ORIENTEERING: Moorlands, woods and schools championships

Octavian Droobers

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 10:57 pm
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Moorlands, Woods and Schools Championships

Club members of all ages were navigating their way around a variety of terrains this weekend from the local event at Pooley Country Park, the Long Mynd, Shropshire, Maulden Woods, Bedford and across parks in Slough.

Liam Chapple organised and devised some great courses at Pooley Country Park, near Polesworth. Beginners, newcomers and families enjoyed the Easy course. Bruce Bryant M60 was 1st on the Medium 3.7km course in 36.45mins, Liz Phillips W55 2nd in 42.24mins and Mike Hampton M70 3rd in 46.35mins.Kin Wai Lee M21 was the fastest on the Long 6.3km course taking 40.33mins, David Thacker M40 was 2nd in 42.34mins and Chris McCartney M50 3rd in 44.32mins.

At Plush Hill on the Long Mynd, Wrekin Orienteers organised event attracted club members to compete for the club in the West Midlands League. The very low cloud, mist and rain high up on the open moorland, made conditions challenging. Top 10 places were earned by David Leadley M55 6th on the long 7.3km course with 430metres of climb taking 77.30mins and Anne Straube W40 was top woman on the same course in 91.10mins. On the 6.1km course Tom Jeffries M45 had a great run taking 61.29mins only 1.06mins behind the winner and Rob Bambrook M45 was 5th in 70.21mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 8th on the 4.9km course in 67.30mins.

Keith Willdig M70 was 1st on the 3.9km course taking 41.04mins Peter Carey M75 2nd in 46.42mins and Margaret Willdig W65 4th in 51.59mins. Juniors Max Straube-Roth M10 was 3rd on the 2.6km course and Ruben Jeffries M10 5th on the 2.1km course. These results helped increase OD’s lead and they now have 7353 points and with only 1 more league event they are on course to win the league.

The annual British Schools Orienteering Championships for pupils from Year 5 up to Year 13 was held this year at Black Park, Slough. OD are pleased to report that several junior club members made the top 10 in their respective Year classes. Florence Lunn was 2nd in the Year 10 Girls category, Eoin Hankinson 9th in Year 10 Boys, David Knott 10th in Year 11 Boys and Felix Lunn 7th Year 13 Boys. All pupils attend Kenilworth School.

At Maulden Woods, near Bedford, Bruce Bryant M60 was 2nd on the 4km course in 40.10mins, and Janet Richardson W70 5th in 63.40mins on the 3.5km course.