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!
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