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Lake District 5 Days 2014 - OD Champions

The Lake District 5 Days takes place every four years and this year saw races on very different areas ranging from open fell to intricate forest, but all technically challenging. Over thirty club members travelled to the Southern Lakes to take part.

The races take place on five days with a competitor's best four positions counting towards the final overall results. Anne Straube was the overall winner on W35 Long with two first and two second places, whilst Hilary Simpson had a first, two seconds and a third place to finish as runner-up on W75 Long.

Matt Elkington, competing in the M20 Long class, won the first four days in succession, placing him in first position overall. Younger brother Stephen won three out of the five races and was second on the other two days, giving him first place overall in M18 Short. Harrison McCartney racing on M16 Long alternated between third and first position over the five days, but still managed to take first place overall.

There were some other top ten positions for club members. Carolyn Marr was placed 7th overall on W65 Long; Alastair Powell 9th on M35 Long; Daniel Roth 8th on M40 Short; Trevor Simpson 7th on M75 Long.

In the two top classes, Iain Embrey was 6th on two days in succession in the M21 Long whilst Julie Emmerson was placed 5th, 3rd and 7th on the three days she ran W21 Long. There were also a win for Nathan Lawson on Day 2 on M18L.

10th Aug 2014


Congratulations to club member Will Gardner M21 who has been selected to run for GB at the Euromeeting 2014. He will join a team of 7 athletes and compete in Gothenburg, Sweden on 22 – 24 August.

Nine OD juniors have been selected to represent the West Midlands in the annual Junior Inter Regional Championships event to be held in the Lake District on 26 and 27 September. They will be competing against all the English regions and Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We wish Aimee Morse, Rhiannon Cope, Nathan Lawson, Stephen Elkington, Heather Rogers, Harrison McCartney, Will Heaton, Alfie Bullus and Callum Pearman every success.

Julie Emmerson W18, representing GB in the Junior World Championships held in Bulgaria last week, had a great run in the Middle Distance 3.1km ‘A’ final with 130m of climb. After running through the forests in the mountainsshe finished in very creditable11th place out of 60 competitors taking 32.52mins, only 4mins behind the winner from Switzerland.

At the Ryton Pools Country Park event, organised by Liz Phillips and Bruce Bryant, the warm sunshine attracted many competitors, especially families, and top runners wereLuke Cherry M10 on the Yellow 2.1km course taking 19.05mins, Tom Chapple M10 20.47mins and new member Joel Taylor M10 22.16mins. On the Medium 3.3km course new member Paul Taylor M35 was 1st in 21.52mins ahead of Liam Chapple M45 26.45mins and Carys James W21 from South Midlands 28.07mins.  Harrison McCartney M16 won the Long 7km race taking 44.16mins, Alistair Powell M35 was 2nd in 45.48mins and Chris McCartney M45 3rd in 48.32mins.

29th July 2014