(Photo: Steve Rush)
Alasdair was the only man running under 100 minutes for today's 17.9km M21E course at Beaudesert. His win did take the overall JK title, which is awarded on combined time for the middle and long distance races.
Hollie's win was a narrow one, and not quite sufficient to win the overall JK title, which was taken by Jessica Tullie by 2 seconds, with Tessa Strain and Megan Carter-Davies third and fourth again only some seconds further back.
|4||Megan Carter Davies||77:29|
Starts were in reverse order of times from the previous day's middle, with three minute intervals. Last starter on the longest course Peter Hodkinson was the last of all the 2500 runners into the forest at this year's JK, the largest annual orienteering festival in the UK.
After noting that the winners of the sprint were Welsh it is right, if a little obvious to those close to the sport, to note the strong connections with the Highlands that both winners of the forest competition have. Alasdair grew up north of Inverness and Jessica lives and works in Badenoch and Strathspey.
|1.||Jessica Tullie||Alasdair McLeod|
|2.||Hollie Orr||Chris Smithard|
|3.||Megan Carter-Davies||Sasha Chepelin|
photos by Robert Lines