The 2019 annual club champs were held on the gloriously Autumnal Blacka Moor on Saturday 7th December. There were 4 different mass start courses with gaffling to split the pack. 53 adults and older juniors set off in waves to complete the super challenging courses.
Nathan took the victory on the long course, while Sam T topped the medium. The short course was won by Freya and Charlotte took the victory on orange. However, once Peter G's fiendish handicapping system had been applied and the results from all courses amalgamated the club champs prizes went to Jamie (first male junior), Anna (1st female junior), Robyn (1st senior woman), Dan (1st senior man), Alex F (1st vet man) and Hilary (1st vet woman).
Once the more experienced orienteers were out on their courses, it was time for our younger juniors to get out on the yellow course. It was a real battle at the top with Lawrence and Maxwell tying in first place. Fastest female was Abigail H.
Post-race members adjourned 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: Conrad
Best female performance at the CSC: Pippa
Best Junior Relay Team: JK junior – Sam T, Will G and Alice
Best Senior Relay Team: British Women's Open Team - Cat, Mary & Kim
Best Individual Junior Relay Performance: Oscar & Robbie
Best individual Senior Relay Performance: Tim
Best Male Junior Performances: James & Lawrence
Best Female Junior Performances: Charlotte & Ella
Best Senior Overseas Performance: Nick B
Best Junior Overseas Performance: Euan
Best Senior Male Performances: Pete T
Best Senior Female Performances: Amanda
Best Veteran Male Performances: Peter G
Best Veteran Female Performances: Lucy
Most improved junior: Alex C
Most improved senior: Markus
Wooden Spoon Award: Dave T!
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 (Oli, Henry and Colin S) were presented with a framed copy of their maps. Nick L and Kim were thanked for their coaching commitment to club night and were presented with a small award. The Junior volunteer of the year award went to Dom, while Mark D won 'Senior Volunteer of the year'.
Nick L was awarded the trophy for the 'outstanding contribution to orienteering’ for his long term services in coaching to the club and the sport in general. Finally thanks were given to the planning and organising team of Cat, Jacky, Tim T and Colin L for the fabulous job on this year’s club champs.