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The Euromeeting in Switzerland saw good performances from the GB team

At the weekend there was a team of 15 athletes who represented Great Britain at Euromeeting, Bettmeralp, Switzerland.

The races took place over terrain between 1800m - 2700m above sea-level, with the bigger part being open grassland and meadows but also included some alpine ski terrain with good runability.  In the lower parts there were alpine forest which was tough to run in and with a lot of details, stones and contours.

There were some good performances from the British team with Grace Molloy, Laura King and Hector Haines finishing well up the field in both the Middle distance and the Long distance races, and with some juniors making their debut senior performances.

Hector Haines, said: 
“Fantastic open terrain at over 2000m altitude felt exotic but in reality, not dissimilar to some terrain in the Lakes or in Scotland.

The races themselves were exciting, but an aggressive strategy paid off as the visibility was excellent and underfoot conditions good, so the technicalities of the terrain were made more straight forward.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the viability was not excellent for the duration of the races with athletes commenting that they could see more in the night races!

Joe Woodley, said:  “This was some of the most challenging orienteering I have done with a maximum of 10m visibility for the duration of the Long distance race.”

 

 

 

 

Small misses counted for a lot in the events and losing a minute or so in the Middle distance race put you back a dozen or so places.

In summary it was described as fast racing, physically challenging with small margins for error.

 

GB Team
Men

Middle Distance 25.09.2021 Results

Long Distance 26.09.2021 Results

Hector Haines

25th

30th

Alastair Thomas

64th

75th

Peter Molloy

61st

67th

Chris Smithard

71st

MP

Matthew Gooch

72nd

40th

Alasdair Pedley

73rd

45th

Joshua Dudley

75th

59th

Joe Woodley

77th

49th

Flurry Grierson

83rd

81stt

Women

 

 

Grace Molloy

20th

16th

Laura King

24th

29th

Jo Shepherd

35th

41st

Fiona Bunn

44th

54th

Mairi Eades

54th

36th

Eilidh Campbell

58th

40th

Some of the team will now travel to Cansiglio and Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy for the World Cup Final, and meet the rest of the GB team today supported by Team Managers Andy Kitchin and Mark Hayman.

The Long distance will take place on Thursday 30 September, the Middle distance on Saturday 2 October and the Sprint Relay on Sunday 3 October 2021.

World Cup Final Team

Men

Joshua Dudley

Women

Cecilie Andersen

Hector Haines

Fiona Bunn

Ben Mitchell

Megan Carter-Davies

Chris Smithard

Laura King

Ralph Street

Grace Molloy

Alastair Thomas

Jo Shepherd

Follow the live action here:

Find out more about the World Orienteering Final - Round 3 here.

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British Orienteering wishes the GB team all the best in the final round of the World Cup Competitions and looking forward to their performances capitalising on a great season of International Racing.

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