ILKLEY's Tony Thornley and Peter Haines rolled back the years on Saturday at the Southern Night Orienteering Champs near Guildford.

Tony won his age class by a clear eight minutes whilst Peter came third in his class.

The terrain was soft and brackeny southern common, very different from the tough hills and heather in Yorkshire.

The Southern Championships the following day were held at the Devil’s Punchbowl near Hindhead.

Tony last ran here in an international 45 years ago. He improved on his 12th place in 1973 to win his class by a minute. His course was tricky and challenging, with some steep climbs and, in places, some unforgiving undergrowth.

Airienteers’ next local event is a mass start score event on Wednesday, December 2, starting at 7pm from the Manor House.