British Orienteering is publishing a series of interviews with GB athletes focusing on the impact of lockdown has on their training.
Jonathan Crickmore is a GB elite athlete and member of Sheffield University Orienteering Club.
Club: (National): Sheffield University Orienteering Club
Club (International): OK Ravinen
How have the lockdown restrictions impacted on your training?
Jonathan: “My training hasn't been affected too much. I am restricted to training from the house so very limited orienteering but the running is good. Also being stuck at my partner's family house in NZ has advantages of plenty exploring to be done as they are mostly new routes to me.”
What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position?
Jonathan: “My advice to other people is enjoy the running. There aren't going to be any major competitions for a while so just get out and enjoy it, explore every track or bit of woods you can nearby. Find little challenges for yourself if you want. These don't have to be time trials but for example try and do as much climb on your local hill without repeating climbs or find the shortest way to run all the streets in your village/neighbourhood.”
What is your number one Lockdown training session?
Jonathan: “Put on my shoes, run up to the hills and keep running for as long as I fancy.”
Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
Jonathan: “I have kept in touch time zone permitting through usual social media channels but I've always been self-coached and self-motivated so I'm not noticing a lack of input, I am missing all the training partners especially when doing a session.”
What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
Jonathan: “Not too many box sets. My laptop decided to die on day one of quarantine which is slightly heart breaking especially as I can get it fixed in the UK but not here. So been working my way through the book collection and a variety of board games and jigsaws.”
Have you been doing any DIY tasks – anything you want to tell us about?
Jonathan: “Trying to fix old computers and laptops in the house so I can find some computing projects to do. Otherwise just the usual cooking, gardening and some small woodwork bits.”
Thanks Jonathan. All the best with your on-going training.
As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so.
The Board of Directors at British Orienteering have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidelines and regulations.
The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found here.
Resumption of Orienteering