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World Cup Round 3 and Pre WOC 2019

World Cup Round 3 took place in Sarpsbog, Norway from 31st August - 2nd September 2018. With Sarpsborg being the location for the World Orienteering Championships 2019 these races were a great opportunity to do some racing in similar terrain.

 

Those that were able to, went to the model map on Thursday afternoon. The terrain was lovely classic Scandinavian terrain with lots of hills and marshes. Very soft underfoot and difficult to get going quickly. Nevertheless, it was important to fight all the way and some quicker and easier running could be found on the tops of the hills. Strong compass and sticking to your route was important so as to not run any unnecessary distance.

 

Friday 30th September - Long Distance

Due to a demanding programme over the weekend the long distance was slightly shorter than usual for an international race. The women had 9.3km, 275m climb, 13 controls with an estimated winning time of 65 minutes. The men had 13.6km, 425m climb, 16 controls with an estimated winning time of 80 minutes. The Swedish team were the dominant nation with Tove Alexandersson winning the women’s race and Gustav Bergman winning the men’s race. Best British runners were Charlotte Watson in 36th place and Ralph Street in 30th place. Unfortunately, Megan Carter-Davies was unable to start due to a cold.

Position

Women

Position

Men

1

Tove Alexandersson SWE 1.04.33

1

Gustav Bergman SWE 1:17:36

2

Kamilla Olaussen NOR (+3.39)

2

Olav Lundanes NOR (+0.35)

3

Karolin Ohlsonn SWE (+4.41)

3

Matthias Kyburz SWI (+3.34)

36

Charlotte Watson (+15.15)

30

Ralph Street (+11.26)

44

Hollie Orr  (+18.05)

38

Sasha Chepelin (+12.59)

51

Jo Shepherd (+19.02)

40

Ali McLeod (+13.45)

77

Cat Taylor (+29.04)

56

Hector Haines (+16.03)

 

 

68

Will Gardner (+20.24)

 

 

71

Alan Cherry (+21.18)

 

Saturday 1st September - Middle Prologue and Pursuit

Saturday’s programme consisted of a prologue in the morning and a pursuit in the afternoon. Starting order for the pursuit was determined by time behind the winner in the prologue multiplied by 2. The winner of the prologue started first with the rest of the field chasing them down. So, for example, Anastasia Rudnaya started 2.46 after Tove Alexandersson. The pursuit was unforked therefore a good result in the prologue would be crucial to secure the best possible start position for the pursuit. Again the Swedes dominated in the prologue making up 60% of the medal positions across men and women. Best British runners in the men’s race were Ralph Street in 22nd and Alexander Chepelin in 28th. In the women’s Charlotte Watson was best British runner in =39th position with Megan Carter-Davies just 7 seconds behind in 42nd.

 

Place

Men

Place

Women

1

Johan Runesson SWE 21.22

1

Tove Alexandersson SWE 19.03

2

Albin Ridefelt SWE (+0.38)

2

Anastasia Rudnaya RUS +1.23

3

Daniel Hubmann SUI (+0.45)

3

Karolin Ohlsson (+1.29)

22

Ralph Street (+2.10)

=39

Charlotte Watson (+4.43)

28

Sasha Chepelin (+2.41)

42

Megan Carter-Davies (+4.50)

38

Ali McLeod (+2.58)

49

Jessica Tullie (+6.04)

47

Peter Hodkinson (+3.30)

65

Cat Taylor (+6.42)

52

Alan Cherry (+3.38)

66

Jo Shepherd (+6.53)

61

Hector Haines (+4.07)

73

Hollie Orr (+8.01)

In the pursuit, Tove Alexandersson took the win in the women’s race after securing a clear lead in the prologue. Karolin Ohlsson and Anastasia Rudnaya also held onto their medals but Ohlsson outsprinted Rudnaya at the end to secure the silver. Out of the British runners both Charlotte Watson and Hollie Orr managed to pull up some places; with Charlotte finishing in 30th and Hollie in 61st. In the men’s race, there was a sprint finish to the line resulting in a dramatic last-minute change in the medal positions. William Lind of Sweden took the gold, just ahead of teammate Gustav Bergman. Ralph Street was top Brit maintaining his position of 22nd from the prologue.
 

Place

Women

Place

Men

1

Tove Alexandersson SWE

1

William Lind SWE

2

Karolin Ohlsson SWE

2

Gustav Bergman SWE

3

Anastasia Rudnaya RUS

3

Frederic Tranchand FRA

30

Charlotte Watson

22

Ralph Street

59.

Jessica Tullie

42

Ali McLeod

61

Hollie Orr

43

Alan Cherry

63

Cat Taylor

51

Sasha Chepelin

68

Jo Shepherd

56

Hector Haines

75

Megan Carter-Davies

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Peter Hodkinson

Sunday 2nd September - Relay

Great Britain had several strong teams in both the men and women's races. The women’s race kicked off at 9.15 on Sunday morning. Unfortunately GBR 1 mispunched. GBR 2 finished in 22nd position and 14th nation. In the Men’s race, Hector Haines and Matthew Speake both ran a strongly on the first leg to hand over their second leg runners in 18th and 20th position around 3.30 down on the lead. Alasdair McLeod ran strongly on 2nd leg pulling GBR 1 up to 14th position. Peter Hodkinson pulled GBR 2 up two places to 18th position. Ralph Street ran the final leg for GBR 1 pulling them up one more position to finish in 13th and 8th nation. Will Gardner ran the final leg for GBR 2 finishing in 19th position. Unfortunately, GBR 3 didn’t finish due to Alexander Chepelin being ill and unable to run the final leg. Matthew Fellbaum and Ben Mitchell both ran consistently on their respective legs for GBR 3. 

 

Place

Men

Place

Women

1

NOR 1

  • Eskil Kinneberg
  • Olav Lundanes
  • Magne Daehli

1

SWE 1

  • Lina Strand
  • Karolin Ohlsson
  • Tove Alexandersson

2

SWE 1

  • Albin Ridefelt
  • Gustav Bergman
  • William Lind

2

NOR 1

  • Silje Ekeroll Jahren
  • Marianne Andersson
  • Kamilla Olaussen

3

SWE 2

  • Martin Regborn
  • Jonas Leandersson
  • Emil Svensk

3

FIN 1

  • Sari Anttonen
  • Lotta Karhola
  • Henna Rikka-Haikonen

13 (8th Nation)

GBR 1

  • Hector Haines
  • Alasdair McLeod
  • Ralph Street

22

GBR 2

  • Jo Shepherd
  • Hollie Orr
  • Megan Carter-Davies

19

GBR 2

  • Matthew Speake
  • Peter Hodkinson
  • William Gardner

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GBR 1

  • Charlotte Watson
  • Cat Taylor
  • Jessica Tullie

DNF

GBR3

  • Matthew Fellbaum
  • Ben Mitchell
  • Alexander Chepelin

 

 

A big thanks to Ed Nicholas for all his help in organising the logistics and coaching support over the weekend. Full results from all races can be found here and all maps from the weekend can be found here.

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