WALTON Chasers took their fourth successive Veteran title and a shock Junior Women’s title at the West Midlands Orienteering Relay championships at Dudmaston
The victorious veteran team of John Robinson, Ray Collins and Andy Yeates finished six minutes clear of their nearest rivals
In the opening leg Robinson romped home in 35 minutes to take a very healthy lead of nearly eight minutes after the heavy undergrowth was taking its toll on the competition.
Collins held onto the lead with another 35 minutes run to set Yeates off with just the task of keeping ahead of the pack.
Then 34 minutes later Yeates crossed the line and Walton Chasers were on top of the podium once again to take the Veteran Men title for the fourth time.
Also on top of the podium by taking the Junior Women title were a new Walton Chasers team of Holly Hughes, Holly Stodgell and Meg Colclough, whose achievement was made the greater by containing two girls who only started orienteering this year.
In the Mini Relay, Amy Mitchell, Charlotte Cairns-Smith and Adam Mardling finished in third place, less than two minutes behind the winning team.
The Senior Men category proved to be really tough with some long times on the board.
Despite this, Allan Williams, Cath Williams and Ricardo Fernandes put in a sterling performance to finish in second place, just two minutes in front of third place.
The Veteran Women were unlucky to get overtaken on the last leg, but put up a great fight to finish in a credible third place.
Also in the top ten were the Ad Hoc team of Sue Findlay-Robinson, Andrew Waters and Mark Dalgarno, finishing in sixth place.
Walton Chasers will be holding an event at Chasewater Country Park on September 22.
Courses will be on offer to suit all abilities and ages, for more information see www.walton-chasers.co.uk.