Club News by Karin Kirk


Sixty orienteers from the club travelled to Scotland to compete in the international 6 day event around Oban. The terrain was of a very high technical level with open hillsides, marshes, detailed contours and with virtually no paths and line features, accurate navigation was essential.

Congratulations to Andy Simpson who came 2nd overall on the M35L class after completing 6 events. He came 1st on Days 2 and 3. Lesley Ross was also 2nd on the W45 Long class. Awarded 3rd place overall on the M65L course from a field of 105 runners was Mike Hampton and Hilary Simpson W70 also came 3rd in her class. Sheila Carey W65 was 4th in her class and Jess Halliday 6th in the W21 Elite, both were 2nd best British runners behind strong international competition.

Matt Halliday M20 and Sophie Kirk W20 have been selected to compete at the Future Champions Cup which will be held in October in Pickering Forest, Yorkshire. They will be joined by other top 15 orienteers from each of the age classes 18 and 20.

8th August 2011


Club member Mike Hampton organised a very successful event introducing a new element, urban running around Kenilworth town streets adding to the Abbey Fields park race. This attracted competitors from around the midlands and visitors from Spain en route to the international Scottish 6 day event. 

The new map drawn up by Mike was used for two courses, a 5.6k long and a 3.6k medium. Matt Halliday M20 easily won the long course taking 35.53mins, Tom Honniball M21 was 2nd in 41.56mins only one second ahead of Alan Segar M35 41.57mins. On the Urban medium course Stephanie Ellis-Gray was 1st in 34.33mins ahead of John Bowman M65 40.15mins and Jackie Stuart M55 44.59mins.

Two courses were planned around the park and on the medium 3.6k course Paul Taylor M35 was 1st in 22.04mins, 2nd Sam Hart M12 29.18mins and 3rd John Ward M65 29.56mins. Alfie Bullus M12 won the short 2.2k course in 24.41mins, Finn Donaldson M8 2nd in 25.07mins and first timer Bradley Powles M10 was 3rd in 26.05mins.

2nd August 2011