Winin Portugal for Sophie
PORTO CITY RACE
The Porto City Race in Portugal was the 3rd in the series of 6 City Race Euro Tours and took place over the weekend at the end of September. Antwerp and London have already taken place and next is Krakow in October and Barcelona and Seville in November.
With a catch phrase of ‘think hard, run fast, feel good’, the three day event proved to be extremely fast and enjoyable taking in the sights with a backdrop of the Douro River and historic buildings.
The two preliminary build up races to the main event on Day 3 were well supported by competitors from around Europe and Portuguese sponsors who provided great prizes. On Day 1 Sophie Kirk W21 won the Women’s Senior night race taking 30.03mins on the 3.6km course using a head torch to navigate from the river edge park, up into the town with a finish inside the ancient Fortress in Foz. On Day 2 the Sprint race at the St Roque Park proved challenging with a complex maze near the end of the race and Sophie came 3rd in 18.05mins on the 2.3km course. The main City Race on Day 3 was staged in the Pasteleira Park and the course took in the park, residential areas and school grounds. Sophie fought off her two French challengers to take the lead and finish with a winning time of 41.26mins on the 5km Women’s Senior course.
JUNIORS WIN WEST MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to Club juniors for their great performances at the West Midlands Championships held at Whitfield Valley in Staffordshire. Alfie Bullus won the M16 trophy, Felix Lunn won the M14 trophy and Oliver Flippance came 3rd. Florence Lunn won the W12, Pippa Smart was 2nd and Tabitha Lunn 3rd. Nathan Chapple was 2nd M12 and Finlay Flippance 2nd M10.
REDDITCH URBAN RESULTS
Several OD’s competed in this Urban race, part of the West Midlands Urban League, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club. Congratulations to the winners of their classes: Kin Kwan Kwok M20 won the Men’s Senior 6.4km race, Oliver Lunn M14 won the Junior under 16 2.2km race, Joel Taylor M10 won the under 12 junior boys race, Francis Briscoe W21 won the women’s senior 6.4kmm race, Liz Phillips W50 won the Women’s Vet class, Pippa Smart W12 won the young junior womens race.