Day 3: Sunday 1st April – Long – Beaudesert
Hosted by Potteries Orienteering Club (POTOC) and Wrekin Orienteers (WRE).
Day 3 of JK2018 was a Long distance race around the woodland of Beaudesert, where – after a scenic start through the old walled garden – the mud, brashings and undergrowth of the forest combined with some unseasonably chilly weather to present a tough physical challenge to the runners.
The JK Championship medals are decided by cumulative time across Day 2’s Middle distance and Day 3’s Long distance races, and the greater length of the Day 3 courses mean that even athletes who were a few minutes off the pace of Day 2 can still be in with a chance of glory. With the prospect of writing your name in the history books as JK champion, competition was fierce across the 36 different age classes.
The battle to be Women’s Elite JK champion was incredibly close, with just 36 seconds separating the top four athletes in the overall standings. Hollie Orr was the fastest on the day in a time of 75:07, eight seconds ahead of Jess Tullie, but Tullie had been ten seconds quicker than Orr on Day 2. This meant that Tullie won her first JK title by a narrow two-second margin, with Orr taking silver.
Megan Carter-Davies, who had led both Tullie and Orr by almost two minutes on Day 2, was faster than both through the first half of today’s course but lost significant time on the Long Leg to #17 before dropping another minute on #19 to finish third overall. The reigning JK champion, Tessa Strain, was only 15 seconds off a medal in fourth, while overnight leader Cat Taylor retired part-way around today’s course.
With just two minutes separating the top seven runners on Day 2 in the Men’s Elite class, it was all to play for as the athletes battled it out over a tough 18km course. Alasdair McLeod took the glory, running fastest both on the day and overall to take his maiden JK title.
Overnight leader Peter Hodkinson was in touch with McLeod’s time through the first half of the course but gradually lost time in the second half to finish sixth overall. Chris Smithard took silver, while Alexander Chepelin put in a particularly impressive performance to take the bronze medal in his first year racing as a senior athlete.
Photo credits: Rob Lines
Results from Day 3 of the JK2018 Long distance race can be found here.
Overall results on Day 3 can be found here.
Day 3 Long - Beaudesert
Apologies but unfortunately we have had to use an older version of the map but at least RG is up for some of the courses.
Day 3 Pre-O - Beaudesert
Read the full TrailO report here.
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the officials for another great day of orienteering.
Congratulations to all who took part in the Long distance race. Day 4: (Monday 2nd April) is all set for the Relays in Beaudesert.
Other news reports on JK2018 are also available.
JK2018 Day 2: Saturday 31 March - Middle Distance at Brereton Spurs - read report here.