Thames Valley Orienteering’s popular annual Chiltern Challenge took place this year at Wendover, Buckinghamshire, and the early snow fortunately gave way to sunshine for over 500 runners and some good results for Droobers at this Level B category event. Junior results: 4th place for Tilly Flippance W10 running on the White 1.4km course finding 13 controls in 17.19mins, 8th tied place for Florence Lunn W12 on the Orange 2.8km course in 44.21mins and Oliver Flippance M14 was 3rd, 2nd M14, on the Green 4.5km course with 190 metres of climb in 47.00mins.

Felix Lunn’s (M14) 41.15mins just pipped brother Oliver’s 41.57mins on the Short Blue 5.2km course with 205 metres of climb earning them 2nd and 3rd places.  Harrison McCartney was 3rd in 71.30mins, top M18, on the 10.4km longest course with 400 metres of climb. Seniors: Philip Lunn M45 was 4th on the Light Green 4km course in 58.17mins and Diana Hailey W70 was 10th on the Very Short Green  3.2km Course in 63.03mins.

At the National Trust venue in Calke Park in Derbyshire its varied open and bluebell strewn wooded terrain, new junior members Darcy Dunn W10 and friend Livia won the White 1.6km course in 12.49mins and sister Bethan Dunn W14 was 2nd on the Yellow 2.2km course finding 14 controls in 24.50mins. Keith Willdig M65 was 9th on the Green 4.2km course in 37.48mins, Mike Hampton’s 39.22mins put him in top M70 place and Margaret Willdig’s 44.39mins put her 2nd W60 on the same course.

Liz Phillips was 1st W50 on the Blue 6.6km course taking 56.44mins. On the longest course, times were fast and David Lawson M50 was 9th in 61.29mins on the Brown 9.4km with 145metres of climb, Harriet Lawson took 66.43mins, top W21, Kirsten Strain 2nd W21 in 68.18mins and David Dunn top M35 in 69.29mins. 

Nearer to home at Hanging Hill, organised by Leicestershire Orienteering Club, Max Straube-Roth M10 was 2nd on the White 1.6km course in 24.53mins. Bethan Dunn W14 3rd in 18.28mins and Chris Markham M12 5th in 34.32mins on the Yellow 1.9km course. Peter Markham M12 had a great run coming 2nd on the Light Green 3.3km course taking 48.48mins. Liz Phillips W50 was 2nd on the Green 4.9km course in 49.46mins, Mike Snell 2nd M60 on the Blue 6.7km course in 68.14mins and Chris McCartney M45 5th on the long 8.9km Brown course in 67.22mins 

26th April 2016

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