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European Youth Orienteering Championship 2017

Thursday 29 June – Sunday 2 July 2017 Slovakia, Banská Bystrica

The GB junior squad are making their way out from Manchester to Bratislava later today, as they begin their final preparations for this weekend's European Youth Orienteering Championships, taking place in Slovakia. The team will be making the most of the model training opportunities in Banska Bystrica tomorrow, with sprint in the morning and long/relay in the afternoon, before relaxing ahead of the first race on Friday, a sprint around the small hillside town of Banska Stiavnica. The long and relay races in the heavily contoured forest of Mutno will follow on Saturday and Sunday.
Making their GB debuts will be the trio of Scots: Eilidh Campbell (W16); Finlay Todd (M18) and Freddie Carcas (M18), who have spent their first year in the Talent squad, preparing for this moment. Of the rest of the squad, all competed last year at the 2017 EYOC in Poland and they will be keen to build on their successes there. Alastair Thomas (M18) and Grace Molloy (W18) both had top 20 performances in the forest a year ago and then capped their weekend off with podium finishes in the sprint.

They will be hoping for more of the same this year, but with the Swedes and Norwegians now joining their class, the challenge to repeat this feat will be that touch harder. Lucy Haines (W18) and Laura King (W18) both managed top 20 results in the forest and sprint respectively last year and will be hoping to build on this achievement this time round. Laura also had a 4th place in the sprint at JEC last autumn and is tantalisingly close to a medal in this discipline.

British Orienteering wishes the team all the best for the weekend ahead.

The website for the competition is here: http://www.eyoc2017.com

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World Championships - Middle Distance and Relay Athletes

GB elite athletes all set ready to go to Middle distance and the Relay races!

Great Britain all set to compete in the Middle distance and the Relay races at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships in Estonia!

The Middle distance race takes place on the Thursday 6 July 2017 scheduled to start at 12:00 – 17:00 with the Relay race on the following day – Friday 7 July 2017.

The Middle Distance and Relay terrain offer very detailed contours with many depressions and ridges between them Run ability and visibility vary from very good to poor and there are almost no open areas on the terrain and only a handful of marshes.  Tartu Ski Marathon track is passing through the area and there are also some smaller paths and tracks.

Meet the Great Britain Team selected for the 2017 World Orienteering Championships and who will be competing in the Middle distance race on Thursday 6 July in Estonia next week.

Middle Distance Race

Men

Women

William Gardner

Coach:
Dave Sprot

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
84 (Sprint) 188 (Forest)

Best Results:
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2013: 12th Relay
European Youth Championships 2011: 16th Relay

William Gardner Profile

Jessica Tullie

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
64th (Forest) 358 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2015: 9th Forest Relay 

Jessica Tullie Profile

Peter Hodkinson

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
33 (Sprint) 89 (Forest)

Best Results: 
World Orienteering Championships 2016: 4th Mixed Sprint Relay
European Championships 2016: 7th Mixed Sprint Relay     
World Universities 2016: GOLD Mixed Sprint Relay

Peter Hodkinson Profile

Jo Shepherd

Coach:
Eva Jurenikova

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
59 (Forest) 85 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Orienteering Championships 2016: 12th Relay
European Championships 2016: 7th Mixed Sprint Relay

Jo Shepherd Profile

Ralph Street

Coach:
Edward Nicholas

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
25th (Sprint) 47th (Forest)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 4th Relay
World Championships 2015: 4th Relay
European Championships 2014: 5th Relay

Ralph Street Profile

Hollie Orr

Coach:
Jason Inman

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
21 (Forest) 168 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 8th Relay
European Championships 2016: 6th Long
World Cup no. 4 2016: 6th Long
Junior World Championships 2009: 7th Relay

Hollie Orr Profile

Meet the Great Britain Team of athletes selected for the 2017 World Orienteering Championships who are ready to competing in the Relay race on Friday 7 July 2017. 

Forest Relay

Men Women

Graham Gristwood

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
41st (Forest) 476th (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2008: GOLD Relay
World Championships 2011: 4th Sprint
World Cup Final 2010 SILVER
European Championships 2014: 5th Relay
European Championships 2010: 10th Sprint

Graham Gristwood Profile

Megan Carter-Davies

Coach:
Mark Saunders

Current IOF World Ranking Details: 52 (Sprint) 82 (Forest)

Best Results:
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2016: 4th Middle
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2016: 5th Relay
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2016: 7th Sprint

Megan Carter-Davies Profile

Ralph Street

Coach:
Edward Nicholas

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
25th (Sprint) 47th (Forest)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 4th Relay
World Championships 2015: 5th Relay
European Championships 2014: 5th Relay

Ralph Street Profile

Cat Taylor

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
47 (Forest) 50 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: Mixed Sprint Relay 4th
World Championships 2015: 5th Middle, 6th Long
World Championships 2014: 6th Relay
World Cup no. 11 2015: GOLD Middle
World Cup no. 6 2014 Bronze Long
European Championships 2014: Bronze Long
 

Catherine Taylor Profile

Alan Cherry

Coach:
Mukhidinov Vyacheslav

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
80th (Forest) 537 (Sprint)

Best Results:
European Championships 2016: 12th Relay

Alan Cherry Profile

Hollie Orr

Coach:
Jason Inman

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
21 (Forest) 168 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 8th Relay
European Championships 2016: 6th Long
World Cup no. 4 2016: 6th Long
Junior World Championships 2009: 7th Relay

Hollie Orr Profile

Reserves: from the GBR team

Reserves: from the GBR team

Staff who are accompanying the Great British Team at the World Orienteering Championships this year are:

Liz Campbell, Lead Coach
Warrior Orienteering Club

Liz, says: 
“I am passionate about supporting people to perform at the highest level they are capable of and as we approach the World Orienteering Championships I am looking for all our athletes be it their first World Orienteering Championships or their 13th World Orienteering Championships to demand the very best from themselves.  The terrain in Estonia is tough and unforgiving it will be an exciting week!”

 

Ed Nicholas, Team Manager
Auld Reekie Orienteering Society and Ok Södertörn Club

Ed has been Assistant Coach since 2015 and is Individual Coach to Ralph Street (WOC 2017); Harrison McCartney (JWOC 2017) and Nathan Lawson (JWOC 2017).

Ed, says: 
“There is a very exciting group of dedicated athletes who genuinely want to achieve success. It is fantastic fun to work with them and support them in turning their ambitions into reality. It's great to also see athletes develop and get faster; stronger and technically better as they push on to win medals and get on the podium.”


Dr Sarah Rollins, Team Doctor
Southern Navigators. 
Sarah has been Great Britain’s Team Doctor since 2014.  She is an ex GB Orienteer (2000 to 2013) and took part in 11 World Orienteering Championships, countless World Cups and Park World Tours and 2 World Games.


The full World Orienteering Championships Programme can be read here.

Keep up to speed with the action from the World Orienteering Championships here

British Orienteering wishes all of the Great Britain team travelling out to Estonia a safe journey and all the very best with their final preparations.  We look forward to the excitement of the World Orienteering Championships and of course cheering on our GB athletes throughout what will be a fantastic week of world class orienteering. 

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Meet the athletes competing in the Long Distance at the World Orienteering Championships

The World Orienteering Championships will continue next week with the Long distance race taking place from 11:00 – 17:00 on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

The Long distance terrain is stretching over an area between the highest hill and the deepest lake of Estonia. Run ability varies from good in the coniferous forests to poor in the deciduous forests and there are only a few tracks. Many marshes with varying sizes can be found in the terrain. There are some rather new deforested areas that are up to two years old. The contours form two distinct areas. Firstly a hilly part with minor terrain features and then secondly an area with large valleys with some smaller valleys flowing into it.

Meet the Great Britain Team selected to compete in the Long distance race on Tuesday 4 July at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships next week.

Long Distance Race

Men

Women

Ralph Street

Coach:
Edward Nicholas

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
25th (Sprint) 47th (Forest)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 4th Relay
World Championships 2015: 5th Relay
European Championships 2014: 5th Relay

Ralph Street Profile

Jessica Tullie

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
64th (Forest) 358 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2015: 9th Forest Relay 

Jessica Tullie Profile

Alan Cherry

Coach:
Mukhidinov Vyacheslav

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
80th (Forest) 537 (Sprint)

Best Results:
European Championships 2016: 12th Relay

Alan Cherry Profile

Hollie Orr

Coach:
Jason Inman

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
21 (Forest) 168 (Sprint)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 8th Relay
European Championships 2016: 6th Long
World Cup no. 4 2016: 6th Long
Junior World Championships 2009: 7th Relay

Hollie Orr Profile

Jonathan Crickmore

Coach:
Dave Sprot

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
58 (Sprint) 132 (Forest)

Best Results:
European Youth Championships 2008: 5th

Jonathan Crickmore Profile

 

Charlotte Watson 

Coach:
Liz Campbell, Mark Nixon, Fiona Lothian

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
118 (Forest) 123 (Sprint)

Best Results:
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2012: 8th Relay,
Junior World Orienteering Championships 2012: 9th Middle
European Youth Championships 2009: 7th Relay
European Youth Championships 2009: 8th Sprint

Charlotte Watson Profile

Reserve:
William Gardner
Profile

Reserve:
Megan Carter Davies
Profile

Get set for a week full of world class orienteering!

The full World orienteering Championships Programme can be read here.

You can keep up-to-date on the LIVE action from the World Orienteering Championships here.

Keep up-to-date with the athlete’s blog page

Our Great Britain elite athletes are busy getting ready to travel to the World Orienteering Championships for their races.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish the Great Britain team all the very best with their final preparations and every success as they travel out to Estonia.

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Mike Bushell BBC One Breakfast Sports Presenter takes part in orienteering!

British Orienteering was delighted to welcome Mike Bushell BBC Breakfast Sports Presenter to take part in an exciting orienteering course taking him around Media City.

A great night of orienteering at Media City, Salford, Manchester - with Mike Bushell (centre) BBC One Breakfast Presenter

Jennie Taylor, Marketing Manager at British Orienteering, said:

“This is an exciting year in which British Orienteering is celebrating 50 years. We were delighted to welcome Mike Bushell BBC One Breakfast Sports Presenter to come along to an orienteering event and have a go in the urban location of Media City.
We had a beautiful sunny evening and it was great to see Mike joining in the fun alongside other adults and children orienteering around Media City last night.”
Extract from the BBC Media City orienteering map!

Thanks goes to the South East Lancashire Orienteering Club and volunteers for hosting this event.

Thank you to Mike Bushell for filming at our South East Lancashire Orienteering Club orienteering evening last night at Media City.

Watch Mike Bushell taking part in orienteering at Media City! 
The filming will be shown on BBC One Breakfast this Saturday 17 June 2017.

Scheduled timings (as at 15 June 2017): 

6.30am, 6.35am, 7.30am, 7.35am, 8.30am, 8.35am.

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