Vice Captain Suzanne Humphries organised 4 excellent courses for the 75 competitors. She welcomed several newcomers, scouts and returners to orienteering to the event. It always is a popular location and she thanked Bob Brandon for setting up and John Ward for registration. In addition to the courses Chris MacKenzie and Amy Sarkies ran a popular coaching session for beginners and Alan Segar helped with newcomers.
On the Short 2k course we welcomed back Joe and his dad Steve Thornton who won the course in 14.39mins. Newcomers Pippa Smart and friend came second in 17.54mins and club junior Luke Cherry M10 came 3rd in 18.36mins. On the Medium 3.1k course with 19 controls Jeremy Stopford M21 from Harlequins Club came 1st in 23.39mins, John Ward M65 2nd in 26.58mins and newcomers Ben and Kevin Purdy 3rd in 27.58mins.
Mike Hampton M65 came 1st on the Long 5.5k course visiting 33 controls in the fastest time on 43.25mins, Tony Feltbower M55 was just behind him on 43.45mins and newcomer David Leadley M45 had an excellent run coming in 3rd in a splendid time of 45.58mins. Suzanne planned a 4th course called ‘Something Different’ which proved very popular and Roger Phillips M35 from Leicester Orienteering rose to the challenge and came 1st in 30.19mins ahead of Bob Brandon M60 36.13mins and John Middler M60 36.23mins.
Many club juniors travelled to Delamere Forest, Cheshire, to represent their schools at the British Schools Championships. A record number of competitors, 965, and schools, 175, came to the event. Some exceptional results were achieved and in the Year 10 event for boys congratulations go to Harrison McCartney winning in 18.06mins and Stephen Elkington who came 7th in 22.10mins, Year 12 boys 8th place for Hamish Rogers 28.57mins, Year 13 boys Matt Elkington came 2nd in 33.49mins and Daniel Kotecky 11th in 50.35mins. In the girls’ events Ella-Rose McCartney was 5th Year 8 in 16.17mins, Heather Rogers 5th Year 10 in 24.00mins and Aimee Morse 6th Year 11 in 33.25mins. In Year 12 Julie Emmerson had a great run finishing 1st in 27.19mins and sister Rachel came 10th in 39.43mins. Lizzie Davis was 6th and Claire Teed 8th in the Year 13 event. For full results, please see http://www.bsoa.org.
20th November 2012
Amazingly the 33rd annual Venice street orienteering event was not cancelled despite runners ploughing through ankle up to waist deep water across flooded streets, canals and through St Marks Square. Despite the highest floods for over 160 years Mike Hampton M65 from Rugby did not let it hinder his great second place running the 4.2k course in 36.45mins behind the Norwegian winner who clocked up 34.56mins. Of the 4000 entrants only 75% were allowed to start as shopkeepers complained about the wash created by the orienteers rushing past and police stepped in to curtail the event.
After 8 events in this year’s West Midlands Orienteering Association League Octavian Droobers had a healthy lead scoring 6545 points ahead of Harlequins 6102 and Wrekin 6014 going into the 9th event at Castle Vale, Birmingham. The Urban event attracted 37 club members who competed on eight different courses.
Top ten placings were achieved as follows: on the 9k Course 1 Will Gardner M20 was 2nd in 47.52mins, Matt Elkington M18 5th in 51.13mins and 7th Iain Embrey M21 51.31mins. On Course 2 7.2k Chris McCartney M40 was 4th and took 40.41mins, in 6th place Riina Kuuselo W21 41.51mins and 7th Tom Jeffries M40 41.55mins. On Course 3 6.6k 4th Barry Elkington M55 took 38.16mins, 9th Andy Emmerson M55 40.24mins and 10th Richard Gardner M55 40.51mins. On Course 4 4.8k Peter Carey M65 was 8th in 34.06mins. On Course 5 4.5k Sheila Carey W65 came 1st in 36.47mins, 2nd was Sue Hallett W65 47.01mins and 4th Hilary Simpson W70 50.59mins. Stephen Elkington M16 came 1st on the 4.1k Course 6 in 27.00mins, Aimee Morse W16 came 2nd in 29.45mins and Trevor Simpson M70 was 6th in 46.08mins. Alfie Bullus came 1st on the 2.9k Course 7 in 26.13mins and making her debut Debbie Morse W35 won the 1.9k Course 8 in 24.10mins.
The club sends their best wishes to all junior club members who are travelling to compete for their schools in the British Schools Championships at Delamere Forest, Cheshire this weekend. Selections will be made at this event for school team and individuals to represent GB at the World Championships to be held in Portugal in April next year.
13th November 2012