A strong contingent of 11 BKO members took part in Croeso 2012, based at Aberystwyth in mid-Wales. Some members tackled all six days, some did fewer days. The event had four Long days, all on steep and rough open moorland, one Middle Distance – the only day to use trees at all – and one Urban race round the campus of Aberystwyth University, a notable first for a UK six-day event.
Unsurprisingly, the best BKO scores came on the Middle and Urban days, steep rough rocky moorland perhaps not being our club speciality. With four events to count from six, the following performances were gained by participants:
Class Overall Position Best Run
Andrew Graham M55L 53th 20th
Ken Ricketts M55L 78th 69th
Sue Wilkes W55S 19th 14th
Alain Wilkes M60S 20th 17th
Martin Wilson M65L 2nd 1st
Richard Rae M65L 28th 12th
Doug Greenwood M35S 9th
Annika Hermik W40S 17th
David Jukes M60L 10th
In addition, Sue Parker and partner Brian Sewell competed on the Light Green course for five days. With almost 70 entries of a variety of age groups, this course was very competitive and technically difficult. This was Sue and Brian’s first foray into ‘northern’ terrain, but they achieved excellent best runs of 12th and 32nd respectively. Rumour has it they may now be considering procuring proper O shoes with studs!
Congratulations to everyone on their fine efforts, with Andrew’s 20thand Martin’s 1st in the Middle event and David’s excellent 10th in the Urban event being the pick of the BKO performances. But perhaps the strongest performance of all came from the BKO team at the pub quiz - 10th overall out of 30+ teams: not bad, eh?!
Overall, the event proved a major success, and the format worked well, helped by glorious weather throughout. Results, Routegadget etc can be found at http://www.croesomultiday.org.uk.