24th July 2017

Visiting runner Jonny Malley of the Manchester and District Orienteering Club was quickest around the 5.1km Green course in Border Liners club event at Aughertree near Uldale last Saturday although he might have been even faster if he had been equipped with flippers and snorkel given the intensity of the rain during the competition. Jonny’s time of 30.02 was a little more than two minutes clear of runner-up Steve Birkinshaw of the West Cumberland Orienteering Club (32.21), who in turn was more than four minutes ahead of local athlete Ian Cumpstey (36.54). Border Liners duo Stella and Andy Lewsley could only be separated by seconds in sixth and seventh place respectively (47.53 & 47.55) whilst Raymond Wren had a good run to finish eighth with 50.15.

Around the Short Green course (3.1km), WCOC athlete Roger Thomas was quickest on the day followed by a great second place from Carol Graham of the Solway Club and Border Liner Diana Mitchell picking up an excellent third. Their times were 32.32, 44.42 and 47.30 respectively. Laura Hazelhurst meanwhile was a clear winner of the 2.5km Orange course event with a time of 21.05.

The previous weekend a number of Border Liners ran in much more favourable conditions in the latest round of the Cumbrian Galoppen League promoted by the West Cumberland Club at Threlkeld Knotts near Keswick. Duncan Archer of the Cleveland Orienteering Klub took top honours around the 9.1km (300m climbing) Brown course in a time of 62.57 and there were good results from Border Liners Dan and Karen Parker who finished seventh and ninth with times of 88.15 and 93.38 respectively.

Run of the day from Border Liners perspective came from Andy Leswley who finished top of the tree on the 4.1km (250m climbing) Green course with a time of 44.50 just ahead of the promoting club’s Ian Teasdale who also had an excellent finishing time of 45.03. Picking up the first of his Short Green course wins of the week, Roger Thomas’s 30.39 was a little over a minute clear of club mate Andy Rodger (31.46) with Border Liner’s Anita Evans having a great run to finish in the top fifteen with 57.53.