Kendal man misses orienteering gold by 12 seconds

Graham Patten of the WARRIOR Orienteering Club finished fourth at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Hungary, missing the gold medal by just 12 seconds.

Around 2,000 competitors from around the world took part in the event, with the Hungarian government creating a Covid-safe travel exemption for international athletes.

Mr Patten, who lives and works in Kendal, took part in the World Masters for the third time, having finished second in Denmark in 2018 and fourth in Latvia in 2019.

He is currently the oldest orienteer in the UK, holding the top spot for almost three years.

Warrior is a small, informal club, based in Ambleside but with members from the UK and overseas.

Annual events include the Spring Battleaxe Score Series and the Winter O-Trial Weekend, featuring a short race and a classic long distance event.

Graham is best known as the founder and creator of the popular Lakeland Trails events in the Lake District.

Lakeland Trails with inov-8 brings you some of the UK’s most inspiring running events, all held in the spectacular scenery of the Lake District National Park. Designed for all ages and abilities, our trail runs range from 5K, 10K and 14-18K, to half and full marathons, and all the way up to Ultra marathons. Each offers well-marked and organized routes along bridleways and eco-friendly trails that traverse some of Britain’s most incredible scenery.

Dino J. Dotson