Club News by Karin Kirk


Barry Elkington M60 and Lesley Ross W50 both achieved 2nd places and Anne Straube W40 a 6th place in their respective age classes to contribute to a fine win for England in the European match against 5 teams, from Belgium, Netherlands and France. England scored 181 points well ahead of 2nd placed OV Belgium. The race event weekend took place in the Ardennes area of France.

The Northern Championships took place on Sunday in Wharncliffe Woods, near Sheffield, in very trying conditions, snow, sleet and gales were thrown at the competitors on extremely challenging courses on steep tough terrain. Will Gardner M21 was 2nd on the M21 Elite 10.2km course with 400 metres of climb in 77.23mins. Paul Gregson was 3rd on M40 Short course in 104.01mins. Hilary Simpson was 4th on the W80 in 74.42mins as was Sheila Carey on the W70L course in 63.05mins. Pete Carey was 5th on the M75 Long course in 66.29mins as was Trevor Simpson on the M80 course in 64.46mins.

The Ponderosa urban event in the north west area of Sheffield, on Saturday was wet, windy




Octavian Droobers, West Midlands League leaders, performed well at the Badgerslade event organised by Walton Chasers Orienteering Club. The worst of the weather held off until after the event had finished and many club members were pleased with their results running through the woods, crossing paths and avoiding most of the brambles.


Top performer on the longest course, 8.2km with 190 metres of climb, was Oliver Flippance M18 who took 55.41mins to find 19 controls. Alistair Landels M50 was 7th in 58.19mins, club captain, Alistair Powell M40 8th in 60.28mins, Sam Leadley M20 10th in 61.20mins and Anne Straube W40 top woman in 72.46mins all on the same course. On the 6.7km Blue course with 180 metres of climb Barry Elkington M60 was 5th in 52.51mins and Lesley Ross W50 10th in 56.05mins. Felix Lunn M18 was 3rd on the 4.6km Green course taking 46.08mins, Bruce Bryant M60 5th in 46.53mins and Florence Lunn W16 top female junior in 55.06mins.