Welcome to Performance Corner! This is the section where we highlight performances by our members at relevant events. The primary information source is our own club Personal Performance System, where we compare individual performances at certain nominated Performance Events against current Ranking Points. This simple system enables us to highlight strong performances across all ages and abilities. In addition, we provide notice and information of club performances at major events such as BOC, JK and multi-day events at home and abroad.
Details of our club Personal Performance System can be found here.
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It was a tough BOC long weekend in the Surrey Hills and in Dorking. The heavily contoured terrrain with much bilberry and brashings made it heavy going for most BKO club members, The Relay day was even tougher than the Individual, and the Dorking Urban Race used up any spare energy on Monday. Despite this, the club now has its first National class champion for many years. Ian Cooper ran hard and well to win the M70 class, a close-run affair, thus reversing his 2nd place in the JK. It is great to see Ian gain this success, as he has been our best orienteer for many years.
Other significant Individual day results included Anna Methven with an excellent 2nd place in W10B, and brother Adam Methven's 5th in M10B. It is good to see our new Juniors competing at this level so well. Amongst the Seniors, David Jukes reached 24th place in M60L, and Janet Gibson was her usual reliable self in gaining 5th in W70L. Peter Bennett gained 16th place in M70L.
We provided six Relay teams on Sunday, another good turnout. In particular, we fielded our first M/W12s Mini-Relay team for many years. Well done to Oliver Smith, Daniel Smith and Charlie Betts for performing so well. But for an unfortunate missed control, it looks like they might have finished near the top of their class. Let's hope they can compete again together in next year's Championship events, developing their potential as BKOfuture. In the large M60 class with an entry of 31 teams. our mature 'rock stars' David Jukes, Martin Wilson and Ian Cooper, running for the first time together as team BKOntenders, put in a storming performance to finish 2nd overall for the Silver medal. David pulled a muscle shortly after starting on first leg, yet still managed to finish a highly credible 6th place, giving his all for the team. Martin then had a powerful, reasonably clean run, and was able to hand over to Ian in 1st place. Ian was only overtaken by the BOC M60 Champion, and held on to second place for a superb club result. Well done, lads!
BKOntenders (Ian, David, Martin) on the M60 podium at the BOC Relays
On Monday, the Dorking Urban Race had a huge entry of over 900 competitors. Against this extent of competition, it was tough to get good results. Our best scores were Martin Wilson with a 1st in Men's UltraVets, Richard Rae with 18th in the same class, and Gill Godbold with 29th in Women's SuperVets. There were one or two no-shows from BKO pre-entries, which perhaps reflected the toughness of the total weekend.
Overall, it was a great Championship weekend, very well organised, and the tough courses tested everyone's skills and stamina throughout.