Laura wins at JK
Laura King overcame a 4 min deficit to take the W18E title at the JK by a mere 7 seconds. Lucy Haines was third, just over a minute behind.
Laura's triumph comes on the back of some excellent runs this year. At Kilnsey, she was pretty consistent throughout whilst her nearest rival, Pippa Dakin, made a couple of errors in the middle of the course. Well done to Laura and Lucy.
Classic orienteering at Holme Fell
Chris Burden's efforts in controlling the Lakeland event were repaid with a glorious day and superb orienteering. The rare challenge of having to interpret the brown lines on the map led to many mistakes. Parallel errors - mistaking one feature for another similar feature - were easily made. Clear attack points, augmented by good map reading and checking direction were the order of the day.
The Chichester Trophy is awarded annually by British Orienteering for the best O-map made by an amateur. Your chairman won it this year for the map of Monk's Road, used for the Dales weekend. An extract from this map, minus walls, is at the top of the page.
Andrew Kelly's hard work planning Kilnsey Day 3 courses paid off. Despite the extremes of the weather, competitors were complimentary about the challenge of the open limestone terrain. Most found it a good contrast to the rough Wass forest on Day 2.
Thanks also to all the AIRE members who helped to make the JK a success. Especially on Day 3 the stiles team, and the gallant band who collected controls in torrential hail at the end of the day. We don't have to do it again for another ten years or so!
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