🏆NI Champs 2021 Report🏆

Well done all who took part in the NI Sprint and Middle Distance races on Saturday.

As always, a huge deal of effort and fun goes into putting events on, especially if there are two in one day in different locations. All involved in the volunteer teams did an amazing job!

So although there is a list of winners below, the people we need to applaud most are the volunteer team who enable us to have fun competing. Special thanks to Sharon, Billy and Conor who organised and planned the Sprint at UU Jordanstown, Aileen, Wilbert and Richard who sorted out the Middle Distance at Woodburn Forest and Mark who managed all the SIEntries and Timing.

It was great to see a good number up from the South, especially since Woodburn was being used as a Junior selection race. There were also a number of Orienteers from England and Scotland over on their holidays – this all helped add to the occasion and made things even more competitive.

The great weather meant that we all had a good chance to safely catch up under the sun in the now normal socially distanced way.

NI Sprint Champions (please accept my apologies if I have made any errors and correct me if I have got any of this incorrect)

Open Class

Winner – Jonathan McCloy, NWOC who was 1st overall followed by Peter Reed, LVO (3rd overall) and Daniel Earnshaw, LVO (6th overall)

Joint Winners – Olivia Baxter and Rachel Collins both of LVO (2nd overall) followed by Steph Pruzina and Meadow McCauley who were joint 4th overall.

Junior 12-

Winner – Aran Power (2nd overall) followed closely by his brother Cahal, both LVO.

Junior 16-

Winner – Dan Murphy, LVO (1st overall), Oliver O’Kane, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), Peter Gamble, LVO 3rd (5th overall)

Vet 40+

Winner – Michael Burton, LVO (1st overall), Tom McComiskie, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), Bobby Smith, NWOC, 3rd (4th overall)

Winner – Moire O’Sullivan, LVO (1st overall), Sarah Gamble, LVO 2nd (5th overall), Joanne McCauley, LVO 3rd (7th overall)

Super Vet 55+

Winner – Lyle Fleming, LVO (1st overall), Mark Earnshaw, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), Shaun Henry, LVO 3rd (4th overall)

Winner – Heather Cairns, LVO (1st overall), Ruth Blair, NWOC 2nd (2nd overall), Alison Collins, LVO 3rd (4th overall)

Ultra Vet 65+

Winner – David Blair, NWOC (2nd overall), Philip Baxter, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), Anthony McGonigle, NWOC, 3rd (4th overall)

Winer – Helen Baxter, LVO (2nd overall), Ann Savage, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), Teresa Finlay, Fermo 3rd (4th overall)

NI Middle Champions (again please accept my apologies if I have made any errors and correct me if I have got any of this incorrect)

Open Class

Winner – Daniel Earnshaw, LVO (3rd overall), followed by Peter Reed, LVO (6th overall) and Daniel Vasey, LVO (8th overall)

Winners – Rachel Collins LVO (2nd overall) followed by Olivia Baxter LVO (4th overall) and Sophie Pruzina LVO (5th overall).

Junior 12-

Winner – This time Cahal Power (2nd overall) followed closely by his brother Aran, both LVO.

Junior 16-

Winner – Chloe Grattan, LVO (2nd overall)

Vet 40+

Winner – Michael Burton, LVO (2nd overall), Paul Daniels, LVO 2nd (6th overall), Richard Gamble, 3rd (8th overall)

Winner – Moire O’Sullivan, LVO (1st overall), Sharon Dickenson LVO, (2nd overall) and Sarah Gamble, LVO 3nd (4th overall).

Super Vet 55+

Winner – , Billy Reed LVO (1st overall), Lyle Fleming, LVO 2nd (2rd overall), Mark Pruzina, LVO 3rd (6th overall)

Winner – Heather Cairns, LVO (1st overall), Ruth Blair, NWOC 2nd (2nd overall), Alison Collins, LVO 3rd (3rd overall)

Ultra Vet 65+

Winner – Philip Baxter, LVO (2nd overall), Richard McCourt, LVO 2nd (3rd overall), David Blair, NWOC, 3rd (4th overall)

Winer – Helen Baxter, LVO (1st overall), Ann Savage, LVO 2nd (2nd overall), Teresa Finlay, Fermo 3rd (4th overall)

Well done to all our winners!

Due to Juniors selection, in the middle distance event the M16- lads ‘ran up’ to course 2. The first three Irish Juniors home were Dan Murphy, Ben Cairns and Oliver O’Kane all within 8 minutes of each other. Peter Gamble LVO also raced this course along with two other M16- Juniors. Great effort and well done to you all on completing this challenging course and good luck with selection!

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