Orienteering runners at High Rigg fell in love with Cumbria’s first Galoppen
Members of the West Cumberland Orienteering Club took part in the first Cumbrian galoppen of the year at High Rigg near Keswick.
The series sees local clubs competing for the coveted Borrowdale Trophy, which the club currently holds.
High and Low Rigg provide a compact free fall area, allowing for fast running, with swamps, boulders and boulders the main features.
The club won three of the seven courses because, on the 8km brown course, Simon Hunter was the club’s best player finishing seventh, Jamie Rennie 12th and Mike Harrison 17th. Caitlin Pearson was fourth female in the 28th.
On the 6.4 km blue course, club junior Charlie Rennie was more than four minutes ahead of second place while David Spencer was third, Alan Irving 10th and Nicholas Evans 11th. Ange Jackson was fifth lady in 38th.
On the 5km green course, Joe Sunley won more than 11 minutes ahead of the peloton and fellow junior Daisy Rennie finished third. Juniors Emma Crawford and Issy Sunley finished eighth and ninth. The club’s first senior riders were Richard Cummings in 16th and Sarah Taylor-Brown in 20th.
On the 3.6km short green course, the first club was junior James Birkinshaw in fourth, with Mike Pearson sixth, Claire Boothroyd 10th and Henry Teasdale 11th, and on the 3.2m light green course, the Club juniors topped the top 10 with Danny Winterbottom third, Daniel Heppell fourth, Myrtle Ashworth sixth, Isaac Hunter seventh and Sophie Crawford eighth.
On the 2.5km orange course, Carl Humpheys claimed victory, while juniors Ash Boothroyd and Hannah Birkinshaw finished second and third. Liam Cooper finished 10th.
The club’s spring streak kicked off with an urban sprint at Moorclose in Workington.
On the 3.1 km course, Charlie Rennie took the win in 14:55 with Sam Stead second in 15:03 and Joe Sunley third in 16:11. Caitlin Irving was the first female junior in the fourth and Lynne Thomas was the first female senior in the 17th.
On the short 2km course, mother and daughter Alex and Sophie Crawford battled, junior Sophie taking the win in 16:59 and Alex second in 17:44, Sally Heppell third and junior George Rennie fourth. Hiroki Holmes was second on the novice course.
The spring series continues with more sprint events in Allonby and Whitehaven. For more information visit www.wcoc.co.uk