Steve and Julia Robertson took on the technical limestone terrain of the Yorkshire Dales in Airienteers OC's Dales Weekend in mid September. Event page Also featured: Swindon City race Results, Devon club champs Results
From the photographs, it looks like the weather was kind for these national events. That would have been especially welcome considering they were held at some altitude (400 - 500 metres up).
Steve's Blue course was won on both days by former Bristol OC member M14 Joe Hudd of West Cumberland OC, the younger of the two Hudd brothers, who were regulars at our Forest League events a few years back.
Urban race, Swindon
Andrew Page narrowly missed top spot in his race in the latest in the South of England Urban Orienteering League (SEOUL)Up against his main rival for the series title in his age group, the lead changed several times. Indeed, two thirds of the way through the race, the two favourites were separated by a mere second. By the end, Andrew was 26s adrift but in turn he was still way ahead of the rest of the field.
Andrew's mum Vikki also ran and although she couldn't match the heights she reached at the London City Race earlier this month, she continues to watch, with amused delight, the seemingly inexorable rise in her British Orienteering ranking!
Devon club champs
Jim Mallinson finished in the top half of runners at our neighbours' club championships, just over the border in Devon at Escot Park near Ottery St Mary on Sunday 24 September.
Memories are triggered of Devon OC's Christmas novelty event at the same venue nearly two years ago. Club captain Chris Hasler was spotted hurtling down a wooded slope, in a seemingly vain chase after someone dressed up as a Christmas Tree! But Chris wasn't the only one who struggled to catch those 'mobile controls' that day; apparently elite orienteers did too. Chris had the last laugh, finishing above top junior Kit Grierson and numerous others.