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JK 2018

West Midlands

Adele A finishing, Day 2 at Brereton

Adele A finishing, Day 2 at Brereton
Credit: Wendy Carlyle

Last edited: Sun 8 Apr 2018

A dozen or so QO members ran at the Easter weekend tournament (the Jan Kjellstrom International Festival of Orienteering), this year held in the Midlands/ Staffordshire.

NEW: Sat 7th- extra reports added

Overall results: as a document / index form


Brereton Spurs, Middle distance (day 2)

Oliver Lewis had an excellent result on his JK debut. He was fourth out of 32 runners on the Yellow course and less than a minute behind 3rd place. All those in podium places were older than him.

At the other end of the age spectrum, M80 Bill Vigar clinched a podium place, although he was some way off the winner's time.

An appreciation of contour detail was needed on the 'spurs', resembling radio waves on the map (pictured below) and these tripped a few people up.

On downloading, to his surprise Steve Robertson found himself sitting second out of 30. After making several mistakes, albeit in tricky terrain, Steve couldn't properly explain his elevated position. Steve's hunch that something wasn't quite right was proved correct...the later runners were either very fast or were left with excellent tracks to follow! This pushed Steve down to 16th out of 83, missing out on a Gold standard run by 20 seconds.

Results, Routegadget


Come on you Spurs! Steve R's route at Brereton

Come on you Spurs! Steve R's route at Brereton
Credit: JK Routegadget

Steve at the Start, Brereton Spurs

Steve at the Start, Brereton Spurs
Credit: Andy Johnson

Beaudesert, Long distance (day 3)

Got the route sussed. Stay off the muddy tracks, there's nice firm ground adjacent, look at all those people getting stuck in the rough stuff! Don't follow them. Choose a route carefully, keep a clear head, maintain a steady speed and hope for the best...

And that was just tactics for getting out of the car park afterwards! It was a game of cat and mouse, waiting for gaps to appear in the rows of cars and hence some virgin grass to drive the car over towards the safety of the plastic webbing hundreds of metres away. Many cars got stuck in the deeply rutted mud and needed pushing or towing, some even needed hauling out by a tractor.

Beaudesert, Day 3

Beaudesert, Day 3
Credit: Andy Johnson

A Routegadget replay of some of the vehicular exits taken would perhaps have been more entertaining than one for the race itself. It was a physical test more than a technical one and those who visited Fernworthy the previous week were convinced that there were less brashings there than at Beaudesert!

Steve Robertson eclipsed his day 2 effort by achieving Championship standard (winner's time + 25%).

Rosie Wych achieved silver standard at Beaudesert having done so at Brereton too. Silver standard is the average time of those who placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd) + 50%.

Also showing consistency were the Lewis siblings Karen and Martin, who adapted well on their first JK appearances, finishing roughly halfway down the field each day on Orange and Light Green respectively. Annabelle Lewis achieved the course standard time on Yellow.

Results, Routegadget


The relays at Beaudesert

The relays at Beaudesert
Credit: Rob Lines

Beaudesert, Relays (day 4)

Fortunately, the wet and wintery conditions forecast arrived later than expected this Easter weekend, affecting only those doing the relays and the late starters on Day 3.

The "Quite Outstanding" team lived up to it's name more by being our only entry than for any achievements! It finished two thirds of the way down the field in the ad hoc category. To be fair, team members Andy Rimes, Rosie Wych and Steve Robertson battled torrid conditions. See the snow on the ground and the gloom in the photograph!

Results

Routegadget


grass & odd shaped buildings at Stafford MOD (M65 course)

grass & odd shaped buildings at Stafford MOD (M65 course)
Credit: JK Routegadget

Stafford MOD, Urban sprint race (day 1)

Steve Robertson finished in the top third and almost achieved Championship standard. Not known for sprinting, Julia R did a bit of jogging here and there according to Steve and in doing so achieved Bronze standard (finishing within double the average time of those on the podium) on the W65 course. Adele Appleby and Vikki Page also achieved the Bronze standard.

Urban specialist Andrew Page found himself with double the amount of competition this year, having moved up to the M14 age class. Nethetheless he achieved a respectable position, roughly midway down the field.

Jim Mallinson, running in South London OC colours, finished halfway down on M65.

Results

Routegadget


QO's top performer, Steve R

QO's top performer, Steve R
Credit: Wendy Carlyle

Individuals days: positions

The results for the forest-based Middle and Long races on Day 2 and 3 were added together to create finishing positions for each entrant.

Age classPosition
Steve RobertsonM65L24 /76
Rosie WychW60L24 /56
Jim MallinsonM65L36 /76
Bill VigarM8010 /18
Andy RimesM55L60 /95
Jeff PakesM45L41 /46
Adele ApplebyW55L73 /78
Julia RobertsonW60S8 /10

Jim Nickolls took part on M50S for Day 2 only.

The Lewis family took part on the colour coded courses: Martin on Light Green, Karen on Orange and Annabelle and Oliver on Yellow.

- Jeff Pakes


More reports

John Warren's report makes good general reading- scroll down the page a bit in Wimborne Waffle's JK report page

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Photo Gallery

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Andrew starting, Stafford MOD

Andrew starting, Stafford MOD
Credit: Andy Johnson

Vikki & Andrew at the Start, Stafford MOD

Vikki & Andrew at the Start, Stafford MOD
Credit: Andy Johnson

Andrew trying the shooting, Stafford MOD

Andrew trying the shooting, Stafford MOD
Credit: Vikki Page

Andrew finishing, sprint at Stafford MOD

Andrew finishing, sprint at Stafford MOD
Credit: Vikki Page

Vikki P starting at the Stafford MOD sprint

Vikki P starting at the Stafford MOD sprint
Credit: Andy Johnson

Brereton Spurs, middle race (day 2)

Brereton Spurs, middle race (day 2)
Credit: Andy Johnson

Andy heads the pack at Beaudesert

Andy heads the pack at Beaudesert
Credit: Steve Rush

Jeff near finish, Beaudesert Day 3

Jeff near finish, Beaudesert Day 3
Credit: Steve Rush

QOFL regular & M16 runner up, Flurry of Devon OC

QOFL regular & M16 runner up, Flurry of Devon OC
Credit: Wendy Carlyle

Jim M, Long race, Beaudesert

Jim M, Long race, Beaudesert
Credit: Mark Howell