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Great Britain achieve 4th and 12th in the relays on the final day of WOC 2016

The World Orienteering Championships drew to a close yesterday with the forest Relays writes Liz Campbell.  These are always exciting days and yesterday was no exception with GPS tracking on the big screen and a crowd of 8000 spectators.

 
 

 

The relay was held in the same arena as the long distance and so it was straight forward to predict where the courses might go but,  of course, impossible to guess how the race would pan out and where the forking would be.  The surprise on the first leg of the men’s race was that both Sweden and France made big errors whilst in contrast Norway pulled out a big lead. 

 

Kris Jones (pictured) took the first leg for GB and, in his first ever WOC Forest race, ran a controlled and stable race coming back in 3rd place just 1’44’’ off the lead.  Graham Gristwood was selected to run the second leg but injured his ankle in the middle distance and had to withdraw and so Hector Haines stepped in.  Hector still had slightly tired legs from the long distance on Thursday but  fought hard all the way and ran an excellent leg finishing in 4th and just  3’44’’ off the lead but importantly only 6 seconds behind Finland and a few seconds in front of Sweden.   

 

Ralph Street took our final leg and with a cool head enjoyed the tactical battle that followed.  Sweden overtook and established a small gap quite early on and GB and Finland were left to race for 4th and 5th positions.  Ralph took a different route to control 15 and got a slight lead into the arena and was able to sprint away to a comfortable 4th place.  The same place as last year in Darnaway with only one of the same runners and in terrain that does not suit us.

 

The women’s relay was just as exciting at the front end with the lead changing several times during the race. Our team was Jess Tullie on first leg, Hollie Orr on second and Jo Shepherd (pictured) on third leg, replacing  Cat Taylor who was ill and unable to race.   Sadly Jess made a mistake on an early control and was  never able to catch up the time. She handed over to Hollie in 19th place and 5’23’’ off the lead. Hollie ran a  stable race pulling the team up to 12th

 

Jo has had  a very tough week - she had already run three individual races and so went out with clear instructions to do her best and just enjoy her debut in the WOC relay.  She returned with a broad grin on her face having loved the experience and delivered a solid race to bring the team home in 12th place.  The relay position is key to deciding the overall ranking of nations and with 12th place and the Czech team way ahead of us we thought that we were doomed to drop the second division and therefore only qualify for two individual spots in the forest races at WOC 2017.  In an unexpected twist of fate, the Czech girls mis-punched and were disqualified in the relay and so we have the very unexpected pleasure of maintaining our status in Division 1 for 2017 and  3 women’s places in each WOC race.  We are determined to make them count!

 
 
 
Results can be found here.
 

 

Photo credit - Dave Rollins

 
 

 

 

 

 

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The Long distance race took place at Arena Strömstad East yesterday.

The Long distance race took place at Arena Strömstad East yesterday.

The finish to the women’s race was intensely exciting as Tove Alexandersson, Sweden gradually closed on the time of Natalia Gemperle, Russia, and with her trademark strong finish on the last loop finally won by 26 seconds. Bronze medallist is Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg, Norway.

Olav Lundanes, Norway ran a superb race on a very tough course to take victory by the impressive margin of 1.46. The silver medal went to Thierry Gueorgiou (France) and the bronze to Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland).

The full official results of the World Orienteering Championships Long distance race are available here.

Today (Friday 26 August) is a rest day for the athletes, and the Championships end tomorrow (Saturday 27 August) with the Forest Relay, based at the same Arena Strömstad East.

The Great Britain team for the Forest Relay is as follows:

Great Britain Team

Forest Relay (Saturday 27 August 2016)

Men Women

Graham Gristwood
(Forth Valley Orienteers)
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Hollie Orr
(Lakeland Orienteering Club)
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Kris Jones
(Forth Valley Orienteers)
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Cat Taylor
(Cleveland Orienteering Klub)
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Ralph Street
(South London Orienteers and Wayfarers)
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Jessica Tullie
(Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club)
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The full programme of the event is available here.

You can follow the Forest Relay race live as it happens here!
 

British Orienteering wishes the Great Britain Team all the very best as they compete in the Forest Relay at the 2016 World Orienteering Championships tomorrow.

 

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World Orienteering Championships continues with the Middle distance

Top 25s for Graham Gristwood, Ralph Street and Hollie Orr in the World Orienteering Championships - Middle distance race in Sweden.


Photo:  GBR Hollie Orr racing into the Finish in the World Orienteering Champiionships Middle distance.

The first forest race of the championship saw a number of good performances from the athletes taking part. The courses set were challenging with a good variety of route choices taken by all the competitors. Both courses really required you to orienteer through to the end with a tricky last section in green forest.

The highest British finisher of the day was Graham Gristwood in 19th place. Graham started very well but landed badly and this unfortunately meant that he couldn't deliver quite the race he wanted.

"A good start to the race with the first six controls going well. At this point I jumped down a cliff and landed badly on my right ankle. It was very painful however as it was the World Championships I pushed on. I could run as I wanted except in the rocky areas and descending. After a couple of minutes I managed to get into a nice rhythm. Approaching the arena I hit my shin on a rock which required stitches at the end and that affected me again. It was tough mentally with both legs painful as my technique got scrappy and I worked to stay running. I was technically a bit disappointed with the last loop but gave it everything I could. The result was not what I was hoping for but given the circumstances I am happy with my performance and that I could finish the race."   Graham Gristwood

Ralph Street performed well finishing in 22nd place in his World Orienteering Championships debut at the Middle distance. A solid race showing that there is great potential for future results in the discipline. 

"Last year I would have needed favourable terrain and a very good run to get four minutes behind the winners on a Middle distance. So for me to be just under four minutes behind with a reasonable, but definitely improvable run is very encouraging. In retrospect I probably should have taken a few different route choices which would have saved me some time, and I lost a few seconds over a few controls as well. But I am pretty pleased with my technical performance."  Ralph Street 

Hector Haines unfortunately had some early misses in the course and this meant he finished in 41st place.

"Obviously disappointed with my performance but it was merely reacting to the pressure of the race. I know that I have done the hard work and preparation to get a better result and I am going to put the Middle race behind me and look forward to the Long distance race." Hector Haines


In the women's race Hollie Orr was top Brit in 25th place.

"Yesterday was a day of highs and lows and unfortunately the latter outweighed the former. Although initially full of frustration at not having the discipline to carry out my race plan on reflection there were a number of positives to take away and use to fuel me in the Long distance."  Hollie Orr
 

Photo:  Great Britain athlete Hollie Orr

 

Jessica Tullie was the next Brit finishing up in 39th place.

"The middle race turned into a tough day for me. I started with a couple of wobbles, not quite settling into the terrain quickly enough. My heavy legs were weighing on my mind and the whole way felt like a bit of a fight! Overall a disappointing day, but I'm looking forward to fighting back for the relay."  Jessica Tullie

Jo Shepherd in her debut World Orienteering Championships performed well finishing in a creditable 47th place. 

Results

Men - Middle distance results

1             Matthias Kyburz SUI           
2             Olav Lundanes NOR          
3             Daniel Hubmann SUI          
4             Thierry Gueorgiou FRA      
5             Lucas Basset FRA              
6             Magne Daehli NOR            
7             Gustav Bergman SWE      
8             Hannu Airila FIN                 
9             Peter Oberg SWE               
10           Fredric Portin FIN               
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19           Graham Gristwood GBR    
22           Ralph Street GBR               
41           Hector Haines GBR            

37:09
37:23
37:32
37:44
37:51
38:21
39:03
39:18
39:19
39:21

40:30
41:00
43:54

 

Women – Middle distance results

1             Tove Alexandersson SWE
2             Heidi Bagstevold NOR       
3             Natalia Gemperle RUS       
4             Emily Kemp CAN               
5             Maja Alm DEN                    
6             Marika Teini FIN                 
7             Sabine Hauswirth SUI        
8             Anastasia Denisova BLR    
9             Mari Fasting NOR               
10           Amelie Chataing FRA         
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25           Hollie Orr GBR                   
39           Jessica Tullie GBR             
47           Jo Shepherd GBR              
33:57
34:32
34:35
34:50
35:24
35:46
36:03
36:30
36:34
36:36

38:40
43:07
45:10 

 

The full list of results from the Middle distance are available here.

 

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Latest GBR team news from the World Orienteering Championships in Sweden

 

The Middle distance race at the World Orienteering Championships

The official results are available here.

The Long distance race is today! ...and is now just about to start!

You can follow the Long distance race live as it happens here!

The Great Britain team is as follows:

Long distance (Thursday 25 August 2016)

Men Women

Alan Cherry
(Eborienteers)
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Hollie Orr
(Lakeland Orienteering Club)
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Hector Haines
(Interlopers Orienteering Club)
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Cat Taylor
(Cleveland Orienteering Klub)
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Alasdair McLeod
(subject to fitness)
(Clydeside Orienteers)
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Jo Shepherd
(Inverness Orienteering Club)
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The official Start List for the Long distance race today is available here.


GBR Women

Jo Shepherd                       GBR       13:10

Hollie Orr                            GBR       13:40

Catherine Taylor               GBR       14:22


GBR Men

Alan Cherry                        GBR       15:01

Hector Haines                   GBR       15:31

Alasdair McLeod               GBR       15:43

 

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Day 1 of the PreO competition of the World Trail Orienteering Championships started yesterday.

 

Day 1 of the PreO competition of the World Trail Orienteering Championships was held in a nature reserve on the beautiful island of Saltö yesterday.  It was a short and highly technical course with 14 controls packed closely together either side of a path leading down to the beach, where there were a further 7 controls in a spectacular setting on rocky hills around the bay, one of which was later voided because the single flag had been incorrectly misplaced on a spur. There was one timed control station with three problems.

Competition was fierce. In the open class, there are currently eight competitors with a perfect score of 20, followed by a further nine on 19 points. Martin Jullum of Norway is the overall leader, taking only 15 seconds for the timed controls, one second ahead of Marit Wiksell of Sweden.

Of the British team, John Kewley lies 21st on 18 points with Nick Barrable 28th with the same score but more time penalties. Ian Ditchfield lies 49th.

Photo (above): Ian Ditchfield.  Credit:  Joaquim Margarido


Photo (above):  Nick Barrable.  Credit:  Joaquim Margarido
 
In the Paralympic class, Pavel Shmatov of Russia has a clear lead of 20, ahead of several competitors on 18. Peter Roberts lies 21st and Dick Keighley 27th.

Results from Day 1 can be found here.

Public Race results can be found here.

Day 2 promises a much longer course with 28 problems on the Tolvmanstegen windfarm, and doubtless there will be many positional changes at the end of two day’s competition.

The weather forecast is not encouraging.  Furthermore, the programme states “Close to the windmills, the compass can be unreliable!”

In addition, the public race on a similar course featured 28 Brits competing amongst the 103 runners including all the members of the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads tour. Tom FellBaum (Manchester and District Orienteering Club) is the leading Brit on Day 1.

Great Britain Team

Competition Format:  PreO

PreO Day 1, Wednesday 24 August

PreO Day 2, Friday 26 August

Open PreO Class
John Kewley (Manchester and District Orienteering Club)
Ian Ditchfield (Mole Valley Orienteering Club)
Nick Barrable (South Yorkshire Orienteers)

Paralympic PreO Class
Dick Keighley (Wimborne Orienteers)
Peter Roberts (Eborienteers)

Team Manager
Anne Braggins (West Anglian Orienteering Club)


The full programme is available on the World Trail Orienteering Championships website.

British Orienteering wishes the Great Britain team all the very best as they continue to compete tomorrow (Friday 26 August) in the World Trail Orienteering Championships, PreO Day 2.

 

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The World Trail Orienteering Championships, TempO

The World Trail Orienteering Championships began in earnest for the British team yesterday morning (Tuesday 23 August) with the TempO heats held in Strömstad City. There were two heats each of 36 competitors. Each heat had eight stations, (or control clusters), each station having six flags, with five timed control problems per station.

In TempO, there is a time allowance of up to 30 seconds to answer each problem. The total time a competitor takes to answer every station is added together, together with a 30-second penalty for every mistake made: the lowest time accumulated wins.

In the Red heat, Nick Barrable was placed 7th in 260 seconds, whilst Ian Ditchfield scored 411, in 28th place. In the Blue Heat, John Kewley scored 372 and Tom Dobra 296 seconds, placing them 24th and 13th out of  36. The best 18 in each heat qualified for the Final which meant that Tom and Nick made the Final, the first time we had managed to qualify two athletes for the TempO Final.

Photo (above):  Tom Dobra.  Credit:  Joaquim Margarido

Photo (above):  Ian Ditchfield.  Credit:  Joaquim Margarido

Over the lunchtime break there was then a brief International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Welcoming Ceremony for the TrailO athletes, because as the central part of of Strömstad had been an embargoed area for the TrailO teams until after the TempO, they were unable to attend the official Opening Ceremony earlier in the week.

In the afternoon, the TempO Final was held in a different area of the city, finishing in the athletics arena used for the World Orienteering Championships 2016 Sprints and Sprint Relays. The final course had a further five stations, but this time there were six problems per station. Competitors started in reverse order, with the slowest starting first and the fastest last.

The race finished with a final public station in the arena, with planner Bosse Sandstrom indicating to the crowd of spectators whether the competitor’s answers were correct or not.

Photo:  Nick Barrable.  Credit:  Joaquim Margarido

Tom Dobra made six errors on this very tricky course, and was disappointed to finish in 34th place, whilst Nick Barrable had four of the 36 problems wrong in a time of 411 which placed him 28th overall.

The competition was won by the Norwegian Lars Jakob Waaler, who made only three errors in 248 seconds. Sweden’s Marit Wiksell won the silver and the Finn, Pinja Mäkinen won bronze. There were three women placed in the top four as the other podium positions went to Iva Lovrec of Croatia in 4th place, whilst Kreso Kerestes of Slovenia and Remo Madella of Italy (mapper of this year’s London City Race) with a score of 288, shared 5th position. Remo was particularly pleased as he had only just scraped through as the 36th and last qualifier.

For the British TrailO team it was a slightly disappointing end to the day. We have never placed higher than 27th in TempO and at least we managed to qualify two competitors to the Final this year.

Full results from the World Trail Orienteering Championships, TempO can be found here.

Today sees the first round of the PreO (traditional TrailO) in the beautiful nature reserve on the island of Saltö.

Great Britain Team

Competition Format:  PreO

PreO Day 1, Wednesday 24 August

PreO Day 2, Friday 26 August

Open PreO Class
John Kewley (Manchester and District Orienteering Club)
Ian Ditchfield (Mole Valley Orienteering Club)
Nick Barrable (South Yorkshire Orienteers)

Paralympic PreO Class
Dick Keighley (Wimborne Orienteers)
Peter Roberts (Eborienteers)

Team Manager
Anne Braggins (West Anglian Orienteering Club)


The full programme is available on the World Trail orienteering Championships website.

British Orienteering wishes the Great Britain team all the very best as they compete in the World Trail Orienteering Championships, PreO first round today.

 

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The World Trail Orienteering Championships starts today with TempO.

WTOC –  WORLD TRAIL ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The World Trail Orienteering Championships starts today (Tuesday 23 August) with TempO. In Trail orienteering, also known as Trail-O, you need to be precise and choose the right control from several controls suspended within the same ringed area. This is solved with the help of a map and a description of the control. Trail-O is a sport for everyone. You can train for Trail-O despite a physical disability when the course you intend to follow is marked and free of steep inclines or barriers.

Great Britain World TrailO Team competing in the TempO today is as follows:

Competition Format:  TempO

TempO Qualification, Tuesday 23 August

TempO Final, Tuesday 23 August

Open TempO Class
John Kewley (Manchester and District Orienteering Club)
Ian Ditchfield (Mole Valley Orienteering Club)
Nick Barrable (South Yorkshire Orienteers)
Tom Dobra (University of Bristol Orienteering Club)

Team Manager
Anne Braggins (West Anglian Orienteering Club)

 

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The full programme is available on the World Trail Orienteering Championships website.

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Middle distance race today at the World Orienteering Championships, Sweden!

British Orienteering wish the Great Britain Team all the very best as they compete in the Middle distance race today.

World Orienteering Championships

Great Britain Team

Middle distance (Tuesday 23 August 2016)

Men Women

Graham Gristwood
(Forth Valley Orienteers)
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Hollie Orr
(Lakeland Orienteering Club)
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Hector Haines
(Interlopers Orienteering Club)
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Jo Shepherd
(Inverness Orienteering Club)
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Ralph Street
(South London Orienteers and Wayfarers)
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Jessica Tullie
(Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club)
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Follow the race today here

 

Start times (BST)

Ralph Street 14:16

Graham Gristwood 14:36

Hector Haines 14:40

Jo Shepherd  16:52

Jess Tullie   17:02

Hollie Orr 17:34

 

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Celebrating two podiums and several personal bests at the World Orienteering Championships!

Photo:  Great Britain Mixed Sprint Relay Team (left to right): Charlotte Ward, Peter Hodkinson, Kris Jones, Cat Taylor.

It has been an exciting weekend in Stromstad, Sweden with two podiums and several personal bests. 

Kris’s racing has been outstanding and it is inspirational to see him deliver an almost perfect performance at the very highest level.  

Photo:  Great Britain Kris Jones (4th in the Sprint) on the World Orienteering Championships podium in Stromstad, Sweden.

Photo:  Kris Jones at the prize-giving ceremony.

Yesterday was a rest day. Last minute preparations for the Middle distance, the prize-giving and podium celebrations in Stromstad and the all-important ‘meet the team’ picnic back here at our accommodation. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our supporters in particular those who have travelled to Sweden but also those of you who are at home watching and cheering as the races unfolds.  There are three British regional squad training camps out here at the moment and we really appreciate their enthusiastic support.  I look forward to welcoming them to the World Championships Team in the near future.  Every World Championships and Olympic medal starts with a seemingly impossible dream. 

Today it is back to work. Whilst dreams of winning medals and getting top places are motivating through the long dark and often damp winter months there is no room for thinking about the end result today, race day is all about executing the processes correctly.  Let  go of the need to get a result.  Let go of any fear of failure and embrace the excitement and challenge of the course you are presented with.  All our athletes will stand on the start line with the confidence that comes from being well prepared. The athletes know the hard work is behind them and that race day is about ‘trying softer’ and to achieve this they will all have very clear specific goals focused on delivering a strong orienteering performance. Most of these goals will be about doing the basic skills accurately for example compass bearings, knowing where you enter the circle, exit direction, allowing yourself time to read the map and make good decisions, goals that help one stay focused on the task in hand.  The sprinters have laid down the gauntlet and I am sure the forest athletes, and of course Ralph and Jo who are doing both, will rise to the challenge.  We wish them all the very best.

Follow the Middle distance race today on:  http://liveresults.woc2016.se/followfull.php?comp=11818&lang=en

Start times (BST)

Ralph Street 14:16

Graham Gristwood 14:36

Hector Haines 14:40

Jo Shepherd  16:52

Jess Tullie   17:02

Hollie Orr 17:34

 

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EGM, Association and Club Conference

Due to unforseen circumstances beyond our control, the venue for the EGM and the Association and Club conference is no longer available.

We will endeavour to find an alternative venue and the membership will be notified as soon as we have one booked.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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