BEOC wins-McCarthy & Winskill


Ewan McCarthy and Helen Winskill celebrated yesterday after being crowned British Middle Distance champions on a hot sunny afternoon on the Moray coast.

Helen took victory from Hannah Wooton by 34 seconds, although splits analysis shows Hannah lost 1:30 on the long second leg and was running faster for the rest of the course. Jenny Whitehead took third place with a solid performance and Rachael Elder took 4th and Claire Ward 5th. Top junior was NYT Mhairi Mackenzie in 7th who was suffering from the stresses of exams and was heard to say, "I'm such a knob, an exam knob".

The men's race was more interesting with several key runners losing time. Ed Nash was caught two minutes early on and had to race hard to make it up, finishing less than a minute down. But it was local boy Ewan McCarthy who took the title with a solid run, only two small mistakes in very dense green forest slowing him. Second place went to Matt Crane, showing the the World Students team are hitting good form at the right time. Duncan Archer pulled out his best run of the year to take fourth and Dave Godfree took fifth, meaning he was placed higher than wife Gillian (6th on W21) - first time since BEOC on Loch Vaa Dave?

Further down the the results the shock result was Jon Duncan who made two very large mistakes, including wasting 5 minutes on a 100m leg through the green, but the splits show he was running the fastest. he finished in 22nd place accepting he needs a good run in todays classic to give him a confidence boost going into EOC.

Today sees Britains elites racing over 12 and 14k mof Lossie, in a battle to be the king of kings in British Orienteering.

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