Results after first two UKOL races
The first two UK Orienteering (UKOL) races were hosted by Lakeland Orienteering Club last weekend. As expected, the British Night Orienteering Championships, at Great Tower Wood, were particularly challenging for the 400 or so competitors. Not only was it pitch black, but it was also raining and quite misty in places, and very wet underfoot, making navigation difficult and progress slow. The winners certainly deserved their prizes, and the fifty UKOL points awarded for first place on each age class.
The following day was the Northern Championships held on the Bigland Estate. Conditions were also very wet, and out on the open hillside also quite windy. Around 800 competitors (of age classes between 10 and 85) ran on courses from 1.6km to 14km in length. The LOC team did a great job of organising the pair of events in what were quite challenging conditions.
This season the UKOL will be competed over 20 races between now and November, with the winners determined by the sum of their best 10 scores from the 20. Winning a race scores 50 points, and after two races five competitors have managed a perfect score of 100, for winning them both! Very well done to Eilidh Campbell (W16), Alison Sloman (W80), Graham Gristwood (M21), David Roome (M35) and Quentin Harding (M55).
In the Club competition (which takes the best 15 scores from runners across a range of age classes), it is no surprise to see the local Cumbrian clubs high up on the ranking at this stage. Clubs from elsewhere in the country will no doubt move up the table as events are held nearer to them. The top 5 clubs in the club competition so far are:
- WCOC (West Cumberland), 1269 points
- SYO (South Yorkshire), 1242 points
- LOC (Lakeland), 1097 points
- BOK (Bristol), 1019 points
- AIRE (Airedale & Wharfedale), 955 points
Item posted by Martin Ward