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Aire Orienteers staged the annual two day ‘Fat Rascal’ event, consisting of sprints in two parks and an urban city race around Bradford. On Saturday at Peel Park there was a prologue followed by a chase sprint at Lister Park. Top ten places, combining both, were achieved by OD members: Sheila Carey W70 2nd, 25.06mins, in the Womens Ultra Vet class, 6th David Chandler M21, 37.20mins, Mens Open class, 6th Chris McCartney M45 28.39mins Mens Vet class, 8th Liz Phillips W50, 36.52mins in the Womens Vet class and 10th Peter Carey M70, 31.12mins in the Mens Ultra Vet class.  On Sunday Sheila Carey was 3rd in the Bradford City race, taking 37.31mins to complete the 3.4km Womens Ultra Vet course.

The local event at Rough Close Scout Camp, near Coventry, organised by Richard Gardner and set up by John Middler, saw some fast times at the event, despite some battles with holly bushes. Duncan Birtwistle M21 was 1st in 24.10mins on the 4.3km course with 20 controls, Alistair Landels M45 2nd in 25.30mins and Oliver Lunn M16 3rd in 29.22mins. Bruce Bryant was 1st on the Medium 3.2km course in 24.51mins, Liz Phillips W50 2nd in 30.54mins and Daniel Roth M45 3rd in 35.16mins. Paul Quinney M45 was 1st on the 2km Orange course in 18.54mins, Das Anup M35 2nd in 20.55mins and Eoin Hankinson M14 3rd in 24.14mins. On the short Yellow 1.9km course Colin Richards M45 was 1st in 19.33mins, William Newton M10 was 2nd in 21.39mins and Kit Griffin and Seth Blackburn M12 were 3rd in 25.04mins.

Harrison McCartney M20 has made a strong start in the Junior World Championships taking place in Finland and has qualified for the final of the Middle Distance race taking place today.  

11th July 2017


Longstone Moor, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, was the venue for Derwent Valley Orienteering Club’s regional event. The open moorland covered with tussocky grass and heather was tricky to traverse but the views were impressive. Peter Carey M70 was 10th in 52.55mins on the Green 4.3km course with 130 metres of climb and Joanne Leigh W50 was 8th on the Orange 3km course. Achieving Blue standard were Roman Kotecky M65, 74.12mins, and Chris McCartney M45 76.52mins, on the 6km course with 230 metres of climb. Green course standard was met by Sheila Carey W70, 61.08mins, and Gerry Spalton M70 63.43mins. Short Green 3.3km course standard was also achieved by Karin Kirk W70 69.06mins and Thelma Spalton W65 70.02mins.

Dorchester Town Centre Urban race event was organised by Wimborne Orienteers and Mike Snell M60 was joint 5th in 50.07mins on the Mens Super Vet 5.95km course and Mike Hampton was 9th on the 5.025km Mens Ultra Vet course taking 55.10mins.

The beginners orienteering event at Coombe Abbey Country Park was organised by Kerrie Flippance and her family. It was well attended with over 70 competitors, mainly families, who enjoyed the sunshine and the challenge of running around the park searching for control points on two specially designed courses. She presented awards to the newer orienteers who are now on the explorer challenge scheme.