rocks_britMiddle24_WCMiddle distance races emphasise interpretation of the map in often quite complex terrain, photo:Wendy Carlyle

On Saturday 27th April Airienteers hosted the British Middle Champs at Danefield near Otley in Yorkshire, with some intricate terrain and also fine views across Wharfedale. The Swansea Bay couple Megan Carter-Davies and Ben Mitchell took the open class wins. Megan is no stranger to British titles – she held them all at the same time a few years ago, but it is Ben’s first. He has previously come second four times, at night, middle and long. Ben is the OCAD reseller for the U.K. and an accomplished mapper e.g. JK2022 Clydach Terrace.

Results, British Middle Distance Champs 2024.

Incidentally, as well as being suitable for a middle race testing detailed map interpretation, Danefield is the location that Airienteer and World Sprint Orienteering Bronze medallist Alice Leake used to talk about route choice for one of the videos in the series Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering.

BritishQueue2024_WCA British Queue


  1. Megan Carter-Davies (Swansea Bay) 30:55
  2. Chloe Potter (South Yorkshire) 36:42
  3. Laura Robertson (South Yorkshire) 37:29
  4. Mairi Eades (Edinburgh University) 39:29
  5. Fiona Bunn (Edinburgh University) 39:35
  6. Alison O'Neil (Edinburgh Southern) 43:03

megan-carter-davies_BritishMiddle24_WCMegan Carter-Davies, photo: Wendy Carlyle


  1. Ben Mitchell (Swansea Bay) 37:08
  2. Nathan Lawson (Octavian Droobers) 37:34
  3. Joe Woodley (Lakeland) 39:22
  4. Thomas Laraia (Edinburgh University) 40:02
  5. Ben Windsor (DRONGO) 40:16
  6. Luke Fisher (Interlopers) 41:09

ben-mitchell_BritishMiddle24_WCBen Mitchell, photo: Wendy Carlyle

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