British Sprint Orienteering Individual Championships at Skelmersdale on Sunday August 22nd
4 WREKIN members competed in this event on a warm and drying day. Skemersdale was a new town back in the 1960s so has some similarities with Telford- high density housing in complicated blocks, big roads and many roundabouts as well as a large shopping centre in the middle.
Sprint races are short intense bursts of high-speed navigation in which runners have to be in control of their navigation whilst running as fast as possible for about 15 minutes, getting both things right is the key to success.
The British Champs has a first round of races from which people qualify for further A or B finals. After the qualifying races there is a time gap to allow the organisers to get organised and competitors to recuperate before the Finals. This year’s competition centred on a primary school using two overlapping areas of contrasting housing both of which were reminiscent of our own new town.
Three of our runners made it through to the A-finals-
Di Jacks and Sarah Bayliss finished 10th and 12th on W50A,
Adrian Pickles was 6th on M60A.
David Pal was 24th on M50B.
This event was postponed twice due to the pandemic and it was a major feat to organise it at all. All our WREKIN representatives enjoyed their runs and looked smart in our WREKIN tops.