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Tweet Monday 16th July 2018

Saturday Was A Remarkable Relay Day for Team GB at JWOC

The JWOC Relays in Tazlar today were the final races of the JWOC 2018 programme and Team GB bounced back in style from their disappointments in the middle, as the Women's 1st team recorded the best result by a female British trio in the discipline and the Men's 1st team put down the third best result in a JWOC relay and ended up only ten seconds away from what would have been a historic podium double. The team had gone into the races knowing that they had the physical speed and the technical preparation to cope with the challenges of the area and it was all about putting together three complete performances in a row.

In the Women's race, Fiona Bunn headed out first and, although she dropped some time on the first gaffle, she kept her composure and began to claw the front runners back-in. Having been 1:24 down at the second radio control, she managed to gain back 30 seconds over the next 3k and sent out Grace Molloy in joint 8th place. Over the next 4k, Grace ran a superb race and reduced the deficit to only 38 seconds and climbed to 5th as she headed through the arena and onto the final loop. A small wobble saw her lose around a minute, but the damage was minimal, as she handed over to Chloe Potter in 6th and only 40 seconds away from a medal. Chloe then ran the best race she'd ever had in a GB vest, as she climbed to 3rd at the half way point and even flirted with the lead as she approached the spectator control. Some small misses meant the chasing pack reeled her in, but a turn of speed into the finish straight saw her hold off both Sweden and Switzerland to claim 4th place and put the women's team onto the podium. Afterwards, Chloe said "I can't believe it - I beat Simona Aebersold, a JWOC multi-gold medalist. I'm absolutely buzzing!". The 2nd team, made up of Emma Wilson, Laura King and Niamh Hunter, performed admirably as well, ending as the 5th best placed 2nd team, with both Laura and Niamh pulling up places throughout their runs, to end in 20th position in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, the Men's race was also developing into an exciting affair. Experienced first leg runner, Alex Carcas , started well, but then had a difficult middle spell, with a number of small misses and left Aidan Rigby with a gap of around 2 minutes to make up to the main pack. Aidan then ran a controlled leg, with only a few minor mistakes and pulled up 9 places, to leave Matthew Fellbaum in 13th and around 2 minutes back from the podium. Although extremely tired from his week's exertions, Matthew managed to pull yet another consistent run out of the bag and gradually moved through the field. By the arena passage, he'd reeled in the pack of Finland, France, Poland and Switzerland and was within touching distance of the podium. However, it was not to be, as the three runners in front just managed to hold him off as he headed into the finish straight, but it was a tremendous effort, in the end, to get that close and it was the Men's team's best result since Denmark in 1995. The Men's 2nd team had also begun well, with Eddie Narbett having the run of the day on the first leg, coming back in 4th and only 19 seconds off the lead. Alastair Thomas and Daniel Spencer, tired from their exertions at both EYOC and JWOC, ran as well as they could, but it was just one race too far for their young legs and they ended up in 27th position overall and 10th placed 2nd team.

The team now head back home tomorrow with some great memories of what has been an eventful week, with outstanding performances in the relay and the sprint, and we wish them luck with the rest of the season, as many in the team now begin their preparations for JEC in the autumn.

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Tweet Friday 13th July 2018

One of the most testing JWOC Middle Finals today

Team GB went into today's Middle Final at Bocsa knowing that the race would be one of the most demanding in JWOC history. The planner, as expected, had saved the trickiest elements of the area for the runners in the final and he created courses that were unremitting in their technicality and intensity. The athletes were confronted by a maze of juniper, much of it impenetrable, and this required labyrinth-style navigation for nearly the entirety of the race, with virtually no let up in its mental demands.

 

Most of the 6 A finalists from the team were seeded for early starts and this undoubtedly meant they were at a disadvantage, as the later runners could use the tracks that appeared through some of the denser vegetation to their gain. It was some time into the race before the winning times began to come down and they stayed around three to three and a half minutes above the planned EWT, demonstrating how hard it was for even the world's best juniors to conquer this area.

Fiona Bunn and Alastair Thomas fell foul of the compulsory run-through, having not followed the tapes through the arena, a set-up which also caught out multi JWOC gold medallist, Simona Aerbersold, and all were subsequently disqualified. In the Men's race, it was a Swedish 1-2-3, with Jesper Svensk leading the medal charge and in the Women's race, it was the local favourite, Csilla Gardonyi (HUN), who took gold. For Great Britain, Niamh Hunter in 41st and

Matthew Fellbaum in 40th was again the best runners, as in yesterday's qualifier.

Tomorrow's relay promises to be a different affair, as the competition moves to the semi-open,

forested dunes of Tazlar, and the going will be lightning fast. Team GB is hoping to bounce back with a strong showing in the last race of the 2018 JWOC programme and leave with good memories of what has been a challenging week!

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Tweet Friday 13th July 2018

British Sprint and Middle Championships 2018 – early entries close 15 July!

Entries for the British Sprint and Middle Championships are now open!
You can enter the Championships through SiEntries.

Early entries close on Sunday 15 July 2018.

Entry fees will rise after Sunday 15th July and will close on Sunday 12th August 2018. 

To enter, all participants must be a member of British Orienteering or their National Orienteering Federation.

There will be no entries available for Championship courses after this date.

University of Bath
Event Arena - University of Bath
The Lake within the grounds of the University of Bath
Stockhill Woods
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Tweet Thursday 5th October 2017

Association and Club Conference 2017 - Registration deadline!

The Association and Club Conference will follow the EGM after a short break. The deadline for delegate registration is Monday 9th October 2017!

The theme of the conference will be to consider our competitions and local events and the part they play in delivering our Strategic Plan. This is a theme that should interest everyone as it looks at the heart of the sport from local events through to major events.

All members are invited to attend and we would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and have your say! If you are interested, please fill in the registration form provided and return by email to info@britishorienteering.org.uk or by post to; British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, DE4 5FY no later than Monday 9th October 2017.

As in previous years, we also encourage Associations and Clubs to nominate two chosen representatives to represent their views. Association and Club Chairs or Secretaries will need to confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their Association or Club. This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document). Association and Club Chairs or Secretaries should also nominate their delegates by Friday 6th October 2017 by emailing the registration form to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

We would love and encourage other members that are interested to attend, however, any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

Please Note: attendance at the EGM is not confirmation of attendance at the Association and Club conference. Confirmation of attendance is needed for the conference to enable accurate catering requirements.

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