AIRE’s junior team travelled to deepest Gloucestershire for the Yvette Baker trophy this month. The race was held at the beautiful Westonbirt National Arboreteum... (click Read more to find out what happened)
Congratulations to the 5 Aire Juniors who competed over the weekend of 5/6 June in the Lake District. The areas of Summerhouse Knott and High Dam are physically and navigationally tough. Most of you will not have run in such hard areas or read such a complex map before. The events also attracted the best orienteers from GB as the races were selection races for international events. You should all be proud of your performance!
British Middle Distance Summerhouse Knott
Northern Champs High Dam – long distance
M14 - 7th
M14B 1st Silver
M16A 20th Bronze
W16 – 7th Gold
W16A 15th Silver
M18 - 26th
M18 19th Bronze
M18E 20th Bronze
Airienteers were pleased to host and support the Jack Bloor Race 2021 MapRun Challenge.
In lieu of the traditional annual fell race, the virtual race was run on Ilkley Moor, in your own time, anytime, for the entire month of May.
A huge, big thank you to 13 Aire juniors who ran for the club at the Yvette Baker heat at Middleton Park. TEAM AIRE was:
Jack, Jake, Tom, Annie, Megan, Katie, James, Harry, Henry, Jack, Bethan, Charlie & Kate.
Although SYO (South Yorkshire) scored more points - 899, we had enough runners to score on each course meaning that we were only a few points behind- 861 despite their large turn out. That is a brilliant achievement when many of you have done so little orienteering for a year.
Highlights were Katie who finished smiling though dripping wet with rain and our youngest competitor Kate who persevered on a tricky yellow course in her smart new Aire top.
Lindsey King – Coach
We may not be able to go to any orienteering events at the moment 🙁 However, I thought you would like to see some of our juniors sporting their new AIRE tops to cheer you up.....
Long leg madness...
Well done to all Airienteers who represented the club on Sunday. Great effort particularly from the Juniors to travel all that way and help the club. We were blessed with amazing conditions, compared with the forecast 24hrs before. Many thanks to Border Liners for a well run enjoyable event. Great new area and hopefully we will get a chance to race there again in the future.
It was very close, unratified results are WCOC 2450 AIRE 2418 MDOC 1836 LOC 1435; unfortunately too many Airienteers lost the plot on the long leg (3 out 3 in our car) . I'm sure this will be fully dissected and analysed in the next Aire Affairs. We live and learn, next topic for AIRE training: How to survive and conquer 'long legs'?
Runs of the day go to: Tony Thonley (1st VSG) who used all his nous to beat the gorse bushes and younger whipets; Evie Conway (1st SG) who won by exactly 1 minute over WCOC and Alasdair McLeod (1st Br) who won by 1 second!
Great turnout on Sunday, thanks to all the helpers for making the event run smoothly on a beautiful Winter day, Results, routegadget etc.
Well done juniors for these great results!
Douglas Tiffany 2nd on light green
Tom Threlfall 1st on Orange
Jack Beevers 1st on yellow
Charlie Alcock 5th on yellow
Louise Parkinson 12th on yellow
Kate Parkinson and Mum 3rd on white
Clara Griffiths 15th on white
Ilkley’s Tony Thornley and Peter Haines rolled back the years on Saturday. At the Southern Night Orienteering Champs near Guildford Tony won his age class by a clear 8 minutes whilst Peter came third in his class. The terrain was soft and brackeny southern common, very different from the tough hills and heather in Yorkshire.
The Southern Championships the following day were held at the beautiful Devil’s Punchbowl near Hindhead. Tony last ran here in an international 45 years ago! He improved on his twelfth place in 1973 to win his class by a minute. His course was tricky and challenging, with some steep climbs and, in places, some unforgiving undergrowth.
Excellent AIRE results for those who made the trip down South.
Best results were Evie Conway's second place in both Middle and Sprint, and Tony Carlyle's second in the Middle.
Top 10s in the Sprint A finals for David Alcock, Maurice Calvert, Natasha Conway. And Leon Foster was 15th in the Open A Final. Well done also to JDO Simon Martland for his 2nd place.
Top 10s in the MIddle for Neil Conway, David Williams, Wendy Carlyle.
A great weekend's competition. Thanks to all helpers. And all participants except the one (or more?) who did the damage shown and failed to report it. Cost us to repair it, and unknown reputational cost with farmers and landowner.