Photo: Cecilie Andersen ahead of Megan Carter-Davies and Kirstin Maxwell, leading three in the Women's Sprint, towards the end of the course (credit: Steve Rush)
South Yorkshire Orienteers - terrific job, thanks - organised both events for the Northern Champs Weekend, 9th-10th March. The (Long) Championships were on Wharncliffe on Sunday. On Saturday, as the majority of orienteers attending the weekend ran an urban race, there was a sprint race to start the UK Elite League.
On The Red Line article about the League.
Saturday was wet and the terrain of Ponderosa, a mixture of parkland and estates with intricate alleys, was slippery. Sunday was wet and windy too, with snow on the moorland for earlier runners. The sprint races were longer than usual, and the championship races a bit shorter.
In the women's Megan Carter-Davies won both the sprint and the Northern Champs race. Megan, of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club, is not eligible for the Northern title, which was won by Charlotte Watson of West Cumberland O.C..
In the men's Will Gardner of Octavian Droobers won the sprint, and Peter Bray the Northern Champs race. With his club allegiance now back with Southern Navigators Peter, like Megan, was ineligible for the Northern title, which was won by Philip Vokes of Deeside Orienteering Club.
Photos by Steve Rush
(from the SYO website) Custom prizes
With a sprint race in Sheffield you might wonder where Charlotte Ward was? The answer: she was running for Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country, coming 45th. Yorkshire won.
And with the Northern Championships in Yorkshire you might wonder where Alasdair McLeod was? The answer: he was running in the Danish National Cross-Country, coming 14th.
Slippery conditions for Ben Mitchell, fourth in the sprint
Murray Strain starts
Narrow alleyways on the estates
Murray crosses a barrier