Medals Flow for FVO

by Steven Scott — 5th February 2019.

Hazel Dean, Scottish Six Days 4, Creag Choinnich (c) Wendy Carlyle Hazel Dean, Scottish Six Days 4, Creag Choinnich (c) Wendy Carlyle

There was a massive medal haul for local orienteers in the first national championships of the year, with 20 starters at the Scottish Night Championships in East Lothian, and 16 medals, including a full podium in one class.

Jamie Goddard is the new Scottish M16 Night champ, as he came home in 30.36, and Mark Nixon was only 11 seconds behind the leading M21 as he won the M35 title (45.40). FVO 1-2 in M40, as Will Hensman moved into his new classification with the same poise as when he was an M35, winning in 41.29, with Ross McLennan 2nd (47.48).

There was a complete set for the club in M45, as Roger Goddard won his first race in his new class (40.31), dethroning Jason Inman, who was 2nd (44.44), with Fraser Purves 3rd (46.21). Ben Stansfield was 2nd home in M50 (47.31), with Jon Cross close behind in 3rd (50.43), and Ted Finch took the 3rd placing in M65 (44.23). There was a 1-2 as well in the M60 class, as Gary Longhurst won his first Scottish title (43.36), ahead of Mark Holliday (44.20).

There was a smaller entry in the ladies field, but that didn't stop FVO from claiming another four medals, as Janine Inman won W40 (39.02), and Lizzie Stansfield was 2nd in W18 (31.50). The final silverware came in W55, as Hazel Dean doubled up on the day. Having already won silver at the Scottish Masters Cross Country in the morning, Hazel won the classification in 40.37, with Louise Longhurst 3rd (42.02).

With only a few hours rest, it was back in the saddle for the Scottish Sprint Championships in Bathgate, and the medals kept coming, with another 19 won, including no fewer than 11 national titles.

There were debut sprint titles for Hanna Brindley (W10 - 12.51) and Jamie Connor (M12 - 7.05), with Hannah Inman taking 2nd place in the W10 race (13.07). James (M14 - 10.46) and Rebecca (W12 - 8.50) Hammond made it a family double, Peter Molloy won the M18 title (15.30) and there were 3rd places for Jamie Goddard (M16 - 12.01) and Lizzie Stansfield (W18 - 19.13).Chris Smithard had to settle for silver this time in M21 (14.51).

The Veteran races were an FVO masterclass, as the club's athletes went 1-2 in each of the M40, M45 and M50 classifications. Will Hensman won M40 (15.35) with Paul Hammond 2nd (18.00), Roger Goddard topped the podium in M45 (15.55) ahead of Mark Johnston (15.56), and Ben Stansfield (17.06) held off the challenge of Jon Cross (17.15) to claim the M50 crown.

After waiting 60 years for a championship trophy, Gary Longhurst now has two in two days, winning the M60 trophy in a time of 16.34. Meanwhile, the medals keep piling up for Hazel Dean, as she regained the W55 title in 17.04, Jenny Hammond got her hands on the W40 trophy after finishing 2nd last year (21.270 and there was a silver for Cathy Tilbrook (W50 - 20.49)

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