The West Midland League event on Worcester Beacon, Malvern, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, saw club members competing on some really tough steep inclines, with areas covered in brambles and bracken.

On the 5km course with 250 metres of climb Chris McCartney M50 was 1st in 46.56mins, David Leadley M55 2nd in 48.44mins, Tom Jeffries M50 4th in 50.38mins and Anne Straube W45 was the leading lady on this course taking 56.26mins. On the longest 7km course with 335 metres of climb Alistair Landels M50 was 2nd in 64.45mins.

Juliette Soulard W60 was 2nd in 44.16mins and Barry Elkington M65 4th in 44.50mins on the 3.8km course. On the 2.7km course Sheila Carey W75 was 2nd in 37.57minsand Peter Carey M75 6th in 43.16mins. Two club juniors took 1st places on their courses: Max Straube-Roth M12 in 45.47mins on the 2.9km course and Henry Jeffries M14 took 23.24mins on the 2.2km course.

Octavian Droobers, current league leaders were also competing for West Midland Championship trophies, results of which will be announced soon.

The local charity event, at Itchington Holt, near Harbury, proved popular, and 8 runners managed to find all 27 controls within the time limit of 45minutes. Fastest male runner was Ben Windsor taking 28.29mins and fastest female was Kirsten Strain in 38.56mins.

Newcomers Mollie McAinsh was 1st and Jessica Gilder 2nd on the short Yellow course.

For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport see website,, or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

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