Send me your articles/photos/event reports/holiday fun for the next issue of Aire Affairs by Friday, 11th January please! Wendy Carlyle (Editor)
AIRE's urban maestro Leon Foster has won the Men's Open category in the 2018 UK Urban League which concluded in Derby on Sunday. He was able to retain his title with 4 first place and 3 second place finishes in his seven counting races.
Congratulations also to Charlotte Willis who was 3rd overall in the Womens Open.
AIRE's Fat Rascal event on 8th September in Leeds City Centre is one of the 20 events on the 2019 UKUL schedule.
Picture of some of the AIRE members who attended a recent club weekend in Coniston. After practising contours and simplification at Dale Park on Saturday we braved the torrential rain to put skills into practice at Holme Fell on Sunday. A challenging photo 'O' game c/o the Parkers kept us occupied during the evening. Thanks Dave Alcock for organising a great weekend!
AIRE finish 8th in National Club League
Last weekend’s Southern Championships was the final event of the 2018 UK Orienteering League which covers performances on a national basis in the highest quality events across the UK throughout the year. In the Individual Leagues 4 AIRE members achieved outstanding 2nd place finishes in their age groups Ben Stevens (M21) Tony Thornley (M70) Anne Maguire (W35) and Natasha Conway (W45)
In the Club League, which was won by Bristol OK, AIRE finished 8th. The club league is based on the best 15 scores from each club our other counting performances were from;
Shirley Wood (W60), David Williams (M55), Sue Stevens (W65), , Carey Martin (W55), Joyce Marshall (W55), Julie Mair (W35), , Alice Leake (W21), Laura King (W20), Peter Haines (M60), Neil Conway (M50) and Evie Conway (W16).
The following awards have been made by British Orienteering:
8th July 2018 - Brent Hill - Racing Challenge Award: Silver 5 stars
18th July 2018 - Charlotte Willis - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 5 stars and Navigation Challenge 5 stars
30th August 2018 - Jack Beavers - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 2 stars and Silver 2 stars
19th November 2018 - Sarah Rowell - Racing Challenge Award: Silver 5 stars
19th November 2018 - Liz Davies - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 4 stars and Navigation Challenge 4 stars
19th November 2018 - Louise Parkinson - Navigation Challenge Award 2 stars
Navigation Challenge - Catriona Purdy - 5 stars
Racing Challenge - Jack Beavers - Gold Award: 2 stars
Navigation Challenge - Pamela Stuart - 4 stars
Well done to all
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.
Soggy, slippery, craggy fun at Plumpton rocks. Congratulations to all Airenteers who managed to crack the crags. Results here. Thanks to CLARO for organising a fun event to brighten up a damp November morning. These results will count towards the Aire Club League.
Enjoy orienteering, looking for the next challenge, how about reading a map while flying down a hill on a mountain bike at high speed? That's what some of our fellow Airienteers and ex-Airienteers did this weekend at the BMBO Long championships, Al Powell, Jake Powell, Ian Furlong, John Houlihan and Ian Nixon all had fantastic results!
A beautiful sunny autumn day saw 180 competitors including a big AIRE contingent turning out on Sunday. Notable performances included Douglas Tiffany winning Short Green. On the Brown, Jack Wood won with Alice Leake having the leading women's performance while the Blue was won by George Stevens with Anne Maguire 2nd.
We were pleased to see a large turnout of beginners with 18 people taking on the "Running Beginners" Long Orange course.
Thanks to all AIRE helpers but particularly to Graham Stuart (Organiser) Jack Cooper (Controller) and Chris Burden as planner who managed to set 9 testing courses utilising only 31 controls!