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Orienteers challenge themselves in South Cumbria

Published on: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Categorised under: Play, Active , Events, Lake District

MORE than 3,000 people pitted their wits, maps and compass needles against the Lake District landscape over Easter weekend.

An army of eager orienteers flocked to the Lake District to take part in the 49th Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering

The event, hosted by British Orienteering in conjunction with the North West Orienteering Association, attracted top International orienteers from around the world.

Families and individuals of all fitness levels and abilities from across the country also took part in the four-day event. The first day kicked off on Good Friday at Lancaster University, Bailrigg, campus with the sprint event.

Thousands enjoyed sprinting around the campus before heading off to Ulpha Park and Barrow Fell for the second day for the Elite Middle Distance and Non-Elite Long Distance Races. The event then moved to Bigland for the Long Distance race on Easter Sunday and then Graythwaite Estate for the final relay day on Easter Monday.

The two-day Jan Kjellström individual races concluded with Britain’s Cat Taylor (running for her Swedish Club, OK Linne) and France’s Thierry Gueorgiou (running for Kalevan Rasti) winning the elite categories after tough and challenging courses in Bigland Estate.

Sally Pygott, major events manager at British Orienteering, said: “Congratulations to everyone who competed. The Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering is one of British Orienteering’s annual major events and is the biggest annual orienteering event in the UK. It was good to see top orienteers from across the world turning up and enjoying the challenging terrain of the stunning Lake District.”

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