ORIENTEERING: Night Championships using head torches prove challenging

Orienteering
Orienteering

Octavian Droobers

The British Orienteering Night Championships took place this weekend at Great Tower in the Lake District and using head torches in heavy mist proved very challenging with several competitors retiring.

OD Club runners produced some good results however and congratulations go to Sheila Carey who became champion W70, completing the 3.13km course in 93.52mins.

Other good results: Nathan Lawson 2nd M20 in 79.58mins and Harrison McCartney 3rd in 81.25mins on the 3.08km course with 275 metres of climb, Julie Emmerson was 4th on the W21 6.22km course with 365 metres of climb taking 73.04mins, Liz Phillips was 4th on the W50 4.04km course with 210 metres of climb in 80.17mins, Bruce Bryant was 7th on the M60 4.88km course in 87.19mins, Roman Kotecky 9th on the M65 4.04km course in 103.54mins and Peter Carey was 7th on the M70 3.43km course in 75.46mins.

The following day, Lakeland Orienteering Club staged the Northern Championships at Bigland.

This event is one of the selection races for summer tours and training camps for juniors and for many it was their first experience of tackling some extremely tough age group courses and top ten finishers were: Finley Flippance 7th on the 3.2km M12 course in 72.15mins and Felix Lunn 7th M16 in 68.49mins on the 6.8km course.

Other senior top ten places achieved were: Harrison McCartney M20 2nd 9.6km course in 84.21mins, Hilary Simpson W75 2nd in 92.43mins on the 3.3km course, Sheila Carey W70 3rd in 90.44mins and Sue Hallett W70 5th in 118.48mins on the 4.2km course, Julie Emmerson W21 8th 9.6km course in 104.02mins, Duncan Birtwistle M21 9th 14km course with a huge 730 metres of climb in 122.37mins, Barry Elkington M60 10th 6.8km course in 88.56mins,

Several club members opted for events nearer to home and Lesley Ross W50 was top woman on the 7.3km course with 120 metres of climb.

She took 59.01mins to find the 16 controls positioned around the beautiful woods at Nettlebed, near Henley-on-Thames, on the Chiltern Hills.

Margaret Willdig was top W60 woman on the Green 3.9km course at Lindop Woods, Derbyshire taking 53.31mins.

On Saturday morning (March 11) there will be a local event at the Memorial Park, Coventry to which all runners and walkers are invited to try out this outdoor adventure sport and help will be provided to all beginners.

Alongside this event the club are holding a Schools Championships.

Further details about these events are on the club website www.octavian-droobers.org or call (01926) 632189.