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At the West Midlands League event staged at Oldacre on Cannock Chase, the great weather encouraged many competitors from all the West Midlands clubs to try to improve their league positions.  Underfoot the dense heather, brambles and gorse made the going pretty tough for runners searching for controls which were fairly well hidden.

David Lawson M50 was 5th, top OD runner on the longest course, Brown 8.4km with 175 metres of climb, and found the 24 controls points in 79.45mins just ahead of David Leadley M50 80.05mins.  On the Blue 5.9km course with 145 metres of climb, 2nd place went to Barry Elkington M60 taking 51.57mins, Andy Emmerson M60 was 5th in 53.18mins just ahead of Tom Jeffries M45 53.46mins. Liz Phillips W50 was 9th, 2nd woman, on the Green 4.4km course in 61.51mins.   Top 10 places were won by Bruce Bryant M60 1st in 37.25mins, 2nd Peter Carey M70 46.27mins and 5th Sheila Carey W70 51.03mins on the Short Green 3.4km course.

Leo Morgado M45 was 4th and Hilary May 6th on the Light Green 3.1km course. Josie Smart W12 was 4th on the 2.9m Orange course taking 40.30mins. The youngest club juniors were: Reuben Jeffries M6 4th, Darcy Dunn W10 7th and Henry Jeffries M10 8th on the Yellow course.

At Kedleston, Derbyshire, Max Straube-Roth M10 was 6th in 26.26mins on the Yellow 2.6km course, Anne Straube W40 was 6th on the Blue 7.6km course in 63.57mins and Mike Hampton M70 was 5th on the Short Green 4.3km course in 41.51mins.

Representing England, Lesley Ross, with her team mates came 4th in the relays in the Veteran Home Internationals event in Scotland this weekend. She was 3rd in the individual race on Sunday, helping England to victory in both the relays and the individual championships. England scored a total of 259 points and second place went to Scotland 240 points.

Lesley’s mother, Hilary Simpson W75 is having some success in her age group competing in the Australian Orienteering Championships, and came 2nd in the Sprint race around Bathurst Campus, New South Wales, on Day 1 of the 6 day Carnival event. Will Gardner M21 is also competing in Australia and came 6th in the middle distance event.

26th Sept 2017


Two excellent races were put on in Warwickshire this weekend, both were well attended and many competitors came from surrounding clubs and schools to use to train for the upcoming British Sprints and British Schools Championships.

The Warwick University Campus is an ideal location for staging a sprint race and Bruce Bryant planned some excellent courses for organiser John Middler. On the Short 1.3km course with 10 controls John Hartley M60 from West Anglia was 1st in 20.01mins, Lewis Oxtoby M12 2nd in 20.11mins and Greta Greenall W70 3rd in 22.13mins. On the Medium 2.2km course with 18 controls Peter Carey M70 took 23.23mins and Andy White M60 Harlequins Orienteering Club 23.41mins. Peter Markham M14 and Colin Best from South Yorkshire M70 tied on 28.45mins. Alistair Landels M45 won the long 2.8km race finding 24 controls in 20.16mins, Chris McCartney M45 was 2nd in 22.12mins and Brian Ward M55 Humberside and Lincoln O Club was 3rd in 22.32mins.

Alistair Landels was on a winning streak this weekend as he was top runner at the Kingsbury Water Park Tony Haw Trophy event. Rob Smart was the organiser and planned the 45minute course with the challenge to find as many controls as you can. Rob thought he had made it impossible to get around the large lakes in the park to reach all the controls. However, Alistair proved him wrong and was the only competitor to find all 32 controls within the time limit scoring 320 points in 44.49mins. Barry Elkington M60 was next scoring 260 in 40.06mins, Benjamin Rauffet M21 from City of Birmingham 3rd scored 260 points in 42.30mins and Andis Ozolis M35 from Derwent Valley 4th in 44.13mins 260 points. David Leadley M50 was 5th in 44.18 scoring 250 points, just ahead of top junior, his son, Sam Leadley M18 who also scored 250 points taking 44.38mins.  

19th Sept 2017