Young Joe’s all Wright on the night after double success

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Banchory Academy pupil Joe Wright capped a very successful week when he won the British Night Orienteering M18 title in Wales.

Competing in the championships at Merthyr Mawr, South Wales on Saturday, he stormed round the M18 course in 51.02 minutes on a 7.5km course with 185m of climb and 17 controls, winning by almost nine minutes.

Earlier in the week he was announced as the winner of the prestigious Deeside Night Cup 2018 at the end-of-series celebrations.

More than 30 orienteers found their way to Rock, Salt and Sole in Banchory on Wednesday last week for a meal and prizegiving marking the end of the 2017/18 Deeside Night Cup Series.

Members of Mar Orienteering and Grampian Orienteering Clubs waited as the final scores were being totalled up from the closing event earlier that evening on Sluie Estate.

The series comprised 17 events beginning at the end of October, visiting a different venue each week and covering a variety of terrain including Balmedie Sand Dunes, Hazlehead Park and Crathes Estate as well as several Deeside forests from Scolty to Glen Tanar.

Only experienced orienteers are able to tackle the tricky night-time courses which require great skill and stamina in all winter weather conditions.

This was the largest series so far, with a total of 108 people taking part in at least one event, with the best nine scores being taken into consideration for the results. Thirty-nine people entered at least nine events in the series, and Ian Hamilton did a fantastic job keeping on top of the weekly scores.

Course of the Year was 
Balnagowan, planned by Drew Tivendale, and the prize for Toughest of the Tough was the event at Shooting Greens, planned by Donald Kerridge.

Grampian Orienteering Club’s David Esson won an award for successfully completing all 17 courses.

Joe Wright was the overall winner of the series, obtaining a maximum score over the nine events. Older sister Hazel Wright won the DNC Women’s Trophy.

The Mini Night Cup was won by Maroc M14 Ewan Musgrave of Aboyne, with Amber Graham, W16 from Banchory, leading the women’s points.