15th January 2018

Border Liners 2018 season got underway last Saturday with a well-attended club event at High Stand Woods near Armathwaite. Sixty-five orienteers took the starters orders but the real stars of the day were Phil and Janice Nichols who put out three excellent courses making the most of the tough terrain and then stood out in a thin wind to make sure everyone signed-on correctly and went home smiling.

On the ground, visiting orienteer Stuart Graham of the Solway Club was quickest around the 4.8km Green course in a time of 50.40. Border Liners’ Karen Parker was second with 51.06 and after West Cumberland runner Howard Leslie’s third place (58.36) came a trio of Border Liners ace women all within approximately two minutes of each other. New to Border Liners Carol Edwards was first home with 59.21, followed by Christine Goulding (59.42) and Stella Lewsley (61.35).

Around the 3.1km Short Green course, veteran runner Mike Pearson of the West Cumberland Club was quickest in 38.35. Tom Rawle and Laura Hazelhurst both had good runs to finish second and third respectively (65.06 & 72.13) whilst Rosalind Weir performed well to finish fourth in 85.42. Looking at the split times after the event it was clear that control 5 to 6 had caught many on the Short Green course so it was good to see the Border Liners teenagers in the top five.

Ewan Simpson took first place on the 2.3km Orange course in a time of 17.37 with Finn Mayhew second with 17.51. Both these teenagers have great potential as competitive orienteers and Border Liners would be delighted to see them join the club. In third place, M12 youngster Ruben Razzetti had a great run to finish behind the older lads with a time of 18.24, whilst Hannah Garvey and Maisie Yates orienteered well to make the top five with 21.50 and 22.52 respectively.

Border Liners next event is another club fixture at Fingland Rigg on 3rd February.

David Rawle