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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 Thursday 12th April 2018

GB elite Cat Taylor prepares for the European Championships in four weeks’

Cat Taylor (South Yorkshire Orienteers) has been selected to compete in the Middle distance, Forest Relay and Long distance races at the 2018 European Orienteering Championships in Ticino, Switzerland which takes place between 5 and 13 May 2018.  

Cat Taylor

Club:  South Yorkshire Orienteers
Athlete Profile

Cat Taylor's Training Diary 

Cat Taylor, says: 

"This week I’m in Ticino, the southern corner of Switzerland, preparing for the European Championships in four weeks’ time. Although we have no organised British team camp, I felt it was important to train here ahead of the competition week and I’m one of several team members who has taken this opportunity in recent months.

The forests in Ticino offer very different challenges to home. If I had to describe them in one word: steep. Steep up, steep down, contouring across steep ground, trying to gain or lose the right amount of height. The main challenges, especially in the Long distance, will come from picking the best route and line in the terrain to negotiate these hillsides. When is it okay to climb, and when should you go round? Maybe the answer is different for each runner.

So my training has focused on getting used to these hills technically, physically and not least mentally, because many Legs look daunting on the map and feel tough to run. Without the right confidence and grit, the race could beat you before you even run it. Half way through, I’m pleased to be feeling like I’m finding my hill skills again. As part of this I took in the Swiss team test races last weekend, along with British teammates Chris Smithard (who ran the Sprint test) and Hector Haines (who ran the Middle, like me). It was my first ”hard” session in these forests and I learnt a lot, including how much quicker I can launch myself down hills in race mode, and (from being overtaken by a couple of the top men on these downhills) how much better I can still be!"

Training map, Lodano
Views towards some of the race areas
Training in the rain
Competing in Saturday's Middle distance race (Copyright Remy Steinegger)

You can read more about the upcoming European Championships at eoc2018.ch 

 

Read more about the European Orienteering Championships 2018 Selection Announcement here.

 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish Cat Taylor and all the GB elite athletes selected to compete at this International competition all the very best with their final preparations and training ahead of the 2018 European Championships.

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