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UK Elite Orienteering League Returns for 2019

The countdown to the 2019 UK Elite Orienteering League is on, and it is set to be another cracker.

12 rounds over 5 weekends will reveal who are the best all-round orienteers in the country. 

Duncan Birtwistle, UK Elite Orienteering League Co-ordinator, says:  "Athletes will compete for points across all disciplines with races more evenly spread across the country than previous editions.  All the selection races are included and clubs have accommodated the League by planning courses to suit elites’ requirements."

There are categories for MW18s, 20s and Seniors.

Rd

Date

Event

Area

Club

Distance

Juniors

Seniors

1

Sat 9th March

Sheffield Urban

Ponderosa

SYO

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

2

Sun 10th March

Northern Champs

Wharncliffe Woods

SYO

Long

Long

Long

3

Sat 23rd March

Selection Special

Lancaster University

BO

Sprint

Sprint

 

4

Sat 23rd March

Lakes Spring Weekend

Haverthwaite

LOC

Middle

 

MIddle

5

Sun 24th March

Red Rose Classic

Hampsfell & Eggerslack

SROC

Middle/Long

Middle

Long

6

Sat 13th April

Scottish Spring

Fife

MPA

Middle

 

Middle

7

Sat 13th April

Scottish Spring

Falkland

MPA

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

8

Sun 14th April

Scottish Spring

Falkland Estate

MPA

Long

Long

Long

9

Fri 19th April

JK Festival

Aldershot Garrison

SCOA

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

10

Sat 20th April

JK Festival

Windmill Hill

SCOA

Middle

Middle

Middle

11

Sun 21st April

JK Festival

Cold Ash

SCOA

Long

Long

Long

F

Sun 5th May

British Championships

Kilnsey & Arncliffe

YHOA

Long

Long

Long

Racing starts in Sheffield with a sprint at SYO’s Urban Race on Saturday 9th March.  Wharncliffe Woods, a classic area of rock features and forested slopes, is the venue for the Northern Champs the next day, mapped and planned by Oli Johnson.

On Saturday 23rd March Juniors and Seniors are split for rounds 3 and 4.  Juniors racing in a specially organised sprint selection race at Lancaster University. Seniors running a technical middle distance on Haverthwaite Heights, scene of past British Championships.  All re-group at Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods on Sunday where Juniors step up to a middle and Seniors to a long.

Scottish Spring has become a regular fixture in the League due to its reliability for high-class orienteering. This year it's the 13/14th April around Falkland with a middle (Senior counter only) and sprint on Saturday followed by a Scottish Orienteering League long on Sunday.

The JK Festival (19-21st April) is the penultimate weekend of the series where all three races count, starting with the sprint at Aldershot Barracks. Focus and map contact will be necessary to succeed in the middle amongst the dense contours and paths of Windmill Hill. Cold Ash, used for JK 2013, hosts the long.

Arncliffe & Kilnsey’s open fell and contour detail will provide a fast finish to the League at the British Championships on 5th May.

Scoring: Best 6 scores from first 9 races for juniors, the best 6 scores from first 10 races for seniors, the final British Champs race to count for all.  At least 1 and maximum 3 scores from any one discipline (sprint/middle/long) to count.

Jess Halliday, 2018 Senior Women winner

Go to ukeliteoleague.org.uk for race information, scoring rules and links to old maps.  You can follow @ukeliteoleague on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date as the season progresses."

Supporters and Sponsors

The UK Elite Orienteering League aims to be an attractive series for competitors by providing prize money and prizes. 53 different athletes have been supported via the prize fund over the last four seasons and have gone on to compete at World Championships, Junior World Championships and various levels of European competition.

If you are interested in supporting the league, either with a contribution to the cash prize fund, or with clothing, or equipment, please email: ukeliteoleague@gmail.com or visit: ukeliteoleague.org.uk/support where you can donate online. All contributions are greatly received. If you are a sponsor we can promise publicity through articles and social media, at the major races in the UK orienteering calendar, as well as being associated with the elite orienteering scene.

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