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Manchester and District organised a two part Urban Sprint at Birchwood near Warrington on Saturday. Top ten placed runners from the club were David Chandler M21 10th on the Mens Open 3.7km race with an overall time of 29.06 mins, after completing Part 1 in 14.47mins and part two in 14.19mins. Bruce Bryant M60 was 4th overall in 25.10mins on the Mens super vet 3.3km course. Mike Hampton M70 was 4th and Peter Carey M70 6th on the Mens Ultra Vet 3km course in 28.33mins and 30.49mins respectively after completing both parts. Sheila Carey W70 was 2nd on the Womens Ultra Vet 3km course taking 31.52mins overall. Liz Phillips W50 was also placed 2nd on the Womens Vets 3.3km course taking 30.59mins.

Day 2 was the British Mixed Sprint Relays held around Edge Hill University campus, Ormskirk, and organised by Deeside Orienteering Club. ‘The Seventy ODds’ team of Peter Carey M70, Mike Hampton M70 and Sheila Carey W70 clocked up a 3rd place in the Ultra Vet over 65 category.

OD club member Anne Straube, representing Germany, was placed 5th in the World Trail Orienteering Championships held in Lithuania. This was a tremendous performance to gain a podium place in this competition.

Stef Howarth organised, with her family, a great summer evening of orienteering around Brueton Park, Solihull. She welcomed many newcomers from around the area who enjoyed 4 very different courses. The Score course, find as many controls as you can in 30mins, was won by Sam Leadley M18 who found all 25 in 24.08mins, 2nd was Paul Quinney M45 who also found them all in 27.35mins and Peter Carey was 3rd in 29.54mins. The short yellow 2.3km course was easily won by first timer Matt Bambrook M14 who only took 16.19mins, Thomas M14 and Edward Shingleton M10 were 2nd in 20.30mins and William Newton M10 was 3rd in 22.16mins. Christian Roberts M14 was 1st on the Orange 3.7km course in 23 mins, Alicia Roberts W18 2nd 25.21mins and newcomer Jonah Hearn M8 3rd in 27.09mins. The ‘Dog and Bone’ course was hotly contested between brother Felix M16 and Oliver Lunn M16 who took 31.47mins and 32.25mins respectively to find pairs of controls within the 45 time limit, David Leadley was 3rd in 34.20mins.  

18th July 2017



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