Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, more noted for its downhill mountain bike trail, played host to the second leg of the eight round Haglofs Open 5 Adventure Race series on Sunday 3 November. This event gives participants five hours to visit as many points (controls) as possible. Some can only be collected by mountain bike, others by foot.
The weather was cold but clear as competitors set out from Traquair running south along the Southern Upland Way. They had to navigate open moor, as well as forest to the east, including a control placed on top of Minch Moor. This provided stunning views of the surrounding area, for those who could withstand the cold wind and had the time to enjoy them.
The biking route options were through Elbank and Traquair forests, with controls also placed on the cross-country trails, and on the Old Drove Road. No-one managed to clear the entire course, although Kim Collinson and Ant Emmet, both of Team Mountain Hardwear cleared the run and bike controls respectively.
Highest score of the event was husband and wife team Tom and Astrid Gibbs, for adidas TERREX/Prunesco, with 550 points, 70 clear of the closest competitor - which was Kim Collinson, who won the male solos, with 530 points. Heather Burrows continues her run of form, in her second race back after 'maternity leave', improving on a second place in Ilkley.
The next event in the 2013-2014 series is in the Forest of Dean on 1 December - more details at the event website.