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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

The UK’s Biggest Annual Orienteering Festival this Easter Weekend

Thousands are set to travel to Southern England for the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering this Easter weekend (19 April to 22 April 2019).

The event is open to top International elite athletes who will be competing for top medal positions. The event is also looking to attract and encourage families and individuals of all fitness levels and abilities from across the country to take part and soak up the festival atmosphere of the event this year.

France's Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti Club). Credit Rob Lines

The full programme of this year’s UK Annual Orienteering Festival includes:

Date

Format

Location

Friday 19/04/2019

Sprint Race

Aldershot Garrison

Saturday 20/04/2019

Middle Distance

Windmill Hill, Frimley

Sunday 21/04/2019

Long Distance

Cold Ash, Hermitage, Newbury

Monday 22/04/2019

Relays

Minley, Fleet

Three of the four competition areas over the weekend are very close together near to Farnborough / Aldershot. The Long-distance race on the Sunday is near Newbury (an easy hour’s drive away).

Friday’s Sprint race and Saturday’s Middle-Distance race are International Orienteering Federation (IOF) World Ranking Events. In addition, all three individual days will form part of 2019’s UK Elite Orienteering League and the UK Orienteering League. All four days will use Emit touch-free punching.

The JK event is named after Jan Kjellström (born 1940, died 1967) who was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of Orienteering in Great Britain. Kjellström, a son of Silva compass founder Alvar Kjellström, travelled to Great Britain to promote the sport. There, he helped to accelerate developments in orienteering competition, mapping and coaching.Orienteering is a family sport as well as for top international competition. There will be taster courses suitable for beginners of all ages and abilities.
 

Credit:  Active North Photography
Cat Taylor in the Long distance. Credit: Rob Lines

Di Smith, JK2019 Event Coordinator, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming top International athletes compete for the top medal places across the weekend. We are also looking forward to seeing many families and individuals taking part, with courses planned to suit all ages and fitness levels.”

There are entries to the JK2019 from a total of 27 countries. Organisers are delighted to see entries from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and China. The top ten numbers of entries are from: UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Spain.

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, said: “This event generates a real boost to the local economy with people travelling from overseas and across the UK to enjoy top quality orienteering.”

Relay on Day 4. Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines

Orienteering is an outdoor sport. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points, using a map, and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. The sport of orienteering is for everyone at different entry levels.

The organising team are looking forward to welcoming competitors to some great terrain.

For more information and to enter visit the JK website.

Credit: Chris Spencer, ActivNorth 
Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines
Competitors discussing their races.  Credit:  Rob Lines
Credit:  Rob Lines
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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

Who will be crowned this year's JK Champions?

There are many ways to keep up-to-date on the results as and when they happen over the Easter weekend.

  • Results will be displayed in the Event Arena, both printed and live scrolling displays.
  • Alternatively, results will be made available online at race-results.info/jk - updated live and mobile-friendly display.
  • Results will be linked from the JK website as soon as possible after the event including Routegadget, WinSplits, SplitsBrowser, Badge Times here.
  • TrailO results will be on the same links from the JK2019 website after the completion of each event here.

Snapshot of some of last year's winners. 

Photo credits:  Rob Lines 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a great international festival of orienteering this Easter weekend.  

British Orienteering would like to thank Event Coordinators Di and Terry Smith from Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) and all the South Central Orienteering Clubs for their time, commitment and hard work they have put into this event.  

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Tweet Monday 15th April 2019

AGM 2019 Electronic Voting! Check Your Junk Mail?

By now all members should have received notification on how to vote electronically from the independent external voting company 'mi-voice'. 

The email has been sent to all members and should appear as follows:
'From: Private and Confidental - Sent on behalf of Peter Hart, Chief Executive, British Orienteering <elections@mi-voice.com>'

This email gives clear instructions on how to vote electronicall and contains your unique voter code.  

If you have not received an email from mi-voice you will need to check your email junk folder.

If you still haven't received a notification email in your junk folder then you will need to ring mi-voice ASAP if you want to vote.

Mi-Voice contact details

Tel: 023 8076 3987
email: support@mi-voice.com

If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), you have until 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to vote by proxy to vote on your behalf.

Photos: JK2018; Photo Credits:  Rob Lines. 

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Tweet Sunday 15th April 2018

Sunset and Beyond - A Relay with a Difference!

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year.

As part of our celebrations, we wanted to introduce a new event in an exciting format. The Sunset and Beyond Relay. Colin Hicks came up with the idea of a Harvester style event but in an Urban/Park setting.

The Sunset and Beyond Relay pits teams of six against each other in a parkland and urban setting. The early runners start in daylight then, as the sun sets, later runners compete in the dark. Each team must have at least two female runners and a maximum handicap of 40 points using the Harvesters system.

Handicap points are based on age class:

Class

10

12

14

16

18

20

21

35

40

45

50

55

60

65+

Men

1

2

4

6

8

9

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

Women

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

The aim was to keep the competition close, with mini-mass starts just a few minutes later than the winning time for the previous Leg.

A tight schedule to complete the event including prize giving by 10 pm, by which time we had to vacate our event centre venue.

So we had all the excitement of the Harvester in a four to five-hour event!

There were prizes and medals for the first three teams and a brand new Trophy for the winning team to hold for the year.

The event was on Saturday 24th March at Fleming Park, Eastleigh (Southampton). The Leg lengths were as follows:

Leg

1

2

3

4

5

6

Length

4.0km

5.0km

7.0km

5.0km

7.0km

4.0km

Legs 1 and 6 were in the Park so were suitable to be run by under 16s.

The Start, Change over pen and Finish were right outside the event centre building along with a spectator control visited by all courses. The atmosphere around the hand over pen was electric while inside those preparing to run were bubbling as news of runners going through the spectator control filtered in.

Colin Hicks planned the event and got the courses spot on with a great mix of Urban and parkland running.

The whole event was put on by some 11 helpers including Phil Cooper (WIMBORNE ORIENTEERS) who Controlled the event and helped set up. Terry Smith led the computer team and put in a lot of time and effort in pre-event preparation and coped admirably with all the challenges on the night. Pete Davis put in the hours up front dealing with the publicity, advertising and innovative online entries and payment system and I did my best to keep everything on time on the night.

Nine teams took part and the first three teams home finished within 8 minutes of each other after just under 4 hours of racing. The winning team from Wessex Orienteers, 'Wessex We Six,' consisted of Tracy Crickmore, James Crickmore, Peter Suba, Dale Paget, Alan Blanchflower and Julie Astin. They won in 3:44.25, 'SLOW A' was second in 3:48.34 and 'Wessex Hex' were third in 3:52.12.

Wessex Orienteers - the winning team

Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) were pleased and very grateful to Kevin from 'UP AND RUNNING' Eastleigh who sponsored the event and came along on the night with some offers on running kit. Also to Tim from SILVA who also came along and offered the chance for runners to test out some of the Silva head torches.

SILVA also very generously donated some great spot prizes.

SOC would like to thank all who helped make the event a great success on the night and all who came along and took part.

Save the date!
Southampton Orienteering Club will be putting this event on again next year on the 2nd of March 2019 and they hope to attract more teams to the Sunset and Beyond Relay!

Sunset and Beyond - Finish
Sunset and Beyond - At the Start
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