Stirling Observer

Youngsters to the fore in Junior Cup series

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The young stars of Forth Valley Orienteers took their chance to shine as they scooped eight medals at the Scottish Junior Cup on the wooded dunes of Tentsmuir, Fife last weekend.

The Tentsmuir event had a biggerr field than usual, due to English champions South Yorkshire having a training camp in the area, and the presence of the GB Talent Squad athletes at the end of their summer programme, but the local juniors showed they can mix it with the best, with a number of fine performanc­es recorded.

Eilidh Connor notched her second win in the Junior Cup series, winning in W12A in a time of 30.14, and she was joined on top of the podium by Hannah Inman (W10 - 34.18), who was running up a colour class for the first time and James Hammond, who won M16A in 40.15. Tom Shearer also led his class, winning the M14B race in 35.15.

There was a trio of B race silver medals for the squad with second places for Grace Polwart in W14B (56.07), James Shearer in M16B (56.49) and Ben Polwart in in M18S (79.13). The final medal was picked up by Alexander Hunt, who finished strongly in his M12A race, coming home in 34.01 for the bronze medal.

There was also three adult courses for parents and supporters and Chris Smithard won the Long course in 55.05 while Brad Connor (45.11) beat Beccy Osborn (48.40) in an FVO 1-2 on the Short course.

Prior to this, there was a Sprint race at Braehead, Stirling, which saw the return to action of several familiar names who have been missing from races of late. Jamie Stevenson carved out a solid victory on the Long course, finishing in 17:52, 10 seconds up on Lewis Taylor with James Hammond, winner of the first two events, having to settle for third place this time (18:21). Grace Molloy was fourth home, and first female finisher.

On the Short course, it was a story of a single leg that made the difference, as GB internatio­nal Kirstin Maxwell executed leg 10 in the quickest time, to take the win in 18:35, 62 seconds up on Scarlett Kelly, with the differenti­al between the pair being the 64 seconds on the leg. Heather Fellbaum was third in 20:10.

 ??  ?? On form Eilidh Connor notched her second win in the series
On form Eilidh Connor notched her second win in the series

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