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Walton Chasers orienteers to the fore in major festival

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

By Dave McLean

Walton Chasers orienteers to the fore in major festival

Chasers impress in JK International Festival

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WALTON Chasers OC sent a large contingent to the annual Jan Kjellstrom festival, the most prestigious multi-day in the orienteering calendar.

This year’s event was held in South Wales for the four days with a team of over 50 representing the Chasers.

The first day began with a sprint event around Swansea University and surrounding parkland.

Bob Dredge made the best of the warm and sunny conditions by finishing in 5th place on the M60 course. Amy Mitchell performed well on the W12 course in 18th place. On the W35 course Sue Williams finished 20th, while her sister, Cath Williams took 13th place on the W40 course.

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On day two out on Merthyr Common, Chasers men put in some good performances on the first long course day, including: George Hughes, 7th (M12B), Matt Hartland, 19th (M16A), Iain Stamp, a fantastic 3rd on M21L, Mark Stodgell, 10th (M40S), Mark Garside, 4th (M55S), and Norman Hall, a magnificent first on M80.

The Chasers women also performed well, including: Beth Colclough and Esther Mardling, 6th and 7th respectively on W10B, Amy Mitchell and Charlotte Cairns-Smith, 6th and 10th respectively on W12B, Claire Stamp, a mighty 2nd on W21V, closely followed by Pam Mitchell in 4th. Cath Williams was 4th on W40S, and Sue Lynch, 10th on W55S.

The weather took a turn for the worse with heavy rain on day three on day three on Llangynidr, another open moorland area.

This was the second long course day and saw the Chasers men again doing well, including Iain Stamp, 8th ( M21L), Ian Turner, 8th (M50S), Mark Garside, 5th ( M55S), and Norman Hall, 5th on M80.

Chasers women were also up to the task, including Mardling, 3rd (W10B), Amy Mitchell and Charlotte Cairns-Smith, 5th and 6th (W12B).

Pam Mitchell and Stamp were a brilliant 1st and 4th respectively on W21V, Sue Williams, 8th on W35S, Cath Williams, 3rd on W40S, and Hazel Waters, 7th on W60L.

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