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Looking Back at 2020: Overview Snapshot - the month of February 2020

Over 300 competitors took part in the British Night Championships. 

2020 British Night Championships were held on the smooth, fast terrain of the Chilterns at Hambleden near Henley on Thames at the weekend (Saturday 22 February) and organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC). Over 300 competitors took on the challenge, with relatively long courses due to the runnable conditions.

Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley Orienteers) won the M21 Long class which was 11.9km with 380m of climb in a time of 1 hour and 21 seconds.

Megan Carter-Davies (Mid Wales Orienteers) took the W21 Long class in 54 mins 03 seconds for the 8.3km course with 300m climb.

Congratulations to all the British Night Orienteering Champions across the various age classes. Full results are available and can be found here.

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The Yvette Baker 2020 Junior competitions got underway in this month with the Welsh heat at Merthyr Common in South Wales.

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Derwent Valley Orienteers launched their club’s three-step offer called:
'Try it, Teach it, Train for it’ - aimed at getting more schools engaged in Orienteering. 

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Orienteering is featured in the '15 Thrilling New Year Fitness Challenges' article in the Outdoor Fitness and Adventure Magazine.

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Northern Ireland Score and Night Champs 2020

After Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis had done their worst, North West Orienteering Club (NWOC) persevered with the Northern Ireland (NI) Score and Night Championships 2020 at Downhill on Saturday 22nd February.

NI Score Championships 2020

Photo:  Mussenden Temple, perched dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean.

The prizes for the 2020 NI Score Champions were awarded to:

Olivia Baxter (W Open), Daniel Earnshaw (M Open), Teresa Finlay (W Ultra Vet), David Blair (M Ultra Vet), Stephanie Pruzina (W Super Vet), Billy Reed (M Super Vet), Sarah Gamble (W40+), Richard Vasey (M40+), Rebecca Linton (W16-) and Peter Gamble (M16-).

Northern Ireland Night Championships 2020

For those who wanted a bit more exercise and excitement, there was more in store as soon the light faded away. Just across the road from the score event the compact, feature-rich Downhill Forest, was the location for the Night Championships.

The NI Night Champs for 2020:

Olivia Baxter (W Open) added to her Score win earlier in the day. Jonathan McCloy (M Open) who coming second in the Score exacted revenge on Daniel Earnshaw who this time had to settle for second place. Stephanie Pruzina, Richard Vasey and David Blair all added to their wins in the earlier Score event.

Photo:  Steph Pruzina LVO – NI Score and Night Champion

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