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Northern Championships weekend 2018

Thirsk, 21/22 April

Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers organised an Urban race on Saturday, and Eborienteers organised the Northern Championships on Sunday.

Saturday’s Urban event was in Thirsk, a busy market town in the Vale of York, with the event centre at Thirsk Hall, just north of the town centre near the racecourse. The town was very busy, as there was also a race meeting the same day. Thirsk’s history goes back 1500 years, with many old buildings and alleyways around the cobbled market square. A stream (the Cod Beck) flows north-south through the town with some wooded and open spaces along its banks. The competition area also included  car parks, open parkland areas, wooded areas and residential estates on the outskirts. Margaret Dalgleish reports: “Most of the courses started towards the East of the town centre; early running was longer legs through housing estates and town woodland. We then had some shortish legs in the more complex part of the town and finished with some easier stuff to get back to Thirsk Hall.” The weather was hot, not ideal for running.

ESOC results:
    MUV (50 competitors) – Les Dalgleish 20th, Brian Yates 48th
    WUV (26) – Janice Nisbet 2nd, Margaret Dalgleish 9th

Full results, including Routegadget, are on the Thirsk Urban Event Results page of the EBOR website.

On the same day, Sprint selection races were held at York University for M/W16, M/W18 and M/W20. Rachel Brown competed in these.


The Northern Championships event was at Wass, east of Thirsk, on the scarp slope of the North York Moors. The forest is on a very steep and deeply-indented slope, with rocky spurs, and plenty of contour detail. Day 2 of the 2016 JK was held here, though in a slightly different part of the area, and is remembered as being tough going, with a lot of mud and thick vegetation. After a wet winter and spring, underfoot conditions were challenging this time too. There were also long walks from Assembly to the Start, and back from the Finish. The weather was much cooler than the previous day, with rain later on. 

ESOC results were:
    M65L (17 competitors) – Les Dalgleish 11th
    W16A (32) – Rachel Brown 3rd
    W45S (8) – Judy Bell 4th
    W65L (14) – Janice Nisbet 2nd, Margaret Dalgleish 3rd

Full results, including Routegadget and other analysis, are available on the Wass Results page of the EBOR website.

These were the 10th and 11th events in the 2018 UK Orienteering League – more details about this league are on the UK Orienteering League page of the British Orienteering website. ESOC is now lying 18th in the club competition. 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 will change as the year goes on.

  

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