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Another splendid summer’s evening- Lakeland style- saw 69 competitors in this the penultimate Lanequest of the 2017 series riding in the usual grey drizzle along murky wet roads in their attempts to reach 30 control points laid out this week in a 3 mile or so radius of event HQ- the splendidly located Royal Oak pub, Cartmel.

No surprises in this week’s results, with Backbarrow’s back from holiday Tom Gibbs and Kendal’s Helen Jackson winning their respective solo classes, further stretching their lead in the overall series in the process. With one event remaining it looks as if it will be these two who will be “Cutting the Cake” at the  Wheelbase sponsored series  presentation at Wilf’s Cafe in the Old Mill Yard Staveley on Tuesday 11th July.

Close behind in the men’s solo class, Ulverston’s David Heffernan is enjoying a strong showing this year, winner last week and a close runner up to Gibbs this week. After a gap of a few years, David Hollingham from Kendal returned to action this year, and has impressed with consistent showings, this week beating off a strong challenge from the ever present David Sproston. Similarly in the women’s solo, Jo Cleary has stayed within touching distance of Helen Jackson throughout the series, even winning the first event from Hawkshead. But even navigational cunning could not compete with Jackson’s sheer speed.  Commented Cleary: “Hats off to Helen’s year round commitment to cycle racing and the training to support that. Also there is the small question of her relative youth compared to mine!”

Despite being  narrowly beaten into second place in the Generation Pairs class  by flying  father/son combo Graham and Patrick Christian, Michael and Matthew Fell head into the final event with a strong lead  over second place mother/daughter pairing of Sharon and Briege Hutchinson .

A no show this week for James Annan and Julia Hargreaves in the Adult Pair’s/3’s  saw Robin Everigham and Tim Seddon grab the lead going into the final event at Wilf’s cafe next week, the former dropping into second place. With only 7 points now separating these two teams it is all to play for next week. An excellent shared 1st at Cartmel for Ben and Lee Proctor saw them climb to 3rd in the series, but an 84 point gap to the leaders will be a real challenge for next week.

Another well organised event, this week’s planners were Gary Thomason and Ian Ramsey, and their chosen charity – Ulverston Victoria High School in the World Schools Orienteering Championships

Full results can be viewed on

Final event and prize giving– ”

Tuesday 11th July: Wilf’s Cafe Staveley- LA8 9LR- followed by  “Winners Cut The Cake” with prizes presented by series sponsors Wheelbase.

Just turn up with a bike, helmet and mapboard and enter on the night. Only £6 Adults/£2 Juniors.

For further details  visit or visit  the series sponsor website.