The first competition in this year’s World TrailO Championships was the PreO competition.
Round 1 was held yesterday, Tuesday 25 June, at Quinto de Valero, just outside Idanha-a-Nova, a picturesque area of undulating grassland with plenty of exposed rock features amidst copses of cork oak. The weather was an improvement from the previous day's rain, starting cloudy but quickly becoming very warm, with the temperature rising to around 30C.
There was one course for both Open and Para classes, of 1.1k with 28 controls and with timed controls at the beginning and at the end of the course, each having three problems. The time allowance for the course was 120 minutes for the Open class and 125 for the Para class.
Scores were very close with many positions decided on the time controls. In the Open class, only Pinja Makinen of Finland had a faultless round with all 28 correct.
John Kewley (MDOC ) was the best GBR finisher in the Open class. John’s score of 28 with no faults on the timed controls puts him in 25th place. Tom Dobra (BOK) also got 25, but made one error on the timed controls, putting him in 35th place in a field of 65. Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC), the third team member, had a day he would rather forget and finished well down the list.
In the Para competition, Colin Duckworth (TVOC), making his team debut, put in the best British performance of the day.
Colin’s score of 24 points and no errors on the timed controls leaves him in 8th place at the halfway point. Veteran Dick Keighley (WIM) scored 20 points and one timed control error placed him 25th/39.
This is of course only the midpoint of this competition with a second PreO round to follow on Thursday.
Full results via http://wtoc2019.fpo.pt/
Today is another model event, modelling not only the terrain for PreO Day 2 but also the Relay and TempO competitions, as well as an IOF Advisors’ Clinic which a number of the GBR team and its officials plan to attend.
This coming weekend sees the first of the junior international competitions, with European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) taking place in Grodno, Belarus between Thursday 27th June and Sunday 30th June.
There is a team of 9 athletes heading out to represent Great Britain and this sees a mixture of returning and first-time international runners taking to the Sprint, Long and Relay races. Four debutants will be Alice Wilson (CLYDE) in W18 and in 16s Jim Bailey (BOK), Rachel Brown (ESOC) and Joe Hudd (WCOC), all eager to make an impression in Belarus and begin their international careers in a positive fashion.
In the MW18 category we see returning David Bunn (TVOC), Matthew Gooch (MAROC), Flurry Grierson (DEVON), Lizzie Stansfield (FVO) and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (EBOR) .
The teams discussion at the pre-EYOC camp revolved around the likely challenges of the forest which for both the Long and Relay looks very green and contoured but with no prior maps available the model events will be all important on Thursday to work out the chellenges the forest will present. The Sprint will take place in central Grodno and the pre-EYOC camp focused on the challenges of a very traditional city urban area which is likely to be quite fast and not overly technical.
The programme starts with the Long distance on the Friday morning, Relay Saturday and a Sprint race on the Sunday. We wish the athletes all the best for this and the remainder of the races next weekend.
You can follow the action here: https://eyoc2019.by
The peak of the 2019 Trail Orienteering season is reached this weekend when the World Championships (WTOC) begin in Idanha-a-Nova in eastern central Portugal. 25 nations are set to compete at this year's World Trail Orienteering Championships. The Open class has 89 competitors and the para class 43.
The Championships started with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, and on Saturday and Sunday a pre-WTOC event, part of this year’s European Cup in TrailO (ECTO), was held not far away on similar terrain.
Today sees the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2019 - PreO Day 1.
The GB team are all prepared for the first WTOC 2019 PreO event to be held today, very near to Idanha-a-nova, where the team are staying.
Start lists can be found here.
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish the GB team all the very best as they compete in the World TrailO Championships PreO event today.
The main competition days are:
Reports and leading results can be found here on the event website www.wtoc2019.fpo.pt.
British Orienteering is pleased to announce the Junior Talent Squad for 2019. The squad will operate again in two tiers and you can read more about this on the GB Programme page.
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.
Includes primarily the 18-20 (University) age group and aims to continue the development of the older junior athletes in the final stages of their junior careers before progressing into the senior ranks. The purpose of the squad is to move the athlete from the 'Training to Train' to the 'Training to Compete' phase of development.
Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, said
'I would like to congratulate all those who have been selected for the Talent squad, whether as debutants or 'veterans' returning for another season! This is as a result of their dedication and enthusiasm for the sport and the performance team look forward to working with the athletes in 2019. Last season saw some great achievements by this group, with two medals at EYOC and JWOC and a host of other top 20 performances. We hope that this will inspire this new squad to build on these foundations in 2019 and deliver some excellent results again in Belarus, Denmark and France."