British Orienteering continues to keep our guidelines for event organisers, coaches and participants under review as the government COVID-19 guidance evolve across the UK. Protecting the health of all our participants, members, volunteers and staff, and ensuring that we play our part in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, remain our highest priorities.
Our initial understanding is that the new Government restrictions announced in England on Tuesday 22 September will continue to permit orienteering events to be held in line with the current British Orienteering guidelines. However, we will review the detailed Government guidance as it emerges and will make any necessary changes to the British Orienteering guidelines as soon as possible.
British Orienteering will also continue to work with SOA, WOA and NIOA to review the impact of the restrictions announced by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.
We will issue a further update once the revised Government guidance for sport has become available.
Following the review of the Return to Orienteering guidance in England by the Board of British Orienteering on Tuesday 1st September, please find the link to the full document.
The key changes are:
Subject to a further review of the implementation of these revised guidelines, British Orienteering will aim to move in future revisions towards a higher start rate of up to four starters per minute from each start location, with allocated start times.
British Orienteering would welcome further feedback from clubs about their experience of operating within the current COVID-19 guidelines, and about any challenges they have encountered in obtaining permissions from landowners or local authorities.
The Board plans a further review of the guidance in October, subject to any further changes in the government guidance.
To view the current guidance visit: COVID Safe Orienteering
Report by David Rawle member of Border Liners
Striking lucky with the weather again, Border Liners held their second club event of the late summer on the fells above Askham. Following protocols and requirements set down by British Orienteering, the club provided socially distanced start and finish procedures for nearly 170 orienteers to take part on five separate courses.
Showing his class as an international orienteer, Alastair Thomas of the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club took first place around the 10.2km (180m climbing) Brown course in a time of 48.45. He was followed in second and third places by Zac Hudd (West Cumberland Orienteering Club) and Jamie Parkinson (Teviot Valley Orienteering Club) with times of 49.11 and 52.38 respectively. Border Liner James Chapman came a very respectable sixth with 62.40.
West Cumberland orienteer Michael Billinghurst took gold around the 6.8km (120m climbing) Blue course in a time of 47.01 with an excellent second place for Border Liner James Daplyn (48.17). Making the most of his running fitness on the fellside course, Owain Rice of the Liners scored a well-deserved fifth in a time of 55.28. Junior runner Herbie Ashworth (WCOC) was a clear winner of the 4.5km (70m climbing) Green course in a time of 29.48 with experienced Border Liner Chris Lates claiming a top ten position with 42.06.
Ellie Darlow of the Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club won the 3.6km (50m climbing) Short Green course in 38.59 with Border Liner Jane Yates fourth in 59.41. Continuing to gain orienteering experience Abigail Pantry meanwhile claimed fifth place around the 3.8km (70m climbing) Orange course. The winner of the Orange course was Ben Todhunter (South Ribble Orienteering Club) and their respective times were 55.08 and 65.07.
Border Liners next fixture is another club event and is scheduled for Saturday 24th October on Binsey Fell. It will take place subject to prevailing Covid-19 restrictions at the time and will be by advance entry only with no entries taken on the day.
Celebrating the re-start of orienteering.
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Today the GB JWOC squad ran the long distance race in Särkänpera, Finland, with courses of over 10.7km for the men and 7.6km for the women. There were, once again, many strong performances from our team, with records being set along the way.
Sasha Chepelin continued his superb run of form, coming in in 7th place in a very tight race, just 7 seconds off a podium position. Sasha will no doubt be slightly frustrated with another near miss, as reflected in his post race interview, ‘I'm not actually too happy - my race was pretty scrappy and I nearly ended up doing the butterfly loop backwards. I felt a bit better after taking on some energy, but I'm not sure I used my energy that well, as I feel OK now.' However, his JWOC 2017 individual discipline positions of 7th, 5th, and 7th make him the first Brit to ever gain 3 individual top tens, showing outstanding consistency against the very top of the international scene.
Elsewhere in the men’s race, Alex Carcas tactically retired after a mistake to focus on the relay tomorrow, and Harrison McCartney finished in 68th, after battling through from an early start, making the tracks for everyone else. Ali Masson finished in 60th after a race he described as ‘horrible, horrible, horrible’ and Nathan Lawson and Matt Fellbaum both achieved top 50s, coming in 47th and 39th respectively.
In the women’s race, history was also made, with 3 top 20 finishes in the JWOC long race for the first time ever, with GB one of only four countries with this strength in depth (a group which notably doesn’t include Finland or Sweden). This means that the relay A team for tomorrow all ran exceptionally, with Jenny Ricketts and Fiona Bunn separated by just 6 seconds in 13th and 14th respectively, and Grace Molloy in 20th to post her second top 20 in her first ever JWOC races, following on from her 19th in the middle final. Fiona said of her first top 15, ‘I was pleased to finally get a decent result, even after a shaky start to the race. It was a tough one, but I'm very proud of the whole team's performances and super excited for the relay!!!’
Meanwhile, Chloe Potter ran herself to 71st place, about a minute behind Alice Rigby, who finished in 65th, with Cecilie Andersen less than 3 minutes off a top 20, finishing 34th.
Full results are available at http://online4.tulospalvelu.fi/tulokset/en/2017_jwoc_long/.
Alongside Fiona, we are also excited for the relay races tomorrow, where both the Men’s and Women’s teams have real chances of a podium finish. Follow the event live from the links on the JWOC website, with the Men off at 11:30 BST and the Women next at 12:45 BST.
Credit - David Bunn