Strong Devon (and South-West) Performance!
See Harry McMurtrie's report below from the recent Junior Inter-Regional Championships 2017 (or JIRCs for short) plus photos, where the South West came a very creditable fourth.
The south west squad are in the fetching yellow flower power tops. The names for the podium photo are: Jim Bailey (M14 BOK), Eddie Narbett (M18 BOK) and Flurry Grierson (M16 Devon).
Eight Devon juniors were selected amongst a team of 23 runners who recently travelled up to Guildford to represent the South West region in the Junior Inter-Regional Championships; a two-day event that saw the best juniors from the 12 regions of the UK compete against each other in both individual and relay orienteering competitions.
The first day took place at Winterfold; an undulating forest with a good path network. One of the main challenges was finding routes that avoided too much climb and running through the sometimes quite dense undergrowth! Devon’s top runners on Day One were:
Flurry Grierson: M14 – 3rd
Meg Somers: W16 – 12th
Jonty Eaton-Hart: M18 – 15th
The second day, which was a relay, was held at Blackheath; a runnable mixture of woodland and heath. The terrain was flat with a large path network, making it difficult to choose between going straight and diverting around paths. Flurry Grierson was the first leg runner for the South West’s first seed team, and managed to mirror his previous run and came back in 3rd, only three seconds behind 2nd place South East. His team, consisting of Jim Bailey (M14) and Eddie Narbett (M18), both from BOK, also had great runs and brought the team back in first place overall. Meg Somers W16 ran an even better first leg in the women’s race, coming back in 2nd, only three seconds behind 1st place North West. Unfortunately her team weren’t able to maintain their position, but still finished inside the top 10. In addition, the 2nd seed men’s team, containing Jack Forrest (M16) and Jonty Eaton-Hart (M18) managed to finish a very respectable 12th place.
In the relay competition, the South West came second in the men’s relay, very close on points behind Scotland. They also came runners up in the overall relay results, beating the North West by 225 points to 219. Unfortunately the South West didn’t get a podium position for the overall competition, losing out to Yorkshire by 11 points across the two days. Hopefully an even better result can be achieved next year! The full Devon contingent was:
Tom Perry – M14
Flurry Grierson – M16
Jack Forrest – M16
Reuben Vasey – M16
Jonty Eaton-Hart – M18
Harry McMurtrie – M18
Dominic Walker – M18
Meg Somers – W16
Thanks must go to Colyton Grammar School for loan of their minibus, to Chris Perry for driving it, to Tasmin Horsler for accompanying us, and to the coaches Pete Maliphant and Jeff Butt for making it all possible.
Harry McMurtrie (M18)
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