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Ilkley orienteer Tony Thornley wins medal at World Masters
2:52pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
An Ilkley orienteer has won a medal at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Italy.
Tony Thornley, of the local Airienteers club ran the race of his life at the World Masters.
Starting only 20th after the qualification race, he stormed round the 2km sprint course in 17 minutes 27 seconds to take the bronze medal.
“Although the navigation wasn’t so hard, the terrain was very steep and I was exhausted by the finish,” he said.
The course, set around the purpose built ski town of Sestriere, 2,000m up in the Italian alps, caused many of his rivals to make mistakes.
There were a lot of uncrossable walls with big drops which had to be avoided, and several tricky route choices.
The WMOC was staged as part of the World Games in Turin.
The orienteering attracted over 2,500 entries from all over the world and Tony’s class, M65, was the most competitive with over 250 entrants.
There were only eight British orienteering medallists across all 20 classes this year, reflecting the challenge of the terrain.