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Newcastle University student Ed Nash won the British Elite Orienteering Championships classic race on Sunday to claim the prestigious King of the Forest trophy.

Ed, 24, who is currently in his third year of a PhD in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, took the title over a 12km course crossing tough and technical Lake District forest and moorland.

Underfoot conditions were soft following heavy overnight rain which continued throughout the competition but Ed kept pushing hard to the end and avoided mistakes to post an impressive time of 87:28, over three minutes clear of runner-up Jon Duncan of Grampian.

Ed was British short race champion in 2000 but this is his first senior classic title. He has represented Britain at various international competitions, most recently the Nordic championships in Sweden last month and is now looking forward to trying to make the Great Britain team for the World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland in August.

He is sponsored by the Federation Brewery through Sport Newcastle's Sport Scholars programme and is a member of the Lottery-funded British Orienteering Squad.

In the short race on Saturday, Ed was third behind Oli Johnson of South Yorkshire and Jon Duncan of Grampian. Fellow Newcastle student, and Sport Newcastle Rising Star Hannah Wootton, 23, posted two steady results with fifth in the short race and seventh in the classic.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2003
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