West Cumberland Orienteering Club juniors earn places in Yvette Baker Trophy final

The West Cumberland Orienteering Club juniors were in action last weekend in the regional round of the Yvette Baker Trophy.

The competition is the premier junior club competition for English and Welsh clubs, named after Britain’s first world orienteering champion.

Nine juniors traveled to Brun Valley Forest Park near Burnley and performed well to earn their place in the final of the competition, which takes place later in the year.

On the longer green course, the club got maximum points with Daisy Rennie taking the win and Daniel Heppell second.

Maximum points were also achieved on the Light Green course, with Isaac Hunter taking victory over Myrtle Ashworth in second, George Rennie third and Toby Heppell fourth, and on Orange there was another double with Ash Boothroyd taking the victory ahead of Eva Humphreys. second and Hiroki Holmes fourth boy.

Closer to home, the club’s summer series continued at Bowness Knott on the Ennerdale flanks and the traditional Lake District weather – rain – came out to celebrate World Orienteering Day.

No less than seven orienteering clubs were represented during the evening, with orienteers aged over 70 to under 10 years old.

Over the 5.1km course, Daniel Spencer maintained his winning form to claim victory in 40:02, with Ben Breeze second in 43:02 and Mike Harrison third in 43:35.

Joe Sunley finished first in junior and in women’s Emma Crawford took the win, with Ange Jackson second and Susan Skinner third.

On the short 3.4km course, victory went to visitor Joseph Wright (MOROCCO) in 21:27, with club members then claiming the next six places as Daisy Rennie was second, Roger Thomas third, Isaac Hunter fourth , Sophie Crawford fifth, Carl Humphreys sixth and Eva Humphreys seventh.

Raymond Wren (BL) took eighth place, Roger Jackson ninth and Steve Holmes tenth.

Dino J. Dotson