Lakes 5 Days 2018: Day 3
Situated in the north west of the Lake District the course area was steep working forest with surrounding areas of open fell. Weather was significantly better than earlier days so much so that waterproof hooded jackets were not required!
The area (managed by the Forestry Commission) was not unlike some of the areas used for Quantock events. The presence of trees and other obvious features pleasantly reassuring for less experienced runners.
One unusual feature of the maps was mountain bike trails which could be crossed but not run along (yellow with dashed edges).
Out of the forest there was a lot of heather which was heavy going although it did make for soft landings.
The finish was very close to the assembly area which was much better for spectators and easier for families.
QO results after Day 3 are encouraging with the juniors and one of our most experienced members leading the way:
1st M10B Jacob Shirvington
1st M14B Sam Shirvington
3rd M14B Tate Modica
4th W10B Chloe Carter
4th M80 Bill Vigar
5th W12B Annabel Carter
Others currently with top ten placing in their class:
7th W45S Angela Modica
8th W40S Matthew Carter
10th M65L Steve Robertson
Other QO members have performed well in Long classes and with a much bigger pool of competitors:
13th W60L Rosie Wych
27th M70L Tony Hext
28th M55L Andy Rimes
Within the M45L class, competition between Jeff and Pete is heating up:
23rd M45L Jeff Pakes
25th M45L Pete Shirvington
Isabelle Lewis has had some strong performances running the Orange Course: 9th, 10th and 2nd.
With the opportunity to rest tired legs on Wednesday (unless you were running in the Ulverston Urban Street Race) the last two days of Lakes orienteering are bound to be just as testing as the rest.
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