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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 Friday 10th August 2018

World Championships Relay - GBR Men take 6th

The World Championships is beginning to reach its climax as it nears the end of the week, and Thursday Relay provided some of the best racing yet. Tight, fraught affairs in both the Women’s and the Men’s races provided some of the most exciting racing of the past few years.

The terrain was different to that of the middle distance, with a simple start to the courses in the parkland in the shadow of Turaida Castle, with a series of short legs in thick green before an early area passage, just a third of the way through. After this, the athletes entered the large hills of the Gauja valley, with wide forkings and wide routechoice options splitting the packs, before a long kilometre leg back across the hills to the arena and a loop around the parkland to finish.

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

Proceedings began with the Women’s race, and it was Jo Shepherd who took the first leg for Britain. After an early mistake in the green, Jo settled well, but a short forking for Switzerland meant that they had already broken clear of the pack by the arena passage, with the pack trailed out behind them. To the 8th control, a difficult forking for both the men and the women, Norway through away second place, missing big and allowing Jo to gain more places as Estonia broke clear to join Switzerland. By the turn for the arena, Jo had clawed her way up to 10th, as in front of her the favourites were strung out, each choosing different routes on the long leg. By the end of this leg, and as they neared the arena, it was still Switzerland in the lead, but Sweden had cut the deficit significantly, with Estonia just falling off the pace and Norway gaining time back from their earlier mistake. Jo lost time late on in the parkland, handing over to Megan Carter Davies in 13th place.

Megan was quick out of the blocks and was already pushing through the field by the spectator control. Estonia was quick to fall off the pace in front, as Denmark and GBR worked well together, moving into 7th by the arena. Across into the next series of controls, and the lead would change numerous times, with Sweden, Switzerland and Russia all alternating. Norway was the fastest moving team in the forest though, with Marianne Anderson recovering the lost time from the first leg well. Megan was holding her own behind the leaders and was still working well with the Danes, but the gap to the leaders was growing. As the athletes hit the long leg, again there was no single route taken amongst the leaders. With Russia and Norway both getting stuck in the tougher, greener sections, it was Sweden who capitalised and moved clear, with Karolin Ohlsson using her superior speed to drop Jakob of Switzerland. Megan took a far wider route, flat but long, around through the arena, and though lost some time not as much as others. Sadly, so hard was she pushing that she ended up missing a control close to the end of her course, chasing hard to get in touch with the second pack for her teammate Cat Taylor. This meant a disqualification for the British women.

On the final leg, Tove Alexanderson of Sweden and Judith Wyder of Switzerland were neck and neck throughout the whole course, exchanging the lead when either picked a better line through the green. As they hit the long leg back to the arena, each choosing a slightly different route, refusing to run together. It was Alexanderson who had the advantage on the climb to the 14th control, breaking the Swiss runner and leading all to believe that she had got the gold in her grasp. An error on the 15h though, a hesitation through thinking the control wasn’t hers (perhaps due to the oxygen debt accrued from pushing so hard on the climb) and Wyder capitalised, kicking for home and opening up a gap on the Swede which it would be impossible for her to overcome. Behind, Russian had sealed the bronze with a textbook run from Middle Distance champion Gemperle, with Norway not having enough to continue moving through the field, having to settle for fourth place.

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

Across to the Men’s race and it proved just as thrilling as the Women’s race. With the same team for GBR as the team that claimed 5th at the European Championships, we knew that a great performance was both expected and achievable. Peter Hodkinson took charge of the first leg, and duly delivered the perfect start for the team. The pack was close and the pace unrelenting for the first half, with no splits appearing until the tricky 8th control, that had caused so many problems in the Women’s race. It was here that a pack of 5 formed, with GBR tucked in. Into a section which extended the Men’s course across the hills, which the Women didn’t enter, and Peter was sitting well until the 11th control where he made a small mistake on the wide forkings. 10th at this spot Peter gained back a huge chunk of time on the long leg back towards the arena on the 14th control and had moved into 3rd place. He would not relinquish this position and would change over just 41 seconds down on Latvia and Norway (1st and 2nd respectively).

Norway moved clear early on the second leg, but as with Peter, Kris Jones stayed steady in the pack, hitting his controls well and minimising any errors. At the front Norway and Latvia were pushing the pace, with the chasers splintering on the 11th control, with Kris slipping into 5th place 50 seconds down on the lead. On the long leg, the runners all split, with several different routes being chosen, and as they hit the slopes to the 14th control, and Kris had jumped up the pack. Into the changeover and GBR were in second place, with a 4-second gap to Norway in front, but with 15 seconds back to Latvia and Finland and another 30 seconds back to a larger chasing pack.

Latvia got the shorter gaffles early on 3rd leg, opening up a lead before the arena passage, with a 47-second gap to the chasers behind, with Ralph Street leading the chasers, but with the big teams right on his tail. Norway would move back into the lead alongside Latvia, with France now into 3rd place just 15 seconds behind at the 10th control, and GBR just another 15 seconds back. The packs all split at the 11th control, with the home team Latvia missing badly, as well as France and Sweden. They all corrected well though, and all the runners were strung out in one long line as the athletes hit the long leg back to the arena. Here, Norway and Sweden went straight, with the other 7 teams all going south and around, taking on the climb at the end of the leg. Sweden came unstuck early on the leg, making big errors and falling from contention. As the GPS lines converged on the 14th control, Norway looked to be in the lead and would hit the control 14 seconds ahead of the chasers. Up the hill, the chasing pack had blown to pieces, with Switzerland and France breaking clear of the chasers. With just the simple parkland to go, it would be hard for the chasers to gain back the time on Norway, who did enough to take a 4 second lead over Switzerland, who had dropped France for the silver medal. Behind, it was the closest podium in World Championship history, with GBR coming in an eventual 6th place, just 37 seconds down on the gold medal, behind Austria and the Czech Republic in 4th and 5th respectively.

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

Next up on Saturday is the Long Distance, the race every athlete wants to win. It will be the final race of the Championships, and the final chance for some to salvage their championships with a gold medal. Make sure you are following @GBR on twitter for live reporting on the final race of the championships.

 

Full results:

Women:

1 Switzerland 1:45:03
2 Sweden 1:45:18 (+15 seconds)
3 Russian Federation 1:47:20 (+2 minutes 17 seconds)

GBR – Mispunched.

Men:

1 Norway 1:47:26
2 Switzerland 1:47:30 (+4 seconds)
3 France 1:47:36 (+6 seconds)

6 Great Britain 1:48:03 (+37 seconds)

 

Report by William Gardner

The Men's WOC Relay team. (Credit: Simon Errington)
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