RESULTS ROUND UP
The annual Orienteering Festival took place in Southern England this year and over the 4 days a variety of races, from sprint, middle and long distances plus a relay were staged. This, the JK2019, is the largest event in the UK calendar and some 4500 competitors from around the UK and overseas enjoyed the brilliant weather. OD club members were well represented and there were some good results.
After a delay in providing the results we are pleased to announce that OD’s M21 Elite runner Will Gardner was placed 3rd overall after coming 4th in the Middle race and 2nd in the Long race. He was just 28 seconds behind the winner – Chris Smithard of Forth Valley Orienteers - combined total of 2 hours 9 minutes and 44 seconds. Matt Elkington was 13th, Nathan Lawson 17th and Duncan Birtwistle 21st also in the M21 Elite race. The club has some great runners in this class. They went on to perform well in the JK Trophy relay competition clocking up a 3rd place with the team of Nathan Lawson, Matt Elkington and Will Gardner. The Senior Womens team of Lesley Ross, Juliette Soulard and Anne Straube had a great 4th place result, as did the Ultra Veteran team of Bob Brandon, Sheila Carey and Barry Elkington. Further results will be published as we receive them.
World Schools Orienteering Championships
Florence and Tabitha Lunn, from Kenilworth School, are this week competing for England at these championships being held in Otepaa in Estonia. They will both be part of the junior girls select team and will be experiencing orienteering through thick forests and hilly landscapes. They will be joining more than 800 athletes from 23 countries from around the world from as far away as New Zealand, China and Brazil as well as from many European countries. Supporting the England teams are OD’s Mel Elkington, deputy head of delegation and coach Sophie Kirk. The club wishes them every success.
Birchwood Urban Middle distance results.
Peter Carey was top Mens HyperVet on the 3.2km course at the event organised by Manchester and District Orienteering Club. Sheila Carey was 3rd on the Womens’ UltraVet 3.2km course and Keith Willdig was 7th on the Mens UtlraVet 4.2km course.
30th April 2019
...and they are off ..Bob Brandon, running the first leg in the relay at the JK2019