Lincs Urban League – Report and Tables: Event 5

This week’s sixth and final race in the 2024 LUL was an entertaining affair at the University of Lincoln, with LOG Chairman, Craig Lucas, in the planner’s hot-seat. The unusual Prologue and Mass Start Chase added to the usual LUL fun and the Chase, in particular, saw great use of the complex courts area with some great head-to-head competition on display.

On the Long course, HALO’s George Van Dam, in a rare appearance in the LUL, took the honours, winning both the Prologue and the Chase courses. Liam Harrington had his best result of the series by coming home in second and RAF man, Richard Crabb, sealed the final podium spot. Hannah Mather was first woman back and, in doing so, secured the Women’s Long trophy. Paulius Malkevicius comfortably sealed the win on the Medium course, with Anna Kaisa-Koskela Brook taking second, and Pete Harris easing into third spot on the night. Jacqui Edwards held off the challenge of Amanda Mylett to seize the Women’s Medium crown by just two points. On the Short course, Mary Vickers continued her winning ways. Finally, HALO took their first away win of the series, but couldn’t do enough to turn over the 18 point LOG lead, and so LOG retain the inter-club trophy for another year. The Lincs Challenge Shield also saw LOG victorious by a comfortable margin on the night, with 1085pts to 834pts. The overall final table after all six rounds can be seen here.

Congratulations to this year’s roll call of individual winners:
Men’s Long – Paul Murgatroyd
Women’s Long – Hannah Mather
Men’s Medium – Paulius Malkevicius
Women’s Medium – Jacqui Edwards
Short – Mary Vickers

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Spring Series – Final Standings

Following the last race in the 2024 Spring series at the rarely visited RAF Cranwell, where Kev Swinbourne and Paul Murgatroyd provided the joint planning team, the Spring Series tables have been finalised and can be seen here.

On the Technical course, Paul Murgatroyd, with 3 wins from 5 races, took the title, with Liam Harrington sneaking into second on countback from Simon Jones. Amanda Roberts sealed the Technical Leading Women’s prize with a consistent run of performances across the series. The Long course saw Tanya Taylor in dominant form and she had already claimed the series victory with two races to spare. Ben Cluderay secured the Leading Men’s prize and Jane Deville took the last podium spot on the back of her run at Cranwell. Finally, the Short course saw ultra-vet, Jeff Baker, win again at Cranwell to claim the title, with Jonny Ogden in second and Karen White in third.

We have a break for three weeks now, with the return of club night training, and then the Lincs Urban League starts on Weds 5th June, with HALO hosting the first event in Ashbyville, Scunthorpe. Entries for this race will be via their HERO system and LOG’s three events will open on SiEntries soon.

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LOG Club Night – Thursday 30th May

LOG club night concludes with the third of a three week block of urban training, ahead of the commencement of this year’s LUL, with a session around North Hykeham. Meet 6pm in the Co-Op car park, Severus Crescent, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9YH, with road running kit.

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EMOA Championships 2024 – Report & Results

Chambers Farm Wood hosted the East Midlands Championships for the first time today and we hope everyone enjoyed their run. Our thanks go to: Planner, Craig Lucas: Controllers, David Jolly & Pete Harris (HALO) and to organiser, Sean Harrington, for all their work on the event, along with all the usual LOG volunteers helping out to make everyone’s experience as smooth as possible on the day. Although the going was very wet in places, at least the sun shone and the undergrowth was not too bad!

Control 42 Exclusion – Many will already be aware, but for those that left before the end of the event please note that we have made the decision to exclude the leg leading to control 42 on all courses. This effects competitors on the black, brown, short brown, green, short green & light green. At about 12:45, the planner and controller were made aware by multiple competitors that they believed control 42 to be in the wrong place. Some mentioned finding the tape for the control, and then finding the control in a different location. We found this odd, as the control had been placed at the taped location and checked by the controller earlier that morning. Because we were awarding prizes, the planner returned to the control site soon after and found that the control was no longer where it had been hung. Because of this, we made the decision to exclude the leg from the results. This was done before the prizes were awarded, so all winners can rest easy about having their prizes taken away.

Congratulations to the following LOG runners who claimed titles today:
W18 – Hannah Mather
M18 – Josh Bones
M21 – Rich Crabb
M40 – Ben Cluderay
W50 – Tanya Taylor
W60 – Amanda Roberts
M60 – Ade Chapman

Results are here and RouteGadget is available now to plot your route here.

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Fight the Night Series 2024 – Final Results & Report

Weds 8th witnessed the grand final of this year’s Fight the Night series, with 35 runners competing across the four ‘trophies’ around the streets of Lincoln Centre. On the night, Paul Murgatroyd (180pts) took his third victory in the series, ahead of Marcus Lancastle (170pts) and Mike Chapman (160pts) in second and third places respectively.

In the night’s Cup final, Paul managed to hold off the challenge of Pete Harris by just 3 pts, with planner, Amanda Roberts playing her joker to take 3rd prize. The Trophy final saw Brian Hostad claim the victory, the Plate was won by Amanda Mylett and David Jolly came top of the heap in the Vase final. Paul also won the award for most controls visited across the four races. The various finals results can be viewed here.

All the results from the night can be seen here, with the handicap results here.

Our thanks go to all the planners and kite collectors across the series and, especially, to Andy Lucas for managing the IT systems throughout the FtN races.

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2023 LOG Club Championships

Thanks to everyone who came along to our club championships event hosted by NOC at Strawberry Hill & Ransom Wood. First of all, we want to give a big thanks to NOC for hosting us again, and putting on a separate course for us.

On the Chocolate Orange course, we had a head-to-head between the two May children, with Isabel getting the better of younger brother, Michael, this time around and taking home the Chocolate Orange trophy for the first time.

On the Blue Riband senior event, our fastest trio on the day were Craig Lucas, Paul Murgatroyd and Liam Harrington, finishing in 33:49, 34:42 & 34:55 respectively. But when it came to who could best their predicted time, and take home the coveted Blue Riband Trophy, it was Amanda Roberts crossing the line first, 45 seconds under her predicted time. 2nd place was Josh Bones, who ran 24 seconds under his time, and Nick Lyons came home 3rd, 30 seconds over time. Congratulations to Amanda!

Full results can be found here with the handicap results here.

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