AN up-and-coming young orienteer has won her age category race at a prestigious event in Deeside.
Lindsay Robertson (11) was taking part in the Northern Lights Orienteering Championships on Sunday afternoon against more than a dozen other competitors in the 12 and under age group and picked up a trophy.
The Clyde Orienteer, who has been involved in the sport with her family since she was a toddler competed over a tough three kilometre course, navigating tricky off-road paths in the forests of Cambus O’May on Royal Deeside.
Lindsay from Montrose Drive, Bearsden said she had been surprised to win, adding: “I was hoping to come in the first top couple of places, but not expecting to win it. There were quite a few runners so I didn’t know what to expect really.”
The Bearsden Academy first year pupil said she likes the sport because of the dual mental and physical challenges it gave her.
She said: “I like running and being by myself. I just like doing it. It is a big challenge reading a map and running as fast as you can.
“The secret is running as fast as you can and not getting lost.”
Lindsay is also a member of Garscube Harriers Athletics Club and runs once a week with them which she says is very good for developing her stamina for orienteering.
Her dad David said: “Obviously we are all really happy for her. She loves the challenge and independence of solving her own problems.
“I think it is the technical side of it that really drives her.”
Other Clyde Orienteers who had good results in their classes include Lindsay’s father in the longer M40 class who won his event and former Bearsden resident Donald Petrie and his wife Amelia who were first in their classes. Clyde Orienteering club chairperson Christine Patterson also won her class.
MAP MAESTRO . . . Lindsay Robertson with the Northern Lights Trophy.