British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships 2018
The British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships took place over the weekend 1st and 2nd September far away in South West England. There was an excellent turnout by Scottish Orienteers and at the end of the weekend a total haul of 19 medals was heading back over the border.
The British Sprint Championships were staged over the multi-levelled University of Bath building complex, with pre-event mapping notes and a close study of Google Streetview essential preparation.
The British Middle Championships were in a surprisingly complex area of old mine workings in an intricate and runnable forest near Wells. The author's 5 minute mistake was possibly caused by invisible force lines emanating from nearby Glastonbury Tor.
Within the many medal winners there were a few stand-out performances. M55 Jon Hollingdale of Moravian won Silver at Sprint (shared with Ian Maxwell of Roxburgh Reivers) then went on to Bronze at Middle. W35 Gemma Karatay of BASOC was a double Gold winner and New Zealander W21 Laura Robertson of ESOC was double Silver medallist. In addition to these fine results Gold medals went to W70 Sheila Strain of ELO (Sprint) and in the Middle M20 Eddie Narbett of EUOC, M21 Jonathan Crickmore of EUOC, W20 Emma Wilson of EUOC and finally M60 Roger Coombs of MAROC.
The weekend was topped off with a "ranking" Trail O at nearby East Harptree Woods. Despite a strong finish in the last third of the course the author seems unlikely to warrant a place in the current squad.
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