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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 Monday 6th August 2018

World Orienteering Championships Mixed Sprint Relay - GB take 7th

Arguably the most exciting race of the world championship week, the Mixed Sprint Relay was the second round of racing to take place in Riga this weekend, after the individual Sprint Discipline on Saturday. With teams of four – two women and two men – teams tactically place their best runners on different legs with either the aim of breaking the pack early on leg 1 (run by the women), trying to break away in the middle on legs 2 and 3 (both run by the men), or biding their time to surge through the field on leg 4 (again, run by the women).

 

The terrain was much similar to that of the Sprint Qualification, with an extensive parkland section around the arena, but with far more of the racing taking place in the residential streets and between the flat-blocks of the Āgenskalns neighbourhood.

Megan Carter Davies on the way to 7th at the end of the Mixed Sprint Relay (Photo by IOF/Matias Salnonen)

Charlotte Ward was the first leg for Britain, and she had to contend with an early pace setting from Tove Alexanderson of Sweden. Alexanderson, having taken yet another silver medal in the individual discipline to her Danish rival Maja Alm, evidently had a point to prove, front running from the gun. Charlotte was tucked into the pack as they came through the arena, with Switzerland’s Elan Roos aiding Alexanderson with the pace setting. As others began making mistakes as the race entered the more extensive forking sections in the final third, Charlotte began to move up the pack and would finish in =12 th , just 43 seconds down on the lead.

This sent Kris Jones out into the terrain and him too, like Alexanderson, was ready to put it all on the line after Saturday’s disappointment. Kris was placed on this leg tactically to break the men’s pack early on, with his superior pace compared to the rest of the field being used to open gaps in the pack. This worked spectacularly, with Kris scything through the field, pulling up to 9th by the arena passage, but gaining places all the time and finishing the leg in 2nd place, a mere 4 seconds down on the Swedish leaders, who had held their place at the front of affairs with Switzerland falling back.

Onto leg three and two distinct races seemed to form. With Sweden holding their lead in front, a chasing pack of four behind with Peter Hodkinson of GBR, Norway, Czech Republic, and Switzerland formed. Jonas Leandersson of Sweden accelerated into the race quickly, building up a near 20 second lead by the arena, increasing that only further to 47 seconds by the finish of his race. Behind, Peter Hodkinson raced to-and-fro with his rivals, holding his own and finishing the race in 4th, just 3 seconds down on 2nd place.

So, the medals were all to play for as the competitors entered the last leg. Karolin Olsson of Sweden started quickly, with the aim of keeping Swiss star Judith Wyder out of sight, and with individual champion Maja Alm starting 1 minute 44 seconds behind Olsson in 7th it was all to play for. Megan Carter-Davies for Britain was pushing hard in the pack, but with many of the world’s best runners on this last leg, it would always be hard to keep touch for a medal. Through the arena at halfway and Olsson was holding her position, but with Wyder closing the gap to 32 seconds, and Alm in seventh place, having taken back an initial ten seconds on the lead. Megan Carter-Davies had held her 4th place up to this point, but the pressure was beginning to mount from behind, and as they entered the second half though Alm began to light the afterburners. Putting in a similar run to Britain’s Kristian Jones, she cut swathes through the field pulling up from 7th into 4th and then, just running out of distance on the course, into 3rd place to take yet another medal for the Danish team in what seems to be their favourite discipline. Out in front, it was too much for Wyder to do to take back Olsson’s lead, and Switzerland had to settle for silver as Sweden took the gold medal. Behind, a late mistake for Megan cost her some time, and she slipped to 7th overall.

It wasn’t the result the GBR team had dreamed of, and they will be disappointed to finish just off the podium, but it only went to emphasise that we are consistently strong in this discipline, and when the racing goes our way medals will come to this talented group!

Full Results:

1. Sweden
2. Switzerland
3. Denmark

4. Norway
5. Czech Republic
6. Russian Federation
7. Great Britain

 

Well done to our sprints, that’s it for the Urban disciplines. Next up, we head to the forests of Sigulda for the Middle Distance race on Tuesday, with the first start at 9:56 UK time. The GB starts for the discipline are as follows:

Women:

Charlotte Watson – 11:14
Megan Carter-Davies – 11:18
Catherin Taylor – 11:58

Men:

Alasdair McLeod – 13:10
Ralph Street – 14:04

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