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From the Photos page

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Back Tor and Beyond on Wednesday 6th May 1998

This year\'s Back Tor race clashed with the Tiger\'s 10 race, so there were fewer runners than last year. Nevertheless 35 people started. The race was longer than previous years; about 10 minutes longer for the winner. The controls were Back Tor trig, Sheepfold Clough and the junction of Far Back Clough and Dovestone Clough. There was lots of rough terrain between these checkpoints and a couple of nasty climbs. Opinions were divided between the clockwise or anti clockwise routes.

The race was dominated by the young orienteering fraternity. The winner was Jarnie Stevenson, over 2 minutes ahead of Alistair Buckley, last year\'s winner. In 3rd place, only seconds behind Alistair was Jo Smith; a brilliant run taking some good scalps. The more usual Dark Peakers straggled in a few minutes later, Andy Harmer was first Old Goat again.

The real drama was provided by another of the young Turks from the University, Oli Johnson, this time not for a memorable run, but for a monumental cock up. Having visited the two distant checkpoints and needing only to go to Back Tor and then race down the track to the finish, Oli managed to lose his way completely and apparently headed off in the direction of Moscar. Quite where he went is a bit of a mystery, but he was eventually found by his friends and jogged down to the finish more than an hour after the winner. A definite bid for the Pertex trophy if there ever was one. Unfortunately Oli has not officially joined Dark Peak yet, so there is still a chance for other disorienteers to lose their way in an even more dramatic fashion.

Thanks to the marshals, and thanks to everyone for parking at the Strines. It meant that there were no traffic problems. Another course next year!

Howard Swindells
31 starters
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PosNameTimeClubCatComment
1Jamie Stevenson01:03:00   
2Alastair Buckley01:05:25   
3Jo Smith01:05:34Dark PeakW 
4Andy Preston01:05:50   
5Tim Tett01:06:30Dark PeakM 
6Andy Harmer01:07:07Dark PeakMV501st MV40 & MV50
7Alan Sealey01:07:30   
8Rob Davison01:07:48Dark PeakM 
9John Soady01:07:56Dark PeakMV40 
101Roger Freeman01:08:22   
11Gavin Williams01:08:36Dark PeakM 
12Geoff Ellis01:08:45   
13Dave Tait01:08:50Dark PeakMV50 
14Andy Middleditch01:09:05Dark PeakM 
15Kim Buckley01:12:02   
16Alan Yates01:12:40Dark PeakMV50 
17Chris Barber01:13:10Dark PeakMV45 
18Graham Berry01:13:24Dark PeakMV50 
19Chas Hird01:13:26   
20David Holmes01:13:30Dark PeakMV40