Club News by Karin Kirk



At Bentley Wood, near Atherstone, OD organised the Compass Sport Cup heat and the team of nearly 80 registered competitors performed very well to win through to the final. The Compass Sport Cup is a much-prized annual championship between large clubs throughout GB and this year the club excelled itself with many members winning their respective classes to gain a terrific 2471 points, ahead of North Gloucester Orienteering Club 2402.


Club captain Alistair Powell was very pleased with the result and said the club was looking forward to sending an even larger team to the final at Pippingford Park, Crowborough, in Sussex, on 20 October. The top 25 scorers for the club were Will Gardner M21 1st in 45.44mins on the longest Brown course and so scored the maximum 100 points, Duncan Birtwistle M21 was 2nd in 56.34mins and scored 99 points towards the final tally. Club Captain Alistair M40 was 1st on the Short Brown course in 48.49mins scoring 100 points and Sam Leadley M20 3rd scoring 98 points.


Four very fast women from the club scored on the Blue Women’s course: Amy Sarkies W40 1st (100 points), Harriet Lawson W21 2nd (99), Kirsten Strain W21 3rd (98) and Anne Straube W40 4th (97). On the Blue Men’s course Alistair Landels M50 was 2nd (99), David Lawson M55 3rd (98) and Chris McCartney M50 (97). Lesley Ross W50 was the top runner on the Green Women’s course scoring 100 points. Barry Elkington M60 was top on the Green Mens course with 100 points, Richard Gardner M65 was 2nd (99) and Mike Snell M60 3rd (98). On the Veteran Short Green course Bob Brandon M70 was 1st (100) and Keith Willdig M70 2nd (99). Sheila Carey W70 was fastest runner on the super Vet Short Green course scoring 100 points and Trevor Simpson M80 was 2nd (98).


Barry Elkington M60 and Lesley Ross W50 both achieved 2nd places and Anne Straube W40 a 6th place in their respective age classes to contribute to a fine win for England in the European match against 5 teams, from Belgium, Netherlands and France. England scored 181 points well ahead of 2nd placed OV Belgium. The race event weekend took place in the Ardennes area of France.

The Northern Championships took place on Sunday in Wharncliffe Woods, near Sheffield, in very trying conditions, snow, sleet and gales were thrown at the competitors on extremely challenging courses on steep tough terrain. Will Gardner M21 was 2nd on the M21 Elite 10.2km course with 400 metres of climb in 77.23mins. Paul Gregson was 3rd on M40 Short course in 104.01mins. Hilary Simpson was 4th on the W80 in 74.42mins as was Sheila Carey on the W70L course in 63.05mins. Pete Carey was 5th on the M75 Long course in 66.29mins as was Trevor Simpson on the M80 course in 64.46mins.

The Ponderosa urban event in the north west area of Sheffield, on Saturday was wet, windy