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British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships 2019

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British Sprint Orienteering Championships 
Saturday 14 September 2019

Loughborough University Campus
I.O.F World Ranking Event

Leicestershire Orienteering Club hosted the British Championships at Loughborough University in 2013, and thanks to the organising team have been working for several months already in bringing together the event again in 2019. 

Event Officials:
 Robert Haskins, Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
Planner: Iain Phillips, Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
Controller: John Britton, Manchester & District Orienteering Club.
I.O.F Event Adviser: Nermin Fenmen, London Orienteering Klubb.






The Loughborough University campus is over 400 acres and is predominately a complex mix of residential, academic and sports buildings but does also include some woodland areas. The central campus is on the side of a ridge providing some contour detail and there are expanses of grass in various parts of the campus. The area will create fast and challenging racing that will produce worthy British Champions. 

Find out more here

Photos:  British Sprint Championships from 2018.  
Photo Credit:  Rob Lines.

British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships: 
Sunday 15 September 2019

Chinley Churn will be new to many orienteers, having been mapped for the first time in 2015. The terrain is very fast and runnable rough grassland with very little bracken or heather to impede progress. Areas of old quarries, with many small hills, boulders, crags and depressions provide complex and challenging navigation on steep, sometimes rocky slopes. Typical to the area, there are many dry stone walls and gates around the course. 

The area is an extension of the Peak District's Kinder plateau, and Assembly and Finish are in a large, gently-sloping field at 300m above sea level. There are sweeping views to the west of New Mills and Manchester. The terrian rises to 450m, with the most intricate areas being the rocky slopes on the east.

Event Officials:

Ranald Macdonald assisted by Dave Chaffey, both DVO
Organiser: Sal Chaffey assisted by Viv Macdonald, both DVO
Controller: Chris Burden, Aire
Mapper: Richard Parkin, DVO
Organiser Sal Chaffey for British Middle Championships, said: 
"This year’s Middles Champs take place on Peak District moorland, featuring the intricate contours and quarry workings of Chinley Churn. This is a relatively new area for orienteering, first mapped in 2015. The gentle western slope of the moor is very fast, while the steep eastern slope with its abundant rock features calls for careful navigation. With rivals visible on the moor, the race may feel more like a Sprint than a Middle distance."

"The Assembly field has great views towards Manchester, as well as of the Finish and last few controls. Binoculars recommended! The top of the moor is at 450 metres, so there is no guessing what September conditions could be, but expect a warm welcome from DVO!"

"Planning is going well, with control sites now being tagged, before final controlling in August."

Photos:  British Middle Distance Championships from 2018.  
Photo Credits:  Rob Lines.