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Tweet Thursday 24th August 2017

GB team set to compete in the World Orienteering Cup / Round 3

The World Orienteering Cup / Round 3 starts today in Cesis, Latvia!

The GB athletes selected to compete in the World Cup races as follows:

Men:

Peter Bray                             
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Middle; Forest Relay

William Gardener
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay; Sprint
Graham Gristwood               
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay
Hector Haines
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay; Sprint
Chris Smithard
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay; Sprint
Ralph Street                                                                 
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay

Women:

Kirstin Maxwell                                                           
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Disciplines:
Sprint

Hollie Orr                                         
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay; Sprint

Jo Shepherd                                                         
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay; Sprint

Cat Taylor                                                
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Disciplines:
Middle; Forest Relay

Charlotte Ward                               
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Sprint

Charlotte Watson                                                                                 
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Middle; Forest Relay

GB athlete Charlotte Watson, says:  "I am very excited for the upcoming World Cup races in Latvia. With the World Championships in Latvia next year this will be a really good opportunity for myself and the rest of the team to find out a bit about the terrain. There is also a Forest Relay, a rare occurrence in the World Cup. This will be my first International Relay as a senior so a great opportunity to test ourselves against the worlds best."

The competitive races are scheduled to take place as follows:

Friday 25 August 2017
Middle Distance / Arena Ozolkalns
Start: 10:00 – 16:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 07:00 – 13:00

Saturday 26 August 2017
Relay Women / Arena Ozolkalns
Start: 10:00 – 12:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 07:00 – 09:00
Relay Men / Arena Ozolkalns
Start: 12:00 – 14:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 09:00 – 11:00

Sunday 27 August 2017
Sprint Qualification – Women / Arena Cesis
Start: 09:00 – 10:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 06:00 – 07:00
Sprint Qualification – Men / Arena Cesis
Start: 10:00 – 11:20 (UTC+3) UK BST 07:00 – 08:20
Sprint Final A – Women / Arena Cesis
Start: 16:00 – 17:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 13:00 – 14:00
Sprint Final A – Men / Arena Cesis
Start: 17:00 – 18:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 14:00 – 15:00
Sprint Final B – Women/Men / Arena Cesis
Start: 18:00 – 19:00 (UTC+3) UK BST 15:00 – 16:00

(Please check the website for any changes to the above).

Keep up to date and watch all of the action LIVE.

Homepage http://www.wcup2017.lv
Live-stream, IOF livecenter https://liveorienteering.com (15 Euros)
Live results http://www.wcup2017.lv/results
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/worldcup2017latvia/

 

British Orienteering and members wish the GB team all the very best as they prepare to compete in the Middle distance race in Latvia tomorrow and then the Relay on Saturday and the Sprint on Sunday this weekend.  Get set for another great weekend of exciting world class orienteering. 

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Tweet Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Third World Gold Medal for Emily Benham!

In a hard fought Mass Start race at the Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania Emily Benham won a hard fought Gold medal.

After 5 map exchanges and 41 controls, it was down to the very last control when a small mistake by Olga Shipilova-Granodova of Russia allowed Emily to ride to the Gold in a tough uphill finish.  Over the last 30 minutes of a tough course, Emily and Olga exchanged the lead several times much to the excitement of the crowd watching the GPS tracking on the big screens in the arena.

Emily discussing routes choices with Keith Dawson supporter and sponsor
Emily  crossing the finish in 1st!

Seven seconds covered the first seven places in the men's race won by Lucy Dallavalle of Italy.  This Gold is Emily's third World Championship and adds to her bronze from the Middle yesterday and extends her World Cup Lead.  With the Long on Friday and the Sprint race in the historic centre of Vilnius on Saturday, there is more to come from Benham.

Congratulations Emily!  British Orienteering wishes you all the very best with the remaining races scheduled to take place later this week.

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Tweet Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Pre-JWOC Training Camp: Diaries of training continued...

Pre-JWOC Camp: Diary of Training

AIDAN RIGBY

Talent Squad (M18)
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Day 1: Monday 14 August

09:00: Wake up and breakfast at the hotel.

10:30: Sprint training at Kecskemet. 2km warm up and getting used to the heat. 2.6km Sprint at a steady pace trying to get a feel for the demands of the JWOC Sprint area. 2km cool-down and rehydrating as much as possible post training.

12:00: Lunch and a drive around the JWOC Sprint embargo trying to pick up relevant information from what we can see.

13:00: Middle training at Bosca. Very sandy open terrain covered in a labyrinth of scattered trees. One course with SI again at a fairly high pace to pick up on the very unique challenges of the area and get used to the mapping. Some very tough controls. 3km on warm up and warm down.

17:30: Recovery swim back near the hotel getting some time away from the heat.

18:30: Dinner.

20:00: Group analysis of the days training; using GPS and Splits and specific learning points highlighted again.

21:00: Individual talk through with coach about my training plan from now until JEC.

22:00: Relax and bed.

Day 2: Tuesday 15 August

08:00: Breakfast.

10:00: Long training at Izsac. Long style course taken in a group of four of us at once. Trying to look at route-choices both macro and micro running between each other and regrouping at certain points. Had to cut slightly short as suffering from blisters due to the sandy terrain.

12:00: Lunch.

13:00: Afternoon session was a middle style course at Kaskantyu. I chose not to run to give my blisters some time to heal as the area was less relevant to the JWOC terrains. Spent time thinking about plans and strategies for the course.

18:30: Dinner.

19:30: GPS analysis in groups for both sessions and then team briefing where we summarised the learning from each area.

22:00: Relax and bed.

Day 3: Wednesday 16 August

08:00: Breakfast.

10:00: Relay training Zsana simulating 2nd and 3rd Leg Relay so setting people out in small packs 30seconds apart. Trying to get used to the fast paced intensity of the open scrubby terrain.

12:00: Lunch and travel to Szeged.

14:00: Sprint training. A local Sprint with SI again getting used to the Sprint planning and terrain challenges that will be critical at JWOC. This really helped me pick out some things that were affecting my own performance like hesitations around olive green and cornering.

16:30: Rest and recovery in the local spa.

18:30: Dinner.

20:30: Team analysis using GPS of the two sessions and then a team meeting discussing terrain and route selection on the area.

22:30: Relax and bed.

Day 4: Thursday 17 August

09:00: Breakfast and easy morning as many of the athletes received A-level results. Had a swim and walk into the town of Kiskunhalas.

12:00: Lunch on the way to near the Long area of Pirto.

14:00: Long course of 11.1km on a highly relevant terrain. This was taken at a high intensity and helped me understand how the heat and open terrain would affect my orienteering performance. It turned out to make decision making much more difficult and my technique came under stress which I had to learn to deal with. We also tested route-choices in the terrain to help when we are running the JWOC Long.

16:30: Rest and recovery with the second visit to the pool complex of the day ensuring to hydrate well.

18:30: Dinner.

20:30: Debrief of the Long course with GPS of the route-choices.

22:30: Relax before bed.

Day 5: Friday 18 August

08:00: Breakfast.

10:00: Returned to the Middle training area Bosca. I re-ran the course from the first day to try and correct the mistakes that I made on the first day. This was the final chance to experiment with navigation on the tricky labyrinth style terrain and for me, this training was to hammer home some of the lessons that we had learnt during the week.

12:00: Lunch.

13:00: Returned to the Long training area Pirto. After a heavy week, Alex Carcas and I went for a walk in the terrain to take photos of important features and terrain types. This was all to help with remembering some of the interesting things we had mentioned during the week so that we could refresh before JWOC next year.

16:30: Final swim and recovery session.

18:30: Dinner.

20:30: Final team meeting. Having a look at the competition area maps and discussing similarities with what we had trained on during the week.

22:00: Relax before a late night travel home.

 

Read Fiona Bunn's training camp diary here.

Paul Murgatroyd, British Orienteering's Head Coach for Talent, said:  “This was a fantastic week of training in preparation for our JWOC 2018 campaign and all the athletes selected for this tour acquitted themselves remarkably well, given the challenges of both the terrain and the climate. The forests around Kecskemet had a unique diversity of terrain types, which very few of the current group have experienced before, but, after a week of intense reconnaissance, the team were feeling much more confident about what technical and physical preparation they will need to undertake over the coming months in order to be successful at JWOC next summer.”

 

Thank you, Fiona and Aidan! This is really insightful. We wish you both and all of British Orienteering Talent Squad athletes all the very best with your on-going orienteering training.

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Tweet Thursday 10th August 2017

Sport and Recreation Alliance presents Emeritus Award to Mike Hamilton

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has presented Mike Hamilton Chief Executive Officer of British Orienteering, with an Emeritus Award for his long-term service to orienteering.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance Emeritus Award has been in existence for over 10 years and is awarded for life-long or sustained service to grassroots sport and recreation or for long service to the Sport and Recreation Alliance itself. 

Mike Hamilton

Mike Hamilton

Mike has been a lever for leading this change making sure that the 25,000 people who challenge themselves physically and mentally by orienteering at least six times a year in 2016 find this ‘go to’ outdoor sport fulfilling.

This level of activity is impressive on any scale, but even more so when you factor in that British Orienteering has only 11,000 members. Part of this growth is down to Mike making sure the sport is modernising. One way they have done this is by increasing local, urban orienteering to fit more easily into the lives of runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves. Change doesn’t come easy and British Orienteering, like many sports, has longstanding participants who want the sport to ‘remain the same’ combined with new participants with views of a modern outdoor adventure sport. The organisation has also worked hard to improve their decision making to help strike the balance between the differing aims of members and participants and has moved from a ‘Council of 25’ to a more traditional board of directors.

Mike has been involved in sport throughout his life as a participant, performer, volunteer and professional and has been Chief Executive at British Orienteering since January 2006. Sport has been and continues to be his way of life and he started his career as a PE teacher after studying at Loughborough University. He also played cricket and hockey and moved into coaching hockey at all levels from beginners to Olympic squads.

He counts himself very fortunate to have been so readily accepted as Chief Executive in a small sport, and one in which he had not been an active ‘participant’. He has found this both challenging and enjoyable at the same time. British Orienteering turned 50 years old this year, and it is exciting to see how it will continue to grow and continue developing with the times under his continued leadership.

Mike Hamilton Chief Executive Officer for British Orienteering, said:  “It is a great honour to be recognised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance for my work at British Orienteering. During the time, I’ve worked within the sport, the role of the Alliance has changed considerably. I believe the Alliance has grown in importance as an independent organisation providing leadership and support within the sport sector. Therefore, receiving the Emeritus Award, I feel, is one of the highest tributes and recognitions I could receive. Thank you.”

Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering, said: Mike's SRA Emeritus Award is well-deserved recognition for his success in working with British Orienteering. As Chair, I have benefited enormously from the extensive knowledge he has built up about the sport and its governance. I am delighted that his dedication and hard work have been recognised in this way.”

Andrew Moss, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance commented: “We are delighted to present Mike with the 2017 Emeritus Award for his outstanding service to British Orienteering and the wider sport and recreation sector. Through Mike’s innovative leadership, British Orienteering continues to think creatively about how it can offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to be active. As a result, his contribution has made a significant difference to the growth and profile of British Orienteering and his passion has enabled more people from across the country to get involved and to experience the benefits of sport and recreation.”

This exciting and challenging outdoor sport is growing as the sport continues to respond to fresh challenges.

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