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British Night Championships 2021

Cleeve Hill, Saturday 27 November

The 2021 British Night Championships were organised by North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club. Cleeve Hill is just NE of Cheltenham and is the highest point in Gloucestershire. The terrain is mainly open runnable grassland, with some gorse and many single small trees. There are some steep crags and complex old quarry workings. The competition was based at Cleeve Hill Golf Club, in the northern part of the map, and the start and finish were close to the clubhouse. All courses crossed the golf course, with fast running on the fairways.

Rona Lindsay commented: “The event was good fun. I'm not sure anyone was expecting the area to be covered in snow, and there was a strong wind coming from the N which made it very cold. It was mostly pretty runnable but some snow banks made it more tough going in places and you had to watch out for iced over sledging tracks! The area had 2 contrasting bits. The top of the hill was flatter with fewer features, mostly gorse bushes, which was tricky in the dark, and the sides had huge quarry features which were more complex. The warm clubhouse with food and a fire was much appreciated afterwards!”

ESOC results:
    M75L (11 competitors) – Brian Yates 7th
    W21 (9) – Rona Lindsay 4th
    W65 (4) – Janice Nisbet 4th

There's more information about the event on the British Night Championships website.
Full results are available on the NGOC website:
   Results by class
   Routegadget

This event was the 15th in the 2021 UK Orienteering League. ESOC's final position in the club league was 37th, but this was partly due to the fact that only 3 of the 16 events in the 2021 league were in Scotland. The score for each club was calculated automatically from the 15 best club members' scores (across various age class groups).
 

On Sunday 28 November, Bristol Orienteering Klub hosted a regional event at Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean. This area is on a west-facing slope, with areas of contour detail around watercourses, as well as past mining activity, plus charcoal burning platforms. The vegetation is mostly open deciduous forest with some dense patches of conifers.

Janice Nisbet came 3rd (out of 37) on the Short Green course; Brian Yates came 29th.

Full results from this event are on the Cannop Ponds results page of the BOK website

  

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Cleeve Hill during the British Nights (Cheltenham in the distance), Rona Lindsay

Cleeve Hill during the British Nights (Cheltenham in the distance)