The sun shone, the competition was as hot as the temperature, and everyone enjoyed three days of excellent and friendly orienteering. Swansea hosted the Midsummer on Gower weekend event for the first time in 3 years and it was a welcome return fopr this popular event. Friday's event at Merthyr Mawr sand dunes in Porthcawl tested all with the complex network of paths and tricky vegetation. With over 50 runners on the Green course there was close competition for the placings. Newly selected GB athletes Ben Mitchell and Megan Carter-Davies dominated the course, but a strong performance from Chris Lewis saw him bag 7th place. The 2018 Club Championships were held on saturday at Oxwich Bay Burrows and with nearly 90 runners on the Green course, competition was extremely fierce.Club members enjoyingthe club championships Again Ben and Megan took first and second placings respectively, but the next 15 runners were grouped in the following 9 minutes. The technical terrain catching out some runners such as Dave Seward and Kerina Lake and allowed improving Brendan Healy who had an excellent run to finish ahead of them. Margaret Reynolds finished top of the SBOC women. On saturday evening all runners enjoyed a very sociable BBQ at Oxwich Bay Campsite and then an enjoyable game of rounders. On the final day 30 teams then competed on Cefn Bryn in the 2x2 relays that are unique to Swansea Bay OC. The views were breathtaking if you had chance to enjoy them and the competiton was dominated by teams from Bristol with father and son team Clive and Michael Hallett winning comfortably. The winning SBOC team was Kerina and Freddie Lake who finished in 4th place overall.

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