for taking on the BBQ and cooking all the food, Dave and Jane for registration and results results and to Stuart and Simon for collecting in controls.

The Results are now online as are a few Photos

Please take the time to fill in your route on Routegadget and you can check out how your split times compare with others on your course on Winsplits


Great weather and enjoyable courses with a healthy turn out of people were the order of the day at Corncockle. There was a good mix of club members, folk who are new to O and a few friends from Border Liners Orienteering club. It was good to see everyone dashing around hunting down controls and equally satisfying to see everyone enjoying the chance to have a chat afterwards.
Our thanks go to Dave and Jane for the organisation and running of the event and also to the club members who stayed back to help collect in all the equipment.

You can view the results on the following link RESULTS. Don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget and if you like to crunch numbers you will find Winsplits on this link.
There are a few photos on Flickr which were taken at the finish. Click on the picture below to see them.

Corncockle and Spedlins Flow 20 June 2018

General Data Protection Regulation


With the General Data Protection Regulations just around the corner this is a heads up to those folk who are on our Mailchimp e-mails list who are not members of Solway Orienteers. We have sent you an e-mail with a link which allows you to update your details. We hope that you will do this so that we can continue to send you information about our events.

For anyone who isn't already on our list and would like to be kept informed about our events and orienteering related news you can sign up on this link

Solway Orienteers May block of coaching sessions

Our popular block of 4 coaching evenings started on the 3rd May in Barhill Plantation. It was a busy evening and while the weather was a tad wet this didn't dampen the enthusiasm for learning.

The second session was in Dalbeattie Town Wood using an area which is less familiar to orienteers. Rounall Wood is the third venue and we will return to Barhill Plantation for the last session.

Club coaching night 3 May 2018 Club coaching night 2. 10 May 2018

Dalbeattie Town Wood event

Thanks to John R & Jean for today's event. The weather was fantastic, the courses enjoyable and the turn out of participants beyond our expectations. It was great to see you all and we hope you enjoyed your orienteering.

Routegadget and Winsplits are now available. Please take the time to fill in your route on Routegadget as this provides very useful feedback for our planners as well as being a useful learning and review process for you the orienteer.

The Results are now on the web along with some photos - click on the picture below to go to Flickr.

Dalbeattie Town Wood 24 march 2018

The Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships

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This event was held at Cream o' Galloway - a very popular venue ..... and the ice cream is good too! It was an excellent turn out of pupils - about 170 in total - and they provided a wonderful display of enthusiasm while navigating round the courses. Plus our usual team of helpers which was augmented by the local Active Schools Team performed at their usual superb standard. So lots of tired and happy pupils returned to their schools, probably to sneak in a surreptitious snooze in the afternoon periods.

The results are now on the web.
And there are lots of photos on this link.

Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Mabie Forest

What a glorious day we had at Mabie Forest. The weather was perfect, the courses enjoyable and there was a great turn out - there was a nice mix of members, visitors from over the border and a good sprinkling of folk who are new to the club. It was good to see everyone out enjoying the sunshine and having fun navigating round the courses. Thanks to Dave and Jane and their team of helpers for today's event.

The results are now on the web along with

Winsplits and Routegadget
There are also a nice collection of photos which you can see if you click on the one below.

Mabie Forest 24 February 2018

What a successful and enjoyable start to our 2018 Saturday morning series of events.

Thanks to Carol for all her hard work planning a fantastic set of courses. The weather may have been a bit rainy to start with but that didn't dampen everyones enjoyment.

The results are on the web along with Winsplits and Routegadget
And if you click on the photo below you can see a few more pictures.

Barhill Plantation 27 Jan 2018

Mabie Knoll Bagging

Thanks to Jonathan and his support team for this year's Knoll Bagging event - all your hard work was much appreciated. Thank you also to everyone who turned up today despite the rain, I think that is the wettest Knoll Bagging event that I have ever been to. It was a shame that the weather wasn't better but we hope you all enjoyed your run around Mabie and that you have all dried off now.The distribution of the controls with some located close to one of the possible routes back to the finish certainly seems to have been popular and ensured that there were lots of options around which routes people took.

Don't forget to fill in the route you took on Routegadget

The RESULTS are now on the web.

And if you click on the photo below you can see some pictures from this event.

Mabie Knoll Bagging 2 Jan 2018

Pits n' Bumps

The final results are now on the web - the delay in getting the final version was caused by trying to work out how to get the bonus points appropriately awarded while using new software.
You can find them on this link The final Results

There are also a few photos on this link.

Our trailcams managed to get a few photos and a number of the Christmas hats and even some of the tinsel that folk were wearing for the occasion. Though the best hat of the day has to be the one which was shown to the registration team - it did a wee dance!

Tim, our planner was delighted to see that there was a strong interest in the mystery controls on the longer course option. This year 3 runners got all 6 (John B, Dave McQ, and Rhian), and 3 getting 5 of the 6 (Ian M, Adam and Isla). All told 11 competitors found one or more mystery controls and two juniors taking them on was particularly impressive (Angus and Isla). It looks as though none of the first three came with a santa hat - a decision that may have cost someone the win!
On the short course the competitors paid more attention to the hats as 3 of the top 5 wore them.

Pits n' Bumps 9 Dec 2017

The Cally Wood event

What a fantastic turn out we had for our Cally event - 42 individuals / groups went round and judging by peoples reactions you all enjoyed your jaunt round the wood. Some of you had to contend with a very wintery shower. One or two brave souls on the longer courses even had a wee paddle across the stream .....brrr! Hope you have all warmed up by now. And, we mustn't forget to thank the youngsters who did all the hard work to make today possible. They did a great job starting with the planning continuing on through all those organiser jobs that have to be done. Well done a successful event!

You can see results on this link and photos on this link.

Routegadget has now been added to the web along with Winsplits.

Below you can see the group of juniors who organised this event hard at work in their planning session.

Cally Woods - Gatehouse of Fleet

Solway Orienteers on Instagram

We now have an account on Instagram. You can find us on this link

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Wave Goodbye to Beat the Street - Dock Park, Dumfries.

Well, what can I say, the weather all day before this event was less than promising but just as we were setting off the rain stopped and the skies cleared. The waterproofs which we had packed weren't needed and we had a busy and enjoyable evening meeting everyone and introducing them to the fun of maze orienteering. Click on the logo below to go to see a few photos.

Wave Goodbye to Beat the Street

Mark Hill

What a busy morning we had at Mark Hill with lots of people sampling Ian M's fine selection of courses. There was a pleasing turn out of members, people new to the sport / club and a healthy number of orienteers from neighbouring clubs and this all despite the weather not being quite as forecasted - who could miss the deluge of water that fell from the sky at one point - but this didn't dampen the enjoyment. Roll on our next event when we look forward seeing you all again.

The Results are now on the web along with Winsplits and don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget.

Mark Hill 30 Sept 2017

Come and try it event at the Crichton

We had a whopping 68 runners at our introductory orienteering event at the Crichton. It was good to see everyone having fun hunting down the control locations. Click on the photo below to see more pics. It's not too long to wait until our next event and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Come and try it event

The Scottish 6 Days - Royal Deeside 2017

17 club members recently made the journey up to Royal Deeside and enjoyed a great event and week. Our early starts on Day 1 at Glen Tanar meant that we were making rather than following tracks which sharpened up the challenges posed by this interesting area (and the interesting courses were controlled by our own Ian Turner). Solway were involved in running day 2 and some members set up and ran the string course while others helped on starts. Most also fitted in a run on a subtly contoured hill - while the walk up to the starts was lengthy it did mean that the courses where generally downhill. Birsemore Hill on Day 3 used the same finish area as Day 2 but the terrain was different with the challenging area for the longer courses being on a plateau around the hill summit. The finish was through our string course area from the previous day.

After a well earned rest day, we headed out to Braemar for day 4. Competitors on the longer courses went high and had to cope with climbs through heather and long steepish descents, while those on shorter courses had complex contours and did not escape the heather. Days 5 and 6 were in the same area and with the same finish: mainly to the east on day 5 and in the west on day 6. Early starts on day 5 again proved to be heavy going in places on terrain types which varied significantly as the courses progressed, but we were rewarded with late starts on the last day and the lucky ones found a few tracks that headed in the correct directions.

So there was significant variety in the orienteering challenges between the different days on well planned courses and in weather where the worst of the rain stayed away from us. All in all it was an excellent week: overall results are shown below. click on the image below to see more photos from this week.

Scottish 6 Days, Royal Deeside 2017

Name Class Place S6D Badge
Jonathan M20L 20/32 Bronze
Stuart M45L 59/83 Bronze
Derek M50S 27/70 Silver
Ian M M55L 81/109 Bronze
Steve M60S Place 53/59
Tim M65S 15/49 Silver
2 top ten finishes.
Dave M70L 15/83 Gold
2 top ten finishes
Ian T M70L 22/83 Gold
1 top ten finish
Isla W14A 27/37
Hannah W16A 32/42 Bronze
Zoe W18L non-comp N/A
Ailsa W20S 6/6 5 top ten finishes
Victoria W20L 11/13 2 top ten finishes
Helen W55S 31/45 Bronze
Carol Green 41/80 N/A
Jim Green 57/80 N/A
Jane Orange 45/90 N/A
Kate Orange 52/90 N/A

Fit Families

We had a busy but fun evening on the 25th May introducing some families to the sport of orienteering. This session was part of Nithsdale Active Schools and Community Sport Fit Families programme. Castledykes Park was the venue and Dave had planned several courses for the new comers and a prime course for club members.

The Scottish Championships 2017

This event was held in East Lothian and I am delighted to be able to tell you that four of our club members won podium places and other members also achieved good finishes. Well done everyone.
If you click on the picture below you can see other photos taken during during the weekend.

British Orienteering Club of the Year Award

Club of the year presentation

We are delighted to announce that Solway Orienteers has won club of the year!

Pictured here are Tim, our current club chairman with Ian T., our previous club chairman and Judith Holt the Chair of British Orienteering.

And, the award for the University club of the year went to CUOC. Why, I hear you ask, is this relevant to Solway? Well Jonathan, who is their club Captain, started his orienteering adventures with Solway.

Click on this link to download Solway's submission - in word document format.

What a glorious day we had at Mabie Forest.

Thanks to Ian M for planning some interesting and challenging courses.

The results from the event are on the web, click on this link to see them.
and on this link to see a few photos from the event
Winsplits is on this link
and don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget - it's on this link.

The Dumfries and Galloway Schools Championships

What a fantastic turn out we had for this event - 172 runners from 13 schools braved the cold damp weather and enjoyed going round the courses.
Thanks to our willing band of volunteers who helped out today. Tasks ranged from keeping everyone safe on the road crossing, being on car park duty, making sure the right dibbers got to the right pupils, processing everyone through the start, patrolled the forest to make sure everyone was safe, taking photos, marshalling at the finish, processing results ..... the list goes on. suffice to say your help and hard work was much appreciated.
Results are on this link.
Photos are on this link

Dumfries and Galloway Schools Orienteering Championships

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We have had some lovely comments in the wake of the schools championships and I thought it was only right that our fantastic volunteers should get to hear them. After all without volunteers none of our events would be possible. Below are a few of the comments which came to us via e-mail.

"It was the first time I'd been to the regionals and I was amazed at the organisation that was required. I have immense respect and appreciation for all involved."

"Thanks for your superb organisation and running of the event on Friday. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team."

"Just a quick note to say a big thanks for today we really enjoyed it."

"The kids had a fantastic time today - they really have the orienteering bug now!"

CompassSport Trophy Inter Club Competition

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On the 12th March 2017 fifteen Solway members South Lakes to compete at Simpson Ground near Newby Bridge. It is a challenging area of forest and open complex fell. Our members put in a sterling effort and finished 4th just 6 points behind PFO. Well done everyone.

The Headless Chicken has updated her blog.

You can read all about her adventures with her new Austrian orienteering friends.

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A week of local orienteering in August

Dalbeattie Town Wood was the opening venue in our action packed week. The weather was excellent, the courses were challenging and everyone had a great time on courses that avoided most of the thicker summer vegetation.

Click here to see the results from Dalbeattie Town Wood
Dalbeattie Winsplits
and don't forget to fill in your route on Routegadget

Day two was in the lovely setting of Drumlanrig Woods. The morning was spent navigating round a line course where the emphasis was on accurate navigation rather than speed across the ground. A relaxed lunch in the sunshine was followed by a score event for the adults and a normal course for the juniors. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated but the rain didn't dampen the enjoyment or people's competitive spirit - indeed some of our Austrian visitors seemed to like experiencing Scottish rain.
Click here to see the results
and here for Winsplits
Routegadget for the Score event is now on line and waiting to be filled in.

Day three and it was off to the coast and an enjoyable afternoon at Markhill. This day will be remembered for some thought provoking training courses which had sections of the map removed! The afternoon finished with some enjoyable and challenging courses. This day was also memorable as the day when we all found out what it felt like to have a film crew around. Sandy McCracken, a reporter for Border Life (ITV) was there with a camera man and spent a large portion of the day interviewing and filming us. The pressure of being filmed did affect a number of people who set off along the wrong path from the finish and then did not dare retrace their steps with the camera rolling. Click on the links below to see the results, Winsplits and Routegadget.

Day 4 arrived all too quickly and we all found ourselves at Corncockle near Lochmaben playing relay Suduko O - an orienteering version of the popular Japanese puzzle. This proved to be a fun and challenging finish to an action packed and satisfying week.
Suduku O results

You can now view a few photos from the week on Solway Orienteers Flicker account.

CompassSport Trophy Inter Club Competition

This event was held at Dumyat near Stirling on 13 March 2016. 17 Solway members made the long trip north to take part. The competition area was adjacent to Stirling University and this made a convenient base. Orienteers were treated to an interesting mix of woodland and open hill side - the shorter courses stayed in the wood which had a confusing network of paths. The longer courses looped out onto the open hillside and for those who took the time to notice there were fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.

Our over all position in the small clubs category was 6th out of 11 clubs, just 23 points short of getting through to the finals. A fantastic result for our wee club!

We are saddened to have to report the death of Ian Robertson, an active and highly valued member of Solway Orienteers since the early eighties. In December 2014 Ian had a fall at home which had left him paralysed from the chest down. Despite the less than encouraging prognosis Ian maintained his usual high spirits and never lost his famous sense of humour and zest for living to the end.

With a background of hill walking, Ian's first big orienteering event was Galloway 81 where he finished 28th in M43B, nine places behind Drew Sommerville of CLYDE with whom he was to have a lifelong and friendly rivalry. Both teachers by profession, it was always a joy to be in earshot of their post-race banter.

Within a very short time after joining the club Ian was on the Solway committee. With Seonaid he was soon involved in organising and planning and over the years gave huge support to the club through committee work, including membership and schools liaison. Ian planned the courses for the Scottish Championships at Mabie in 1986 but his greatest contribution was the introduction in November 1988 of monthly Saturday morning fun/training events. Ian was devoted to grass roots orienteering and nothing gave him more pleasure that seeing youngsters progress through the colour coded courses as a result of his instruction and encouragement. Ian and Seonaid ran these sessions themselves for many years until other members and electronic punching took over. The Saturday morning series is Ian's greatest legacy to the club. It is still running to this day and he may also be credited with some responsibility for his grand-daughter's Scottish Junior Squad selection. To describe Ian as a stalwart of the club would be to understate his enormous contribution over the years.

Ian's outdoor activities were not limited to orienteering. He led a local group, his 'geriatric hill walkers', for many years following his retirement. He also climbed most of the Munros. Only most of them because, ever practical, he did not think that climbing the more remote or boring ones was worth the effort.

Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are extended to his family.

Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival

8 Solway juniors made the trip north to Livingston to take part in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival - the highest number of runners we have entered for a long long time. There were around 370 pupils entered in all, with pupils travelling from all parts of Scotland. No doubt they and their parents would have "enjoyed" the early starts necessary to get there in time!

Our results were as follows
Will came 11th out of 66 in the P5/6 boys category.
Isla ran in the P7 girls and was 8th out of 26.
The S2 age group had the largest number of our juniors. Zoe came 3rd Hannah 8th Alex 9th Laura 10th
Victoria came 3rd on the S5/6 girls course
Jonathan was 2nd on the S5/6 boys course.

Great results and comments were made by members of other clubs that it was good to see Solway members taking part and doing well.

CompassPoint Scottish O League 3.

Thank you to everyone who helped put on today's event: you were all fantastic. Parking, entries, results, running the starts, manning the string course, control collecting and dismantling and tidying up - all these jobs were carried out with good humour and cheerfulness despite the rain and cold wind. And the deserved output was an event that ran smoothly in adverse conditions. I trust that everyone is relaxing this evening in the knowledge of jobs well done.

The results, Winsplits, photos etc are now on the web. Go to the results page to see them.

You can now enter your route on Routegadget. Please take the time to do this as this information is helpful to Planners and Controlers.

Here are a few comments from competitors who took the time to send Dave emails after the event.

Thanks for a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The planning was excellent, I loved the terrain (ok, so it's not to everyone's tastes) the catering and assembly made it nice and social, and the sun came out - eventually! Thanks to the team for their hard work - I hope they have thawed out now.

Thanks to you and your team in some challenging conditions today.

A challenging forest, well done to all of you for putting it on. I enjoyed it thank you.

Many thanks for yesterday's event. We were fortunate to have late starts and be able to enjoy the sunshine and an ice cream on Rockcliffe beach afterwards! What a lovely wee spot. I really enjoyed the challenge of a rough low visibility forest on the Blue, but made too many errors.

Many thanks for all your work at yesterday's event. I found it challenging not only because of the weather. Our thanks also to all those that contributed to the day; the orienteers, the locals and the agencies (I had a nice chat with the NTS staff).

Thanks for a great event. I had never been in that area before but it is certainly a beautiful location.

Thanks it was a nice event and I liked this new area, even though I was leaking time right from the word go.

And on Nopesport

It was -2 as we approached the event. The snow was "falling" sideways at great speed. Enthusiasm in the car was low. Many thanks to SOLWAY for going ahead with SOL3 at an astonishingly good new area at Mark Hill today.

Well it wasn't such a wet and wild day as had been forecast and a surprising number of hardy Solway folk came along for a run. Thank you to you all for having the courage to come along despite the persistent early morning rain. There were lots of smiling faces at down load and it was good to have a bit of time today to catch up with everyone and have a bit more time to chat after the excitement of yesterday.
The results are now on the web, but sorry no photos from today.

SOA Participation Badges.

The Heathhall event was busy for our juniors, not only did they get their junior tops but one young man was presented with his first SOA badge. He is pictured here with Tim the club chairman.
We are looking forward to presenting a few more in the very near future as some of our juniors are very close to reaching their next target.
If you would like to start earning badges then have a look at the Junior Page where you will find details of what to do

SOA badge 5

The Solway junior squad club tops have arrived.

Have a look at the JUNIOR PAGE to see the latest junior news.

Solway juniors in their new tops.

Here are some of our juniors wearing the new Junior Squad club tops. Unfortunately not everyone could make to the event at Heathhall but we will get the remaining tops handed out to you soon.
Thank you to Dalbeattie Sports Hub who sponsored us and made it possible.

Calling all users of Facebook.

As of 22 Nov 2014 there will be no more posts to the Solway Orienteers group page. We have not taken this decision lightly but after receiving advice from several different sources we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that our group page is not working for us. However that is not the end of the story, we now have a new page which will be kept up to date with news and interesting items. So those of you who are Facebook users will need to click the like button on our new page. Do this now so you don’t miss out.

To make things easy, use this link to find Solway’s new page.

Facebook logo

Success for Solway at the Scottish Score Championships.

Four Solway members made the long trek north to compete in the Scottish Score Championships which were organised by Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club in Achlean Forest. All of our runners had great results. Jane fought off the opposition to finish in second place, Ian and Dave both came fourth in their categories and Diana secured sixth place.

In the inter club competition Solway was in the small clubs category and came second.

Well done to all four of our runners.

Photos by Chris Spence of ActivNorth. You can see more photos on line at

Solway Orienteers are now part of the Dalbeattie Community Sport Hub. Solway has 5 Maps in and around Dalbeattie with another map in the pipeline so it makes sense to become involved with this Hub. Hopefully it will lead to good things for both Solway and the community. Use the links on the right of the picture to find out more.

Dalbeattie Sport Hub logo

Dalbeattie Community Sport Hub.

SportScotland video - Community sport hub .

SportScotland video - Unleash your sporty side.

Lakeland 5 Days Orienteering.

Here is a member of Solway in action on the last day.

12 of our members ventured across the border to take part in this event.
More photos can be found at

Congratulations to Dave for coming 3rd over all in the M70L age category and Diana who came second in her age class at Pike O'Blisco. Other members also achieved good results. Full details can be found on at

If you weren't lucky enough to go to the Lakes 5 Days you can enjoy the experience second hand by using the link below to see a headcam video taken at Pike o' Blisco. You can also view the map as you watch.

M45L course at Pike o' Blisco. Posted by Dan Chissick

A new page has been added to this web site for Juniors.

This is where all the latest junior orienteering stories and photos will be as well as some other information.

Click on the picture below to go to the

Solway Juniors at the Scottish Schools Festival

Scottish Schools Festival.

Well done to the Solway Juniors who made the trip up to Drumpellier Country Park to take part in the Scottish Schools Festival.

There are a few photos on Flickr

Photos from the last club night are on Flickr.

Use this link to go to Flickr

Please remember that this was a training excercise and not a race.

Times from the maze orienteering practice are now on the web and can be found by clicking here.

Solway Orienteers at the Scottish Championships.

A few members of Solway Orienteers made the journey north to take part in the two day Scottish Championships. Congratulations to Dave who came second in his age class on the individaual day and Jane who came fifth in hers. Day two was the relay championships, above is a photo of the Solway Sprites. There are more photos on the club's Flikr gallery.

Click on this link to see them.

The s. w. junior team

The Junior Inter Regional Championships were held on the 5 and 6 Oct 2013 near Banchory. The Saturday saw the teams assembling for the relay event which was held in Scolty. On Sunday the team then ran in the individual competition which was held in Easter Clune Wood. After two days of challenging racing the team were in good spirits as you can see from the photo.

The junior members of Solway Orienteers continue to work on achieving their participation badges. Use the links on the right of the picture to find out more.

Participation badges and juniors

Click here to find out more about this scheme.

Click here to download a copy of the record sheet.

If you have any questions about this scheme please click here to send an e-mail.

Club Clothing

Trimtex Club Tops

The new go faster Solway tops!

Are you interested in ordering a Solway Orienteers club top? If you are please contact Tim and Helen. Click here to send an e-mail to Tim and Helen. We need to have orders for ten tops to make up the minimum order size.

Click here to see the Trimtex design.

Headless Chicken Tops

For fans of the Headless Chicken we have something for you too.

Headless Chicken top

The service is provided by Sam Scotts in Penrith. To get an idea of the range of clothing available click on the link below.

Click here to go to Sam Scotts' web site.

The club has also set up an agreement with Sam Scotts in Penrith wherby other one off items of clothing can have the club logo embroidered on Such as the fleeces in the photo above or hoodies as in the photo below.

Practically any item of clothing can be requested. The service is provided by Sam Scotts in Penrith. To get an idea of the range of clothing available click on the link below.

Click here to go to Sam Scotts' web site.

The sorts of items people might like to consider are fleece, t-shirt, polo shirt, hat and sweat shirt / hoodie. Items are normally ready a week later.