Congratulations to the OD team of Harrison McCartney, Stephen Elkington, Julie Emmerson, Ellie Boot, Oliver Lunn, Felix Lunn, Nicholas Buckley and Nathan Lawson who won the coveted annual Peter Palmer Relay Trophy, open to all British Orienteering registered clubs. It has been 5 years since the club last won this trophy.

This year the event was held at Walesby Forest Outdoor Adventure Centre near Newark in Nottinghamshire and competitors ran through semi open parkland and mixed woodland. The juniors, challenged by 19 other clubs, ran the 6 leg relay starting in the dark at 4.30am aided by head torches, and progressed through daybreak into the early morning.

The club’s winning time of 177.03mins was only just enough as last leg runner, Nathan Lawson, had to race from the last control in an almost unprecedented sprint in to punch the finish control to claim victory only 2 seconds ahead of the Manchester and District team. Especial congratulations go to the 4 new members of the team, Oliver and Felix, Nicholas and Ellie. Also both Harrison, on the first leg, and Julie, on the 3rd leg, recorded the fastest times at the event.

16th Sept 2014


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