Busy autumn for Mid Wales orienteers

Saturday 12th December 2015 9:45 am

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MID Wales orienteers have been busy in the autumn season.

The club hosted the Welsh Championships at the end of September, in Teifi Pools, Pontrhydfendigaid. The club juniors did particularly well in this competition, with Megan Carter-Davies winning the W20 championship, Emily Thomas winning W16 and Hannah Thomas W12. Terry Smith won the M70 cup, Joe Thomas the M18 and Harry Thomas won the M12.

The Club also hosted the Veteran Home International Competition on the same weekend, a big undertaking for such a small club.

The weather was fantastic and the four nations’ teams relished the wild beauty of the landscape at Teifi Pools. The Wales team came third, beating Ireland. MWOC had three Aberystwyth runners representing Wales in this competition, Clive Thomas, Mike Kay and Kate O’Sullivan.

In the last week of September, several juniors represented Wales in the Junior Inter-regional Championships, held this year in Cannock Chase, and in October they travelled to Ireland as part of the Welsh National Squad at the Junior Home Internationals.

Wales came fourth, losing to Ireland by just a few points.

The club juniors representing Wales were; Joe Thomas, Dafydd Thomas, Daniel Thomas, Tom Carter-Davies, William Thomas (2nd place) Will Jones, Fay Walsh (4th place), Zoe Walsh, Catrin Skym, Emily Thomas (6th place), Alastair Gardner-Smith and Hannah Thomas. On the same weekend, Kate O’Sullivan ran in the Northern Irish Championships and the Irish Middle Distance Championships, coming first in her (veteran) age category on both days.

Fay has had a particularly good season, and ran for the British team at the Junior European Championships in early October. She also represented Wales at the Senior Home Internationals in Yorkshire in mid September, running up for the W20 age group.

Both Megan and Fay represented British Juniors internationally during the summer, at the Junior World and European Youth Orienteering Championships respectively, and the club is very proud of their achievements.

At the beginning of November, Megan won the prestigious Robin Hood Orienteering Adventure Race in Nottingham, beating off a strong field of opponents. Both girls are in the British Orienteering Talent Squad, and have won scholarships for sports coaching at their respective universities of Bristol (Megan) and Edinburgh (Fay).

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