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.
There was controversy from the outset at the Relay day on Friday when athletes arriving in time for a 9.00 a.m. start to the competition had to wait for the best part of two hours before the competition to get under way, because the golf course owners had not allowed any placement of the flags before the day of the event.
Things got no better when first leg finishers reported several doubtful control sites and one decision point with the only two SI boxes when there were three flags at the control site.
Discontent continued as the officials and volunteers battled to complete the final TempO station within a reasonable timescale, but such were the number of complaints, followed by official protests by several countries, that the announcement of the final results and the prize giving were delayed until Saturday to enable the hard worked jury to inspect and decide upon the six official protests.
The Jury eventually voided three out of the 27 control sites, accepting some protests, rejecting others. They also confirmed the Organisers’ decision to disqualify the Open class teams from Latvia and Poland and the Para team from Russia for infringements of the rules!
Eventually, in the Paralympic class, Ukraine was declared the winners, followed by the Czech Republic and Norway.
In the open class, the Winners were Slovenia, followed by Norway in Silver and the Czech Republic took Bronze, a second and a half ahead of the Slovak team in 4th who was a second ahead of the Finns in 5th place.
The Norwegian team’s second leg runner, Sigurd Daehli, made orienteering history. Having won World Championship medals in SkiO and FootO in previous decades, he became the first orienteer to achieve a championship medal in three separate disciplines. There is no truth in the rumour that he is in training for next year’s MTBO!
It was also notable for the rise of the central European nations and this year the eclipse of Sweden who finished 10th.
As for the British team of Tom Dobra, Charles Bromley Gardner (who was affected by illness) & John Kewley, they endured a difficult day, before eventually finishing in 14th place.
The second PreO course, held on Saturday, in a mixture of woodland and rough open terrain near the kart track at Aukštadvaris was the final day of what has been an eventful week in Lithuania. Thankfully the sun shone, the course was excellent and testing, and after the adventures of the previous day’s relay, the controls appeared to be largely in the right place and there were no protests at the end of the competition.
The British team had a very satisfactory day overall. In the Open class, Charles Bromley Gardner, still unwell but recovering, held on well to finish in 10th place, one of six competitors with 43 points and the best GBR placing in the Open class since Ian Ditchfield’s podium place in Scotland in 2012. John Kewley with a score of 41 was placed 21st and Ian Ditchfield, on 40, was placed 29th.
In the Paralympic competition, Dick Keighley finished in 23rd place.
Tom Dobra, selected for the GBR TempO & relay teams, won the Public PreO competition over the championship course with a total score of 42 points.
Several of the leading competitors after Day 1 fell by the wayside in the tricky conditions, whilst others had already made too many errors to be able to figure in the top places at the end of the day.
At the end of the two days PreO, the gold medal went to Lars Jakob Waaler of Norway with 45 points, a score also achieved by Pinja Mäkinen who had taken a few seconds longer at the time controls. The Bronze medal went to Geir Myhr Øien, also of Norway with 44 points, a score also achieved by two former world champions Stig Gerdtman of Sweden, who was placed 4th, and Anne Straube, of Octavian Droobers, a British Orienteering member but here representing her native Germany in 5th position, her best placing for some time. To gain a podium place in this standard of competition is a tremendous performance.