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Let the World Orienteering Championships begin!
Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering 2016
Celebrating 50 years
Yorkshire
25th March - 28th March 2016

Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map; as a competitive sport the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route; as a recreational activity it does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds. Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their leisure activities. Read More

 

Job Vacancy

The Job description and person specification can be viewed here and to download an application form.

  • Application reference: BRITO MEM Mat Cover

  • Closing date: midnight Sunday 28th February 2016

  • Interviews: week commencing Monday 7th March 2016

  • Start date: as soon as possible after interview

  • Interested applicants should submit a Cover letter, completed Application form and CV to: info@britishorienteering.org.uk or British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Derbyshire, DE4 5FY

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JK2016 Relay entries

Just a few days to go before the price increase for relays.  The JK team have a great day planned.  The arena is in the middle of the competition area affording great views of the start, finish, and a run through for elite competitors.  You can watch the elites from a covered seating area, with an indoor and outdoor cafe.  It will also be easy to see the youngsters in the mini relay as they tackle their first controls.  As well as a regular orienteering caterer, there will be a barbecue, serving locally reared meats and pie & peas!!  You can even have a shower afterwards.

Make sure your team is entered before midnight Thursday 11 February to avoid the higher fee.

Individual entries second price increase will also be at midnight Thursday 11 February.

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Talent Squad Technical Skills Camp

                                                                                

The Talent Squad are spending this weekend in the North Lakes working on their technical skills as they move into more specific training towards their competition targets.  

After arriving at the accommodation yesterday evening, dinner was served and then it was into the classroom for clarification of the objectives for the weekend. 'Picture' is the focus for the camp and so the training exercises have been planned to give the athletes the opportunity to visualise the key features on their routes and in the control circle.

Training began this morning, in the snow, at Low and High Hows, Borrowdale, with a forking exercise without compass, so that the athletes could focus on the detail and features on the map. With several of the coaches shadowing, the feedback from and to the athletes was comprehensive and taken into the afternoon session.The snow began to fall as the squad moved to Hogs Earth for a pairs exercise with a map memory challenge. After looking at the first leg, one runner planned the route, put away the map, and ran it from memory, whilst his/her partner planned the second leg and they switched back and forth along the course. This exercise was described by one of the athletes as ‘a method of training I’d never considered before for improving visualisation [map memory]’

The athletes thoroughly enjoyed the areas, describing them as 'the best I've been on in ages' and went away with many ideas and inspiration for future training sessions.

Tonight the athletes are analysing their routes and evaluating their training, before building on this, when they train at a higher intensity putting these skills under more pressure tomorrow.

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Junior Development Meeting - Saturday 5th March, Birmingham

In response to requests at the Club and Association Conference and in light of significant changes to Sport England's remit in the new Government Sport Strategy, Sporting Futures, a meeting is being held to discuss junior orienteering development. 

The main aim of this meeting is to look at ways of encouraging the movement of Juniors from the School/League activities on into Clubs and main stream Orienteering. There is a vast untapped source of youngsters in the country with many Orienteering volunteers working with them. 

Club and association representatives are invited to attend the meeting being held at The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham on Saturday 5th March. Places are limited and interested parties are asked to book as soon as possible by emailing info@britishorienteering.org.uk providing name and club or association representing. Closing date for bookings is 31st January 2016. Due to the limited space and in order to get a broad view from across England, places will be limited to one per club or association, additional delegates can register to be added to the waiting list and any spaces left following the closing date will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Tea and coffee refreshements will be provided however delegates are asked to provide their own lunch and cover their expenses.

A full agenda is available here. For more information please contact Liz Yeadon, liz.yeadon@btinternet.com, or Craig Anthony, canthony@britishorienteering.org.uk.

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Pre-orders for the JK2016 O Top

Pre-orders for the JK2016 O Top can be made through SIentries and must close at midnight on Sunday 24th January 2016, so that the tops can be produced and can arrive in this country in time for collection at the event.  Please check the size chart carefully so that the correct size top is ordered.   

There will be limited stock and sizes available to purchase at the event. Place your order now to avoid disappointment.

 
 
Refunds after 24th January cannot be made, and exchanges will only be possible if sizes are available at the event.

 

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Entries for the British Orienteering Long & Relay Champs 2016

The British Orienteering Championships 2016 will be held on Brown Clee, the Burwarton Estate and Clee Hill common land, known as Clee Liberty. The Long Distance race will be part of the UK Orienteering League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burwarton Estate is located in Shropshire between Ludlow and Bridgnorth.  The Estate comprises 11,000 acres in the vicinity of the Brown Clee Hill which, at 540m, is the highest point in the county.  Part of the Estate lies within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Individual entries for the Long Championships can be made at www.sientries.co.uk.  They close at midnight on 10 April 2016.

Entries for the Relay Championships can be made at www.sientries.co.uk before midnight on 19 April 2016.  Relay team declarations will open on 21 April 2016.

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Performance and Development Squad Warm Weather Training

                                                                          

The Performance and Development Squads are currently away at a training camp in Punta Umbria, Spain where they are able to concentrate 100% on training, refuelling and recovering.

The daily routine​

Each day begins at 0730hrs with a check of waking pulse (to check athletes have recovered from the previous day's training) and analysis of urine with osmocheck equipment (to check athletes are hydrating well). After this there is a pre-breakfast workout that includes dynamic stretching, core work and light plyometric training. Once breakfast is finished there is a morning session either running or orienteering before refuelling with lunch, taking an afternoon nap and then heading out for the second running/orienteering session of the day. Flexibility and stretching also make up part of the daily routine and takes place after dinner each evening. It is a physically demanding schedule but the training environment and programme have been carefully planned to ensure that athletes are provided with everything they may need to get the best out of their training including high quality nutrition that will enhance recovery.

 

This camp is part of the training plan, for these athletes, through to WOC 2016 and WUOC 2016 but is also part of their longer term development with a strong emphasis on learning new skills and exploring new ideas.

 

The benefits of warm weather training

Training in warmer climes is beneficial in several ways:

 - An increased training load is possible with less chance of injury, as the muscles warm up more quickly and are more pliable.

- Athletes are able to train with less clothing, carry less weight, run faster and start their quality speed work.

- More daylight and more training hours without other 'chores' or distractions allows athletes to train at optimal times and recover after the sessions.

- No extreme weather to 'scupper' training plans means that plans can stay in place so athletes know what they are going to do and when they are going to do it. 

- Many athletes in the UK and Northern Europe have a vitamin D deficiency and sunshine provides a welcome boost. The sunshine has only made an occasional appearance so far on this camp but we hope to get more and also get the additional benefit of increased levels of the feel-good factor that the sunshine provides! 

- All in all - more opportunity for purposeful practice 

 

Timing and focus of the camp

This camp has been organised to coincide with the start of the Specific Preparation period for the spring competitions. The athletes have gone through their General Preparation phase and have been training hard in their home environments. Coming away for a week to train together, in a different environment, in different terrain and on different sessions is providing new motivation and renewed focus that they will be able to 'spring-board' off as they go into the next phase. There have been some monitoring sessions during the early part of the week to assess how well their general preparation has gone, including a track session at specific paces with heart rate and lactate measuring. The later part of the week is dedicated to experiencing, practising and planning effective physical and technical sessions that they can put into their programmes. 

 

Opportunity to visit other places and meet fellow orienteers

 

Today the sprinters visited Seville and were made very welcome by Association Deportiva De Orientacion Lince (ADOL), the local club who provided maps and training exercises as well as accompanying them for training. Pictured are some of the British athletes with members of ADOL.

Thanks to  coaches - Liz Campbell, Bashir Hussain, Marsela McLeod, Jackie Newton, Ed Nicholas; to MMU Sport Science support for field-testing lactate analysers and osmocheck equipment; to Association Deportiva De Orientacion Lince for the support and welcome.

 
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JK2016 in Yorkshire

Next year’s JK is being run in Yorkshire and includes events in both the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National parks as well as the sprint event around Leeds University.

Entries have been open for a while and the first price increase is at the end of 14th January.  To enter you need to be a member of British Orienteering, so if you are a current member, but have not yet renewed (if renewing automatically by direct debit, it should have already left your bank account), you will make things easier for yourselves and the British Orienteering Office if you enter before your current membership expires on 31st December; you can then renew without any time pressure.

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National Office Closure

The National Office will close on Friday 18th December, for the Christmas break, and reopen on Monday 4th January.

If you have not ​yet renewed your membership and would like to have current membership for the new year, please ensure that you renew before Thursday 17th December. Memberships are processed the following day so any memberships that have been renewed after Thursday the 17th, will not be processed until the National Office re-opens on the 4th January 2016.

On behalf of everyone at British Orienteering, I would like to say a massive thank you to all of our members and volunteers for their support and commitment throughout 2015 and look forward to assiting you in 2016.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from everyone at British Orienteering.

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Organising Orienteering Events Training

Organising Orienteering Events

BOK will be hosting two ‘Organising Orienteering Events’ courses on Monday 14th December. They are sponsored by British Orienteering and are open to all their members.

The aim of the courses is to prepare individuals for organising low level orienteering events.  They will be suitable for those with little or no experience of organising orienteering events.  It is preferable, but not essential, to have previously attended an ‘Event Safety Workshop’.

BOK would also like to identify instructors for running future, similar courses.  If you are interested in doing this it would also be worthwhile attending.

Date:  Monday 14 December 2015

 

Time:  3pm to 6pm or 7pm to 10pm prompt (please arrive 15 min before)

 

Location:  Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled, Kingsweston Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QT (opposite the Blaise Castle car park)

 

Food:  Free hot and cold drinks

 

Tutor:  Dan McAuley, Vayops Ltd (contracted by British Orienteering)

 

Administrator and Contact: Alan Honey, BOK via the BOK website contact page with the Category ‘Fixtures’ or by telephone on 01453 899976

 

Registration:  Please let Alan know which course you would like to attend (3pm or 7pm) and give him your name, club, British Orienteering number, telephone number and email address before 7 Dec.  There is no cost.

 

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UKOL 2015 Results Summary & UKOL 2016 Event Schedule

All of the UKOL 2015 events have taken place.  Congratulations to all those who took part,  a summary of the winners in each age class and the top 10 clubs is available on the website here.

The 2016 UK Orienteering League will consist of 21 competitions, as shown below:

Date

Format

Venue

Host

Title

27-Feb

Night

Cademan & Thringstone Woods, Loughborough

LEI

British Night Championships

28-Feb

Long

Sherwood Forest, East Midlands

NOC

Midlands Championships

25-Mar

Sprint

Leeds University

YHOA

Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering Festival

26-Mar

Long

Wass Forest, Thirsk

YHOA

Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering Festival Individual 1

27-Mar

Long

Kilnsey, Skipton

YHOA

Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering Festival Individual 2

16-Apr

Urban

Whitby,

CLOK

Northern Champs Weekend

17-Apr

Long

Mulgrave Woods, Whitby

CLOK

Northern Champs

30-Apr

Long

Brown Clee Hill, Bridgnorth

WMOA

British Long Distance Orienteering Championships

21-May

Long

Balmoral, Braemar

MAROC

Scottish Championships Individual

11-Jun

Sprint

Olympic Park, London

SEOA

British Sprint Championships

12-Jun

Middle

Leith Hill, Dorking

SEOA

British Middle Championships

09-Jul

Sprint

Stockport,

MDOC

MDOC Sprint/Urban Weekend (UKOL)

10-Jul

Urban

Manchester City

MDOC

MDOC Sprint/Urban Weekend (UKOL)

24-Jul

Long

Kenfig North, Wales

WOA

Croeso 2016 Day 1 (UKOL)

25-Jul

Middle

Kenfig, Wales

WOA

Croeso 2016 Day 2 (UKOL)

17-Sep

Urban

Todmorden

PFO

Lancashire Hot Pot Weekend Urban (UKOL)

18-Sep

Long

Hurstwood, Burnley

PFO

Lancashire Hot Pot Weekend Long Distance (UKOL)

01-Oct

Long

Agglestone Heath, Poole

WSX

Caddihoe Chase Day 1 (UKOL)

02-Oct

Long

Agglestone Heath, Poole

WSX

Caddihoe Chase Day 2 (UKOL)

12-Nov

Middle

Sandscale Haws, Barrow

LOC

LOC/SROC Weekend (UKOL)

13-Nov

Long

Torver High Common, Coniston

SROC

LOC/SROC Weekend (UKOL)

 

For further details about the UK Orienteering League visit: www.ukorienteeringleague.org.uk

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Membership 2016

Membership renewals for 2016 have now commenced.

All 2015 membership renewal reminders have now been sent out, if you have not received yours by either email or post by Monday 16th November 2015, please contact the National Office. Alternatively you can login and renew your membership online.

New members that join on or after the 1st November will receive 14 months membership for the price of 12.

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SPORT IDENT Awards presented to Kris Jones and Cat Taylor

                                                                   

 

Martin Stone of Sport Ident very generously donated an SIAC active card to be presented to the best male and best female performances at WOC 2015. The recipients were Kris Jones and Cat Taylor.

Kris was given the award for his 8th positon in the individual Sprint distance in Forres.  Kris delivered a strong race with just one ,small but very expensive, mistake and after being screamed down the finish lanes by the enthusiastic supporters ended just 7.5 seconds away from a medal and 12 seconds away from the Gold!

Cat Taylor was given the award for her 5th place in the middle distance at Darnaway and her 6th in the long distance at Glen Affric. Two strong and consistent performances meant that she was one of only two female athletes to stand on the podium for both middle and long distance. An inspirational performance.

Both Kris and Cat are in the early stages of their international careers, their goals this year were about consistency and about being better at every aspect of their  performance than they were last year. They both achieved that and it is exciting to see them both gradually progress up the World leader board. They are strong role models and worthy recipients of these awards. Many thanks to Martin Stone from Sport Ident for his continued support of elite orienteering.

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Annual Squad Awards

This year the Mike Wells Cole trophy winner for the Best Senior Performance of the year has been awarded to Cat Taylor for her performances at WOC 2015 where she achieved a 5th place in the middle distance and a 6th place in the long distance.  Cat lives in Sweden and demands a huge amount from herself not only in competitions but also every day of the year in training.  It was great to see all her hard work deliver two podium places at WOC 2015 and then a few weeks later to see yet another strong performance when she had her first world cup race win. A worthy winner of this award.

Jess Tullie (pictured) has been awarded the prize for the Most Improved Senior. Jess’s season got off to a strong start when, in January, she raced in the Tasmanian World Cup races and came 16th in first ever long distance international.   Jess has had a strong domestic season winning both the middle and long distance W21E titles but this award is given to her for her performances at WOC 2015. Jess delivered an outstanding 17th place in the middle distance  and then despite being a late substitution delivered a second strong race the following day in the relay.

Congratulations to Cat and Jess!

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Start to the Development and Performance Squad training year

The 2015/2016 Development and Performance Squad programme began this weekend at Manchester Metropolitan University where the athletes worked with programme staff and experts on their training programmes and plans.

The athletes began arriving from Wednesday evening as they had been booked in for individual physiology tests to establish fitness levels, blood lactate levels and training zones. A group interval session then took place yesterday afternoon where blood lactate, paces and Rate of Perceived Exersion (RPE) were again analysed and data cross referenced to inform the next phase of physical training.

During the camp, the athletes also took part in individual and group Sport Psychology sessions to inform their psychological training and preparation.

Today the emphasis has moved to technical practice at the UKOL in Bethacar.

 

 

 

 

Thanks goes to Kim Baxter (Physiotherpist), Liz Campbell (Head Coach for Development and Performance), Paul Holmes (Sport Psychologist), Bashir Hussain (Running Coach), Paul Murgatroyd (Head Coach for Talent), Jackie Newton (Performance Manager), Ed Nicholas (Assistant Coach), Clare Pheasey (Physiologist) and Sue Pinner (Physiologist).

Picure: Hector Haines carrying out his physiology lab test with Sue Pinner overseeing

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Membership 2016

Membership renewals for 2016 have now commenced.

All 2015 membership renwal reminders have now been sent out, if you have not received yours by either email or post by Monday 16th November 2015, please contact the National Office.

New members that join on or after the 1st November will receive 14 months membership for the price of 12.

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Entries open for JK2016

Entries for the 2016 JK Festival will be open on schedule on Sunday 1st November.

The YHOA organising team are looking forward to welcoming competitors to some fantastic terrain, set amongst the spectacular scenery and attractions of Yorkshire.

As usual, entries will be made via the SI Entries system, and details are available on the JK website at www.thejk.org.uk.

You can also follow @theJK2016 on Twitter for updates.

 

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Junior European Cup Relay

Today the 2015 Junior European Cup concluded with the relays and some very good legs run for Great Britain.

Four British athletes went out on leg 1 with two GBR men's teams, one mixed men's GBR/ Lithuania team, one women's GBR team and one mixed women's GBR/Estonia.

The start line included Alex Carcas for Men GBR 1, Daniel Stansfield for Men GBR 2, Cecilie Andersen for Women GBR and Tim Morgan for the men's mixed GBR/Lithuania team.

The courses involved a big 15 - 20 minute loop before coming into the spectator control and then a shorter 5 - 6 minute loop. 

Alex Carcas and Daniel Stansfield both achieved their target of coming back in the pack and Ceclilie Andersen also ran a strong race, leading the chasing pack back. Tim Morgan also ran a brave race after twisting his ankle early on but continuing to pass on to Rokas Lipnickas in the mixed team.

Afterwards, Alex commented on the race, "It was good fun - really fast and physical with a huge hill where it was make or break. I made a mistake early on but caught the others back on that hill! I hit the top and then gritted my teeth and pushed on. I was hurting but so was everyone else!"

The second legs were run by Tam Wilson (GBR 1), Andrew Barr (GBR 2) and Jenny Ricketts (GBR). It wasn't Tam's day and an early mistake cost him dearly but both Andrew and Jenny put in solid performances.

All of Great Britain's third leg runners ran strongly. Aidan Rigby went out first for GBR 2 and enjoyed keeping Florian Attinger (SUI) company. Aidan ran with confidence and commented that he felt better than he had the day before. Harrison McCartney was next out for GBR 1 and also ran a good race. Fay Walsh and Pippa Dakin then went out very close together - Fay for GBR and Pippa for the mixed GBR/Estonia team -  with Pippa just getting the edge on Fay towards the end of the leg.

Full results can be found here. NB Joe Woodley had to be withdrawn due to a knee injury sustained in the long event and so Tam Wilson is listed as Joe Woodley and Tim Morgan is listed as Tam Wilson.

 

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Junior European Cup Long

It was a cold and early start for the juniors representing GBR at the Junior European Cup this morning. The long event took place at Huneburg in the Harz mountain range at approximately 500m altitude. After two days living and running in the clouds, the athletes awoke to clear skies but a biting wind and low temperatures.

The GBR athletes performed well and with determination on courses that were physical with times much longer than anticipated.

The GBR M18s finished within 8 minutes and 25 seconds of each other and between 20th (Alex Carcas) and 36th (Tim Morgan). As each finished they spoke of the physical challenge that included one particularly long leg.

The GBR 20s were even closer with Joe Woodley (39th) and Andrew Barr (40th), who is running up an age group, just nine seconds apart.

The W18s were led home again by Cecilie Andersen who finished in 24th with Fay Walsh running a solid race for 37th. Jenny Ricketts expressed her frustration as she described how she ran from the 5th control to the 7th, then the 6th and back to the 7th and Pippa Dakin was equally frustrated after a big mistake early on. Jenny and Pippa finished 40th and 43rd respectively.

Results

M18

1

Joey Hadorn

Switzerland

62:41 (1)

+00:00

2

Matthieu Perrin

France

66:15 (2)

+03:34

3

Isac von Krusenstierna

Sweden

69:07 (3)

+06:26

20

Alex Carcas

Great Britain

75:28 (20)

+12:47

23

Daniel Stansfield

Great Britain

77:17 (23)

+14:36

26

Aidan Rigby

Great Britain

78:16 (26)

+15:35

27

Harrison McCartney

Great Britain

78:48 (27)

+16:07

29

Tam Wilson

Great Britain

81:22 (29)

+18:41

36

Tim Morgan

Great Britain

83:53 (36)

+21:12

M20

1

Thomas Curiger

Switzerland

74:57 (1)

+00:00

2

Tobia Pezzati

Switzerland

76:21 (2)

+01:24

3

Arnaud Perrin

France

76:37 (3)

+01:40

39

Joe Woodley

Great Britain

93:59 (39)

+19:02

40

Andrew Barr

Great Britain

94:08 (40)

+19:11

 

W18

 

1

Simona Aebersold

Switzerland

60:42 (1)

+00:00

2

Josefine Lind

Denmark

62:56 (2)

+02:14

3

Ingeborg Eide

Norway

63:01 (3)

+02:19

24

Cecilie Andersen

Great Britain

73:17 (24)

+12:35

37

Fay Walsh

Great Britain

77:43 (37)

+17:01

40

Jenny Ricketts

Great Britain

79:12 (40)

+18:30

43

Pippa Dakin

Great Britain

83:48 (43)

+23:06

 

Full results can be found here.

The relays take place tomorrow morning at the same venue. Great Britain will have two men's teams, one women's team and three British athletes in mixed teams.

 

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Junior European Cup Sprint

Twelve juniors, in the M/W18 and M20 classes, have travelled over to Bad Hazburg in Germany for the Junior European Cup (JEC) that takes place this weekend. The sprint race took place this afternoon and there were good results for Great Britain.

Cecilie Andersen achieved the highest place, on her debut for Great Britain, finishing 9th in the W18 competition. The race started at 2pm, giving the team the opportunity to look at the model area in the morning. After the race, Cecilie commented: "I was really excited for this event but that turned into nervousness by the time the start came around! I started fast and then, pretty much, maintained it and was pleased with my route choices, apart from one where Jenny (Ricketts) went through the woods and I went around. I think her route was faster as she told me that she was hesitant, although we got the same split."

The M18 race saw GBR take two top positions with Harrison McCartney in 10th and Tim Morgan in 11th.

Afterwards, Harrison said, "It was a fast course and generally there were just two route choices. I enjoyed it, with a variety of small picks in the park area and then some fast, almost urban running. My middle section was good; I was running cleanly and planning ahead, keeping flow. I knew I had the potential to do well and I did what I expected"

Tim Morgan (pictured) said that he hadn't felt so confident commenting: "I wasn't particularly confident that I would get near to a top ten position and I felt pretty average. I also had the odd hesitation but I kept it together fairly well and pushed hard. I liked it - it was good fun! I hope to do the same again tomorrow!"

 

 

 

 

 

Results

M18

1

Joey Hadorn

Switzerland

14:54 (1)

+00:00

2

Isac von Krusenstierna

Sweden

15:12 (2)

+00:18

3

Pascal Buchs

Switzerland

15:15 (3)

+00:21

10

Harrison McCartney

Great Britain

16:05 (10)

+01:11

11

Tim Morgan

Great Britain

16:08 (11)

+01:14

15=

Daniel Stansfield

Great Britain

16:25 (=)

+01:31

24

Alex Carcas

Great Britain

16:53 (24)

+01:59

36

Tam Wilson

Great Britain

17:58 (36)

+03:04

37

Aidan Rigby

Great Britain

18:04 (37)

+03:10

 

W18

1

Simona Aebersold

Switzerland

13:56 (1)

+00:00

2

Valérie Aebischer

Switzerland

15:05 (2)

+01:09

3

Hanna Hugosson

Sweden

15:12 (3)

+01:16

9

Cecilie Andersen

Great Britain

15:48 (9)

+01:52

30

Pippa Dakin

Great Britain

17:07 (30)

+03:11

34

Jenny Ricketts

Great Britain

17:21 (34)

+03:25

DSQ

Fay Walsh

Great Britain

18:18 (40)

+04:22



M20

1

Riccardo Scalet

Italy

15:42 (1)

+00:00

2

Thomas Curiger

Switzerland

15:46 (2)

+00:04

3

Simon Dubach

Switzerland

16:07 (3)

+00:25

38

Joe Woodley

Great Britain

18:03 (38)

+02:21

42

Andrew Barr

Great Britain

18:35 (42)

+02:53

 

Full results can be found here.

The long race takes place at Huneberg tomorrow with the first start at 0930hrs.

Good luck to the team for tomorrow.

 

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World Cup Final Middle Distance - Congratulations Cat!

It was a fantastic day at the women's middle race at the World Cup Final 2015 with Cat Taylor finishing in 1st place!

An excellent race from Cat gave her a sizeable win of 1 minute 46 seconds. The result also propelled Cat up to 7th place in the overall 2015 World Cup standings after her previous great results this year.  Congratulations Cat!

In addition to Cat's results Jess Tullie finished 46th= place and Jo Shepherd 54th place.

1. Cat Taylor (GBR) 34.13

2. Nadia Volynska (UKR) 35.59 +1.46

3. Sara Luescher (SUI) 36.05 +1.52

46=. Jess Tullie (GBR) 44.50 +10.37

54. Jo Shepherd (GBR) 46.56 +12.43 

Full Women's Results can be found here

In the men's race Hector Haines finished in a credible 28th position against a very strong field.

1. Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 34.35

2. Ruslan Glibov (RUS) 35.39 +1.04

3. Baptiste Rollier (SUI) 34.59 +1.14

28. Hector Haines (GBR) 38.36 +4.01

Full Men's Results can be found here

The final World Cup standings can be found here

 

 

 

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World Cup Final - Long Race

The first race of the World Cup finals took place today in Arosa, Switzerland writes Ed Nicholas.

The long race was held in physical terrain with big steep slopes making for long times on the courses. Great Britain have four athletes competing in the races with Hector Haines in the men's races and Cat Taylor, Jess Tullie and Jo Shepherd in the women's race.

Hector was top Brit in 18th place. Hector told us

"Tough race today! Lots of stories to tell from all of us. For me it was a big mistake at 4, and then a few smaller misses that accumulated to put me out of the top ten. I felt quite good running the hills, but a little twist of my ankle slowed me a bit in the last half. Looking forward to tomorrow now! Going for a cleaner race!"

Jess Tullie was mostly happy with her race, but made one costly error which unfortunatley put her outside a top result.

 

Men's results

1 Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 1:31:19

2 Carl Codager Kaas (NOR) 1:33:33

3 Olav Lundanes (NOR) 1:34:03

18 Hector Haines (GBR) 1:45:35

 

Women's results

1 Anne Margarethe Hausken Nordberg (NOR) 1:19:52

2 Sabine Hauswirth (SUI) 1:23:10

3 Sara Leuscher (SUI) 1:24:55

38 Jessica Tullie (GBR) 1:47:39

47 Jo Shepherd (GBR) 1:55:39

DNF Catherine Taylor (GBR)

Full results can be found here.

 

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GBR athletes ready for World Cup Round 4

Hector Haines, Jo Shepherd, Catherine Taylor and Jess Tullie have arrived in Switzerland, where they will compete for Great Britain at the 4th round of the 2015 World Cup this weekend. Reporting from the event centre in Arosa, Hector Haines said "We've had lovely weather today and had a great time training on the map. The team is in great spirits and excited for tomorrow's races!"

Left to right: Hector Haines, Catherine Taylor, Jo Shepherd, Jess Tullie

Good luck to the team in the long distance race tomorrow.

 

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Association and Club Conference 2015 Registration Deadline

Theme: The Future of the Sport

Date: Saturday 10th October 2015 11:00 – 17:00

Location: NFU Mutual Head Office, Tiddington Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7BJ

 

If you would to like to nominate and register two chosen Club or Association representatives to attend the conference, Club and Association Chairs or Secretaries must confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their Club or Association by tomorrow, Wednesday 30th September by completing the registration form and emailing it to; info@britishorienteering.org.uk . This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document).

All other members are very much encouraged to attend, however any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, Club or Association depending on individual arrangements.

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Association and Club Conference 2015

Theme: The Future of the Sport

Date: Saturday 10th October 2015 11:00 – 17:00

Location: NFU Mutual Head Office, Tiddington Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7BJ

 

If you would to like to nominate and register two chosen Club or Association representatives to attend the conference, Club and Association Chairs or Secretaries must confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their club or association by Wednesday 30th September by completing the registration form and emailing it to; info@britishorienteering.org.uk . This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document).

All other members are very much encouraged to attend, however any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

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Bronze for Emily Benham at World MTBO Middle Champs

At the first race of the World MTB Orienteering Champs yesterday Emily Benham won the Middle distance Bronze medal in 54:06 for the 8.8km course, only 34 seconds behind winner Gaelle Barlet's time of 53:32.  Having missed Middle distance Gold by 34 seconds last year in Poland, and by 35 seconds in Estonia in 2013, Emily was "both happy and disappointed" with her result.

Meanwhile Oliver Edwyn-Evans achieved a great 6th place in the Junior World MTBO Middle race (M20), bettering his previous results of 17th in 2013 and 12th in 2014. Other British riders were Natalie Creswick in 47th place (W21) and Adel Tyson-Bloor in 54th place (W21).

Today is the Sprint distance race, with starts from 11:00 and GPS tracking available at http://www.wmtboc2015.cz/sprint/gps-tracking/

Item posted by: Martin Ward.  Photos by: WMTBOC2015.CZ

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World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships

The World (and Junior World) MTB Orienteering Championships take place in Liberec, Czech Republic, with races today (Middle distance), Wednesday (Sprint), Friday (Long) and Saturday (Relay). Britain has three competitors in the Elite Women's category (Emily Benham, Natalie Creswick and Adel Tyson Bloor) and one in the Junior Men's (Edwyn Oliver Evans).

Emily is currently leading the Women's IOF World Cup standings, with three wins from the first five races, and the WMTBO Champs are the final round of that competition.

You can follow the action at http://www.wmtboc2015.cz/ which includes live results and GPS tracking.

Good luck to the GBR team!

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Great Britain Men and Women Promoted to WOC Division1

The calculation of WOC divisions has been completed by the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission. The calculations are based upon the updated Special Rules for WOC and will be used to determine starting allocations in the long and middle distance competitions at WOC 2016 in Strömstad, Sweden.

Great Britain had a fantastic World Orienteering Championships on home ground and advance from division 2 to division 1 in both the women’s and men’s scoring. Great Britain replaces Latvia among the women and Russia among the men.

Spain will also advance from division 3 to division 2 in both women’s and men’s scoring. Among the women they will be joined in division 2 by Hungary, replacing Italy and Japan who fall to division 3. Among the women New Zealand joins Spain in division 2, while Australia and Irland drop to division 3.

Full scoring tables for both Men and Women are available from the IOF website article.

Item posted by Martin Ward, British Orienteering Chair.

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Living the High Life


Photo left to right: Back row - Hannah Cox, Paul Pruzina, Will Rigg, Joe Woodley, Harrison McCartney, Allan Bogle
Middle row - Sarah Jones, Julie Emmerson, Helen Ockenden, Megan Carter-Davies, Fiona Bunn
Front row - Jackie Newton, Mark Nixon, Sasha Chepelin, Dane Blomquist

Some of the most promising juniors from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are training in Switzerland, this week, in areas relevant for JWOC 2016. Based at St. Moritz, that is at 1800m above sea level, this camp is of utmost importance to the athletes who are gaining understanding of the kind of training they will need to implement in the coming year in order to be successful at JWOC 2016. They are also getting valuable experience of training at altitude.

The team arrived late on Sunday night and so took a fairly easy day on Monday with some easy running in the morning, followed by a drills session and a swim in the lake and then a short orienteering exercise in the afternoon. Tuesday was devoted to relay and middle training, Wednesday to long and today the team trained for sprint. The morning saw them carry out two sessions on sprint maps and then take to the athletics track in the afternoon to experience a short but intense track session at altitude.

Photo: Joe Woodley and Will Rigg Sprint training today

Tomorrow the emphasis is back to long and then, on Saturday, the team are joining the Swedish junior team, who are at the same accommodation, for more relay training.

Technical Talent Coach, Mark Nixon, said "The athletes have arrived at this camp with exactly the right attitude and are taking every opportunity to learn, improve their technical skills and get ready for 2016. Most days have seen them do two sessions: one in the morning and a second late in the afternoon. We have been able to allow 'down-time' after lunch and then spend the evenings evaluating the day's training."

Performance Manager, Jackie Newton said "This camp is providing a valuable opportunity for athletes who are showing promise for JWOC 2016 and is offering so much more than training in relevant terrain; it is also allowing  them to consider the physical and psychological elements that will come into play at next year's JWOC and, on top of that, the athletes are becoming a close-knit team and learning how to look after themselves and each other, experiencing the Swiss cuisine and understanding the balance of hard work and recovery on a long training camp such as this."

The coaching team includes Mark and Jackie along with Allan Bogle, Talent Development Coach for Northern Ireland, and Bashir Hussain, UKA endurance coach, bringing together expertise in technical, physical and altitude training.

The team return to the UK on Sunday.

 

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Cat on the podium again on the last day of the World Orienteering Championships

The final race of the 2015 World Orienteering Championships took place today and Cat Taylor achieved 6th position to put herself on the podium for the second time in these championships.

Cat Taylor 6th WOC Long

Ida Bobach, of Denmark, was a convincing winner in the women's race, with a margin of almost three minutes (2:44). The Danish women have stamped their authority firmly on these championships by winning 4 out of the 5 gold medals in the women's events.

Mari Fasting of Norway took silver, her first individual World Championship medal, while last year's champion Svetlana Mironova of Russia took bronze. Cat  Taylor, who was one of the earlier starters, came into the arena with the fastest time so far but Natalia Vinogradova finished soon after with what was to be the 5th fastest time of the day and Tove Alexandersson followed and recorded the 4th fastest time.

GB debutant, Charlotte Watson, had a fabulous race, finishing in 29th position, giving her senior career a good start. Claire Ward finished in 36th and explained to the commentators that she had found some of her route choices difficult.

In the men's race France's Thierry Gueorgiou put in a strong performance to take his third consecutive Long title. Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland took silver and Olav Lundanes of Norway bronze, with each of the three medallists winning the same medal they won last year.

The British trio of Hector Haines, Graham Gristwood and Alasdair McLeod, finished 17th, 18th and 26th respectively.

This concluded a very successful week for the British Team. In the individual events, the team achieved 11 top 20 positions (four of them in the top ten) from eight different athletes. In addition, both men's and women's forest relay teams finished in the top ten, with the men's team narrowly missing a medal, and the mixed sprint relay achieved a top twenty.

The team would like to thank:

The Scottish Institute of Sport for the medical and physiotherapy support leading up to and during this competition

No Name for the Great Britain kit that with the new design for these home championships

Silva for the compasses

Beatons for the midge jackets

Dolphin Bay Suites for the accommodation

Chloe Haines for the catering

 

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IOF Extraordinary General Assembly: Split World Championships proposal is carried

An Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) of the IOF was convened to discuss a proposal to have a ‘forest’ World Orienteering Championships (WOC) and a ‘Sprint’ WOC in alternate years, as a development from the annual ‘all-in’ WOC programme that exists at present. The proposal was carried.

The proposal, which had been circulated widely for debate within IOF circles, to national federations, athletes’ commissions and others in the past few months, was the focus for comment both in support and against from several of the national federation representatives at the EGA. When put to the vote, 24 nations voted in favour, 9 against with 3 abstentions.

A detailed proposal for the format of each of the new Championships, both of which are expected to cover a 5-day period, will be put to next year’s IOF General Assembly. The first ‘forest’ WOC will be in 2019 and the first ‘Sprint’ WOC in 2020, and a call for applications to host these events will be sent out this autumn.
 

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Association and Club Conference 2015

Theme: The Future of the Sport

Date: Saturday 10th October 2015 11:00 – 17:00

Location: NFU Mutual Head Office, Tiddington Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7BJ

 

If you would to like to nominate and register 2 chosen club or association representatives to attend the conference, club and association chairs or secretaries must confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their club or association by Wednesday 30th September by completing the registration form and emailing it to; info@britishorienteering.org.uk . This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document).

All other members are very much encouraged to attend, however any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

Clubs and Associations are also asked to raise strategic items or issues that you would like to be considered for addition to the agenda. Any such requests should be sent to info@britishorienteering.org.uk by 19th September 2014.

Item posted by Scott Parker

 

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