FVO Sprint Champions

by Jon Cross — 5th March 2011.

Multiple titles for FVO at the Scottish Sprint Championships!

This Saturday's Scottish Sprint Championships at a new area, North Muirton on the outskirts of Perth, proved a happy hunting ground for FVO runners.

A mix of complex housing estate and grassland on the banks of the River Tay, a scenic location directly across the river from Scone Palace, the area provided challenging sprint orienteering requiring rapid decision making and constant concentration to stay in control and select the best routes.

Leading FVO's gold medallists was Tom Ryan on M20, showing good early season form as he prepares to seek selection for the Junior World Championships in Poland later in the year. Alongside him, the younger veteran courses were dominated by FVO, with Roger Goddard and Beccy Osborn taking the M/W35 titles, a strong run from Jason Inman taking M40, and Martin Dean (with new go faster haircut!) the M50 champion.

Behind the new Scottish champions, the club showed impressive strength in depth with an array of others securing top 3 positions. In the younger junior classes, Benjamin Parkinson and Ru Flint both showed good form and promise for the future with 3rd place in M12 and M10 respectively.

Other medallists were new FVO member and SOA Professional Officer Colin Matheson 3rd in M55 and Cathy Tilbrook 3rd in W40, with Hazel Dean 2nd in W45 and Jon Cross 2nd in M40.

All in all another strong showing to add to the FVO successes at the Scottish Night Championships where Tom Ryan, Martin Dean, Fraser Purves and Mark Holliday all took titles at the first championship of the season.

Congratulations to all our champions from this year to date - now for the start of the SOL series!

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