Junior World Orienteering Championships Long Event
The 2012 JWOC Long Distance Event took place today in variable weather conditions. The early starters were, once again, challenged by the heat that peaked at 31 degrees and the later starters by torrential rain and thunder storms that affected visibility and conditions under foot in the forest. The British Team built on their sprint performances from yesterday with a great display of determination that saw 4 men and 6 women finish in the top 100. The highest position of the day was achieved by Lucy Butt who was mixing with athletes that she had previously thought were in a different class. Today she showed herself and her rivals that she has joined that class and is looking forward to taking them on again after the rest day tomorrow. Lucy finished over the line in 6th and then later dropped down to 7th, only missing the podium by 6 seconds.
"My goal was to finish in the top 30, my dream was top 20 but I made top 10! I did make a few mistakes but I'm not complaining! I'm also really proud of the rest of the team, their performances and efforts. Florence was first to meet me over the line and she had just finished in a top ten position. I had no idea what position I was in. I sort of heard it over the PA system but couldn't hear whether it was 6th, 16th or 60th! Florence told me it was 6th and it was like 'deja vu' from a couple of years ago at EYOC when she met me across the line to say I had finished 3rd!"
Photos left to right: Lucy on the run in; Florence greets Lucy across the line
In the men's race Jamie Stevenson was, once again, the first finisher for Great Britain finishing one place higher than he did in the sprint (24th). Jonny Crickmore took 25th spot but was disappointed not to have a completely clear run.
Full results can be found here.
Posted on Monday 9th July 2012