MORE THAN 100 orienteers got their first fix of competition for 2013 at South Ribble OC’s New Year Cracker event on the Lancaster University Campus.

Five competitors met the challenge of visiting all 24 controls within a 50 minute time limit.

The host club’s Quentin Harding (M50) completed the task in the fastest time with almost nine minutes to spare, a minute ahead of former LOC member Ed Nash (M21) on a family visit from his current home in Germany.

Harding’s daughter Zoe (W20) was leading woman in sixth place, visiting all controls to accumulate 240 points but losing five points for finishing five seconds late. A further three seconds later, Chris Heppenstall (M21) was first LOC member in seventh place.

Clubmate Todd Oates (M21) misread the clock to finish 10 minutes early, having missed only one control to accumulate 230 points and was placed ninth.

Third placed woman, Lakeland’s Jo Cleary (W45), chose an inspired route to visit 22 controls but was one second late, finishing 15th overall with 215 points. Her daughter Hannah Cleary-Hughes (W16) was leading girl in 22nd place with 200 points.

Meanwhile Lakeland’s Adam Bartlett (M16) has been selected for an all-age England team to contest the Interland Cup 2013 in Holland in March. England competes annually in this match against teams representing Belgium, the Netherlands, NW Germany and NE France.