The 2017 annual club champs were held in the glorious grounds of Whirlowbrook Hall on Saturday 2nd December. 57 adults and older juniors set off together on a 50 minute mass score event with the aim of collecting as many controls as possible in the time limit. This year there was a secret twist in that you could collect odd or even controls but could only switch once between them. Charlie Adams scored the most points on 220 with Dom Dakin close behind him on 210. First female was Jenny Johnson on 170 points.
However, once Peter Gorvett's fiendish handicapping system had been applied it was all change at the top with the overall victory going to Kris Groom. Max Mobus was first male junior, Isobel Reuber was 1st female junior, Louise Preston 1st senior woman, Peter Guillaume 1st vet man and Lynden Hartmann 1st vet woman.
Whilst the more experienced orienteers were enjoying the score course, the younger members had their own yellow course. Charlotte Chapman flew round the course in 11.36. Fastest male was James Bryant in 13.00.
Post race members adjurned to HSBC for a delicious Christmas Curry. Lunch was followed by the very brief AGM before it was time for the annual awards ceremony, which honoured our members' best achievements:
Best male performance at the CSC: Ian Cooper
Best female performance at the CSC: Isobel Reuber & Isabelle Hodgson
Best YBT performance: Henry MacDonald
Best Junior Relay Team: M14 Euan Tryner, Max Mobus, Sam Crawshaw
Best Senior Relay Team: M50 Tim Tett, Paul Bradbury, Martin Ward & Charlie Adams
Best Individual Junior Relay Performance: Jamie Lightfoot
Best individual Senior Relay Performance: Paul Bradbury
Best Male Junior Performances: Robbie Lightfoot
Best Female Junior Performances: Freya Tryner & Imogen Pieters
Best Overseas Performance: Cat Taylor
Best Senior Male Performances: Andy Preston
Best Senior Female Performances: Kim Baxter
Best Veteran Male Performances: Peter Gorvett
Best Veteran Female Performances: Lucy Wiegand
Most improved junior: James Bryant
Most improved senior: Julian Pieters
The final part of the day concentrated on thanking the club's volunteers for the hundreds of hours they dedicate to orienteering. All the major officials and coaches received a small prize and the club's mappers (Ian Cooper, Dom Dakin, Pete Tryner, Peter Gorvett and Charles Hird) were presented with a framed copy of their maps. Our main club coaches Colin Best, Jacky Dakin, Nick Lightfoot and Kim Baxter were thanked for their efforts and presented with a small award. Pete Tryner won 'official of the year' for organising the schools league events, planning the Park Hill urban and controlling Treeton and Lucy Wiegand was awarded the trophy for the 'outstanding contribution to orienteering for the excellent job she has done securing permissions for the past 7 years alongside organising, planning and controlling numerous events.
Thank you to Arun Sahni for planning an innovative and challenging score event that made fantastic use of Limb Valley, ably assisted by Clive Wilson and to Emily Pieters for organising so efficiently and finding such a great venue.