Binsey Fell near Bassenthwaite was the setting for Border Liners club event at the weekend with some typical autumnal weather to match. Regarded by guidebook author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright as ‘a most excellent station for appraising the Northern Fells’ the terrain and conditions around Binsey on Saturday gave little chance for orienteers to admire the views. New event organiser Owain Rice put on four excellent courses to challenge experienced competitors and those newer to the sport.
Around the 5.5km (250m climbing) Blue course it was West Cumberland Orienteering Club competitor Sam Stead who took top honours followed by team mate Jamie Rennie. Their times were 40.45 and 43.26 respectively. Roxburgh Reiver Ian Maxwell was third in 43.43 with clear daylight through to fourth placed Keith Tonkin of the host club who recorded a time of 46.10. Border Liner Dan Parker made the top ten in ninth place with a time of 50.16 whilst junior runner Ruben Razzetti made the top fifteen with 53.10.
Dave Hewitt of the Warrior Orienteering Club claimed first place around the 3.8km (205m climbing) Green course with a time of 43.11. Two fast juniors, Daisy Rennie and Daniel Heppell, from the West Cumberland club claimed second and third places with times of 43.23 and 43.30 respectively whilst Border Liner Chris Lates turned in another superb result to claim fourth place in 45.51.
On the 3km (145m climbing) Short Green course West Cumberland runners Sally Heppell and Elizabeth Elliott claimed first and second places with times of 33.59 and 44.30. Border Liner Dougal Kyle was a creditable fifth in 51.38. Sam Kitchin of the Lothian based Interlopers club was first finisher in a time of 29.53 on the 2.3km (160m climbing) Orange course with Border Liner Abigail Pantry sixth in 45.15.
Border Liners next club event takes place on Saturday 14th November at Uldale and once again there will be restricted entries with no entries on the day. Another batch of top-class fellside courses, all planned by the club’s juniors, awaits those able to secure an entry.