Orienteering Report, Jun 14th 2021

Border Liners have had a busy few weeks with regional and national competitions in addition to their first urban club event in eighteen months.

Four club members travelled to the Scottish Individual Championships last weekend. The event, around fabulous woodland terrain at Craig a Barns near Dunkeld, was organised by the Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club and all four Border Liners came away with top-five results. Stella Lewsley took an excellent first place in the W60 class, with Keith Tonkin 3rd M60, Andy Lewsley 4th M65 and Christine Kiddier 5th W65.

At the British Middle Distance and Northern Championships a fortnight ago there were plenty more good results for the Liners. The Middle Distance Championship is one of the key events in the orienteering calendar and this year was held in the challenging terrain around Newby Bridge and Finsthwaite in the southern Lake District. Once again it was Stella Lewsley who claimed the top finish for the Liners with second place W65. Hot on her heels however were Christine Goulding (3rd W55) Dick Whitworth (5th M80), Robin Thomas (5th M70) and Keith Tonkin (6th M60). Congratulations to all
those who made the top-ten.

The following day, the Manchester and District Orienteering Club organised the Northern Championships on the neighbouring High Dam terrain at Finsthwaite and Border Liners came away with a class-winning Northern Champion. Chris Lates superb result in the M80 class was one of the standout moments of the day with other notable scores from Stella Lewsley (2nd W65), Keith Tonkin (3rd M60), Ruben Razzetti (3rd M16), Christine Goulding (4th W55) and Raymond Wren (4th M75).

Finally, the sun shone and the church bells rang in Alston last Saturday to coincide with the Border Liners promoted UK Urban Orienteering League event in the town. With the start and finish on the Tyne Willows Park on the River South Tyne, new organiser Paul Watson produced two excellent courses taking runners from the top to the bottom of Alston with plenty of intricate navigation in between. West Cumberland (WCOC) orienteer Jamie Rennie was quickest around the 4.5km (120m climbing) long course with a time of 27.07. John Embrey of the South Ribble Orienteering Club (30.04) and Border Liner Jeff Powell Davies (30.13) finished second and third respectively. Kay
Hawke of the Pendle Forest Orienteers was first female finisher with a time of 33.11. Daisy Rennie (WCOC) was first finisher on the 3.1km (90m climbing) short course ahead of Liners Stella Lewsley and Andrew Bell. Their times were 23.43, 27.54 and 29.27.

David Rawle, June 14th 2021