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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 Friday 10th August 2018

PreO Day 2 at the World Trail Orienteering Championships

On a day of blazing sunshine Team GB faced an extremely tough challenge in the complex mix of woodland and sand quarries provided by Jauna Forstate, the venue for the second part of the PreO competition.

Only nine competitors scored the maximum 33 correct controls, Annti Rusanen of Finland just beating Jan Furucz of Slovakia to take 1st place on the day. Tom Dobra, with 31 correct controls, was best placed Team GB member, 24th on the day but 16th overall- well done Tom! Nick Barrable, with 30 correct, came 34th, both on the day and overall, while John Kewley, with 29 correct, came 38th on the day and 46th overall. In the public competition held on the same course later in the day, Ian Ditchfield, Graham Urquhart and Colin Duckworth had a good day, scoring 31, 27 and 25 respectively.

In the Paralympic class, Dick Keighley came 26th (27th out of 40 overall). Conditions were particularly hard for the Paras, the blazing heat making the extra time allowance almost a disadvantage, and all came in hot and tired.

Friday 10th sees WTOC end in style with a remarkably complicated Relay event. It's an 8:30 am quarantine for Nick Barrable, Ian Ditchfield and Tom Dobra! We wish them the best of luck

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