23rd October 2017
A great turnout of seventy-seven runners took part in Border Liners recent club event at Eycott Hill near Berrier. Event organiser Gerry Garvey set out three excellent courses around the Cumbria Wildlife Trust site with most competitors completing their circuits before the weekend rain set in!
Local athlete Ian Cumpstey took top honours around the 5km Green course, with a time of 38.14, just 46 seconds clear of runner-up Martin Bagness of the South Lakes based Warrior Orienteering Club (WAROC). West Cumberland athlete David Spencer was third in 39.26 with Border Liner Dan Parker fourth in 42.04 and Dan’s wife Karen eighth overall and first lady home with a time of 46.53. Solway orienteer Dave McQuillen was fastest around the 3.3km Short Green course with a time more than three minutes clear of runner-up Isaac Mort of the South Ribble Orienteering Club. Border Liner Charles Weir had a good run to finish in third place. The times of the top three were 38.54, 42.21 and 46.37 respectively.
Competition in the 2.5km Orange course meanwhile was fierce with the top four runners finishing within a single minute. Competing as an Independent, but quickly joining Border Liners after the event, M12 racer Ruben Razzetti held off a three-pronged junior WAROC challenge to come home first in 23.21. Rowan Ashworth, Tom Ashworth and Frankie Exley finished with 23.45, 23.57 and 24.07 respectively. Border Liners Rosalind Weir and Caitlin Hodkinson also had good races to finish in the top ten.
Border Liners next fixture is a special club event on Saturday 18th November. The ‘Cake in the Car Park’ event is being organised by Angela Whitworth who celebrates 75 years young on the day. Five courses, taking in the best urban and rural navigational challenges of Lowry Hill and Kingmoor Woods will be on offer, with something to suit everyone from newcomer to experienced orienteer.
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