Trig Points Race Report

The 34th Trig race went without the drama of last year’s “lost” runners and avoided the forecast very heavy rain. Maybe the forecast put a few off as numbers were well down. Nonetheless 103 starters, and 100 finishers, had a very muddy day on the Chase. The course was shortened by about a mile to avoid forest work and mountain bikers, but no one complained. This also shortened by a bit the time the ever-willing Marshalls (thanks to all again) were back a bit sooner as well.

The race pattern was set early on and once the top order was established by check point 1 there was little change and no dramatic pace or navigation errors. Will Laye had a narrow early lead but dropped 30 seconds on the long drag back from Moorse Gorse and eventually finished just over a minute down from local runner Lee Gratton. The next 3 places were e taken by V40, or 45 men, with previous winner Pete Vale coming in 3rd.

Lee will be a new name on the shield, as will ladies’ winner Kelly Butler who held off a close challenge from Mel Price and Frances Vickers. Splits from SI show that Kelly was down for 2 minutes during the first 3/4s of the race but came strong at the end to gain her win. All of these ladies are vets. In the 50+female categories Shere Forrester crept ahead of Julie Pattyson had a close race with just 2 seconds separating them at half way.

In the more senior categories there were decisive wins by Andrew Soltyski (50s), Jon Embery (60s) and Alan Evans (70s), although Kevin Uzzells, a winner in all vet age groups over the years did decide, deliberately, to take a more scenic route that cost several minutes-but he was happy!

The smaller field seemed to make the day a lot more relaxed and meant even more food for each finisher. Again, all our thanks to the Cricket Club for excellent, and warm, facilities, much needed showers and a ready-made car park. As well as Marshalls, I must mention the support and co-operation I get from both the Forestry Commission and Staffordshire County Council who make permissions, route planning and access as easy as it can be. Lastly to Wrekin Orienteers who provide all the SI support that again came to its own when one of the last finishers, who we checked had punched the finish, went home without downloading. There is always one......