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British Orienteering Championships at Balmoral to feature on BBC Adventure Show

Transmission: BBC 2 Scotland 19th August 7 pm and on FreeSat and Sky Digital

And afterwards on BBC iPlayer

The next broadcast of the Adventure Show series covers the British Orienteering Championships which were held in Scotland this year, at Ballater on Royal Deeside, with the Long Distance event at the Balmoral Estate on Royal Deeside.  The castle makes an impressive setting for the race arena.

“It’s a test of physical ability and mental agility,” says co-presenter Dougie Vipond, who covered the event alongside outdoor enthusiasts Cameron McNeish and Deziree Wilson. “This event tests the best of the best in Britain,” says Cameron.” These guys go flat out cross country, they run and navigate at the same time.”  But just 10 seconds of not concentrating can blow the whole race.

The terrain was quite rough, with lots of rocky ground and some big crags, as well as deep heather in places. There was plenty of route choice and a network of paths and tracks. For those with time to look, there were good views from the higher parts. It was mostly very dry underfoot. The weather was sunny, and breezy in the arena, but sheltered in the forest – many found it very hot.

It’s not just the elite athletes who competed – thousands of people of all abilities took part, some finding the deep heather really hard to run through.

The Adventure Show series is produced for the BBC by independent production company Adventure Show Productions based in the Cairngorms of Scotland with producer Richard Else.  Richard says “Since we began making this series in 2005, the programme has gone from late night watching to prime-time television – the interest in extreme sports for all ages and abilities has grown its appeal in volumes.”

This month’s programme also features a catch up with former award-winning food designer, Paul Bromhead from Edinburgh, as he gets tips from top fell runner Donny Campbell towards his big race, and with Andy Mckenna from the Scottish borders –a mountain bike enthusiast who continues the sport he loves despite a diagnosis of MS.  Andy says: “Instead of focussing on what I can’t do, I sometimes do things a bit differently from how I used to. But many times I catch a glimmer of my old self.”

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WMTBOC 2018 Relay - Thursday 9th August

Another hot day greeted the riders for the 3rd day’s racing in a row. There were a number of teams in contention for medals, but the results were not predicted by many.

The terrain was flat and fast, with a good density of tracks allowing for high-speed racing but concentration required to ensure that tracks were not missed when approaching at speed. A long first leg split the field up as the optimum routes for different gaffles split straight away at the start kite. After a regrouping of the gaffles out of the first woodland area, there was a large group of 11 teams at the front of the men’s race which had all the main contenders except the Russian 1st team who were in a 2nd group with France and the Czech 2nd team 20 seconds back. A few more changes on the 1st leg saw Yoann Garde of France come back 1st closely followed by the Czech Republic 1, Austria, Sweden and Russia close behind. During the 2nd leg the Swedish team pulled clear after riding cleanly and had a 1:30 lead through the spectator control, but a slightly longer gaffle in the last part allowed Russia and the Czech Republic 2 to gain time to finish just 30 seconds behind, with a 1:30 gap back to a chasing bunch including Italy, both Finnish teams, Austria and the Czech Republic 1. Grigory Medvedev (Russia) and Vojtech Stransky (Czech Republic 2) were quickly catching Viktor Larsson (Sweden) and there was soon a trio at the front, although Stransky missed at number 3 leaving the Russian’s and Sweden’s to fight out the victory. Coming through the spectator control the Russian’s held a slender lead over Sweden, but a fast riding Krystof Bogar (Czech Republic 1) was quickly making up ground and was only 30 seconds back having overhauled his compatriot. However, all 3 leading times rode cleanly through the last section and the Russian’s took a first victory at the World Champs, with a surprise silver medal for Sweden just 9 seconds behind. Bogar rode the fastest time of the day by a minute and a half to pull the Czech Republic 1 up from 7th to 3rd.

Russia finishing 1st (Photo by Foto Burman)
Sweden finishing 2nd (Photo by Foto Burman)
Czech Republic finishing 3rd (Photo by Foto Burman)

In the women’s race, a strong lead group of 5 formed early consisting of Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Lithuania who were soon joined by Spain and Finland, who stormed through to take the lead after the 1st leg with Mervi Pesu sprinting clear with a 10-second advantage over Russia. These 2 teams raced round together until a mistake by Middle Distance champion Olga Shipilova Vinogrodova allowed Antonia Haga to break free. The Finn’s kept the lead through the spectator control with the Russian’s not far behind but a mistake from Haga allowed Shipilova to catch up and send Svetlana Poverina out for Russia in the lead on the last leg. A fast ride from Czech Republic’s Veronika Kubinova pulled them up into 2nd place having overtaken Finland who lost a lot of time on the penultimate control. The leading 2 teams soon joined up and rode round much of the course together with Martina Tichovska of Czech Republic taking the lead early on but unable to shake the Russian team until the spectator control where she was able to power away to take a convincing victory over the Russian team who kept hold of 2nd place, with the Finnish team keeping their gap over Lithuania and Sweden.

Czech Republic finishing 1st (Photo by Foto Burman)
Russia finishing 2nd (Photo by Foto Burman)
Finland Finishing 3rd (Photo by Foto Burman)

Men – 33km, 480m

  • Russia 1 (Anton Foliforov, Ruslan Gritsan, Grigory Medvedev) 1:48:29
  • Sweden 1 (Linus Karlsson Mood, Marcus Jansson, Viktor Larsson) 1:48:38
  • Czech Republic 1 (Jiri Hradil, Vojtech Ludvik, Krystok Bogar) 1:48:59
  • Czech Republic 2 (Radek Laciga, Jan Svoboda, Vojtech Stransky) 1:49:50
  • Italy (Fabiano Bettega, Riccardo Rossetto, Luca Dallavalle) 1:51:23
  • Austria 1 (Kevin Haselsberger, Tobias Breitschadel, Andreas Waldmann) 1:51:25

Women – 29.1km, 390m

  • Czech Republic (Katerina Novakova, Veronika Kubinova, Martina Tichovska) 1:58:00
  • Russia 1 (Anastasiya Svir, Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, Svetlana Poverina) 2:00:26
  • Finland 1 (Mervi Pesu, Antonia Haga, Marika Hara) 2:01:00
  • Lithuania (Viktorija Michnovic, Algirda Mickuviene, Gabriele Andrasiuniene) 2:01:52
  • Sweden (Linn Bylars, Sara Forsgren, Nadia Larsson) 2:03:06
  • Denmark (Caecilie Christoffersen, Nina Hoffmann, Camilla Soegaard) 2:08:44
Men's Relay Podium (Photo by Foto Burman)
Women's Relay Podium (Photo by Foto Burman)
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WMTBOC 2018 Middle - Wednesday 8th August

The hottest day of the week combined with the toughest course of the week due to the number of steep slopes demanding a lot from the riders after the previous day’s exertions in the Mass Start race.

The courses were as expected with lots of route choice on the short legs, with the shorter options usually being on the slower tracks and involving more intense navigation but rewarding those who were able to navigate these without error. The early part of the men’s course caught out a number of contenders (including Great Britain’s Ian Nixon who was in 71st at the 1st control) with few riders picking the optimum route on successive legs, but it was last year’s Sprint World Champion Grigory Medvedev (Russia) who took the early lead, ahead by 40 seconds at #4 from Baptiste Fuchs (France) and Anton Foliforov (Russia). The hills came in quick succession after crossing the river, the 2nd of which caused some controversy as the GPS tracks showed a number of riders cutting through the forest and gaining time but being reinstated after initially being disqualified, but Swiss rider Simon Braendli got through this section without a problem and moved into the lead. Nixon was gradually moving up the field and had pulled up to 63rd by this point. The hills kept coming as the heat relented and the planner had used a few carefully placed controls to try and catch out those who weren’t attentive, and Nixon was navigating well and had pulled up to 56th. The longest leg towards the end of the course didn’t prove critical as most riders chose the fastest route, but the next leg proved decisive as the overprint of #18 was not very clear on the map and a number of riders missed this control out. A fast ride down a ski slope to the penultimate control caused a few issues due to the high-speed entry into the woodland area and the contrasting dark forest from the glaring sunshine, but the overall result was never in doubt as Branedli had built up an unassailable lead which he extended to win by more than a minute from Fuchs. Nixon made good ground over the last part of the course having been caught by a small group and ended in 44th, the highest placing by a British male in the middle race for 8 years.

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Clare Dallimore (Photo by Foto Burman)
(Photo by Foto Burman)

In the women’s race, a similar starting loop caught a number of riders out and large gaps appearing. Olga Shipilova (Russia) took an early lead aiming to make amends for yesterday’s disqualification, but only 8 other riders within 2 minutes. As the rider’s hit the big hills there was a pair of Russian’s, Czech’s and Finn’s leading the race, with Great Britain’s Clare Dallimore up into 7th. The long leg to number 8 threw up a couple of route choices, where Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) moved into the lead, but the short leg to 9 caused problems for a lot of riders and allowed Veronika Kubinova to move into a 20-second lead. The lead changed hands a couple more times with Shipilova regaining the lead after choosing the optimum route to number 12. Dallimore got the best route here and moved up into 4th place. The women had a similar end to men’s course but avoided the issues of disqualifications, and as such the positions stayed as they were for the podium places to the finish despite a bit of time loss on the last few controls for some of the faster riders. This gave Clare her best ever result at a World Championships and her first trip to the podium.

Men 18.4km, 630m

  • Simon Braendli, Switzerland 02.14
  • Baptiste Fuchs, France 1.03.18
  • Grigory Medvedev, Russia 1.051
  • Luca Dallavalle, Italy 1.018
  • Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 1.007
  • Jussi Laurila, Finland 1.05.18

44. Ian Nixon, Great Britain 1.27.14

Women 15.4km, 520m

  • Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, Russia 08.55
  • Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 1.10.51
  • Veronika Kubinova, Czech Republic 1.11.13

4. Clare Dallimore, Great Britain 1.14.10

  • Anastasia Trifilenkova, Russia 1.16.43
  • Mervi Pesu, Finland 1.18.17
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HALO supporting Humberside Police Night Challenge 2018

Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers (HALO) once again played a leading role in supporting Humberside Police’s Night Challenge initiative. The challenge saw over 150 young people aged between 13 and 18 from East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire take part in the annual 13-mile trek over the challenging terrain of Brantingham Dale.

As well as completing 13 miles of night orienteering, mainly off road, starting and finishing at Brantingham Park (the home of Hull Ionians Rugby Football Club) in East Riding, the youngsters faced eight challenges stationed around the route which this year focused on cyber safety and child sexual exploitation and the associated risks linked to them.

The 30 teams were recruited through Neighbourhood Policing Teams from young people they know and youth and community groups they work alongside. The aim was to include young people who may not have had the opportunity to take part in this kind of outdoor experience, have little experience of the countryside or know what opportunities are available.

Humberside Night Challenge 2018

The teams took between six and eight hours to complete the course, the first team starting at 17:00 with the last underway at an eye-catching 00:15.

The 12 members of HALO were out in force from early in the day right through the night to the early hours of Sunday, with Neil Harvatt and Ken Hutson putting out the controls and having the unenviable task of setting off after the last team to collect them all back in, returning to the clubhouse at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

Each team commenced the Challenge with navigation training by HALO members who delivered an excellent introduction to Orienteering covering how to read maps, plot missing control points, learn about the dibber and understand the obstacles they were likely to face on the route.

Each team is awarded points reflecting how well they completed the various challenges as well as the orienteering but the final results are kept under wraps until the Awards Evening on 29 April at Brantingham Park. In previous years the prize for the winning team was a week’s adventure course in the Lake District, second was a day trip to Silverstone Racetrack and third was a day trip to Alton Towers. A special award of a place on the Outward Bound Classic Course was made to the outstanding individual competitor, and glider flights were made to a number of other outstanding individuals.

Commenting on the event HALO Event Coordinator John Butler, said: 
“This is the ninth year that we have been involved in the Night Challenge and it is one of the ways that we can put something back into the community, particularly for those young people, many of whom have not had the same privileges as the rest of us.”

The initiative is run in conjunction with High Sheriffs’ Tribune Trust, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, St John’s Ambulance, Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club, HM Prison Service, Defence School of Transport at Leconfield, Yorkshire 4X4 Response, Not in Our Community, Eskimo Soup, Corner House and Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue.