On the final day of the JK Festival in South Wales, an outstanding set of runs by the SBOC women's team of Katie Reynolds, Kitty Robinson and Megan Carter-Davies saw them take the JK Women's Trophy relay against the UK's best orienteers in fine style at Caerwent Army base 52013949411_3d5039d2c6_c. This capped a brilliant weekend's Orienteering that started on Good Friday with the Sprint Competition around Swansea University and Singleton Park. This year's JK was the first since 2019 and with Day 1 organised by SBOC and with courses planned by Ben Mitchell and Megan Carter-Davies there was great anticipation and excitement in the air. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the Fulton House provided a perfect backdrop to the event arena. The 1400 competitors especially enjoyed the tricky courses that Ben and Megan had planned. The best SBOC run of the day came from Margaret Reynolds who claimed second spot in the W60 class age group50th%20%20%288%29. The club is extremely grateful to all its members and volunteers that turned out on the day to help with the running of the event.

On Friday evening the Club hosted a 50th Anniversary social with prizegiving and awards organised by Margaret Reynolds. All current members and old members were welcome and over 60 people 50th%20%20%2815%29 attended the evening, enjoying the buffet and a delicious "birthday cake" made by club member Gill Lock50th%20%20%289%29. Old photographs and the copies of the club magazine "The Spur" provided reminders of days gone by and the presentation of the new Peter Seward Memorial Trophy to the winner of the Winter League, Diana McClure was a special moment. Peter was a founding member of the club and sadly passed away last autumn. Representatives of the family were present to donate the trophy and to present it to DianaPHOTO-2022-04-20-21-43-52. It was a great evening and capped a long but enjoyable day.

Saturday's middle distance event was held at Clydach Terrace near Brynmawr and provided testing and complex terrain for people to get to grips with and this was then followed on Sunday by the long distance event at Pwll Ddu near Blaenavon. Both areas are high and exposed, but the weather held and the orienteering was fantastic. Overall Megan Carter-Davies took the women's elite competition and Ben Mitchell, finished 4th in he men's Elite long distance, and added to that with 1st place in the 2022 UK orienteering League Competition. William Reynolds took first place in the Senior men long competition with good consistent performances over the two days of racing. So plenty of prizes and excellent performances all round from our small club. And then to seal it all the amazing result in the Women's Trophy relay capped a fabulous weekend. Well done to all our runners and especially a huge thanks to all the clubs and volunteers that gave up their time to host an event of this size and complexity.

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