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Tweet Tuesday 20th November 2018

UK Orienteering League (UKOL) Update

There is now just one weekend left (two races) in the 2018 UK Orienteering League. The final races are the Southern Night Championships and the Southern Championships, to be held on 24th/25th November, hosted by Guildford Orienteers and Southern Navigators.

Martin Ward, the UKOL Coordinator, says:

"The overall 2018 UKOL season will then be complete, with winners determined by their 11 best scores from the 22 race series. In theory, a score of 550 is the maximum possible this year, but nobody has achieved that yet. Two competitors are very close though - Christine Kiddier (W65, Border Liners) and Donald Moir (M85, Leicester) are both on 549 points, and will certainly win their respective age categories.

Just one more weekend left in the 2018 UK Orienteering League

The 2018 season was reduced from 12 counting races to 11, following the cancellation of two of the races earlier in the year. The Edinburgh City race was cancelled as a consequence of very icy (and therefore dangerous) conditions in Edinburgh on race day, while the Midland Championships at Belvoir Castle also fell victim to the winter weather, with deep snow preventing the event from taking place.

In the inter-club competition, current leaders are Bristol (BOK), who won the league last year. While in theory, the second placed team, South Yorkshire (SYO) could challenge them, it seems highly unlikely given that the final race weekend is in the South. Chasing third place in the club league are Southdowns (SO), Thames Valley (TVOC), West Cumberland (WCOC) and Deeside (DEE), all of whom are very close on points currently. You'd expect SO and TVOC to both have lots of runners at the Southern Champs weekend, so it'll be a close battle.

The 2019 UKOL season starts not long after the New Year. The first races are in Royal Deeside, Scotland, on the weekend of 23rd and 24th February. Race 1 is the British Night Championships and race 2 a Scottish Orienteering League competition, and both will be on top quality Scottish forest terrain.

The UK Orienteering League features some of the best orienteering competitions around the country. Thanks again to all the clubs and volunteers that host the events and make it possible!"

 

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Tweet Tuesday 20th November 2018

UK Elite Orienteering League Returns for 2019

The countdown to the 2019 UK Elite Orienteering League is on, and it is set to be another cracker.

12 rounds over 5 weekends will reveal who are the best all-round orienteers in the country. 

Duncan Birtwistle, UK Elite Orienteering League Co-ordinator, says:  "Athletes will compete for points across all disciplines with races more evenly spread across the country than previous editions.  All the selection races are included and clubs have accommodated the League by planning courses to suit elites’ requirements."

There are categories for MW18s, 20s and Seniors.

Rd

Date

Event

Area

Club

Distance

Juniors

Seniors

1

Sat 9th March

Sheffield Urban

Ponderosa

SYO

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

2

Sun 10th March

Northern Champs

Wharncliffe Woods

SYO

Long

Long

Long

3

Sat 23rd March

Selection Special

Lancaster University

BO

Sprint

Sprint

 

4

Sat 23rd March

Lakes Spring Weekend

Haverthwaite

LOC

Middle

 

MIddle

5

Sun 24th March

Red Rose Classic

Hampsfell & Eggerslack

SROC

Middle/Long

Middle

Long

6

Sat 13th April

Scottish Spring

Fife

MPA

Middle

 

Middle

7

Sat 13th April

Scottish Spring

Falkland

MPA

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

8

Sun 14th April

Scottish Spring

Falkland Estate

MPA

Long

Long

Long

9

Fri 19th April

JK Festival

Aldershot Garrison

SCOA

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint

10

Sat 20th April

JK Festival

Windmill Hill

SCOA

Middle

Middle

Middle

11

Sun 21st April

JK Festival

Cold Ash

SCOA

Long

Long

Long

F

Sun 5th May

British Championships

Kilnsey & Arncliffe

YHOA

Long

Long

Long

Racing starts in Sheffield with a sprint at SYO’s Urban Race on Saturday 9th March.  Wharncliffe Woods, a classic area of rock features and forested slopes, is the venue for the Northern Champs the next day, mapped and planned by Oli Johnson.

On Saturday 23rd March Juniors and Seniors are split for rounds 3 and 4.  Juniors racing in a specially organised sprint selection race at Lancaster University. Seniors running a technical middle distance on Haverthwaite Heights, scene of past British Championships.  All re-group at Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods on Sunday where Juniors step up to a middle and Seniors to a long.

Scottish Spring has become a regular fixture in the League due to its reliability for high-class orienteering. This year it's the 13/14th April around Falkland with a middle (Senior counter only) and sprint on Saturday followed by a Scottish Orienteering League long on Sunday.

The JK Festival (19-21st April) is the penultimate weekend of the series where all three races count, starting with the sprint at Aldershot Barracks. Focus and map contact will be necessary to succeed in the middle amongst the dense contours and paths of Windmill Hill. Cold Ash, used for JK 2013, hosts the long.

Arncliffe & Kilnsey’s open fell and contour detail will provide a fast finish to the League at the British Championships on 5th May.

Scoring: Best 6 scores from first 9 races for juniors, the best 6 scores from first 10 races for seniors, the final British Champs race to count for all.  At least 1 and maximum 3 scores from any one discipline (sprint/middle/long) to count.

Jess Halliday, 2018 Senior Women winner

Go to ukeliteoleague.org.uk for race information, scoring rules and links to old maps.  You can follow @ukeliteoleague on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date as the season progresses."

Supporters and Sponsors

The UK Elite Orienteering League aims to be an attractive series for competitors by providing prize money and prizes. 53 different athletes have been supported via the prize fund over the last four seasons and have gone on to compete at World Championships, Junior World Championships and various levels of European competition.

If you are interested in supporting the league, either with a contribution to the cash prize fund, or with clothing, or equipment, please email: ukeliteoleague@gmail.com or visit: ukeliteoleague.org.uk/support where you can donate online. All contributions are greatly received. If you are a sponsor we can promise publicity through articles and social media, at the major races in the UK orienteering calendar, as well as being associated with the elite orienteering scene.

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Tweet Monday 19th November 2018

Julie Cleary (LOK) takes on an Orienteering Control Challenge

London Orienteering Klubb longstanding member and controller Julie Cleary has decided to take up an Orienteering Control Challenge to give back to her chosen charity of 'The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.'

Julie comments: “When I had my stroke 10 years ago I was diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is an inability to formulate or understand language, often caused by strokes but any brain trauma can cause the condition – like dementia. Fortunately, I could understand what people were saying to me but I couldn’t answer them – at all at first. My Speech and Language Therapist worked very hard with me teaching and helping me speak, read and write again.”

“For one month I’m trying to find 120 control flags. That’s 1 control for each month of the 10 years since my stroke and currently, I’m three-quarters the way through. I have now found 89 controls: in glorious sunshine in Godalming and Northaw on 20 and 21 October, on Sunday 28th in the cold and rainy environs of Knole Park, Sevenoaks and last weekend at the Winchester Urban race and the marshes of the November Classic.

"Life without language is frightening and a lot frustrating – I know that now. Any donations however small would be welcome to my chosen charity, the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, whose work aids research into the condition and whose grants help people who have lost their voices.”

Finding 120 control flags

To find out more - please see details of Julie's Orienteering Challenge at this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/juliecleary

 

Orienteering Control Challenge for The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia on MyDonate

mydonate.bt.com

Visiting 120 orienteering controls - 1 for every month in the 10 years since my stroke.

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Tweet Saturday 9th June 2018

GBR Talent Squad Member - Training Camp Diary #1: David Bunn (TVOC)

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering caught up with a couple of the athletes who attended the recent Balmoral Talent Training Camp in Scotland.   

David Bunn (TVOC) has been selected to compete at the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) for the first time this year. 

David kindly agreed to write a diary account of his time at the recent Talent Training Camp. 
Read David's account:

Name: David Bunn

Member of the Talent Squad

Club:  Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC)

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David Bunn (TVOC)

Talent Training Camp, Balmoral, Scotland

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May 2018.

 

Day 1:  Friday 18th May 2018

20:00

Arrive at FSC Pitlochry and straight into dinner.

21:00

A preview of the week to come - followed by a control description quiz before bed.

 

Day 2:  Saturday 19th May 2018

08:00

Breakfast

09:00

Technical Preparation Session:  Head Technical Coach Mark Nixon had scoured the web for any relevant information about European Youth Orienteering Championship (EYOC) areas (as had most athletes). We discussed possible key strategies and techniques for the Sprint, Long and Relay areas, tailored to the terrains. The majority of the geeking will be done over the next few weeks by athletes independently, but it was useful to pool ideas and make sure we are as clued up as possible as to how we can best prepare for the technical demands of orienteering in Bulgaria.

10:00

The Challenges of International Competition:  A great opportunity for more experienced athletes to impart some of their wisdom with athletes like myself, who will compete for GB for the first time this year. We talked about the whole experience of international competition - from travelling abroad to accommodation, transport, quarantine, GPS, warm-ups, the race itself and everything in between. The differences between international and domestic competitions are vast, but I now feel that little bit more prepared and confident that I can make everything run smoothly.

13:00

British Championships at Balmoral:  A mixed bag of performances overall, but while I seriously lacked in accuracy, I certainly did spend a lot of quality time in good technical forest, which I suppose is a plus.

18:00

Dinner

19:00

Physical preparation:  Mainly comprised of learning how we can best prepare ourselves for competing in what could be heat approaching 30? Bulgaria is likely to be a real test of heat endurance, but we discussed ways we could lessen the shock for our bodies. We have been tasked with either finding or creating our own heat chambers at home in order to ‘acclimate’ to the environment, something I suspect few other nations will be considering! Could this Team Sky-esque attitude yield similar results for the GB team??

20:00

Individual review sessions: 1 on 1 sessions with coaches, talking through physical and technical training that we had completed, and also looking ahead to the next phase of competition-specific training.

22:30

Lights out

 

Day 3: Sunday 20th May

7:00

Breakfast and pack bags.

8:00

Depart for the British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Relay. 

10:00

BOC Relays, Torphantrick:  We competed for our respective clubs, but got a chance to run with other members of the Talent Squad, and for some to run against senior GB athletes on the Premier classes. Again - a very good and quite rare opportunity to hone our relay running skills in preparation for an EYOC Relay which will feature some very strong GB teams.

14:00

Depart for home

Thank you, David.  We wish you well with your final preparations.

 

Talent Squad - Tier 1:  Includes primarily the 15-18 (School) age group and aims firstly to identify and induct promising juniors into the Talent squad and then assist in progressing them from the 'Learning to Train' to the 'Training to Train' phase of development.

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