Organised by Lakeland Orienteering Club, the British Middle Distance Championships event was at Haverthwaite Heights, just south of Lake Windermere. Car parking and assembly area were in an idyllic setting by the River Leven, with the Haverthwaite steam railway running alongside. Blue skies and sunshine made for a relaxed atmosphere, and the race commentary kept up the interest through the day.
Middle Distance involves shorter courses with more controls, demanding concentration all the way round the course. The terrain was very technical, mostly oak woodland, with lots of rock and detailed contours, and many people made use of a warm-up area which gave a chance to get used to the map.
There were podium places for Helen Bridle, who won the silver medal in W21E, and Rona Lindsay, who won bronze in W16.
The full set of ESOC results, including some other strong performances, is as follows:
M16 – Andrew Lindsay 12th, Craig Nolan 16th
M20E – Mark McLeod 9th
M40 – Ron Nolan 15th
M55 – Crawford Lindsay 26th
M60 – Roger Scrutton 11th
W16 – Rona Lindsay 3rd
W21E – Helen Bridle 2nd, Sarah O’Neil 32nd
W40 – Helena Nolan 9th
W50 – Chris McLeod 5th, Sally Lindsay 14th=
Full results and Routegadget are available here, and some photos from the event have been added to the ESOC Gallery.