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The middle distance race around the open countryside and gardens, amongst statues and over the ornate bridges of the Capability Brown landscape made for some great fast navigation running. Organised by South Midlands Orienteering Club, Stowe Gardens were a popular destination for club members and for many others around the midlands.

Will Gardner M21 was the winner of the longest course, Brown 5.9km taking 28.34mins, 6 minutes ahead of Scott Collier M21 from Cornwall. On the same course Sam Leadley M18 was 4th in 35.49mins, Alfie Bullus M18 7th in 37.20mins and David Leadley M50 was 10th in 38.06mins.

Jacob Oxtoby M16 won the 4.2km Green course in 31.33mins, Bruce Bryant M60 was 3rd in 32.56mins, Liz Phillips W50 was 7th in 38.39mins, and Peter Carey M70 was 8th in 39.16mins. Sue Hallett W70 was 5th on the Short Green 3.3km taking 41.46mins. On the Light Green 2.8km course Greta Greenall W70 was 6th in 42.40mins.

17th August 2018


Nathan Lawson continues his successful summer with some great wins in the summer Lakes 5 day competition, staged around the Lake District at Silver How, Angle Tarn Pikes, Whinlatter, Askham Fell and Dale Park. The popular festival of orienteering event is held every four years and attracts thousands of competitors from all over the UK and Europe.

Nathan was the fastest orienteer overall on the M21 Long courses having accumulated the best 4 scores out of 5 in his age category, including 3 first places - Day 1, 3 and 4. His score of 5510 points was nearly 200 clear of second placed Richard Robinson of Nottingham and Andreas Polden of Norway.

Lesley Ross was overall placed 6th on the W50 Long courses and had two great 1st places on Day 2 and Day 3. Anne Straube W40 had some good runs and was 1st on Day 1 and Day 3 and took 4th place on Day 2 to give her an overall placing of 11th as she did not have a 4th race result. Hilary Simpson was 8th overall on the W75 Long courses. Margaret Willdig was 14th overall on the W65 Long course with a 9th place on Day 2.

Junior Captain, Sam Leadley was 18th overall having completed all 5 M18 Long courses, his first ever multi day event. The experience was really enjoyable even though the courses were tough and the terrain difficult to navigate across, he said.

On the short courses overall places were awarded to: Lewis Oxtoby 7th on the M14 courses, Jacob Oxtoby 3rd M16 courses, Aleksandrs Ivanovs 7th M35 courses, Chris McCartney 4th M45 courses, Carolyn Marr 2nd and Thelma Spelton 6th on the W70 courses

Ulverston Urban Race

Alongside the Lakes competition, on the rest day, an Urban race around the town of Ulverston attracted hundreds of competitors. On the longest course, Black 8.3km, Sam Leadley was 3rd M18 taking 54.39mins. Lesley Ross was 7th in 5.3km on the Blue 5.3km Womens course.

Nathan Lawson in the woods

Nathan in the woods