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GB elites compete in two more days of International Orienteering Competition

Over the weekend, there were two days of International Competition at the second round of the Orienteering World Cup, in Sweden.

Saturday saw the Middle distance race take place in wet conditions and it proved to be tricky to make a clean run in the terrain at Gränjåsen and Gränjesåsvallen for everybody. Swedish Junior Hanna Lundberg showed both her technical and physical skills to take the win, and after starting the first out of 102 women. She remained in the leader position on the sofa for the whole of the race, watching competitor after competitor failing to beat her time.

Jo Shepherd was the highest placed British athlete in the Women's Middle distance race in 36th position.

Jo says:  "It was really fun, and I ran quite well in the early part of the race. I lost a bit of time on the mistakes in the middle and latter part of the course but now I've analysed what I needed to do differently."

Fiona Bunn was making her Senior World Cup debut and finished in 86th position. Fiona says: "My senior debut was a tough one for sure. I don't feel like I did myself justice and definitely felt the effect of a lack in racing recently, The terrain and course were incredible though and it was a great opportunity to generate some learning."

In the men's, there were big changes throughout the race with the winner in the end being Joey Hadorn (SUI). Ralph Street was the highest placed British male in the race in 29th position.  Ralph says:  "I ran a good race until halfway so that is good to see after the disappointment of the World Orienteering Championships Middle distance."

Middle distance results for the Great Britian team.

Women

Place

Men

Place

Jo Shepherd

36th

Ralph Street

29th

Grace Molloy

41st

Hector Haines

32nd

Megan Carter- Davies

62nd

Ben Mitchell

49th

Cecilie Andersen

74th

Chris Smithard

94th

Fiona Bunn

86th

Josh Dudley

105th

Cat Taylor

DNF

Nathan Lawson

107th

The Swedish junior Hanna Lundberg took her first World Cup victory after a perfect race when many of the favourites made big mistakes. Joey Hadorn, Switzerland, won the very tight men’s class, only three seconds ahead of Daniel Hubmann.

Official results, split times, maps etc are found  and all you need to know is found here.

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On Sunday was the final day of the competition with the Relay's taking place. There were two team competitions, the Men's Relay and a Women's Relay with each Relay having 3 Legs each. All teams started at the same time in a mass start and the courses were forked so that competitors that run the same Leg may have different controls, but after all three Legs all teams have ran the same course in total.

In the Women's Relay the GB team of Grace Molloy, Fiona Bunn and Megan Carter- Davies finished in 15th position, with the team of Jo Shepherd, Cecilie Andersen and Lauran King in 19th.

In the Men's the team of Nathan Lawson, Chris Smithard, and Josh Dudley finished in 24th position.

Sweden came away with the victories in both the men’s and women’s Relays, which concluded the second World Cup Round in Idre Fjäll. The Swedish women won ahead of Russia in second place and Finland in third, whilst the men won ahead of Norway in second place and Switzerland in third.

For full results, split times, maps etc., see the World Cup page. 

Left to right:  Cecilie Andersen, Laura King and Jo Shepherd who finished 19th in the Relay
Left to right:  Grace Molloy, Fiona Bunn, Megan Carter-Davies who finished 15th in the Relay 

Photo above:  GB team at this year's Orienteering World Cup Round Two in Sweden.

Front row (left to right):  Jo Shepherd, Catherine Taylor, Grace Molloy, Alastair Thomas, Cecilie Andersen, Grace Molloy, Fiona Bunn.

Back row (left to right):  Joshua Dudley,Ben Mitchell, Nathan Lawson, Laura King, Hector Haines, Chris Smithard, Ralph Street, Jo Stevenson (Team Manager).

 

Congratulations to all members of the Great Britain team.

The Orienteering World Cup Final Round will take place in Italy on the 30 September 2021.

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