Club News by Karin Kirk



Park Hall race, West Midlands League event.

Potteries Orienteering Club organised this and OD club members, current league leaders, scored well for the club. On the 5.4km Blue course the winner was Chris McCartney M50 who took 52.21mins with Tom Jeffries M45 2nd in 55.43mins and Lesley Ross W50 was top woman taking 68.19mins. Robert Brandon M70 was 1st on the Short Green 3.2km course taking 47.30mins, sue Hallett W70 was 6th in 62.21mins. Diana Hailey W75 was 2nd on the 2.5km Orange course taking 43.49mins and Ruben Jeffries M10 was 5th on the Yellow 2.1km course in 56.54mins.


West Midlands Schools Championships

Walton Chasers organised the championships at Shoal Hill, Staffordshire, and it was great to see that school teams linked to OD did so well. In the Primary Schools category Winterfold School were winners of and Bablake Junior school came 3rd. Winterfold School also won the middle school category and Kenilworth School camee 2nd.  Kenilworth School were winners of the Secondary School competition. Some outstanding individual scores from junior club members included 1st places for Oliver Flippance in the Year 11 Boys category, Eoin Hankinson in the Year 9 and 10 Boys, Florence Lunn Year 9 & 10 Girls, Isla Prince Year 7 & 8 girls and Oriana MacGibbon Year 6 girls.



Congratulations to the many club members who competed in the national annual Championships which took place in Yorkshire. There were 3 different British championship disciplines: a Mixed Sprint Relay, Long and Relay.


At the Long distance championships OD junior Max Straube-Roth was 4th in the M10 class in 20.25mins achieving a gold time. In the M21 Elite class 4 achieved their gold time on the 16km course with 655 metres of climb – Matthew Elkington 8th in 89.54mins, William Gardner 9th in 90.16mins, Nathan Lawson 11th in 90.50mins and Duncan Birtwistle 16th in 95.04mins. Other Gold time achievers in their age classes were: Alistair Landels 20th on the M50 course, Barry Elkington 16th on the M60 course, Richard Gardner M65 13th, Keith Willdig M70 17th, Juliette Soulard W45 13th, Lesley Ross W50 4th, Sheila Carey W70 6th and Hilary Simpson W80 5th.


Kirsten Strain, Helen Elkington and Harriet Lawson were the British Relay champions in the Womens Short relay race and in the Mens Premier Relay race the team of Nathan Lawson, Matthew Elkington and William Gardner were placed 4th. In the M40 relay race Alistair Powell, David Lawson and Alistair Landels were 4th and in the W40 race Lesley Ross, Juliette Soulard and Anne Straube were placed 2nd. Barry Elkington, Bruce Bryant and Richard Gardner were 4th in the M60 relay and in the mini junior relay Adam Landels, Rupert Powell and Max Straube-Roth were 4th.


The mixed sprint relays saw a 9th place for the team of Helen Elkington, William Gardner, Matthew Elkington and Harriet Lawson. Barry Elkington, Liz Phillips and Bruce Bryant were 10th in the Super Vet class and Mike Hampton, Sheila Carey and Pete Carey were 9th in the Ultra Vets class