Charlotte Thornton Claims Third Night-O Title of the Season: Two Dans also shine in the nights
Charlotte must enjoy eating her carrots as she capped of another season of high consistency in night orienteering by winning the Wessex Night Orienteering League handicap for a fourth consecutive year.
The Night League is organised as an annual competition over the winter months, with events contributed by clubs in the South West Orienteering Association region. All of the events are open for entry by anyone, with the majority organised in a one hour score format. Many of the events, however, do have a something novel in their format, just to add to the challenge and to allow the organising club to add their own stamp. Over the past 2017/18 season 180 runners took part in the competition that comprised 20 races with Charlotte competing in 13 of these. With 7 events to count Charlotte’s score of 5500 points just pipped that of former club mate Carolyn Dent (5466 points) with both ladies comfortably clear of a mixed gender field.
Charlotte Thornton’s track record in this competition is outstanding now having won the women’s handicap class no less than 11 times in the last 12 years. This latest success adds to the British and Southern Night Orienteering Championship titles she has already captured this year. Charlotte clearly runs on Duracell batteries.
Our Two Dans, Cope and Gallagher also put in great performances in the Open Class. Dan Cope gained the maximum of 500 points in 7 events as did Peter Suba of WSX but on countback Peter’s next highest score (491) just beat Dan’s (489)by a mere 2 points, giving the title to the WSX runner. Dan Gallagher took a fine 4th place to cement Sarum’s fine season in the WNOL.