British Orienteering Championships - report from Eddie
9 Moravians made it to southern England for the British Championship weekend with hopes of a few medals. Saturday was the long distance with the relays on Sunday.
The long took place in a large mixed forest near Newbury. The area had plenty of paths but it was planned so that to a large extent it was fastest not to use them, particularly as they were generally very muddy. This, plus the unusual topography made for an area that seemed very easy when you were going right, but remarkably difficult to know where you were if and when you lost it.
Only Isobel Howard performed as well as expected with a fabulous silver medal in W18 elite from a field of 30 runners. Finlay McLuckie made a pretty big mistake but still finished 4th in M16-, a very creditable effort as he is nearly 3 years younger than the oldest in the class. You can see all the results here.
The relays took place near Henley on steep sided chalk hills spattered with depressions for placing controls in, and offering very fast running. Isobel again starred, leading off Edinburgh University’s second team in the Women’s premier class. She returned to hand over in a close third place, a position that her team maintained at the finish for a prestigious bronze medal.
Finlay and Kate McLuckie joined up with Ellie Darlow from a Southern Scottish club to defend their title from last year in the junior relay that allows split clubs. Despite being rather young in this class they came through with Finlay’s speed taking gold on the last leg.
Morag and Peter McLuckie teamed up with Eddie Harwood in the Men’s short race, this being a class for anyone, and including many young teams that don’t wish to compete in the premier event. Therefore with an average age of well over 60 they were never going to medal. However three really good runs, all within a minute of each other, produced an unexpected eleventh place. The relay results are here.
This coming weekend 8 Moravians are heading to the Scottish Sprint Championships in Kirkintilloch. We wish them all well.
Following that it is the 4 day JK competition in the Lakes. 18 Moravians will be competing there so potentially many main league points will be available!
Our next Moravian event is on Saturday 15th April. All the event information will be here. It is being planned by Donld Grassie and Peter McLuckie is the organiser on the day. All offers of help should be sent to Peter. pamcluckie (at) yahoo.co.uk