The first POTOC local event for 14 months took place at Ladderedge Country Park over the weekend and it was great to see many familiar faces back competing once again - both from POTOC and other clubs. We were proud to be able to put on the first event in the West Midlands area since the lockdown restrictions were eased.
Ladderedge is a small area but very hilly and the navigation can be tricky in the forested parts. On the 5.1km Long Hard course Jake O’Donnell M16 DVO showed all his more senior rivals a clean pair of heels winning in just over 34 minutes, an astonishing 5 minutes ahead of Rich Pigott M40 POTOC in 2nd place, and a further minute ahead of Rob Holdway M35 POTOC in 3rd. Jake is certainly one to watch for the future (and present).
On the 3.5km Short Hard course Mike Derbyshire M65 POTOC prevailed in a time of 42 minutes, ahead of Alex Evans M18 POTOC. Andrew Addis M65 POTOC rounded off the top 3.
On the 2.8km Moderate course the spoils went to new POTOC member Robert Lofthouse M45. This was a great achievement considering it was Robert’s first ever orienteering event. Eden Pigott W12 POTOC was 2nd some 4 minutes back and another new member Josh Lofthouse M16 came a creditable 3rd, also in his first event.
The full results are available in the results section of the website.
We hope to see many more of you again for our next Local event which will take place on May 22nd at Biddulph Grange Country Park.