Orienteering Report 22nd March 2020
In the final weekend of competition before the current Corona virus restrictions were imposed, Border Liners took a strong squad of runners to the Compass Sport Trophy qualifying round at Breasty Haw and Bowkerstead woods near Satterthwaite in South Lakeland.
The complex woodland terrain proved a serious physical and mental challenge to many athletes but there were nonetheless some outstanding results from the Liners. Chris Lates, Joan Cumpstey and Dick Whitworth came third, fifth and sixth respectively around the Very Short Green Super Veterans course, with Keith Tonkin taking an excellent second overall on the Green course. Keith’s time of 45.15 was just over two and a half minutes behind overall winner Mike Johnson of the South Ribble Club. In the junior categories, Ruben Razzetti came second behind Daniel Heppell on the Orange course. Their times were 29:13 and 28:19 respectively. Also scoring maximum points for the Liners in her category, Laura Hazelhurst had a great run just over the hour-mark in the Junior Women’s Short Green category.
In the final reckoning, Chris Lates, Ruben Razzetti, Laura Hazelhurst and Dan Parker all scored a maximum 100 points in their categories, with Christine Kiddier, Keith Tonkin and Natalie Hawkrigg scoring 99. On the day, Border Liners were competing for qualification at the final against the South Ribble Orienteering Club and our neighbours from the Solway Club across the Scottish border. Missing qualification by a mere nine points, the Liners scored 1284 points from a maximum 1300 whilst the South Ribble Club took home 1293.
For the forseeable future all orienteering, in common with every other sport, is on hold pending the outcome of more serious issues. We look forward to competing with all our orienteering friends at a later date.
David Rawle, 22nd March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID 19)
Coronavirus (COVID 19) Please check the British Orienteering website regularly for updates on this.
ALL ORIENTEERING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
Email sent to all British Orienteering members on Tuesday March 17th.
It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.
We are aware that the Coranvirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We all, therefore, continue to follow advice from the Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering community updated as appropriate.
We know how great the sport is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back in the forests as soon as it is safe to do so.
Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.