WINNING ON THE CHILTERNS IN OXFORDSHIRE
Seventy Octavian Droobers competed in the Southern Area Championships around the private Hambleden Estate, near Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire. The terrain was classic Chiltern Hills undulating slopes covered in beech and conifer trees and the long courses tested our orienteers stamina and accuracy.
Whilst not eligible to win the championships ten of our runners came in the top three positions. Two orienteers ran excellent races and came in 1st: Lesley Ross W45 on the 6.8k course in 51.54mins and Sheila Carey W65 on the 5.2k course in 51.03mins. Junior boy Jamie Nicolson M12 came 2nd and was pipped by only 3secs off the top spot in 26.35mins on the 3.6k course and Harrison McCartney M14 was also 2nd in 36.39mins on the 5.8k course.
Anne Straube W35 came 2nd on her 8.4k course in 1.10.06mins and junior Francesca Slade W16 came 2nd on the W16 short 4k course in 45.43mins and in 3rd place on the same course was Elizabeth Davies 57.07mins. Aimee Morse W14 was 3rd on the 4k course in 37.07mins, as was Sophie Kirk on the Elite W20 8.7k course l.01.45mins and Bruce Bryant M50 on the 6.8k short course in 57.14mins.
Mike Hampton M65 achieved an overall 3rd place, a great result, in the recent 4 day event in Portugal, coming 2nd on Day 3 and 1st on Day 4, and 2nd in the night urban sprint around Portalegre.
14th March 2011
OD RUNNERS HELP ENGLAND VICTORY
England has won Interland 2011 in Germany this weekend thanks to terrific contributions from 6 club members. The 6 way event, between Germany, France, the Netherlands and two Belgian teams, was held at Lubbecke near Osnabruck in Germany on steeply forested terrain.
Congratulations to silver medallist Sophie Kirk W20 on the 7k 275m climb course in a time of 1.04.21mins coming 2nd to England’s Lucy Butt. Bronze medals were awarded to 3 club runners: Aimee Morse W14, representing England for the first time, who clocked 39.03mins on the 3.2k 115 m climb course, Lesley Ross W40 6.8k 275m in 1.05.06mins and Sheila Carey W60 tying on 3rd place in 40.29mins on the 3.2k course with 115m climb. Robert Gardner M20 came 4th on the 8.7k 335m climb course in 1.03.35mins and Matt Elkington M16 was 7th on the 6.8k 275 climb course in 54.37mins.
At the Welsh Championships this weekend in Swansea there were great performances by the winners of their courses: Anne Straube W35 in 61.27mins, Liz Phillips W45 in 68.39mins, Hilary Simpson W70 in 54.30mins and Trevor Simpson M70 in 50.38mins.
Stephen Elkington was 2nd in 50.02mins and Tom Ross 3rd in 51.46mins on the M14 course. Harrison McCartney M14 competed on the M16 course coming in 2nd in 51.07mins. On the W16 course Tamsin Alcock was 2nd in 72.26mins and Elizabeth Davies 3rd 77.20mins. Elizabeth Furness was 3rd on the W55 course in 65.13mins.
Julie Emmerson W16 won the Blue course in 59.53mins, Patrick Roddy M18 2nd in 61.00mins and Daniel Roth M40 was 3rd in 65.04mins. Helen Elkington W18 was 3rd on the Green course in 52.03mins and mother Mel W50 was 3rd on the Short Green course in 48.47mins.
Several club members travelled to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and ran round the country park and amongst some good results Ella-Rose McCartney W12 scored well coming 3rd in 24.08mins on the 2.7k Orange course.
7th March 2011