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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. 

On 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.

28th Feb 2017


Beacon Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, was the location for some intricate orienteering, involving some climb, around this well-known country park. The longest course was the Brown 9km course with 240 metres of climb and competitors had to find controls using both sides of the map. Kirsten Strain W21 was the top woman and OD runner taking 78.27mins.

Top woman on the Blue 6.7km course with 180 metres of climb was Lesley Ross W50 who took 65.21mins. Margaret Willdig W60 was 3rd on the Short Green 3.2km course in 49.02mins. Juniors results: Jacob Oxtoby M14 took 45.18mins and Cameron Williams-Stein M14 was just behind in 45.41mins to come 1st and 2nd on the 3.6km Light Green course.

Matthew Elkington M21 won the Brown 8.3km course with 28 controls in 44.34mins at the Hollicarrs, Yorkshire event, organised by Ebor orienteering club.

The mid Wales event at Nash Wood, part of the West Midlands Orienteering League, saw David Leadley M50 coming 3rd on the Brown 6.6km course with 335 metres of climb in 79.57mins and Chris McCartney M45 was 4th in 82.57mins. Mike Snell M60 was 5th in 57.11mins on the Blue 5km course. Pippa Smart W13 was 5th on the Light Green 2.7km course in 66.35mins. Josie Smart was 1st on the Orange 2.3km course with 115metres of climb taking 35.18mins, 5 mins ahead of her nearest rival. 

The Dark in the Park Challenge, the third in a series of winter season night orienteering events held at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Nuneaton, proved popular. Organiser Bob Brandon was pleased with the enthusiasm shown and noted that many were using this opportunity to hone skills for the British Night Championships being held at Newby Bridge, Lake District, this coming weekend. Winner was Andis Ozols M35 from Derwent Valley Orienteers who took 48.34mins to find all 30 of the controls within the time limit of 60 mins scoring 300 points. Also scoring 300 points were Andy Emmerson, club coach, who came second in a time of 51.26mins and Anne Straube W40 3rd in 53.28mins. Oliver Lunn M16 was top junior taking 50.01mins and scoring 290 points.

21st Feb 2017