Just a short addition to the Orienteering Posts here- happy to have got a 3rd from 66 competitors overall . We all love the Night Racing in the winter- its an October – March season for dedicated winter runners, true grassroots sports
Wessex Night League 2014-2015 – Final Results
Congratulations to the winners: Charlotte Thornton of Sarum, Chris Branford of WIM and Dale Paget of WSX.
Its been another exciting night season. Charlotte has won for the second time in three years, just shows that the cream will rise to the top. Same for the men with Chris winning in the handicap and Dale the non-handicap, both for the second year running. Last year I wrote “….we introduced the ‘non-handicap’ league to give the M21’s something to aim for. The winner this year being M50 Dale Paget! Tim Morgan would probably have won if he had attended enough events”. So no change there then
Participation is up again with a 15% increase in the number of competitors listed on the results. I haven’t analysed it, but I get the impression more people turned up for more events this year as well. The 16 race format with about half Urban and half Forest seems to work well. The 2105/16 league is taking shape as I write this.
Female: 1st Charlotte Thornton SARUM
2nd Carolyn Dent SARUM
3rd Kirsty Staunton WIM
Male: 1st Chris Branford WIM
2nd Dale Paget WSX
3rd Ian Sayer WSX
Non Handicap: 1st Dale Paget WSX
2nd Andy Snell Sarum
3rd Jason Falconer WSX
Words by League Co-ordinator Gavin Clegg:-
What a great series of events it’s been. Right from the off at Kings Park back at the beginning if October the competition has been fierce but friendly. Carolyn Dent to her surprise, took the league lead at the second race at Sherborne and to her chagrin held that lead right up till a week from the end of the series. Had she been able to get to the penultimate event at Brownsea then it may have been a different story. But then isn’t that what Orienteering is always about: the ‘if only’ syndrome? Charlotte Thornton is this years winner with Chris Branford in second just two points ahead of Carolyn. That’s the equivalent of a few seconds out of 960. We had a magnificent 16 races this winter, with no cancellations due to bad weather unlike last season. 7 urban, 7 forest and a couple of hybrids. Salisbury City had an amazing 53 competitors. Including the Southern Night Championships and the Brighton City race seemed to be welcomed. Lots of people could have won the league Julie, Kirsty, Jane, Mary, Dale, Ian etc etc, again it’s all down to ‘if only’.