This event organised by Bob Brandon, planned by John Ward and controlled by Sue Bicknell, with help from many club members attracted entrants from all around the midlands. The high attendance was due in part to the bright frosty morning and young visitors from around the area training for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The beautiful woods and open fast runnable areas were used to the maximum to provide 7 different courses of varying length and technical difficulty.  

On the short White 1.6k course Edith Stagg W6 from Bristol Orienteering Club was 1st on in 22.08mins. Annabel Rayner OD W12 won the Yellow 1.8k course in 17.14mins, Heather Rogers W12 OD was 2nd in 17.55mins and Derek Sewell and Ben Wines M14 IND were 3rd in 25.45mins.

 On the Orange 3.2k course Joanna Goodhead W12 from Derwent Valley was 1st in 39.26mins, 2nd was Andrew Edwards M50 Leicester 53.14mins and Douglas Baker M80 Thames Valley 3rd in 57.11mins. Winner of the Light Green 3.9k course was Matt Elkington M16 OD in 23.05mins, 2nd Rachel Elkington W14 OD 25.10mins and 3rd Julie Emmerson W14 OD 27.39mins. 

Bob Brandon M60 OD was 1st on the Green 5.4k course in 35.33mins, Nathan Lawson M14 Derwent Valley 2nd 37.37mins and Mike Hampton M60 OD 3rd in 38.10mins. Winning places were taken by all OD runners on the Blue 7.5k course 1st Chris McCartney M40 46.04mins, 2nd Will Gardner M18 48.13mins and 3rd Barry Elkington M50 48.30mins. 

On the long Brown 8.8k course club member Will Crichley M21 travelled down from Newcastle to easily win the race in 46.57mins, 2nd was Kevin Fielding from Happy Herts in 53.15 and 3rd Thomas Honniball M21 Lincoln Orienteering Club in 53.41mins. 

The event included the annual club championships and full results will be announced, prizes awarded and presented by Paul Okey, Sports Editor of the Leamington Courier on Wednesday 22nd December at the club’s Christmas Party to be held at The Wardens, Kenilworth.

13th December 2010

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