Megan Carter-Davies took the Women's British Sprint and Middle Distance titles last weekend. It has been a very successful 2019 for Megan in domestic races: she adds these titles to the British Long Distance, the JK Sprint and the JK Overall.
These were organised by Leicestershire Orienteering Club at Loughborough University Campus on 14th September. This was the second time the campus has hosted the championships. which comprise morning qualifying heats and afternoon finals.
The University has a renowned reputation for sport and claims "The best university in the world for sports-related subjects." There are certainly plenty of facilities. The weather was fine and quite warm, and with an entertaining and informed commentary from Chris and Andy the gathered crowds had a great day out.
In the finals both Megan and Kris had greater speed than the other runners, and their wins were by quite big margins. Megan had a 40 second gap ahead of second, and achieved fastest times on 14 of the 20 legs. Kris's margin was 47 seconds, with fastest times on 15 of 21 legs.
The races were World Ranking - summary of results and points.
Sprint Podium (L-R: Alice Leake, Peter Hodkinson, Megan Carter-Davies, Kris Jones, Cecilie Andersen, Jonny Crickmore)
These were organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers at Chinley Churn on Sunday 15th September. It was a contrasting day to the previous day's sprint: the racing was up high in the Derbyshire Hills around an old quarry and on moorland. Early starters had to cope with low visibility from mist. The men's race was close and only decided when the last runners came in. Four runners at the top were spread by less than a minute: Graham took the lead at the eighteenth of the 31 controls and his eventual winning margin was 11 seconds. It is his 15th British Individual Title.
Photos courtesy of Steve Rush.
And on the run-in to the final control.