Alastair Thomas took the M21E win on Saturday
It was a great weekend of top quality orienteering in the Lakes on the weekend of October 3rd/4th. Many thanks to Lakeland O.C, Warrior O.C., and the many top orienteers who attended. It was surely the strongest field in the UK this year that has been so disrupted by COVID.
The weekend was part of the UK Elite Orienteering Leaguewho encouraged attendance, and will be as close as we are going to get to a National Champs this year. The League is doing a great job of promoting the sport across the open age categories and both days had a distinct buzz in the socially distanced car parking.
Carol McNeill organised the weekend.The planners were Martin Bagness for Saturday, and Chris Heppenstall for Sunday, with Dick Towler controlling. Martin also did the mapping.
The men's course at Graythwaite
Saturday's race was in rain that got heavier as the day went on. By contrast Sunday was sunshine and little wind - a lovely Autumn day.
Cecilie Andersen ahead of Grace Molloy towards the final control
Part of the area was exceptionally detailed, and the courses made full use of this.
M21E 5.2km / 195m / 23 controls
W21E 4.5km / 160m / 20 controls
LauraKing was second on W21E. pic.twitter.com/bK81SHzM9A— On The Red Line (@OnTheRedLineO) October 3, 2020
M21E 10.8km / 570m / 25 controls
W21E 7.2km / 395m / 19 controls
Graham Gristwood crosses a track on the way to the run-in on Saturday
Cecilie Andersen passes the start kite on Day 2
We were active on Twitter over the weekend. Here's a pack reaching the penultimate control on Sunday.
The wolf pack hunts down the penultimate control https://t.co/zHGSDzxRDr— UK Elite Orienteering League (@UKEliteOLeague) October 4, 2020
Nvii Str8, sponsors of the League, were in the car park
The League Coordinator, Duncan Birtwistle, in Octavian Droobers colours