Orienteers find the way through wood

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ORIENTEERING competitors were looking to find the wood for the trees when they came to Sheffield for a national contest.

South Yorkshire Orienteers held the British Long Orienteering Championships in Wharncliffe and Grenoside Woods at the weekend.

There were the individual competitions on Saturday followed by a relay competitions yesterday.

There were 17 different competitions, with more than 1,900 runners registering in advance to take part.

Competitors, who were aged from six to 90, were swelled in number by further entrants who turned up on both the days.

The event was planned by South Yorkshire Orienteering members and World Championship runners Oli and Jenny Johnson, of Hillsborough.

Oli said: “Planning the British Championships has been a greater challenge for us than training for and competing in it has ever been.

“We have spent many days in the forest finalising the maps and hope that we provided courses which produced worthy national champions in every category.”

To see the results in all categories, log on to www.boc2011.org.uk.

n See Grass Roots on Thursday for more pictures.