The annual English and Welsh orienteering interclub junior championship took place in Wiltshire this weekend. The event is named after Yvette Baker the first British World Champion. Congratulations to the 27 juniors who competed and produced an excellent second place with 875 points behind Bristol’s 885.

Julie Emmerson, Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club junior representative, writes:

On Sunday a coach of OD juniors had an early start to travel to Collingbourne Woods for the Yvette Baker Trophy final, hosted by Sarum. We finished 2nd last year and had won the previous 4 years so expectations were high. The forest had good visibility and was mostly very runnable except for large areas of brambles so there were some very fast times.

OD won 3 out of the 8 classes with Ella-Rose McCartney winning the Orange women, Harrison McCartney winning the Light green men and Julie Emmerson winning the Green women. Aimee Morse and Stephen Elkington also achieved podium positions, finishing 3rd on the Green women and Light green men respectively while Matt Elkington finished 5th on the Green men and Fran Slade was 5th on the Orange women. Other high scorers were Rachel Johnson, Patrick Roddy, Hamish Rogers and Alfie Bullus.

These brilliant results projected OD into 2nd place behind a very strong Bristol team. This was our 7th consecutive top 2 finish! We had enough runners to form another team and they finished a solid 11th place, just ahead of Bristol’s 2nd team. Well done to all the juniors that competed. We must also thanks all the adults that came along to help, especially Debbie for providing us all with crisps, biscuits and drinks on the journey home!

11th December 2012

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