The first competition in this year’s World TrailO Championships was the PreO competition.
Round 1 was held yesterday, Tuesday 25 June, at Quinto de Valero, just outside Idanha-a-Nova, a picturesque area of undulating grassland with plenty of exposed rock features amidst copses of cork oak. The weather was an improvement from the previous day's rain, starting cloudy but quickly becoming very warm, with the temperature rising to around 30C.
There was one course for both Open and Para classes, of 1.1k with 28 controls and with timed controls at the beginning and at the end of the course, each having three problems. The time allowance for the course was 120 minutes for the Open class and 125 for the Para class.
Scores were very close with many positions decided on the time controls. In the Open class, only Pinja Makinen of Finland had a faultless round with all 28 correct.
John Kewley (MDOC ) was the best GBR finisher in the Open class. John’s score of 28 with no faults on the timed controls puts him in 25th place. Tom Dobra (BOK) also got 25, but made one error on the timed controls, putting him in 35th place in a field of 65. Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC), the third team member, had a day he would rather forget and finished well down the list.
In the Para competition, Colin Duckworth (TVOC), making his team debut, put in the best British performance of the day.
Colin’s score of 24 points and no errors on the timed controls leaves him in 8th place at the halfway point. Veteran Dick Keighley (WIM) scored 20 points and one timed control error placed him 25th/39.
This is of course only the midpoint of this competition with a second PreO round to follow on Thursday.
Full results via http://wtoc2019.fpo.pt/
Today is another model event, modelling not only the terrain for PreO Day 2 but also the Relay and TempO competitions, as well as an IOF Advisors’ Clinic which a number of the GBR team and its officials plan to attend.