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Tweet Thursday 15th April 2021

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation: introducing British Orienteering’s new strategy

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation are at the heart of the new British Orienteering Strategy to strengthen the sport in this country. It will allow us to engage with a new generation via a thriving club network.

British Orienteering believes that if we change perceptions about orienteering, improve accessibility and deliver engaging fun experiences, more people will become hooked on the sport.

Once engaged, clear pathways to progress in competitor or volunteering will enable people to enjoy the sport for life.

The four focus areas of the Strategic Plan are:

  • Change the perception.
  • Create engaging experiences.
  • Strengthen lifelong pathways.
  • Provide foundations for success.

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation” will be formally launched at the AGM on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and we will be consulting further with the membership and key stakeholders.

Read the Full Strategy here

Call to Action

British Orienteering is keen to hear from you as we turn Thriving Clubs for a New Generation into reality.

  • How can this strategy benefit your club, new and existing orienteers in your local area?
  • What ideas do you have to support the news strategic priorities?
  • What is working well for you that we could share?
  • Would you be interested to be involved in a focus group?

All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.

Please click here to fill out the survey and help us to collect as many views as possible or send your comments to insight@britishorienteering.org.uk.

 

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Tweet Monday 17th May 2021

The European Orienteering Championships finished with the Individual Sprint

Sunday saw the final day of the European Orienteering Championships in Neuchatel, Place-des-Halles, Switerland.
This was the Individual Sprint, orienteering in an urban area.

The sprint race on Sunday proved to be exciting again at the European Championships in Orienteering. As on Saturday, the weather conditions created a more autumnal than spring-like atmosphere.

Photo credit:  Devon Yao
Photo credit:  Devon Yao

In the women’s race GB was represented by Jo Shepherd and Megan Carter-Davies. After progressing through to the Semi Finals in the Knock-out Sprint on Saturday (15 May), Megan put in another strong performance in wet and slippery conditions to finish 17th overall.

Megan comments:  "In the Individual Sprint I think I navigated reasonably well, but I felt maybe I should have committed to running and cornering faster and also lost time on some routes. I definitely have some things to take away and learn from."

Jo Shepherd finished 70th, with Tove Alexandersson claiming her 2nd gold of the Championships after winning the Knock-out Sprint yesterday.

Behind Alexandersson, the Swiss Simona Aebersold and Alena Roos ran for silver and bronze. They only lost by 5, respectively 6 seconds to the winner and this with a running time of around 16 minutes on 4 kilometres and 21 controls.

In the men’s, making his senior debut was GB Thomas Wilson finishing 110th position with Emil Svensk (Sweden) taking gold and Yannick Michels (Belgium), one of the favourites for a medal taking silver.

Emil Svensk won the 4.4 km long sprint race with 80 m of climb and 25 checkpoints. With his time of 16:06 minutes he was winning 13 seconds ahead of Yannick Michiels (BEL) and 22 seconds ahead of Kasper Fosser (NOR) and Gustav Bergmann who completed the podium in third place with the same time.

Afterwards Tom said: "This was my first big senior international call-up, it was definitely a very enjoyable and interesting experience. Even up until around two months ago I had no expectations to be here, so I feel very lucky running hard and trying to make the most of the experience.

Due to my unexpected and last-minute selection, my preparation mostly consisted of trying to do a good number of sprint course in and around Barcelona to try and get myself back into some tricky map reading and route choices whilst running fast.

I felt pretty happy with my Knock-out Qualification run and although I was still a way off advancing to the later round, I am pretty pleased with my performance and certainly enjoyed it a lot."

Megan commented: "It was great to compete internationally again and I’m really glad I could make it here. It was exciting, especially standing on the start line of the Semi-Final of the Knock-out Sprint again.

Personally, I had a good race in the Qualification and was happy to qualify in 4th for the Knock-out Sprints.

I had an interesting Quarter Final.  I made a mistake at the start and really had to race hard to catch the top three and qualify for the Semi Final. Thankfully I managed this! In the Semi Final I took some bad route choices in the first half however I was still in the mix coming into the spectator control, but then my SI card’s ‘air’ mode unfortunately switched off, it ran out of battery, and after that I wasn’t able to catch the other girls."

Photo credit:  Devon Yao
Left to right:  Simona Aebersold, Tove Alexandersson, Alena Roos
Left to right:  Yannick Michels, Emil Svensk, Kasper Fosser, Gustav Bergmann

Official Results from yesterday's Individual Sprints can be found here.

Watch the Prize-Giving ceremony of the Indivual Sprint here

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Tweet Sunday 16th May 2021

KNOCK-OUT SPRINT: GOLD FOR ALEXANDERSSON (SWE) AND KYBURZ

On Friday 14 May, athletes from a total of 28 Nations met in St-Blaise for the Knock-out Sprint Qualification races. It is a community which lies a few kilometers east of the European Orienteering Championships main city on the Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The finish arena of the competition was located directly on the shore of the lake at the local boat harbour.

The race was divided into three start heats each for the men and the women. 12 athletes could qualify from each heat for the final races. Three athletes represented Great Britain, Thomas Wilson and Jo Shepherd finished 24th and 25th respectively and unfortunately missed out on the Quarter Finals. GBR Megan Carter- Davies finished 4th in her heat and progressed to the Quarter Finals which took place yesterday (Saturday 15 May).

Megan raced in Quarter Final 1 and finished 2nd to move into the Semi-Finals later in the day.  Faced with a strong field she ran a solid race but failed to make the Final.

The qualification race for the athletes was a little over 3 kilometers long with 50 meters climb. 20 control points had to be found in a running time of less than a quarter of an hour. Longer sections between the individual controls were equally challenging for the participants as were the technically difficult passages in the narrow alleyways and roads of the village with the character of an Italian little town. Beginning rain created slippery conditions in the women’s race and added to the challenge.

The first two places in the Semi-Finals heats secured a ticket for the final of the best 6 athletes. There were almost two kilometres to be covered per round and between 12 and 19 control points to be found. The constant contact with the opponents and the many changes of directions ensured that full concentration was required to advance another round.

The final of the Knock-out Sprint was the second of three medal decisions at the EGK European Orienteering Championships (EOC) 2021 on Saturday. In rainy and nasty weather conditions in Neuchâtel, the Swiss Matthias Kyburz for the men and Tove Alexandersson for the women showed convincing races.

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) and Simona Aebersold (SUI) demonstrated their skills in the women’s competition right from the start. They were the fastest athletes in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and ultimately in the finals. The Swede won the final race with an eight-second lead over the Swiss with a running time of just over seven minutes. The Norwegian Benjaminsen completed the podium 18 seconds behind.

The decision was much narrower in the men’s Final. Winner Kyburz was only one second ahead of his team-mate Hadorn; third placed Norwegian Fosser was only three seconds behind the gold medalist. There were almost three medals in sight for the EOC host country Switzerland. Ricardo Rancan only missed the podium by a second in fourth place and was awarded an EOC 2021 diploma.

Yannick Michiels did not qualify for the finals of the six best men. The Belgian who was considered a favourite for a medal was surprisingly eliminated in the quarter-final.

The format of the Knock-out sprints in orienteering is still young. The discipline also celebrated its inauguration at the European championships. On Final day of the Knock-out Sprints yesterday, the 36 best athletes were at the start who had recommended themselves for the finals in the qualifying races the previous day.

A full overview and results can be found here.

Watch slideshow from the Knock-out Sprints here.

Today (Sunday 16 May), at the end of the EGK European Orienteering Championships, an individual sprint is on the programme. As with the Knock-out Sprint, the finish arena will be located again on the Place des Halles in the middle of the city of Neuchâtel. No spectators are allowed on site due to Covid-19 measures, but the competition will be broadcast live on the Internet and Swiss TV (SRF2 at 13:15) as well as in several Scandinavian countries.

Programme and Timetable for today:  Individual Sprint

Sunday, 16.05.2021, Neuchâtel, Place-des-Halles

13:10  (UK time 12:10) Sprint men and women (top 40 each)
14:10  (UK time 13:10) Last woman at the finish
15:15  (UK time 14:15) Last man at the finish
15:40  (UK time 14:50) Award ceremony

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Start Times for Great Britain

GBR Men

Thomas Wilson  12:24:00  (UK time 11:24)

GBR Women

Jo Shepherd  12:44:00  (UK time 11:44)

Megan Carter Davies  12:44:00   (UK time 12:44)

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British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish Thomas, Jo and Megab representing Great Britain today all the very best and good luck wishes as they prepare to compete today in the Individual Sprints. 

Watch LIVE TV broadcast and Live GPS tracking - find out more here.

15:35 (UK time 14:35) Prize-giving ceremony, free web-TV here.

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