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Monday 29th June
WTOC 2015
 
 
At the WTOC 2015 meeting in Zagreb, after two days of PreO competition, Ian Ditchfield (MV) was the highest placed GB competitor in 20th place
 
 
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Sunday 28th June
EYOC 2015 Sprint
 
 
The story that is remembered from the 2015 EYOC will ...
 
 
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Saturday 27th June
EYOC Relays
 
 
Today the athletes took part in the relay stage of the 2015 EYOC.
 
 
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Day 1 for the GB juniors
 
 
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GB Team at European Youth Orienteering Championships
 
 
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Friday 26th June
WTOC 2015
 
 
News from WTOC 2015, Zagreb
 
 
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The June Events and Competitions Committee minutes are now available
 
 
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The selection of athletes for development opportunities this autumn have been announced
 
 
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Events and Competitions Committee are inviting applications for 2016 World Ranking Event status.
 
 
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Monday 22nd June
Mike's eNews - June
 
 
Mike's eNews for June is now available!
 
 
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World Orienteering Championships
Inverness, Scotland
31 July - 7 August 2015
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See the best in the world – and take part in a festival of orienteering.
Let the World Orienteering Championships begin!

Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds.  It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all. Read More

EYOC 2015 Sprint

The story that is remembered from the 2015 EYOC will surely be the three gold medals for Tereza janosikovo of the Czech Republic-to add to her silver from last year. In the W16 sprint today she imposed her ability and fitness on the rest of the field to win the 1.7km course by a margin of 34 seconds. In true sprint style only 11 seconds separated the next 5 runners.

Today’s terrain was a complex area of mainly old style tower block apartments with enclosed public gardens and play areas in between. There were many small walkways around and in between the blocks and several hedges and fences-some crossable some not. There was very little traffic with the one significant road crossing manned by local police. Around or zig-zag seemed to be the main route choice considerations. The final controls were placed in a sloping semi open park area before entering the finish arena on a sports field.

Our hopes were high for Harrison McCartney who elected to go in the first block and was the first M18 starter. He would have been the first finisher but for a lapse to the final control that cost him at least 20 seconds and a potential place in the top ten. He finished in 26th with a time of 12.51. The race was won by Olli Ojanaho if Finland in 11.49, a winning margin of 8 seconds. Best GB male was Alex Carcus who just pipped Harrison by 2 places and 4 seconds. Tam Wilson continued his good first international event with a solid 57th place, followed by Andrew Barr in 65th-out of a total of 108 starters.

Pippa Dakin led the female team and was pleased with her time of 11.53, in 40th place and some 1 minute 46 seconds down on the winner (Valerie Aebischer of Switzerland). Switzerland achieved a second win in the M16 class with Nicola Muller winning by 22 seconds. Next placed GB female was Jenny Rickets who shook off her ankle injury to finish 48th, followed by Alice Rigby in 60th and Fay Walsh in 83rd.

Item posted by Mike Hamilton

EYOC Relays

Today the athletes took part in the relay stage of the 2015 EYOC. The terrain and weather were a contrast to yesterday’s visible but runnable forest and the sun shone. The area was a contrast of very fast and open grassland and meadow - albeit very wet in places. According to the commentary runners were advised that a gully would be a stream, a marsh a lake, and a pond a sea! Maybe this was a bit of an exaggeration but there was an element of truth. Other potential hazards were dogs and buffalo - none of the former to report but certainly 4 or 5 buffalo wallowing in one very wet marsh after the end of the race.

The fast open was broken by many light and dark green mapped patches of vegetation, in which several controls were placed. In many such places the going was broken by fallen branches and thorn bushes. Many small vegetation patches were also mapped. All in all it was a technically challenging area and very easy to loose contact with the map in the heat of the pack of a relay.

The M18 team managed to beat their ranking position of 12th by generally steady performances broken by a few errors in the technical challenge of switching from fast and furious to very detailed map contact in the green. Andrew Barr came back in 14th place after leg 1, Tam Wilson gained 4 places to come back in 10th and this was the finishing position maintained by Harrison McCartney.

The W18s fared less well after Pippa Dakin lost contact early on and came back in 24th, this was maintained by Fay Walsh and Alice Rigby had a good run to place the team 21st overall.

Tomorrow is sprint day - which is very close to the team hotel. The full team hopes to be running, with Jenny Ricketts having taken today to attempt to recover from her ankle injury and Alex Carcus having a steady run in a mixed team.

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European Youth Orienteering Championships

In fairly appalling conditions 470 athletes from 32 European countries competed today at the long distance race of the 2015 EYOC. The race was held in the forest of Faget, some 10 kilometres south west of Cluj, Romania.

Arriving at quarantine they were met with gloom so dark that some commented that they may need head torches. Once under shelter they had to wait for up to three and a half hour for their run, and more or less were confined to staying under the available marquees and trying to keep dry before warming up for their run. The rain did relent periodically but left the area heavy and wet underfoot Crossing the steep slopes and river valleys-especially climbing- as well as some of the deeper gullies, became increasingly demanding.

Overall our athletes were satisfied with their solid all round performances. In particular debutants Fay Walsh and Tam Wilson should take a deal of satisfaction as they both delivered well balanced and sound runs and coped with the new pressures of international competition.

W18 was won by 24 seconds by Amanda Berggren of Sweden in 51.24. Top 3 places were covered by 30 seconds. Best placed GB runner was Pippa Dakin in 1.00.03. Pippa, along with many other W18s lost time towards the end of the race when confronted with a very high fence mapped with single tags - correct by standards but confusing in the extreme. Debutant Fay Walsh was next GB female, 41st in 1.04.18 closely followed by Alice Rigby in 43rd in 1.04.37. Jenny Rickets came in 62nd in 1.17.11, having suffered from a turned ankle during the run. There were 89 finishers and 6 females mis-punched.

The M18 race was won by an astonishing 4.03 by Oli Ojanaho of Norway in 47.25. Second and third placed runners were separated by just 1 second with the 4th placed runner only 8 seconds behind. Harrison McCartney finished top GB runner in 30th place taking 58.11, just under 2 minutes behind Harrison was Andrew Barr (42nd in 1.00.45). Next in 43rd was Tam Wilson in 1.00.59. Alex Carcus finished 50th in 1.03.05.

On Saturday the team competes in the relays. Following today’s races the following teams have been selected:

W18-Pippa Dakin, Fay Wilson and Alice Rigby.

M18-Andrew Barr, Tam Wilson and Harrison McCartney.

Alex is joining an ad-hoc team with two Irish colleagues. Jenny hopes to rest sufficiently to be able to take her place in Sundays sprint race.

Item posted by Mike Hamilton

European Youth Orienteering Champsionships 2015

The Athletes chosen to represent GB at the European Youth Orienteering Championships arrived in Cluj, Romania last night and spent today training on the model area maps and terrain. 

The athletes are:-
Andrew Barr, Alex Carcus, Harrison McCartney and Tam Wilson, who are joined by Pippa Dakin, Jennifer Ricketts, Alice Rigby and Fay Walsh.

Unfortunately, they seem to have brought over the British weather, with a steady drizzle until mid-afternoon, and with heavy overnight rain and a wet morning in store.

Thomas and Fay are making their GB debuts, and five of the others were running at a very tough EYOC 2014 in Macedonia.

The forest is described as “hilly, many contour details, deciduous forest, open and semi open lands with variable runability and visibility”. The areas are some 15 kilometres to the south of Cluj in the Transalvinian mountain foothills at an altitude of 3-400 metres.

After the training sessions the general view on the area was that it was fast and fairly visible. It is a little like some of the Forest of Dean, but very steep in places. They found underfoot conditions to be quite slippery on some fairly heavy clay. The Championship long distance event is tomorrow (Friday), followed by the forest relay on Saturday and a sprint in Cluj itself on Sunday. Our first starter is Harrison McCartney at 09.17, followed by :-

Tam Wilson 10.33

Fay Walsh 09.28

Jennifer Ricketts 09.46

Alice Rigby 10.48

Pippa Dakin 11.36

Alex Carcus 11.37

Andrew Barr 12.21

Results will be available on the EYOC site and we hope to have a report on the web tomorrow evening. Our best wishes for all our athletes who have spent the past months building to this event.

Item posted by Cerianne Dengate

Emily wins European MTBO Long distance

Emily Benham won Gold yesterday and became European Champion in the Long distance race, with a margin of just 20 seconds ahead of 2nd place Gaelle Barlet after over 100 minutes of racing in Portugal.

At the same event, the veterans were taking part in the World Masters MTBO competition. British riders had a stunning day, with a ten medallists, and another Gold for Charlie Somers Cocks making it a hatrick of wins for her this week.

 

Item posted by Martin Ward. Pictures via @emily_benham

Gold for Brits at World Masters MTBO Champs

Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) championships have been taking place in Portugal this week. For the senior elite classes it's a round of the World Cup competition, while for juniors it's the European Champs and for veterans it's the World Masters Champs.

British riders have been doing really well, with medallists in a range of age classes. Charlie Somers Cocks has won double Gold with wins in both the Sprint and Middle distance W55 races, while Killian Lomas followed up a Silver in the M45 Sprint with a Gold in the Middle Distance.

The competitions continue tomorrow with the Long distance race.

Killian wins M45 World Masters MTBO

Killian racing in the Middle distance, and receiving his Gold medal.

 

Podium results from Sprint MTBO, 9th June 2015:

Class Name Position  
Womens' Elite Emily Benham 2nd  
M20 Edwyn Oliver-Evans 2nd  
M40 Andy Windrum 3rd  
M45 Killiam Lomas 2nd  
M45 Andy Conn 3rd  
M60 Nick Dallimore 3rd  
W50 Liz Clayton 2nd  
W55 Charlie Somers Cocks 1st  
W60 Caroline Dallimore 2nd  
W65 Denise Harper 3rd  

 

Podium results from Middle distance MTBO, 10th June 2015:

Class Name Position  
M20 Edwyn Oliver-Evans 3rd  
M45 Killian Lomas 1st  
M45 Andy Conn 3rd  
W50 Liz Clayton 2nd  
W55 Charlie Somers Cocks 1st  
W60 Caroline Dallimore 2nd  

 

Item posted by Martin Ward.