Club News by Karin Kirk


JK 2011

The four day international JK event with over 2000 competitors was staged in Northern Ireland for the first time and attracted a good number of club orienteers. The first day was a sprint around Stranmillis University, Belfast, and Aimee Morse W14, Lesley Ross W45, Sheila Carey W65 and Mike Hampton M65 with Mike beating Pete Carey by only 1 second into 2nd place. In the M20 Elite race Robert Gardner was 2nd and Matt Halliday 3rd. Third places were achieved by Harrison McCartney M14, Matt Elkington M16 and Trevor Simpson M70.    

The combined results of Day 2, on sand dunes at Tyrella just north of Newcastle County Down and Day 3, Slieve Croob, Mourne Mountains, produced two JK champions from the club. Matt Halliday M20E and Lesley Ross W45 had great runs on both days coming in first on each day and were presented with trophies. Matt Elkington M16 also had a successful weekend coming 2nd overall and Riina Kuuselo W21 was 3rd after both events.

At the relays on Day 4 Matt and Stephen Elkington and Will Gardner were 3rd and Rachel and Julie Emmerson and Aimee Morse were 4th


As a result of good performances at the JK and other races the club congratulates Matt Halliday for being selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Poland on 2 – 9 July. Congratulations also to Will Gardner and Matt Elkington who will travel to Czech Republic for the European Youth Orienteering Championships 23 – 26 June. 


Congratulations to club juniors who came first on their courses, representing their local schools, at Park Hall, Staffordshire: Sophie Oliver, Jamie Nicolson, Harrison McCartney, Julie Emmerson, Hamish Rogers, Emma Kettley and Matt Elkington.


Nearly 80 competitors competed at the local Hillfield Park, Solihull, on Wednesday evening event and on the easy course Rhiannon Cope W14 (KH8 School) was 1st in 12mins, Sam Hart and Dan Hague M12 2nd 14.51mins and Zoe Nicolson W14 3rd 15.16mins. Sandra and Steve Boot (Ind) were 1st on the Medium course in 16.16mins ahead of Sheila Carey W65 21.02mins. Dan Halliday came 1st on the Long course in 22.35mins ahead of Riina Kuuselo W21 24.24mins and Thomas Honniball M21 25.06mins.

11th May 2011


Harrison McCartney won the M14 race in 36.05mins, over 2mins ahead of nearest rival at the Northern Championship in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland. Another 1st place was gained by Robert Gardner on the M20E course and Hilary Simpson W70 came 2nd on her course in 69.46mins. Robert Gardner came 2nd on the sprint course at Leazes Park, Newcastle in 13.11mins. 

Harrison also came in 1st on the Blue 6.5k in 44.03mins at the event around Belton Park near Grantham. He was the youngest competitor on the course and beat many experienced orienteers. His father Chris McCartney was 4th on the Brown 7.9k course in 57.15mins. 

Leading club in the West Midlands league Octavian Droobers competed in the 2nd round at Cannock Chase, near Shugborough. With a good attendance by club members the results should keep OD in the lead. High scores were gained by: Riina Kuuselo W21 2nd in 49.19mins and husband Sami Takaluoma M35 55.30mins on the Blue 6.2k 260 climb course, Bruce Bryant M50 1st in 42.29mins and Peter Carey M65 6th in 50.32mins on the Green 4.47k 180m climb course. 

OD Talent and Development Squad had an excellent training session with Olympian and Orienteering Champion Sheila Carey around the Memorial Park, Coventry. She gave advice on running techniques and training to enhance orienteering performance. This session, spearheaded by Paul Furness, is part of the weekly series of coaching activities, available to all members of the club.

29th March 2011