| Combined Day 2/3 Results
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Gold: Quentin Harding (M50 sprint)
Silver: Jenny Peel (W45L)
Bronze: Ian Elder (M21L)
There were 11 years worth of CUOC captains (at least one of the male or female captains) at the JK, from 2004-2015!
Day 1 - Sprint - Lancaster University Results | Splitsbrowser | Winsplits | CUOC's report
A dry first part to the event - but then rain moved in, ensuring that most runners had a slippery time. In fact, the grass was often more grippy than the tarmac. The terrain didn't have too many dead-ends, but this didn't stop there being plenty of route choice and small (slippery) passages to navigate through in places.
In the Men's Elite the turnout of 11 Czech national team members, as well as many other top foreign runners, ensured plenty of people got shoved down by many places. DrongO's top runner was 48th-placed Matthew Vokes in 18:25, just under 2.5 minutes down on the winning time of 15:57. Ben Windsor followed (much to his disappointment, and Matthew's joy) 12 seconds later, tied for 55th place with Ed Catmur. Ben Stevens then came in 72nd and Tom Dobra in 94th.
Top placed DrongO on Women's Elite was Katrin Harding, who finished 52nd in 19:30, four minutes down on Danish winner Emma Klingenberg. Elspeth Ingleby finished 30 seconds behind in 61st, and Anya Crocker finished 79th, 2 minutes down on Katrin.
Meanwhile on the other courses, Ian Elder, Chris Williamson and David Maliphant came 8th, 11th and 40th on Men's open, Matthias Mahr came 6th on M35, Eric Roller and Rob Campbell came 6th and 9th on M45. Quentin Harding predictably won M50 by a 48 second margin, although Neil Crickmore also ran well to finish 2.5 minutes later in 10th. On the women's courses there was a silver medal for Jenny Peel on W45, and more top results from Hardings: Sue Harding making 5th position on W50, and Alison Harding 3rd on W55. Nicola Robertson came in 20th on Women's open.
Day 2 - Classic (& Elite Middle) - Ulpha Park and Barrow Fell Results | Splitsbrowser | Winsplits | CUOC's report
Day 2 was a middle race for the elites and a normal-length race for everybody else. Blessed with sunshine and warmth, everybody enjoyed today in the Lakes. The terrain was physically tough and rocky with plenty of fine detail on the map. Despite there being two reasonably sized open parts to the area, the courses stayed mainly in the forest, meaning smooth navigation was generally more important than running fast.
In the Men's Elite, DrongO's top runner was 70th-placed Ben Windsor in 44:32, just over 10 minutes behind the winner, Swiss national Matthias Kyburz. Matthew Vokes followed (much to his disappointment, and Ben's joy) a touch over 2 minutes later, in 84th place. Ben was pleased not to have made the same mistake as Ralph Street. Ben Stevens then came in 92nd.
Top placed DrongO on Women's Elite was Heather Monro (W40!) in an impressive 30th place, beating several of the international runners, and just over nine minutes behind many-times-junior-world-champion Ida Bobach of Denmark. Katrin Harding finished in 61st place, a further 6 minutes behind, followed by Elspeth Ingleby in 74th.
On the other courses, the best position of the day was 3rd from Jenny Peel on W45L, 4 minutes down on the winner. Anya Crocker came 4th on W21L, Sue Harding 15th on W50L, and Alison Harding 8th on W55L. Ian Elder finished 5th on M21L despite being 30 minutes down on the (Swedish) winner. The people who don't train enough, yet still ran further than the elites, came 4th, 12th, and 14th on M21S. Matthias Mahr finished 7th on M35L, while Darrell High came in with a nice 10th place on M45L. Unfortunately he pulled a hamstring in the process, ending his running this JK weekend. He was followed by Eric Roller and Rob Campbell in 16th and 21st. Neil Crickmore and Ian Buxton on M50L finished 38th and 71st. Ian and Barbara Tebbutt on M/W45S came 31st and 29th.
Having been forced to walk through many muddy footbaths on their way round the course, the mud accumlated from these footbaths had to be washed off using even muddier buckets of water with a few drops of washing up liquid splashed in. All this was for a good cause though: the SSSSSSSSSSSSSI remains safe and unspoilt, definitely without any elephant tracks or indeed any other sign that orienteers had been there today.
Day 3 - Classic - Bigland Results | Splitsbrowser | Winsplits | CUOC's report
Sunday saw the long day of the JK, with 15.4km for the Men and 10.2km for the Women in the elite classes. The first question on arrival was whether the elite spectator run-through, which went straight through the middle of the assembly area, and was rather long and steep, was to be traversed in an uphill or downhill direction. To the relief of those running those courses, it was indeed downhill.
Bigland provided some slightly easier navigation than yesterday by having a more widely used open part, but the steep, rocky, forested part was almost as tough as yesterday's Ulpha Park.
A certain French runner seemed completely oblivious to the fact that this area was hillier/more difficult to navigate around than Thetford Forest, and ambled around the Men's elite course in just over 86 minutes. The top (and only) DrongO was a modest 40 minutes behind him - Matthew Vokes in 126 minutes to finish 70th in the combined rankings. Mark Bown (M35) had a good run but was frustratingly 39 seconds behind Matthew, putting him in 73rd place overall. Ben "didn't want to get injured again" so had woosed down to running/walking the short course.
On the Women's elite course, a certain British runner who has apparently decided to pretend to be Swedish, took on a similar mindset to that French guy mentioned above, winning by almost 4 minutes in 68:55. Katrin was 49 minutes longer, finishing 70th to put her 63rd overall, while Elspeth gained five minutes back on Katrin today to finish one place above her overall. Heather unfortunately retired about half way round her course.
Other DrongO results were Ian Elder getting bronze overall on M21L, Chris Williamson 5th overall on M21S, with the other DRONGO-SOC member Anya Crocker matched his position on W21L. Tom Dobra had a good run today, also on M21S, to bring him up to 10th overall, while David Maliphant finished 14th. Matthias Mahr was consistent, coming 7th again today and putting him 7th overall on M35L. Eric Roller just made the top 10 overall on M45L, followed by David Spencer in 16th and Rob Campbell in 19th.
The second DrongO win of the weekend was gained by Jenny Peel on W45L, although this wasn't enough to take overall gold, but did bring her into 2nd position. There was a lot of consistency happening on W21L: Alison Ingleby got a double 7th place over the weekend to come 7th overall, and Nicola Robertson took 15th then 14th, coming 14th overall. Cath Wilson, after coming 10th and 13th on the separate days, came 9th overall on W35L. Sue and Alison Harding finished 15th and 6th on W50L and W55L.
There's no DrongO relay team tomorrow, but good luck to everybody running for their home clubs!
Day 4 - Relay - Graythwaite Results | Course C - Men's Short results | Splitsbrowser | Winsplits | CUOC's report
Another day like yesterday, beginning cold and foggy and turning blue and sunny. The first finisher was in fact from DrongO, as Quentin Harding came down the run-in to much cheering before the first start had event happened. Presumably he got confused, picked up an all controls map, and thought it was a score event.
There wasn't a DrongO team, but there were plenty of DrongOs around.
Once everybody had got over the fact that the car park was slightly muddy, and starts had been delayed by many different multiples of 15 minutes, the races began. The area was fast, and easier to navigate around than the previous two days, ideal for relay running.
The Swiss dominated the JK Trophy and Women's trophy, followed shortly by the Czechs, although since these teams were the national team rather than being from a single club, they were non-competitive.
A DrongO was spotted from afar helplessly searching for his companion in the handover pen. Shortly afterwards it began pattering up and down the marsh it was standing in, before hastily speeding off into the forest. It was spotted exactly 35 minutes and 51 seconds later under the finish arch. It is believed that many other DrongOs also appeared at the event in various types of camouflage (mainly trying to look like other clubs, or in one case, blend in with the control kites). It is believed that #Dan was not disguised since, loving being a soon-to-be-DrongO so much, he did not bring any camouflage to the JK.
Another future CUOC (in addition to Helen's brother, Paul) from NOC was also discovered, coated in mud after running first leg, and planning to run third leg for a different relay team. It is rumoured he munched through a lamb leg straight from the bone the evening before.