British Championships @ Newborough, North Wales

This year’s British Orienteering Championships finally took place at Newbourgh Forest on Angelsey last weekend (Oct 21 2001). The event was held under the auspices of the rescheduled Welsh Championships and National Event that was postponed from earlier this year.

Attracted by some first class terrain, several Reivers decamped to North Wales for the weekend and were rewarded with spectacular views of the sun setting over Angelsey from Caernarfon on the Saturday night whilst the rest of the country was drowned in terrential rain.

The area lived up to its name and provided some highly technical orienteering in a generally flat and fast area, where mistakes were easily punished. By far and away the best Reivers performance came from John Tullie, who came second on M40L, just three seconds behind the winner charles Bromley of EPOC, in a time of 63:59.

Continuing the family theme, sons Douglas (M14A) and James Tullie (M16A), both travelling with the Scottish Junior Squad came home in tenth and eleventh places respectively and Robin Sloan finished 35th on the biggest class, M50L, beating son Martin (who was finished 33rd in the M21S class) by nearly 20 minutes on the same course.