Last weekend saw over 160 competitors defy the snow and compete in the 2006 BUSA Orienteering Championships in Scotland. Saturday?s Long Individual race was held in the tough forests of South Achray and the relays at the much faster (without 6 inches of snow at least) Kinneil Wood on the Sunday.Sheffield were reigning Champions but found themselves closely beaten by the hosts of the weekend Edinburgh University with Oxford in 3rd place. Saturday?s race was also a selection race for the World Student Champs to be held in Slovakia this summer which added to the competition as several 1 year downers ran as guests in the hope of helping their selection chances (in brackets below). Rachael Elder of Sheffield and Murray Strain of Edinburgh were crowned 2006 BUSA Champions with Sheffield and Edinburgh taking the relay gold medals.Results below Individaul Championship: Men: 1. Murray Strain, Edinburgh   63.52 2. Oli Johnson, Sheffield   64.36 (Graham Gristwood)   65.53 3. Matt Crane, Sheffield   67.02 4. Oleg Chepelin, Edinburgh  68.14 5. Mark Nixon, Edinburgh  69.48 6. Neil Northrop, Sheffield   70.05 (Clive Parry)    72.16 (Ian Nixon)     72.55 7. David Hodkinson, Sheffield  73.20 8. Chris Sellens, Sheffield  75.08 9. Stefan Andersson, Northumbria 75.54 10. Allan Bogle, Ulster   76.11 Women: 1. Rachael Elder, Sheffield  57.57 (Aislinn Austin) 2. Helen Palmer, Glasgow  63.17 (Becky Carlyle)3. Becca Roberts, Loughborough 67.18  4. Alison O´Neill, Edinburgh  67.24 5. Jess Halliday, Edinburgh  67.32 6. Tessa Hill, Birmingham  73.09 7. Lizzie Adams, Sheffield Hallam 73.10 8. Hazel Tant, Sheffield   73.43 9. Helen Gardner, Oxford  76.13 10. Croline Catmur, London  76.33 Relay Championship Men 1 Sheffield (Northrop, Crane, Johnson) 102.39 2 Edinburgh (Nixon, Chepelin, Strain) 104.08 3 Edinburgh 2 (Nicholas, Halliday, Tullie) 117.14 Women 1 Edinburgh (Halliday, McKenzie, O?Neill) 90.38 2 Durham (MacNiven, Wilson, Bridge) 111.46 3 Oxford (Orekhova, Asker, Gardner) 112.57 ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–