Report by Phil Conway, England Development Officer
This years’ 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). 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.
Graham retained the title from his win last year in Scotland running an impressive 10 minutes quicker at Hambleden.
Congratulations to all the British Night Orienteering Champions across the various age classes. Full results are available and can be found here.
Thanks go to Thames Valley Orienteering Club for organising the championships.
Night Orienteering is particularly popular with some clubs who offer regular events through the winter months. For example, West Cumberland Orienteering Club organises a local night event from November to March, and Saxons Orienteering Club combines with other South-East clubs to a weekly Kent Night Cup based on score format.
A date for your diary!
British Night Orienteering Championships 2021 will be organised by North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club on Saturday 20 February 2021.