Junior teams from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland travelled last weekend to the Mourne Mountains in County Down for the annual Ward Junior Home International competition. The individual race was held on Saturday at Cassy Water and the Relay the following day at Donard Forest near Newcastle.
The individual races started in lovely sunny weather on open moorland, with rough tussocks and heavy going. Some tricky controls in the forest then required athletes to switch technique, with many runners losing time in the lower visibility terrain. The final downhill section came out onto the moor again, providing a long, fast run for home.
Results after day one showed Scotland just one point ahead of England, and Ireland three points ahead of Wales for third place. Everyone had a fine time during an evening ceilidh in Newcastle.
The Relay was another wet October day! Donard Forest was steep with felling and windblown areas, so tricky for head-to-head racing. After some tense early legs and following a very close sprint finish, the girls points were all square, so we all waited for the M18s on the last leg to emerge from the forest.
The first three teams from Scotland all came in together, therefore winning the relays and the competition overall by 9 points. This was a repeat of their win in 2018.
Unfortunately, Wales were only able to field one team in the Girls Relay, and Ireland finished in a comfortable third place overall.
Many congratulations to all the teams and many thanks to Northern Ireland Orienteering for hosting an excellent event.
Detailed results can be found here.
Photos by: Will Heap Photography.
British Orienteering would like to thank all junior teams and their supporters for travelling to take part in this event. A big thank you to Northern Ireland Orienteering for organising and hosting this event. Congratulations to Scotland on their win again this year.
Next years event will take place in Southern England on the 10 and 11 October 2020.
Report by International Orienteering Federation.
After the third round of the Orienteering World Cup in Switzerland, it is time to focus on the Final Round, which is always an exciting event as the winners of the season are finally decided and goals for next year start to appear.
However, this time there’s another thrilling point: the World Cup is visiting China from 26th to 29th October. Guangdong Province will host the first IOF Major Event with global participants, as well as the first World Cup organised in the country. With three races: a , Middle distance, a Sprint Relay and the final Sprint, China wants to ensure a weekend of top level competition while promoting our sport among its population.
Here there are a few interesting facts you may not know about the Orienteering World Cup Final Round and Chinese Orienteering:
1. Middle distance terrain: a tough mix of park and forest!
The first race of the three is the Middle Distance, a race which will be determined in unusual terrain. Not a typical European Middle Distance terrain for sure, the venue is a mix of forest and park, but this will still be a tough challenge for the athletes.
2. Did you know about these historical China’s national team results at WOC?
Even though Chinese athletes are not now among the favourites to win a medal, some historical results must be highlighted regarding their performance at Major Events: at WOC 2008 the women’s team achieved the 7th place in the Relay, and in 2009, Shuangyan Hao took a 10th place in the women’s Sprint race. Recent results indicate that the Chinese team is moving up again and it will be interesting to see if they can provide some surprises on home ground.
3. The World Cup visits another continent!
Since the World Cup 2015 Round 1 in Australia, all World Cup Rounds have been celebrated in Europe, so this is the first time in 4 years it is visiting a different continent! However, Major Events will soon return to Asia, as Japan is organizing the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2021. Asia now also has a regular schedule of Asian Championships and the number of World Ranking Events is steadily growing.
4. Orienteering promotion in China is not only about this World Cup!
In 2017, IOF President, Leho Haldna, and CEO, Tom Hollowell visited China to ensure the World Cup Final Round 2019 and reach an agreement for a long-term plan to develop orienteering in the most populated country of the world. Helping to improve the level of their top orienteers, working to build a strong base and bringing more Major Events to the country are the pillars to promote orienteering in China.
5. Chinese Time Zone, don’t miss out on the competitions!
When following an international event, it is essential to know what the local time is to avoid missing the fight for the medals. Therefore, China’s time zone is UTC+8 (in the whole country!) The weekend of the World Cup is especially challenging since Europe goes from Summer to Normal time at 04:00 in the night between 26 and 27 October.
PLEASE REMEMBER: THE CLOCKS CHANGE ON THE NIGHT OF SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019 AT MID-NIGHT IN THE UK.
Get set to watch the Web-TV Broadcasts
As usually, IOF Live Services will be available to follow the last stop of World Cup. On LIVE Orienteering, we will find start lists, the TV broadcast from the Opening Ceremony and all the races, GPS tracking… and anything you may need to be informed!
The Programme for Competition is as follows:
25 October (Friday)
13:00-15:00 (CEST, UTC +2)
26 October (Saturday)
08:00-11:00 (CEST UTC +2)
27 October (Sunday)
07:30-09:00 (CET UTC +1)
28 October (Monday)
29 October (Tuesday)
07:00-09:30 (CET UTC +1))
Wishing the GB team all the very best in their final preparations as they get ready to travel to compete.
Ten GBR based trail orienteers travelled to Sczcecin in NW Poland for the Bukowa Cup in both the WRE in TrailO and also a FootO competition, including two new faces, making a satisfactory debut in the International TrailO scene, Andrew Stemp and David Jukes.
In the TrailO, the best GB performers were Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC), 3rd in the PreO, 6th in TempO & Tom Dobra (BOK) 8th in TempO, 10th in PreO.
Not all the group also ran in the FootO competition, but some of those who did achieved remarkable success, with Ruth Rhodes winning W75, Ian Ditchfield M60, Charles Bromley Gardner M55, Andrew Stemp and Tom Dobra coming 3rd and 4th respectively in M21 and David Jukes winning the M65 Sprint race.
This concludes the series of European TrailO Cup and TrailO World Ranking Events for 2019 and we now await the fixture list for the 2020 season.
Full results can be found here.
More than five hundred people travelled to New Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean on Sunday 6 May for the annual Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) Trot which this year was part of the massive OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Running Festival.
In addition to the 446 entrants, there were at least 60 children who ran the string course, many from OMM families, which was a great way of introducing new children and their like-minded families to orienteering.
Despite the fact that the memory of the incredible weather will probably outlast the orienteering, some very fine runs were achieved.
Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club (SBOC) won the Black course by a whole 7 minutes, James Hargreaves won the brown by 13 minutes and Oliver Tonge (M16) was only 2.08 minutes behind Martin Ward (M50) the winner of the Short Brown.
Bristol Orienteering Klub's Clive Hallett (M55) won the Blue in just 55.36 minutes but was closely followed by Phil Scarf (M55) of East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC) a few minutes later. Nick Norse (M55) of North Wiltshire Orienteering Club (NWO) and BOK's Jim Bailey (M16) followed three minutes later giving Clive some serious competition.
The Green course was run by Clive Wilson (M60) of South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) in just 57.34 minutes, but close on his heels was Ian Cooper (M75) of Berkshire Orienteers (BKO) just 3 seconds behind, and Jackie Hallett (W60) of BOK just 19 seconds behind. A good performance was also seen by BOK's Bryony Stagg who won the orange course.
The day was a huge success with wonderful scenes of fit, healthy runners of all ages gathering together in the blazing sunshine to run, cycle, and relax in the Forest.
Photo credits: Scott Bailey, Bristol Orienteering Klub