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The UK Orienteering League - 2019 Results and 2020 Schedule

The UK Orienteering League (UKOL) has now been completed for 2019.

Photo credits:  Rob Lines 

2019 Club League Results

The top 10 clubs are:

Rank

Club

Points

1

SYO

7130

2

BOK

6969

3

OD

6718

4

SO

6298

5

TVOC

6149

6

WCOC

6029

7

FVO

5627

8

DVO

5577

9

AIRE

5519

10

DEE

5516

Congratulations to South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) on winning the 2019 UKOL Club League.

All 2019 Club League Results can be found here.

Photo credits:  Steve Rush (BOK)

2019 Individual League Results

The winners of each age class are:

M/W

Men

Women

16

Joe Sunley (WCOC)

Anna Harris (DEE)

18

Dominic Dakin (SYO)

Mairi Eades (INT)

20

Ryan Elliot (SYO)

Bethany Kippin (TVOC)

21

Ben Stevens (AIRE)

Fay Walsh (MWOC)

35

Ben Lonsdale (RAFO)

Kath Atkins (HOC)

40

Geoffrey Ellis (RAFO)

Tereza Maria Rush (BOK)

45

Roger Goddard (FVO)

Emma Harrison (EPOC)

50

Martin Ward (SYO)

Karen French (WIM)

55

Clive Hallett (BOK)

Jill Blount (SO)

60

John Embrey (DEE)

Jackie Hallett (BOK)

65

Alun Jones (TVOC)

Janice Nisbet (ESOC)

70

Peter Gorvett (SYO)

Miriam Rosen (SROC)

75

Peter Carey (OD)

Eleanor Pyrah (ESOC)

80

Arthur Boyt (DEVON)

Alison Sloman (HOC)

85

Donald Moir (LEI)

Barbara George (NOR)

Congratulations to all the above individual winners.  

All 2019 Individual League Results can be found here.

Full details of all the events and the individual and club leagues for the 2019 UK Orienteering League can be found on the UKOL website.

 

Photo credit: Steve Rush (BOK)
Photo credits:  Rob Lines

The 2020 UK Orienteering League Schedule of events is now published on the UKOL page on the British Orienteering website.  

2020 Schedule of Events

Date       

Race  

Competition (host club, location)

26-Jan 1 Middle Distance Event (GO, Guildford)
22-Feb 2 British Night Champs (TVOC, Henley-on-Thames)
23-Feb 3 Chiltern Challenge (TVOC, Henley-on-Thames)
21-Mar 4 British Long Champs (SEOA, Haslemere)
10-Apr 5 JK Sprint (NEOA, Stockton)
11-Apr 6 JK Middle (NEOA, Whitby)
12-Apr 7 JK Long (NEOA, Pickering)
9-May 8 British Middle Distance Champs (LOC, Newby Bridge)
10-May 9 Northern Champs, Lakes Double (MDOC, Newby Bridge)
17-May 10 North Cambridge Urban (WAOC, Cambridge)
24-May 11 Tamar Triple Day 2 Long (KERNO, Bodmin)
25-May 12 Tamar Triple Day 3 Middle (KERNO, Bodmin)
21-Jun 13 British Sprint Champs (NWOA, Skelmersdale)
26-Jul 14 Croeso Day 2 (ERYRI, Trawsfynydd)
29-Jul 15 Croeso Day 4 (ERYRI, Beddgelert)
22-Aug 16 Scottish Champs (INT, Tentsmuir)
12-Sep 17 City of London Urban (SLOW, London)
13-Sep 18 City Race Weekend (LOK, London)
3-Oct 19 Caddihoe Chase Day 1 (WIM, Fordingbridge)
4-Oct 20 Caddihoe Chase Day 2 (WIM, Fordingbridge)
31-Oct 21 Salisbury City Race (SARUM, Salisbury)
1-Nov 22 November Classic (SOC, New Forest)
29-Nov 23 Southern Champs (BKO, Aldershot) - permissions pending

Best 12 scores from 23 events to count.

The first UKOL event in 2020 is the Guildford Middle distance race this Sunday (26 January).

Photo credit:  Rob Lines

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish all members all the very best for another fantastic year of orienteering. 

More information about the UK Orienteering League can be found here.

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Tweet Friday 24th January 2020

BOC 2020 - First Closing Date is this Sunday!

2020 British Orienteering Championships 

First closing date for entries is this Sunday (26 January 2020). Entry fees will increase on Monday 27 January. 
Get your entries in and take advantage of the cheaper fees - enter here via Fabian 4.

Above photos:  Golden Valley and Cognor Woods.
Photos courtesy of Dave Peel

Helen Errington and Andrew Evans, BOC 2020 Coordinators, say:  

"There is only now just over two months to go until this event will take place.

However before then, on Sunday 26 January firstly the cheap early entry fee rate will increase at midnight and secondly the Key Officials will be meeting on site (not at midnight!) to finalise arrangements for the arena, start, finish and also to write the contents of the Event Programme – a draft of which we hope to have on the website shortly after the 26 January.

Provisional individual course lengths are already on the website – the lead individual race planner recently arranged for a British Squad Elite athlete to test run one of the draft courses and they were very complimentary about the area and how runnable the terrain is.

We are extremely fortunate to have one Arena for the weekend and are grateful to Hollycombe Steam Collection for allowing us to use their events field for car parking, race arena and also courses will visit some of their land during the relays.

We look forward to seeing you all at the British Championships in a little over 8 weeks time."

Surveyed 2019 by Dave Peel of Peel Land Surveys.
Photos courtesy of Dave Peel

Entries are open.

Individual Long distance
Saturday 21 March 2020, Golden Valley and Codnor Woods
INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES via Fabian4 - here.  

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Team Relays 
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March 2020, Iron Hill and Parkgate Rough
RELAY ENTRIES via Fabian4 - here.  

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TrailO 
Saturday 21 March 2020, Highfield and Brookham Schools, Liphook
TRAILO ENTRIES via Fabian4 - here.

Photos above:  The Relays - Iron Hill & Parkgate Rough.
Photos courtesy of Dave Peel

 

BRITISH ORIENTEERING MEMBERSHIP:  Please note that in order to run at the British Championships you need to be a member of British Orienteering. If you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.

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Please note : 
The first closing date for entries for the 2020 British Night Championships is also fast approaching! 
Reduced entry fees close at midnight next Sunday (2nd February 2020). 
Online entries via Fabian4 here.
Find out more here

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Tweet Friday 24th January 2020

JK 2020 - First Closing Date is this Sunday (26 January)!

Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering 2020

The first closing date for entries is this Sunday (26 January 2020) at midnight (UK time). 

Entry fees will increase on Monday 27 January 2020.  

First closing day - Sunday 26 January 2020

The North East Orienteering Association is looking forward to welcoming all competitors to this year's JK at Stockton Riverside and forests around the North York Moors on Friday 10 April - Monday 13 April 2020.

Day 1 (Sprint) - Friday 10th April - Stockton Riverside
This is an IOF World Ranking Event
Terrain: University and college campus, and the local business area.
Entries via SiEntries here.

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Day 2 (Middle) - Saturday 11th April - Sneaton Forest
This is an IOF World Ranking Event
Terrain: Mixed forest, gently sloping, contour and rock detail.
Entries via SiEntries here.

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Day 3 (Long) - Sunday 12th April - Pickering Forest
This is an IOF World Ranking Event
Terrain: Mixed forest, steep-sided valleys, contour and rock detail.
Entries via SiEntries here.
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Day 4 (Relay) - Monday 13th April - Hutton Mulgrave and Skelder
Terrain: Skelder contains fast natural deciduous woodland, with subtle contours and few paths.  Hutton Mulgrave is mixed forest, with track system, and contour and rock detail.
Entries via SiEntries here.

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Trail Orienteering
Day 1: TempO - Friday 10th April, Tees Barrage
Location: River Tees Barrage area.
Entries via SiEntries here.

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Trail Orienteering
Day 2: PreO
- Saturday 11th April
Location: Sneaton East forest.
Entries via SiEntries here.

Merchandise

Don't forget to order you JK 2020 Merchandise

All merchandise can be ordered via the Entries system. You can either order and pay at the time you enter the races, or you can edit your order sometime after entering to add merchandise (and pay for the extra cost).

JK 2020 O tops and Event Clips are available to pre-order via the Entries system - see the Merchandise page.

JK 2020 O tops - front and back

JK 2020 orienteering tops - £15 youth sizes, £20 adult sizes

Orienteering technical t-shirt with zip collar from Scimitar Sports. The design reflects the colours of the JK 2020 logo, and the iconic images of the Infinity Bridge by the Stockton Riverside sprint area, and the whale bones and abbey at Whitby near days 2 & 4.

Sizes available: Men's XS to 4XL, Women's XXS to 3XL, Youth YXXS to YL. For sizing information see the Size Charts.

Order yours via the Entries system up to the middle individual closing date of 23rd February 2020.

JK 2020 Event Clips - £3.50 per pack of 4.

A great alternative to safety pins to attach your bibs and use over and over again. 

No pins, no holes in clothes, no magnets, no rubbing: just a snap-together fastener that securely holds your bib in place. Use through holes in the bib on thin clothing such as a running top or thin waterproof. Made with recycled plastic. Each pack has 4 clips with the JK2020 logo and includes simple instructions for use.  For more information visit:  https://eventclip.net/how-they-work/

Order yours via the Entries system up to the final individual closing date of 15th March 2020.

BRITISH ORIENTEERING MEMBERSHIP:  Please note that in order to run at the British Championships you need to be a member of British Orienteering. If you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.

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Tweet Saturday 4th August 2018

World Orienteering Championships Sprint

Kicking off the 35th World Orienteering Championships in Riga, Latvia was the Sprint Distance event.

Beginning in the morning in Kronvalda Park in the centre of Riga it was a flat, fast and relatively straightforward course to get the athletes underway. Without any major technical challenges, competitors would have to be pinpoint precise to ensure they qualified in necessary top-15 positions, with some big names missing out. In the Ladies race – who started first at 7 am UK time – the GBR women of Charlotte Ward, Alice Leake and Megan Carter-Davies all qualified without any issues, Megan best of the day for the Brits in 3rd. In the Men’s race the story was similar, with Peter Hodkinson initially a worry for missing out, he, Chris Smithard and Kristian Jones all qualified for the final. It was not so lucky for the defending silver medallist in the Men’s discipline, Frenchman Frederic Tranchand, who missed out by just 4 seconds in 17th place. There were a series of mispunches, particularly in Heat C, caused by two similar controls in close proximity, though with no protests upheld, the results stood. In the Women’s field, the only major shock exit was the mispunch of Sabine Hauswith of Switzerland, who would have been challenging for the podium on a good day.

Onto the Final, and the Women again got proceedings underway. The Final offered a far more complex navigational challenge to the runners, with extensive artificial barriers and alleyways opened specifically for the event; yet with no height gain on the course, the running speeds would dictate proceedings just as much. The main issue though would turn out to be the spectators and cars out in the streets. With the organisers not shutting down the roads for the runners, there were continual issues of cars and buses attempting to drive into the tightly-packed arena. This was only exacerbated by the overlapping routes taken by runners leaving the arena for their start, entering the arena to head through the arena passage, and finishing runners. Add to this the chaos caused by the crowded streets, and the public not paying attention to the runners as they were competing (there were numerous instances of athletes colliding with members of the public), it was havoc on the courses.

Charlotte Ward began things for the British Women, and after a slow start, she began to get into her running. As the course opened up towards the end she used her running strength well, but it was just a bit too much to do to fight back into the top twenty at the end of the day. After finishing 4th, she slowly dropped to 24th, two minutes down.

The next GBR Woman was Alice Leake, and again it was a slow start for Alice, but as they entered the tricky middle section of alleyways and barriers, she began to fly. From 19th at the 5th control, she would gain time on her rivals for the top-10 all the way to the finish. Starting just a minute in front of Tove Alexanderson, there would always be a lot of pressure, but Alice had no problems. Alexanderson would best Alice’s leading time by 50 seconds to take the lead at the finish, but Alice would hold on for 8th. The final GBR Woman out into the city was Megan Carter-Davies. Megan started quicker than both Alice and Charlotte but came unstuck exiting the difficult middle section. She tried to gain the lost time back as the legs opened up from short technical navigation into more open, wide route choices, but more mistakes cropped in. Still, it was an admirable performance, and for the youngest member of the team a great sign of things to come, with a 28th here.

Many would try to better Tove Alexanderson’s time, with numerous runners, including one of the main favourites Judith Wyder, all falling around thirty seconds short. But as the heavens began to open and rain spattered the cobbled streets, the Danish favourite and defending champion Maja Alm, pipped her by 17 seconds, denying Alexanderson the one individual World Championships gold medal she has yet to add to her collection.

Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen

As the rain intensified and turning into a storm, the Men’s race got underway. The cobbles by this stage had turned slick, and competitors were gingerly taking the corners around the old town. There was initial hope that this would curb the issues of the crowds, but there was no such luck.

Peter Hodkinson got things underway for the British Men and held his own in the tough conditions. A couple of errors crept into his run, though it seemed less problematic than his qualification this morning. Into the finish, he was second, 20 seconds down on the lead of Martin Hubmann (SUI), but would eventually slip to 29th –  way down on his 13th from last year. Chris Smithard was next out of the gate, and the script ran similarly to that of his teammate Peter. Though not a disaster, the competition at this level is extremely tight, and Chris would fall to 35th place by the end of the day, just not having his best day in the office – again, way down on last year’s 14th. With both though, they have confirmed their quality, with such placings from sub-optimal performances.

The main British hope of the day had to be the final GBR starter, Kristian Jones. Coming into this race, Kris was one of the hot favourites for the gold medal, and a medal was all he was aiming for. He started well, and despite an early slip, was in touch at the first split. Then, disaster struck. In the complex alleyways in the central section of the course, Kris got confused by a section of mapping which was far from clear and headed inadvertently into a restaurants kitchen – needless to say all those involved were slightly shocked. The lack of clarity on the map can often throw runners, but the glaring error here didn’t only catch out Kris but several others as well. He pushed on regardless and was still in touch, but a bad error on the 16th towards the end of the course cost him that real top result he was after. It would be 10th in the end and a 12 month wait for another chance at the title for Kris.

Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen

In the fight for gold though it was nail-biting. With the storm taking down the electrics and TV screen in the arena, it was hard to keep track of each runner in such a furious, fast and chaotic sprint, but Daniel Hubmann stormed into the lead having started with just a third of the field left to follow him 20 seconds ahead of his teammate Andreas Kyburz. So often having played second fiddle to his brother Mattias, today was Andreas’ day, seeing off repeated challenges to his podium spot, and clinching a bronze medal, despite a late charge from Belgian Yannick Michels, who finished a mere 0.6 seconds down in 4th. It was New Zealander Tim Robertson who would pose the biggest challenge to Hubmann though, trading the lead with him the entire way around the course, but just came up short at the end, finishing 1.1 seconds off the lead to take home a thoroughly deserved silver medal and allowing Hubmann to retain his title.

Results:

Women:

1. Maja Alm, Denmark, 2. Tove Alexandersson, Sweden, 3. Judith Wyder, Switzerland

GBR: Alice Leake – 8th, Charlotte Ward – 24th, Megan Carter-Davies – 28th

Men:

1. Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland, 2. Tim Robertson, New Zealand, 3. Andreas Kyburz, Switzerland

GBR: Kristian Jones – 10th, Peter Hodkinson – 29th, Chris Smithard – 35th.

 

Mixed Sprint Relay:

Tomorrow sees the Mixed Sprint Relay, and the final sprint discipline of the week takes place. GBR will again be going to a medal results, but it will be tough with so many nations on top-form. The team has yet to be released, but we will put it up online as soon as we know it.

Thank you to all those who have got involved on Twitter, hopefully, I will have better WiFi coverage tomorrow.

Will Gardner

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