In the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill
The North Gloucester Orienteering Club staged a great event, high up on the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill. Orienteers navigated over open terrain across the steep sided hills and around old quarry sites. The variety of races attracted a high number of participants with many using them as an opportunity to hone skills prior to the big Easter Weekend of Orienteering Festival being held in Southern England, featuring 4 days of races. The British Night championships are set to be at this venue in 2021, so this was the last chance for many to practice as the area is now embargoed.
Sam Leadley M20 was the highest placed orienteer from the club on the long Brown 8.4km course with a massive 290 metres of climb coming in 3rd in 51.09mins only 9 seconds ahead of clubmate Alistair Landels M50 in 4th place. Alfie Bullus M20 was top OD on the 5.6km Blue course with 180 metres of climb taking 45.30mins to find the 17 controls putting him in 5th place and Anne Straube W40 was the fastest woman on the same course taking 50.22mins. On the 4.3km Green course Bruce Bryant M60 was 6th in 41.18mins. Max Straube-Roth M10 was 1st on the Yellow 1.8km course and took 19.27mins to find the 9 controls.