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Wednesday 23rd April
JK Volunteers
 
 
A big thankyou from British Orienteering Board to all the volunteers who made the JK weekend a great success.
 
 
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The University of Bristol Orienteering Club were awarded the British Orienteering Club of the Year at the recent AGM.
 
 
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The JK Festival of orienteering took place over Easter weekend and was a great success.
 
 
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David clarifies points made in his news item of 11 April
 
 
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Wednesday 16th April
EOC 2014 - relay
 
 
The final day of the 2014 European Orienteering Championships took place today.
 
 
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The Tax Authorities (HMRC) are currently undertaking a number of tax inspections into those working and volunteering in sport
 
 
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Great Britain celebrated today as Cat Taylor claimed the bronze medal in the EOC Womens Long Distance Final.
 
 
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Sprint racing has become an established part of the elite racing scene in the last ten years.
 
 
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British athletes produced solid results in the Middle Final of the European Orienteering Championships today.
 
 
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The Yvette Baker Trophy Final - Bulletin #1 is now available.
 
 
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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

A great weekend of Orienteering at the JK

The 2014 JK took place in South Wales over Easter weekend. The Sprint events was held at Swansea University with the Middle and Long events at Merthyr Tydfil and the Relays at Pwll Du. Feedback already suggests that the weekend was a great success with lots of positive comments.

 

In the sprint event it was Peter Hodkinson and Tessa Hill who claimed victory on the fast course around the campus. The men's podium was completed by Jonathan Crickmore and Murray Strain with the women's podium completed by Sarah Rollins and Ruth Holmes.

    

 

The Overall JK Champions are decided by combining the results from the Middle race on the Saturday and the Long race on the Sunday. After two days of fierce competing it was Claire Ward and Hector Haines who claimed the prestigous titles. The men's podium was completed by James Tullie and Jonathan Crickmore, whilst the women's podium was completed by Jessica Tullie and Rachael Rothman.

           

 

The Relay event is always hotly contested and this year Interlopers successfully retained the title for the fourth year. The team of Murray Strain, Oleg Chepelin and Hector Haines took the title by three minutes, follwee by SHUOC (Jonathan Crickmore/William Gardner/Kris Jones) and NOC (Richard Robinson/Andy Llewellyn/Peter Hodkinson). In the women's event it was SYO (Laura Daniel/Kim Baxter/Rachel Rothman) who claimed the title follwed by SN (Sarah Rollins/Alice Leake/Ruth Holmes) and HOC (Beata Falk/Lovisa Falk/Tessa Hill). 

         

 

Congratulations to everyone who won their class or who achieved their personal best result. We hope you all enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing you next year in the Lake District. Full results can be found at www.thejk.org.uk. Photos courtesy of Rob Lines.

 

 

 

EOC 2014 - relay

The final day of EOC 2014 culminated with the relay races today.

A thrilling finish in the Men’s relay saw Sweden grab gold, in the last few metres, as they crossed the line only 4 seconds ahead of the Czech Republic. France finished third.

Scott Fraser bought Great Britain home in 7th, but achieved a podium finish as the team were the 5th nation home.

In the Women’s relay, Switzerland were clear winners.  There was a battle for the remaining medal spots with Sweden coming second and Russia third.

Leading results (provisional)

Women

1 Switzerland 1:33:00, 2 Sweden 2 1:34:40, 3 Russia 1:34:52

12 (15) GBR1 (Tessa Hill, Hollie Orr, Cat Taylor) 1:41:04

GBR2 (Claire Ward, Helen Palmer, Charlotte Watson) 1:41:44

Men

1 Sweden 1:48:27, 2 Czech Republic 1:48:31, 3 France 1:49:39

5 (7) GBR1 (Murray Strain, Ralph Street, Scott Fraser) 1:50:40

GBR2 (Jonathan Crickmore, Doug Tullie, Hector Haines)

Great day for Britain at EOC Long Distance Finals

All six British athletes who competed today in the European Orienteering Championships Long Distance Finals ran good races and gave the whole team reason to celebrate. The icing on the cake however, was Cat Taylor winning the bronze medal.  Upon finishing the race Cat commented on how much the rest of the team were overwhelmed and said, "we've got everyone else running pretty well as well. I'm was so happy that everyone else was happy for me. It feels so much better."  Cat was backed up by Tessa Hill who finished in 21st and Claire Ward in 34th.  For the full interview with Cat click here

Judith Wyder (SUI) who is already the Sprint Distance Champion won the race and the Silver medal went to Svetlana Mironova (RUS). 

The results are as follows:

Women - 1 Judith Wyder (SUI) 1:10:19, 2 Svetlana Mironova (RUS) 1:11:44, 3 Catherine Taylor (GBR) 1:12:44, 21 Tessa Hill (GBR) 1:20:22, 34 Claire Ward (GBR) 1:24:53

In the men's A-Final Graham Gristwood finished 16th.  It has been a while since Graham has run an international Long Distance race, so when he spoke to Dave he said he was "chuffed" with his result.  He thought he paced the race well and felt strong towards the end.  Peter Bray, in his first year as a senior, impressed all around him with 42nd place.  Afterwards he said,  "It's been a steep learning curve and I'm really happy to be here and be part of the team. To witness Cat's 3rd place as well - it gives me something to aim for in the future and try to better that one day hopefully!" For Peter's full interview click here.

The Middle Distance champion, Daniel Hubmann (SUI), won his second gold medal by 25 seconds and beating Olav Lundanes (NOR) who took silver.  Fredrik Johansson (SWE) was 3rd, only 2 seconds behind the Norwegian.

The results are as follows:

Men - 1 Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 1:30:23, 2 Olav Ludanes (NOR) 1:30:48, 3 Fredrik Johansson (SWE) 1:30:50, 16 Graham Gristwood (GBR) 1:35:04, 42 Peter Bray (GBR) 1:46:53

In the men's B-Final Hector Haines ran very well for third place.

 

     

 

Cat Taylor crowned by her team mates - Queen of the Forest

Full results can be found here.

 

 

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European Orienteering Championships 2014 - Middle Distance Final

There were solid and promising performances at the Middle Final of EOC 2014 today where Great Britain fielded a team of both experienced and developing athletes.  The younger group, who had performed at JWOC in 2013, were the early starters.  Will Gardner used the event to gain more experience and finished in 95th position.  Zoe Harding, Lucy Butt and Charlotte Watson clocked times within a minute of each other and finished in 53rd, 57th and 58th respectively.

The race was run in fast and furious terrain that suited some more than others.  Doug Tullie came home in 67th with Graham Gristwood in 28th and Ralph Street very happy with 23rd place.  In the women's race Claire Ward came home in 42nd with Helen Palmer two places behind in 44th and a delighted Hollie Orr in 25th.

Hollie and Ralph spoke about today's race here:

 

Photo - some of the British team relaxing after today's middle final.

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Kris Jones - 6th EOC Sprint Final

The European Orienteering Championship Sprint Distance Finals took place today and, for Great Britain, it was a case of saving the best until last.

Great Britain had two men in the B final and this took place first.  In the heat of mid afternoon in Palmela, Portugal, Dave Scorah finished in 16th place and Jonathan Crickmore in 20th.

The women went off next and the GB supporters were excited to see strong and fast running from Tessa Hill as she came through the spectator control and then into the finish.  Tessa was delighted with a top ten finish as she claimed 9th place.  Cat Taylor had started two minutes behind Tessa and also looked strong as she ran through the spectator control but it wasn't her day today and mistakes cost her positions as she finished in 30th.

Scott Fraser was the first British A runner for the men to leave the start block with Peter Hodkinson and Murray Strain going out in quick succession.  Unfortunately Scott missed a control near to the end of the race.  His frustration was evident as he put it down to running too fast and being in a state of oxygen debt.  Murray and Peter finished 20th and 25th respectively.

Kris Jones showing his delight with 6th placeKris Jones was the last of the Brits to leave the start and he went out hard from the beginning.  As he came through the spectator control he had the rest of the team shouting at the top of their lungs as he tore through and he did not disappoint as he flew into the finish.  He was delighted to finish in 6th place and to celebrate on the podium.

 

 

 

 

Jackie Newton caught up with him just after he found out he had run the 6th fastest time.

 

 

Full results can be found here.

Item Posted by Jackie Newton

 

European Orienteering Championships 2014 - First race on Thursday 10th April

The European Orienteering Championships (EOC) takes place every other year.  Each nation is allowed to enter six runners in each discipline and so they are characterised by very large and very competitive fields.  There is a qualification and final in each of the individual disciplines and a nation can enter two men’s and two women’s teams in the relays.  This year EOC will be held in Portugal just south of Lisbon.  The middle and long qualification races are in coastal sand dune terrain and the finals and relay are in more undulating cork oak terrain similar to that experienced in the recent ALOT WRE.  The sprint races will take place in two of the smaller local towns, Sesimbra and Palmela.  Both have an intricate matrix of narrow cobbled streets and will no doubt make for exciting racing at the weekend.

The GB EOC 2014 team was selected back in September 2013.  Athletes in the performance squad were offered two disciplines each, and our Elite Development Squad (EDS) athletes were offered one discipline.  This presented a unique situation where all of our athletes have had six months to prepare for a major international race in the certain knowledge that they would be in the team.  For the EDS athletes this is a development opportunity and for some their very first senior international race, whilst for our top athletes it is one of the main targets for the year, tougher even than WOC.  This week is about continuing to enhance the confidence and positive energy in our individual athletes and the GB team as a whole.  Each athlete will have their own very clear goals and we will work hard to achieve them.  We have some realistic chances for podium places and medals but for the majority of the team this is about making their hard work over the winter actually count, by producing their very best performance on the day regardless of where that places them.

The races can be followed live on the event website with live results from the qualification races and tracking and TV in the finals.http://eoc2014.fpo.pt/index.php/en/

 

Middle

Long

Sprint

Relay

Lucy Butt

Zoe Harding

Hollie Orr

Helen Palmer

Claire Ward

Charlotte Watson

Anne Edwards

Tessa Hill

Cat Taylor

Claire Ward

Tessa Hill

Cat Taylor

 

Six from:

Lucy Butt

Anne Edwards

Tessa Hill

Hollie Orr

Helen Palmer

Cat Taylor

Claire Ward

Charlotte Watson

Will Gardner

Graham Gristwood

Ralph Street

Doug Tullie

Peter Bray

Scott Fraser

Graham Gristwood

Hector Haines

 

Jonny Crickmore

Scott Fraser

Peter Hodkinson

Kris Jones

David Schorah

Murray Strain

Six from :

Jonny Crickmore

Scott Fraser

Graham Gristwood

Hector Haines

Murray Strain

Ralph Street

Doug Tullie

 

Scott Fraser competing in the long distance at the recent GB test races

Scott Fraser running in the WOC 2014 test races.  Whitbarrow March 29th 2014.  Photo courtesy of Neal Anderson

Tessa Hill  running in to claim 5th position in the Long Distance 2014 World Cup race on Saturday 5th April 2014

Tessa Hill  running in to claim 5th position in the Long Distance 2014 World Cup race on Saturday 5th April 2014.  Photo courtesy of David Rosen

Item posted by Liz Campbell