Report by Martin Ward member of South Yorkshire Orienteers and British Orienteering UK Orienteering League Coordinator
It's just over a week until the 2022 UK Orienteering League (UKOL) season begins, and a whopping six races will be held before the end of January!
First up it's the Edinburgh Univerity Big Weekend taking place on 22 and 23 January, consisting of the Edinburgh City Race on Saturday followed by a classic distance race on Arthur's Seat on Sunday. Always a good weekend of racing, this is the first time it's been included in the UKOL season. The city race is also the first UK Urban League race of the season, so there are lots of points up for grabs!
Just a week later there are two further competition weekends in the UKOL calendar. In the South, there is the Berkshire Orienteers Concorde Chase weekend, consisting of an urban race in Bracknell on Saturday and a National Event in Hawley and Hornley on Sunday. Meanwhile, on the same weekend in the Midlands, there is the Midland Championships weekend hosted by Derwent Valley Orienteers and Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (Chatsworth on Saturday followed by the Midland Championships at Sherwood on Sunday).
Entries for all of these races are open now but don't delay, as the closing date for the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club (EUOC) Big Weekend is this Sunday - 16 January 2022.
Having launched the 2022 UKOL season British Orienteering wants to also congratulate all the individual winners of the 2021 season which only finished just before Christmas. At the end of last year, the UKOL club competition winners (Bristol Orienteering Klub) were announced.
|1||BOK||4837||John Simmons (M70), Mark Saunders (M60), Chloe Potter (W21), Matthew Owen (M55), Amy Lee-Jones (W16), Carol Iddles (W65), Jackie Hallett (W60), Clive Hallett (M55), Tommi Grover (M45), Clare Fletcher (W75), Sara Currie (W40), Karen Crawford (W50), Alice Bedwell (W60), Scott Bailey (M45), Finlay Anderson (M16)|
Congratulations to Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK).
Here is a list of the top 10 clubs in UKOL 2021, which includes some new entrants - well done!
Table of Top 10 Clubs
The table of winners of each age class
|Adam Methven||M16||BKO||378||Jocie Hilton||W16||SN||384|
|Joe Sunley||M18||WCOC||324||Rachel Duckworth||W18||DVO||347|
|Peter Molloy||M20||FVO||344||Mairi Eades||W20||EUOC||393|
|Ben Mitchell||M21||SBOC||392||Louise Adams||W21||EUOC||277|
|Andrew Biffen||M35||KERNO||317||Kirsten Strain||W35||AROS||400|
|Will Hensman||M40||FVO||392||Heidi Lloyd||W40||TVOC||384|
|Jolyon Medlock||M45||WSX||369||Sarah Rollins||W45||SN||398|
|Martin Ward||M50||SYO||397||Jenny Peel||W50||SYO||392|
|Clive Hallett||M55||BOK||383||Elizabeth Jackson||W55||DEE||370|
|Mark Saunders||M60||BOK||387||Alice Bedwell||W60||BOK||396|
|Philip Eeles||M65||SOC||387||Janet Rosen||W65||HH||396|
|Peter Gorvett||M70||SYO||378||Rosalind Taunton||W70||NGOC||378|
|Jim Prowting||M75||TVOC||393||Sheila Carey||W75||OD||388|
|Trevor Simpson||M80||OD||389||Jenny Thompson||W80||TVOC||399|
|John Thompson||M85||TVOC||399||Alison Sloman||W85||HOC||299|
Many congratulations to all the UKOL 2021 winners.
British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the associations, clubs, and members for all the hard work in organising these races which have been enjoyed by many during the last year. Thank all to all members who have attended and supported these events. Thank you also to Martin Ward (South Yorkshire Orienteers) for his work as UKOL Co-ordinator.
Best wishes as we look forward to the UK Orienteering League in 2022 which starts on Saturday 22 January.
More information about the first UK Orienteering League for 2022 races are as follows:
|Date||Race||Competition (host club, location)|
|22-Jan||1||Edinburgh Big Weekend City Race (EUOC, Edinburgh)|
|23-Jan||2||Edinburgh Big Weekend (EUOC, Edinburgh)|
|29-Jan||3||Concorde Chase (BKO, Bracknell)|
|29-Jan||4||Chatsworth Regional (DVO, Baslow)|
|30-Jan||5||Midlands Champs (NOC, Sherwood)|
|30-Jan||6||Concorde Chase (BKO, Blackwater)|
|19-Feb||7||British Night Champs (AIRE, Ilkley)|
|20-Feb||8||Regional Event (AIRE, Ilkley)|
Find out more about the UK Orienteering League here.