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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 Wednesday 7th November 2018

Exercise inequalities leave millions of women inactive

  •  This Girl Can returns with new inspirational Fit Got Real message to reach women of all backgrounds and ethnicities who feel left behind by traditional exercise

  • Women in lower paid and routine jobs are twice as likely to be inactive as those in senior managerial roles

  • South Asian and black women are also more likely to be inactive than white women

  • Sport England’s campaign, which is funded by The National Lottery, launches a new film showing real women using practical, inventive and unconventional ways to fit exercise into their lives.

Sport England has today launched the latest phase of its This Girl Can campaign, Fit Got Real, which aims to tackle the inequalities in levels of exercise between different social groups of women.

This Girl Can returns with new inspirational Fit Got Real message

The latest Active Lives Adult Survey1 from Sport England highlights these imbalances, with women in lower paid, routine jobs almost twice as likely to be inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week) compared to women in senior and managerial roles (33.5% compared to 17.7%). The survey also showed significant differences in activity levels amongst women of different ethnicities, with women of a South Asian background (36%) and black women (29.4%) more likely to be inactive than white British women (25.3%).

Sport England research2 shows that a mix of practical and emotional pressures, such as lack of time, fear of judgement and lack of confidence, prevent many women from being as active as they would like. The insights also highlight that many of these pressures come from the way marketing, the media and TV often portray exercise as being for women who have the money to afford gym memberships, expensive sports clothes or plenty of free time.

The campaign is looking to inspire and motivate women with its new Fit Got Real film by showing real women of different ages and ethnicities doing exercise their own way - whether that is running around a park pushing their child in a pram, hula hooping at home or teaching themselves how to swim using YouTube - and sharing the message that no matter how unconventional, it all counts as exercise.

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England comments:
“There are some stark inequalities when it comes to different levels of exercise amongst women in England. Many of the pressures of modern life do not make it easy for women to have the confidence and motivation to be active. The health and wellbeing benefits of being active should be available to all women, and that is why we have a new message - Fit Got Real – to celebrate the creative and often unconventional ways many women are fitting exercise into their busy lives.”

Caroline, 36, who stars in the new film, comments:
“As a full-time carer, I rarely have time to myself and am often under a lot of pressure both emotionally and physically. At the end of the day, I always felt I was either too tired, didn’t have enough time or wasn’t motivated enough to exercise. But, one day I realised how important it was (for my mental and physical health) to spend some time on myself and, with the help of my friends and support groups in the community, I could see a way out! Rather than spending half an hour watching TV, I now get out to a dance class or over to the trampoline classes at the local community centre. With added daily pressures of work and family commitments, I completely understand how easy it is to get into a routine of not doing much exercise, but I feel so much happier and healthier from being more active. Even it’s a quick run up and down the garden it’s better than nothing!”

Having already inspired almost 3 million women to be more active since launching in 2015, This Girl Can’s new campaign is designed to appeal to an even wider range of women by showing images and telling stories of the realities of getting active for many women.

Along with the new adverts and online film, This Girl Can’s website and social channels will showcase women talking about how they fit exercise into their lives, why they like it and the negative perceptions and barriers they overcame to be more active.

For more information about This Girl Can’s Fit Got Real campaign, please visit: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

The new Fit Got Real film is available to view and download here.

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