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!
Round up from Sunday
Well done to members of Aire...
Leon Foster 7th Elite
David Alcock 2nd Vet, one mistake on 18 cost him the win!
Robert Gatenby 16th Vet, one silly mistake going to 25 before 24 probably cost me about 10 places.
Ian Marshall 9th Super Vet
Susan Stevens 7th Ultra Vet
Gerry Symes 15th Ultra Vet
Two AIRE Overall Winners
The Yorkshire Urban League has concluded for 2018 with an Ebor event at Woodthorpe. This was the 14th event in the series where the best 7 scores count. Overall Leon Foster won the Mens Open class with a full 700 point score having won 7 of the 9 races he competed in. It was an Aire 123 with Paul Leipins 2nd and Dave Murgatroyd 3rd.
Dave Alcock won the Mens Veterans on 693 points taking 6 wins in his 7 races. Anne Maguire was 3rd overall in the Womens Open after a 2nd place at Woodthorpe. Ian Marshall won the Mens Super Vet course at the Woodthorpe event while Jack Cooper was 2nd in Mens Open on the day.
Congratulations to David Alcock, who came 1st MV in the Gainsborough Urban at the weekend and now has an insurmountable lead in the Yorkshire Urban League with one race to go!