Ward Junior Home Internationals 2009
This year the JHI took place on the forested sand dunes of Newborough Forest on Anglesey in North Wales, hosted by the small Welsh club of ERYRI. The competition consists of an Individual event on Saturday followed by Relays on Sunday.
In an exciting competition, Scotland and England finished the Individual on equal points, the Scottish girls beating the English girls by 4 points and the English boys beating our boys by the same score. Wales were 3rd, with Ireland only 3 points behind.
There were podium places for Evelyn Mason (MAROC) 1st W14, Roz Shepherd (INVOC) 2nd W16, Lauren Campbell (AYROC) 2nd W18 and Kirstin Maxwell (RR) 3rd W18; Finlay Langan (MAROC) was 2nd M16 and Jamie Stevenson (FVO) and Alan Cherry (INT) were 2nd and 3rd respectively in M18. There were also 4th places for Sasha Chepelin (GRAMP) in M14,Karen Maxwell (RR) in W14 and Rona Lindsay (ESOC) in W16. Overall it was an excellent performance from the Scottish team, many of whom were in the first year of their age class.
As expected, the Relays were a close competition right up until the last leg when the English runners took the lead and the points to win, with Scotland a close 2nd, followed by Wales and Ireland. Best Scottish performance was from the girls team of Katrina McLeod, Karen Maxwell and Kirstin Maxwell who were 3rd.
Full results can be found at www.eryri-orienteers.org.uk