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.
19th June 2017
Border Liners held one of their popular ‘Come on Try It’ events in Brampton recently with three excellent urban courses around the busy market town. The longest course took runners from The Sands up to the statue on the Mote, where the organiser had carefully placed the control close to the toe of the 7th Earl of Carlisle, and back down to St Martin’s Close via the playing fields on Dacre Road. Despite it sounding a long way, the winner Ian Maxwell of the Roxburgh Reivers orienteering club covered the 4.3km course in 35.39. Runner-up Alan Hartley of the host club completed the 17 controls in 39.34 whilst Louise Dunn of the Lakeland Orienteering Club was fastest woman home in 43.18.
The Maxwell family was in the results again around the medium (3.3km) course with Kirstin and Eileen taking first and second places with 24.34 and 34.14 respectively. Douglas Henderson, again of the Roxburgh Reiver Club was third in 35.27. Angela Whitworth and Alex Hunt ensured Border Liners took home top medals on the short (2.4km) course with times of 48.42 and 51.08.
The annual Allerdale Chase took place last Sunday with runners pitting themselves against the hot sun and some classic long course orienteering. The West Cumberland Orienteering Club event around the Ennerdale valley tested competitors over courses from 3.9 to 15.9km. The longest courses usually favour strong fell runners and so it proved on this occasion with Wainwright Record Holder Steve Birkinshaw coming home in 133.56 (2hrs 13 mins 56 secs). Teenager Daniel Spencer wasn’t far behind however in 138.59 with fellow club and GB teammate runner Zac Hudd only a further two minutes behind in 140.36. Jeff Powell Davies was first Border Liner back in 160.55.
Around the 12km medium course Mike Billinghurst came out top in a winning time of 121.27 with Lakeland runner Mark Simmonds second in 124.19. Raymond Wren of the Border Liners was eighth (158.50). Border Liner Debbie Thompson was quickest on the ‘very short’ 3.9km course with a time of 54.57 ahead of a whole clutch of West Cumberland runners.
9th May 2017
Hosting a British Championship in any sport is relatively uncommon for Cumbria but in orienteering our county is one of the ‘go-to’ venues for terrain to test Britain’s best. Last weekend, the Finsthwaite valley near Newby Bridge in the South Lakes tested Britain’s best and provided some worthy champions over two days of competition.
Saturday’s event saw hundreds of competitors assemble for the National Long Course championships with the elite men tackling a near 15km course with over 700m of climbing. Graham Gristwood of the Forth Valley Orienteers came out on top after 98 minutes and fifty seconds of grueling running with Tessa Strain of the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club taking the women’s title in 79.37 over their 9.4km (505m climbing) course.
With some of the biggest orienteering clubs in the country fielding strong squads the North Cumbrian Border Liners more than held their own in several categories. There were top ten finishes for Jeff Powell Davies (10th in M35L Class), Andy Lewsley (6th M60L), Richard Evans (8th M60S), Isabel Gaines (4th W12B), Isabel Berry (8th W35L), Jane Yates (4th W45S), Janice Nichols (9th W55S) Stella Lewsley (5th W60L), Debbie Thompson (6th W60L), Anita Evans (6th W60S) Jenny Wren (5th W65L), Shirley Moss (2nd W70S), Louise Wilson (8th W75), Angela Whitworth (9th W75) and finally Paul Williams who had a well placed 9th on the ‘enter on the day’ Light Green course.
On Sunday morning, with grey skies over Carlisle, the Liners travelled back down to a sun-soaked Finsthwaite for the British Relay Championships. And what a fantastic day it was. With orienteers all running a taped-off course back through the Assembly field to tag their team mates and to finish, an almost party-like atmosphere ensued despite the competitive cauldron of the big event. Once again, Border Liners flew the flag for North Cumbria with ten teams in action – a record according to the club captain. For several athletes, this was their first experience of a major relay competition but for the seasoned BL2 Team of Raymond Wren, Karen Blackburn and Chris Lates, a polished performance saw them take second step on the podium with a well-deserved silver medal in the M/W 70 Class. Well done to everyone who took part.
24th April 2017
Local orienteers were spoiled for choice this weekend with events in Cumbria, South West Scotland and Tyneside. Saturday’s event was one of Border Liners popular ‘Come and Try It’ fixtures on the spectacular terrain around Hallin Fell and Martindale Hause above Ullswater. With three excellent courses to choose from there was plenty for beginners and experienced orienteers alike and the bright sunshine and cool temperatures made for perfect running conditions.
Jeff Powell Davies was top orienteer on the 3.6km Green course with a time more than five minutes clear of West Cumberland athlete Peter Hudd. Their times were 31.10 and 36.48 respectively. Proving that his recovery from last year’s knee injury is almost complete, Gerry Garvey was quickest around the Short Green course in a time of 39.03. Louise Wilson then led home a quartet of Border Liners in sixth to ninth place. Louise’s 62.35 was followed by Dougal Kyle 66.43, Angela Whitworth 71.35 and Anita Laird 74.05. Finally landing the result his running speed has promised, Tom Rawle took top honours on the 2.5km Orange course with a time of 33.26. Tom’s schoolmate Laura Hazelhurst was second in 38.14 with Maisy Yates having a good run to finish third with 48.24.
On Sunday a number of Border Liners headed North of the Border to compete in the third round of the Scottish Orienteering League at Drumlanrig Castle. The gardens and woodland around the castle look fabulous at this time of year and the Solway Club always make the most of the venue. Notable results from the Liners included Zoe Graham’s tenth place around the Blue course, Karen Blackburn’s 57.17 class win on the Green course and Angela Whitworth’s similar class winning performance of 70.57 on the Short Green course.
Finally, across in the North East, Maria Gaines just pipped her older sister Isabel to third place in the Northumberland and Tyneside Orienteers ‘Morpeth Gathering’ on Sunday. Their times were 21.55 and 22.30 respectively - excellent results from two promising young stars.
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.