Sunday 1 July 2018
Premiere Junior Inter-Club competition for English and Welsh Orienteering Clubs.
This year’s 2018 Final is being hosted by Harlequins Orienteering Club (HOC) and is set to take place on Sunday 1 July in Arrow Valley Country Park.
With the atmosphere set to be vibrant, this junior only event has a different feel from all-age championships held in the year. The atmosphere is set to be noisy as enthusiastic juniors, parents and supporters cheer on their teammates.
The teams that have qualified for the 2018 Final next week are:
Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK), Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK), Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO), Guildford Orienteers (GO), Humberside and Lincoln Orienteers (HALO), Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI), Octavian Droobers (OD), Southern Navigators (SN), Suffolk Orienteering Club (SUFFOC), South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC).
This club competition is named after Britain’s first World Orienteering Champion, Yvette Baker, who won Gold in the short distance event in Scotland in 1999. This competition is held annually for junior orienteers of all standards. The regional heats have seen clubs competing for entry into the National Final.
British Orienteering would like to thank the host Harlequins Orienteering Club and all the volunteers for all of their time and effort in making this junior competition happen. Wishing all the junior teams who have successfully qualified to compete in this year's Final a great, fun-filled and action-packed day of orienteering next weekend.
Find out more here: www.harlequins.org.uk
The final race of the 2017 UK Urban League was scheduled for last December at Castle Vale, Birmingham, but heavy snow and an amber weather warning forced Harlequins Orienteering Club to postpone. They chose June, combining with the Birmingham University sprints to create an attractive weekend. And no snow.
UKUL Organiser Roger Thetford thanked the sponsors BML Print, CompassSport and Ultrasport, before handing out the trophies (bricks!) and Ultrasport vouchers to the winners.
Joel Taylor (TVOC) and Ella May Rush (BOK) dominated the Young Junior (12-) categories, each racking up a perfect score. James Lowthian (NOC) and Aimee Darley (GO) took the Junior (16-) categories.
Leon Foster (AIRE) retained his Men’s Open brick and Tereza Maria Rush (BOK) followed suit for the women. Martin Ward (SYO) won his eighth Men’s Veterans (40+) title in ten years, and Jane Anthony (SROC) retained her Women’s Veteran brick by a handsome margin.
In the Men’s SuperVets (55+), John Embrey (DEE) climbed a place to number one, as did Lindsey Knox (RR) for the women. Bob Dredge (WCH) claimed a narrow Men’s UltraVet (65+) win. The top two female Ultravets were tied on points before Castle Vale, but Liz Godfree (DVO) managed to improve her score whereas Heather Smithard (KFO) did not. The new HyperVet (75+) bricks both headed for the Goodair household: Guy Goodair (EPOC) won the men’s title, Judith Goodair the women’s.
There were also prizes for the three closest runners-up, across all categories. Ruth Rhodes (SO) matched Judith Goodair’s WHV total, losing out only on tie-break (head-to-head record: Judith recovered from 1-0 down to win 6-1). The other two prizes went to Mike Smithard (DEE), who closed at Castle Vale to within 3 points of Bob Dredge, and Heather Smithard, just five points adrift in the WUV category.
The photo above (left to right): Ella May Rush, Tereza Rush, Martin Ward, John Embrey, Liz Godfree, Guy Goodair, Judith Goodair.
The 2018 UKUL is well underway. Birmingham University was race 11 out of 20, and events come thick and fast in the summer months when the forests are thick and slow! http://www.oxfordfusion.com/ukul/ gives the latest scores. Not many people have yet completed a scoring set but several of last year’s champions are already riding high.
Birmingham University. Photos Credit: Steve Rush (BOK)
The Harvester Relays are taking place next Sunday (June 24th) at Tilgate Forest in Sussex.
The UK's little brother equivalent to Tio Mila and Jukola. An overnight relay with a mixture of night and day laps for teams of either seven or five competitors.
The area offers a mixture of the managed country park, golf course and a steep wooded valley to test different skills under the pressure of head-to-head racing.
The Event Centre is based in a modern hut with the luxury of indoor toilets and hot showers. The top clubs from recent years (FVO, NOC, BOK and SLOW) are all sending teams once again so competition is expected to be tight at the sharp end of the race.
The organising club's chairman Steve Blount, says: "Southdowns Orienteers are looking forward to welcoming teams to this iconic event. I was part of a working party in the area last Tuesday preparing the camping site, and can testify how nice the forest is looking there."
Organiser – Ralph Phillips (Southdowns Orienteers)
Planner – Neil Crickmore (Southdowns Orienteers)
Controller – Gordon Parker (South London Orienteers and Wayfarers).
British Orienteering would like to thank all the officials and club volunteers from Southdowns Orienteers and South London Orienteers and Wayfarers for all their hard work and commitment over the last months.
British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to wish members all the very best with their final preparations as they get set to navigate their way to Sussex to take part in the Relays. Wishing you all a great orienteering experience!
Final details are available here.
The last race of JWOC 2017 was the relay. This combined the physical and technical terrain, seen in the previous forest races, with fast running and closely gaffled controls. As is the nature of international relays, it is very hard to stay in contact with the front of the race and not make errors.
The Men’s Relay was the first race and Alex Carcas (GBR1) and Ali Masson (GBR2) ran leg 1 for each of the British teams. The race had a very fast start with an early track route choice forcing the athletes to their limits. Alex Carcas ran a very good leg, maintaining contact with the leaders for the majority of the course finishing 6th just 1:01 behind. Alex spoke of running well below 4min/km on the tracks and it being one of the fastest first legs he had experienced. Ali Masson saw some small errors, but maintained speed, handing over in 20th.
Sasha Chepelin was able to carry his strong form from the rest of the week onto the second leg for GBR1, running the 3rd fastest time on this leg, and, after a good chasing run, brought the team back in in 4th, +2:01 on the Norwegians. Matthew Fellbaum ran a fantastic second leg for GBR2, climbing eight places over the course and into 12th at change over.
Nathan Lawson started strongly on the last leg for GBR1 and, despite some small misses early on, was still in touch with the main chasing pack through the spectator control. The control after this was one of the hardest of the week and, unfortunately, saw Nathan lose significant time here. GBR1 eventually finished 19th. Harrison McCartney was chasing hard for GBR2 and a strong race from him helped him maintain 12th team and the 8th nation overall. Norway held their early lead to win ahead of Finland and Russia, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Women’s Relay was very similar to the Men's and started equally quickly. Fiona Bunn (GBR1) and Cecilie Anderson (GBR 2) led off for the British. An early mistake for both teams meant they were running through the field for most of the race. Fiona was able to run a strong end to the leg bringing GBR1 into 12th at the handover. Cecilie, despite an injury sustained on the course, kept fighting and was able to handover to Alice Rigby, running the second leg for GBR2.
Jennifer Rickets ran 2nd for GBR1 and despite a small mistake was able to improve the teams position moving into 11th at change over. Alice Rigby also was able to run a confident race and hence also gained positions moving GBR2 into 24th.
Grace Molloy, having had a very strong debut at JWOC, had a good start, but made an error close to the end on the last leg for GBR1. Chloe Potter was running hard and ran one of her best runs of the week on the final leg for GBR2. There were some incredible performances by the top teams in the Girls Relay with Sweden holding off a very fast last leg from Switzerland to win gold. The British teams finished 17th and 23rd respectively.
Credit - Aidan Rigby
The full details of the other races at the Junior World Orienteering Championships 2017 are available at the links below: