The British Long championships were held on a new area for orienteering at Cognor Wood in Surrey on a cool and sunny late March weekend. The physically demanding area tested all competitors with steep climbs and descents with plenty of contour detail, varying runnability and good route choice options. Congratulations to Rich Mawer who podiumed in 3rd place on M50 behind New Zealand International Alistair Landels and Irish international James Logue. Running in BAOC colours were Kezia Jukes 7th in W21, Sally Calland 8th in W45, Viki McCreadie 10th in W40, Colin Dickson 10th in M65, Michael Krajewski 12th in M40, Gareth Mansfield 12th in M35, Graeme Macmillan 13th in M45, Rich Barrett 16th in M50, Gareth Radcliffe 17th in M40 and Michael Cooke 25th in M45. On the short course Katie Costello won W45S, Karan O'Hara-Styles was 5th in W45S and Emma Mansfield was 5th on W35S.
Relay Team Success
3rd place on the Men's 50 Relay team went to AOA committee members, Ed Heal, Rich Mawer and Rich Barrett narrowly missing out on the silver medal. In the M60 team long term BAOC/AOA committee members Charles Bromley Gardner, Allan Farrington and Colin Dickson claimed the silver medal behind local club SN. Also competing in their respective teams were and just missing out on a medal in 4th were Men's Short team runners Graeme Macmillan, Michael Cooke and Gareth Masfield. In the Women's Short team Elaine O'Hara Styles, Clare Sapwell and Lisa Butterworth finished in 16th place. Next we're all looking forward to competing at the Jan Kjellstrom International over the Easter weekend in South Wales.