British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships 2014

The British Sprint Orienteering Championship 2014 took place on Saturday 6th September at Keele University. There was a prologue in the morning which was challenging in parts, and this decided in which final you competed in the afternoon. The aim was to get into the A final. The final courses were more simple than the morning, mainly as the prologue and final courses had to be swapped round due to a wedding.

All our juniors succeeded in qualifying for the A final – Aimee and Sarah Darley, and Adam Conway. James Crawford and Keith Tonkin should have qualified for the A final in M55, but both managed to miss out a control and so had to run in the C final. James won that and Keith came 3rd. I qualified for the A final in W60, but could only manage 6th. Bad couple of controls at the beginning. Much more successful was Sarah Darley who came 3rd in W10, and Adam Conway who came 3rd in M12. The only podium places in the Sprints.

The British Middle Distance Orienteering Championship 2014 took place on part of Cannock Chase, near Rugeley, Staffordshire on Sunday 7th September. It was a mainly forested area with many contour features which could get confusing if you lost contact with the map. A few successes, the best being Adam Conway who is the M12 British Middle Distance Champion. He won by over 2 minutes. Fantastic result. Well done Adam. Photo on the GO Facebook page. I managed a bronze medal on W60, a little better than yesterday!! Aimee and Sarah Darley came 5th in their class. A lovely sunny day when it was warm enough to sit around and enjoy the event and the company of other club members. A good event.

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