The annual British Championships were held in the Forest of Dean and junior and senior club members competed in the Long Distance, Trail O and Relay Championships at a great weekend organised by Bristol Orienteering Klub. Five of our orienteers were presented with prizes and medals at the long distance event.

The hotly contested Elite races for men and women of 18 and 20 years saw great successes for Octavian Droobers star performers: Julie Emmerson came 2nd in 67.38mins on the W20 Elite class 7.7km course with 300 metres of climb as did Harrison McCartney in 74.28mins on the M18 Elite class 11.3km course with 430 metres of climb. Other great podium performances were achieved by: Anne Straube who came 2nd in the W40 Long 7.6km course with 230 metres of climb taking 74.05mins, Lesley Ross 2nd on the W45 Long 7.8km course in 66.41mins and Sheila Carey 3rd on the 5.8km course taking 67.12mins.

Championship Times were awarded to several club members who ran very well in their respective classes: Harriet Lawson for her 6th place in the W20 Elite class taking 79.04mins, Kirsten Strain 7th in 94.20mins and Toni Oā€™Donovan 15th in 103.05mins both on the W21 Elite class 11.2km course, Mateusz Podsiadly 9th in 83.58mins on the M20 Elite class 11.3km course, Alistair Powell 11th in 92.17mins in the M35L class 11km course, Barry Elkington 16th in 80.03mins in the M55L class 9km course, Tony Feltbower 13th in 74.58mins in the 8.2km M60L class.

The Trail O competition was won by Anne Straube and Peter Markham was 2nd placed junior.

Best placed teams in the relays were 5th place for Oliver, Florence and Felix Lunn in the M14 race, 6th place for Harriet Lawson, Toni Oā€™Donovan and Kirsten Strain in the Womenā€™s Premier, 7th place for Pippa Smart, Tabitha Lunn and Peter Markham in the M/W12 Mini relay race, 8th place for Barry Elkington, Tony Feltbower and Robert Brandon in the M50 race and 8th place in the Mens Premier for the Sheffield University team comprising two OD club members: Matthew Elkington and Will Gardner and fellow University team mate Adam Potter.

21st April 2015

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