Congratulations to club juniors: Harrison McCartney M14, Julie Emmerson W16 and Matt Elkington M18 who have been selected to represent England. They will compete in the Ward Junior Home International event which takes place in Dorking, Surrey on 13 and 14 October against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The two day annual Caddihoe Chase event took place this year on the Longleat Estate near Warminster in Wiltshire. Several OD club members enjoyed the hilly terrain and mixed woodlands and the chasing start on the second day when competitors went out in timed order, with the fastest going out first.

On the first day Andy Simpson M35 came in 3rd in 1.07.44mins and Alan Segar M35 6th in 1.21.14mins on the Brown 8.4k course and both maintained the same overall position having completed the shorter 4.8k second day in 28.46mins and 37.10mins respectively.

On Day 1 on Short Blue 7.5k course Toni Oā€™Donovan W21 was the leading girl in 1.11.02mins and was second best girl on the second day on the 4.55k course in 31.55mins. Roger Hailey M75 put in a splendid performance coming 1st on Day 1 on the Short Green 3.6k course in 52.35mins and after Day 2 was awarded 2nd overall place.

Several members travelled to the Deeside regional event staged at Ainsdale Dunes. Anne Straube W35 came 1st on the Short Green 3.4k course with 105metres of climb in 35.38mins. Bruce Bryant M50 came 3rd on the Green 4.4k course with 120 metres of climb in 52.01mins only 30 seconds behind the winner and Mike Hampton M65 came 4th on the Short Blue 5.1k course with 140metres of climb in 54.57mins.

Alan Halliday planned some challenging courses at Brueton Park, Solihull, and organisers Lin Page and John Ward were pleased with the number of people no doubt swelled due the good weather. An extra score course was put on to give youngsters an opportunity to practise before the British Schools Score Championships which will be held at Kingsbury Water Park next month. The winner of the score event with 290 points from a maximum of 300 was David Leadley M45 taking 36.18mins, 2nd was Patrick Roddy M18 also 290 points in 41.34mins and 3rd Ian Gamlen M45 from COBOC with 280 points in 40.11mins.

The winner of the Green 5.4k course was Chris McCartney M40 in 37.17mins, John Embrey M50 from Harlequins Orienteering Club was 2nd in 38.28mins and Thomas Honniball M21 3rd in 39.57mins. Tom Lea M16 won the Orange 3.4k course in 34.29mins, Lewis Wright M50 was 2nd in 41.55mins and Sue Hallett W65 3rd in 51.56mins. On the yellow 1.8k beginners course Daniel King M16 came 1st in 18.09mins, new member Roger Feijoo M10 was 2nd in 20.07 and Keira Wright W6 was 3rd in 20.40mins.

18th September 2012

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