Skelmersdale, 21/22 August
The weekend’s competitions were the British Sprint Relay Championships on Saturday 21 August, and the British Individual Sprint Championships on Sunday 22 August. Skelmersdale is a New Town, constructed in the 1960s, and is in Lancashire, NE of Liverpool.
The British Sprint Relays were held on the Yewdale Estate in Skelmersdale. The Start and Finish arena was in a grassed amphitheatre, with an uphill run to the start kite, then the courses led into the nearby housing. The competition area was split by a dual carriageway, which could only be crossed at the designated crossing points (a pedestrian underpass and a footbridge). The terrain was mainly complex modern housing, with many similar buildings, cul-de-sacs, pedestrian walkways and an intricate network of connected courtyards. There were some grassed areas leading down to the Tawd Valley Park with paths and controls on both sides of the River Tawd.
The weather was unfortunately wet.
There were 2 ESOC teams:
Elite: Rachel Brown, Simon Gregersen, Paul Clatworthy & Helen Bridle – this was a non-competitive team, since Helen also ran 1st leg for an Interlopers team. (Sadly both teams mispunched.)
Supervet (55+): Keith Brown, Helena Nolan & Alison Cunningham came 4th out of 15.
Also, in the Ultravet (65+) class, Roger Scrutton ran 3rd leg in an AROS team with Robin & Sheila Strain, and they came 8th out of 16 teams.
Full results are on the British Sprint Relay results page on the DEE website.
The British Sprint Championships event on Sunday took place further east, with assembly by Delph Side Primary School and parking at the Concourse Shopping Centre. There was a short walk to the Starts for both Qualifiers and Finals. The competition area was a series of modern housing estates, with cut-throughs, covered passageways and pedestrian courtyards, mostly on a gentle slope, with all the usual features of urban orienteering. The Qualifiers and Finals had a common last control, with the Finish next to the Assembly area.
The weather was slightly better than the previous day, with a little sun early on but mostly cloudy and some rain later.
The total entries in the classes with ESOC competitors were as follows: M20 - 8; M35 - 8; M50 - 29; M55 - 45; M70 - 36; WOpen - 19; W14 - 12; W18 - 13; W50 - 35; W55 - 39; W65 - 21. Most classes had several parallel heats, and the number qualifying for the A final depended on the entry in the class.
ESOC’s best results came from Rachel Brown, who won W18, and Alison Cunningham, who won W55.
Other ESOC results:
M20B – Ben Brown 2nd
W14B – Megan Brown 3rd
M50A – Mark Wood 10th
M70B – Roger Scrutton 8th
W Open A – Helen Bridle 5th
W50A – Judy Bell 16th
W55A – Helena Nolan 6th
W65A – Janice Nisbet 3rd=
This event was the 6th in the 2021 UK Orienteering League. There are more details about the UKOL, including the league tables, on the UK Orienteering League page of the British Orienteering website. ESOC is now lying 23rd in the club league. The score for each club is calculated automatically from the 15 best club members' scores (across various age class groups) - so the club members whose scores are included may change as the year goes on and more events are included.
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