6th March 2017

Border Liners kicked off the 2017 Cumbrian Galoppen League in style on Sunday with a cracking event on the fells above Caldbeck. The Faulds Brow fixture ran without a hitch in bright late-winter sunshine with snow on the far hills and a brisk breeze to keep competitors cool.

Steve Birkinshaw of the West Cumberland Orienteering Club was the man to beat around the 9.8km (180m climbing) Brown course, with a time of 56.37which was approaching eight minutes clear of runner-up and clubmate Simon Hunter. David Spencer continued the WCOC run of results with first place on the Blue course in a time of 44.17 with Border Liners star runners Emily Brown and Debbie Thompson flying the home-team flag with excellent results around the 6.9km (150m climbing) course. Their times of 54.52 and 58.32 respectively were good enough for 9th and 15th overall and put them in the top three lady finishers on the Blue course.

Young Lakeland Orienteering Club runner Ellie Simonds was top finisher on the 4.7km (115m) Green course with Border Liner Simon Hunt breaking in to the top twenty just twelve minutes shy of her time. Jane Yates had a good run to finish in 8th place around the 3.4km (80m) Short Green course with Kate Kilpatrick finishing fourth on the 3.2km (60m) Light Green. Laura Hazelhurst continued where she finished last season with an excellent run to finish 8th on the 2.6km (75m) Orange course and would almost certainly have placed in the top three had it not been for difficulty finding control 10. The Hunt brothers meanwhile made two podium finishes with Sam taking third place on the Yellow course and Alexander finishing top of the tree with a win on White. Well done to both of them!

Border Liners next events are a club night at Armathwaite School on Monday 13th March and a ‘Come and Try It’ fixture at Talkin Tarn on Saturday 1st April. A number of the club’s regular competitors are in action in the regional heats of the Compass Sport Trophy near Newby Bridge this Sunday where good results will see the club qualifying for the finals in October.

David Rawle