Border Liners juniors took centre-stage last weekend as course planners for the club event at Aughertree Fell near Uldale. Having originally planned the event for 2020 and subsequently postponed it due to Covid, it was satisfying for the juniors to see plenty of runners competing on the open fellside courses.
Philip Winskill of the West Cumberland Orienteering Club took first place around the 6.2km (175m climbing) Blue course in a time of 41.51 just over five minutes clear of runner-up and clubmate Ian Cumpstey (47.09). Jeff Powell Davies flew the Border Liners flag for a well-deserved fourth place just ahead of Karen Parker in sixth. Their times were 47.28 and 49.00 respectively.
On the 4.4km (120m climbing) Green course, West Cumberland youngster Isaac Hunter took top honours ahead of visiting runner Oliver Bardsley of the Hertfordshire based HH Orienteering Club. Isaac stopped the clock at 38.13 and Oliver on 40.49. Stella Lewsley of the Liners took third place in 42.24 and Liners junior Maria Gaines had one of the standout results of the day to finish fourth with 44.18.
Ellie Darlow of the Roxburgh Reivers Club claimed first place on the 3.3km (80m climbing) Short Green course in 31.51 with Dougal Kyle of the Liners finishing inside the top five with 53.00. Well done to Ruben, Tom and Laura for their work to plan the courses and to the senior club members who helped make the event happen.
In early August several Border Liners made the trip North for the Scottish Six Day event in the Lochaber area of the West Highlands. Despite a last-minute change of format, again due to Covid, the event ran well and a number of Border Liners featured in the results. Of particular note, Raymond Wren and Dave McQuillen took joint first place in the M75L class, Karen Parker was first W35L, Stella Lewsley was first W65L and Jeff Powell Davies and Andrew Bell were first in their respective M40S and M70S classes.
Border Liners next event is another club fixture on Saturday 4th September at Swindale near Shap. All entries are to be made online in advance and further details will be available on the club website.
David Rawle, August 16th 2021