Jack on course again - with help from Scooby

Jack Cryer
Jack Cryer

Jack Cryer is getting his career back on track after a nightmare start to 2014, which included surgery and a dramatic rescue involving his family’s pet dog .

The 15-year-old from Bottomley, Walsden, is rated one of the country’s top orienteering prospects.

However, the year started on the wrong footing for him when he was rushed into hospital in January to have his appendix removed.

He had only just returned to training when he damaged his Achilles tendon whilst running across the moor near Warland reservoir.

His mum searched for him while darkness fell, aided by pet Scooby, who found Jack.

To prevent future problems ‘Back2you.com’ has sponsored a GPS tracker which Jack now carries when training.

Now back in full stride again, Jack won at Brun Valley, Burnley in May.

He then had more success at the Manchester & District Twin Peaks Championship two-day event, at which he was crowned north west sprint champion as well as overall Twin Peak champion.

Local runner Alasdair Pedley from Mytholmroyd also enjoyed success on day one of the event.

Jack’s sights are now set on the Lakes Five Day Championship in Cumbria - a gruelling event with opposition from different parts of Europe.

A few days later he will link up with the north west squad for a 10-day training break in Norway.

As part of his duties as 2013 champion, Jack is also hard at work planning the course for the Pendle Forest Orienteers Championship on October 18 at Stoodley Pike.

The event is open to people who have never tried the sport before, regardless of age and ability.

It is designed to be a fun family event.