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This weekend saw a fantastic two days of Orienteering at the British Junior Inter Regional Championships in Aberdeenshire .

The Cambus O May Forest in Deeside was the venue for Saturday’s individual event hosted by Mar Orienteering Club and capably organised by Denise Wright.

Juniors from the 12 GB regions arrived to battle it out over some tricky terrain and tough courses set by Jon Musgrave.

Team Scotland got off to a flying start with local boys Matthew Gooch (M14), Aboyne and Jake Chapman (M16), Durris leading the way with impressive wins in their sections.

Finlay Todd of Inverness completed the Scotland boys hat-trick with a brilliant run in the 9.4km/440m climb/12 control M18 race in under 74 mins.

Third places went to Peter Molloy, Edinburgh (M14) and Alistair Chapman, Durris (M16).

Not to be outdone, the Scotland girls dominated the W14 race with a convincing win from Megan Keith from Moray and Lizzie Stansfield of Dunblane in second place.

On Sunday it was Grampian Orienteering’s turn to host the Relay event in much different terrain at a breezy but mild Forvie Sands.

Event co-ordinator Iain McLeod and his team did a sterling job organising accommodation and transport for nearly 200 junior athletes and their coaches.

Course planner Adrian Will was given the complicated task of setting all the relay courses complete with gaffled legs.

Again the Scotland boys showed the way with SOA1 finishing four minutes ahead of North West England and SOA2 clinching third only a minute behind. The Yorkshire girls proved a force to be reckoned with, coming first and second with the Scottish girls relay team taking Bronze.

The sun came out for the overall presentation and Scotland triumphed with 524 over North West’s 489 and Yorkshire coming a close third.

Aboyne Academy’s Matthew Gooch won the Trophy for best overall performance winning his individual class by over 5 minutes.