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Last weekend saw the athletes selected for Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) and European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) heading across to Aarhus, Denmark, to take part in the Danish junior test races happening in the Aarhus and Silkeborg areas.
This Pre-EYOC/JWOC camp focused on finalising preparations for both competitions taking place in a few weeks time, with EYOC running from June 28-30 in Grodno, Belarus and JWOC being held in Silkeborg between 7-12 July. The three test races included a sprint in Marienlystparken, Aarhus on Saturday, a long in Himmelbjerget on Sunday and a middle in the same forest on Monday, before the team flew back later that day. Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering asked a couple of the athletes travelling out to Denmark to keep a diary of the weekend. Read Grace Molloy's diary account of her time away.
Pre-EYOC/JWOC 2019 Diary Reflections
Forth Valley Orienteers
The team travelled to Aarhus to prepare for the summer international competitions.
Various athletes took the opportunity to either familiarise or refamiliarise themselves with the Silkeborg terrain whilst others went for an easy run to stretch out the legs after travelling.
We had a meeting focussed on the sprint for JWOC where we discussed what we thought the terrain would be like and what challenges it would present.
Some of the team did long or middle style training in a relevant forest but some people rested in advance of the test sprint in the afternoon. I ran middle controls in a group to test lines in the terrain and then we ran a few longer legs with to test out route choices.
The first test race was a sprint and the Danes and the Fins were using it as a JWOC selection race. There were also lots of other JWOC athletes from different countries who were racing to prepare for the competition. The sprint was of medium technicality and we performed well, especially considering most of the other athletes would have prepared for this race and rested in the lead up to it. British athletes achieved the 2nd fastest time of the day of both the boys and girls.
We analysed what we had learned from the sprint and then looked ahead to the long terrain for JWOC. Some of the area was used for WOC 2007.
The long test race was on a much greener map than the other areas we have been training on and that presented more technically challenging legs. Once again, we were able to place amongst the other nations which was a good confidence boost for the British athletes.
We made use of the hotel spa for well-deserved recovery :)
Some of the team struggled in the lower visibility terrain in the long distance so we discussed how to best to orienteer in the terrain. We then looked at the JWOC middle area and thought about how we would tackle a few tricky legs.
The final test race of the weekend was a middle distance on the same area as the long. It was a very challenging course with the majority in slow, low visibility forest. Many of the team had trouble navigating but it was useful to have this practice before the real competition.
The team travelled home - better informed about the JWOC terrain and excited to come back to race in less than 4 weeks time.
Photo credits: Rona Lindsay
Dartford Orienteering Klub held a number of events with 105 adults and 990 children orienteering.
|15 May 2019||Hackney: 365 participants, event held by David LeFevre.|
|16 May 2019||Marlborough School: 277 participants, event held by Neil Speers.|
|20 May 2019||Urswick School, Hackney: 138 partipants, event held by David LeFevre.|
|21 May 2019||Bexley Primary: 234 partipants, event held by Allison Page.|
|21 May 2019||Bexley Park Race: 81 partipants, event held by Andrew Evans|
Totally 1,095 participants comprising of 105 Adults and 990 children.
South Yorkshire Orienteers celebrated World Orienteering Day with a lovely sunny evening event on Wednesday 15th May. 176 people enjoyed the stunning views across Sheffield from Bole Hills and The Rivelin valley. There were 6 different courses, all expertly planned by the Lightfoot family, catering to the wide range of participants on the night including toddlers, brownies, schools children, super vets, students, runners and experienced club members. After the event, many club members adjourned to the local pub to enjoy a special World Orienteering Day Menu!
"It was a busy World Orienteering Week in Maroc Land in northeast Scotland, with five different activities on offer on various days, organised and run by a range of different groups.
First off, the club held one of their Forest Sprint events at Deeside Activity Park and Dess woods to celebrate World Orienteering Day itself, on a gloriously sunny Wednesday evening. There was a good turn out of 41 runners and the kind weather encouraged everyone to linger and socialise.
On Thursday it was the turn of the 18 pupils in class P4-7 at Braemar school to try orienteering in their playground, with courses which had been planned and set up by class teacher Mrs Wood. Braemar school enjoyed participating in orienteering as part of the 2016-18 Cairngorm Leader COPE project and it is fantastic to see a legacy of the development work continuing in this way.
Later in the day, 13 enthusiastic members of the Aboyne cluster after-school club tackled some special WOW themed courses in Castle Woods. The biggest challenge of the session proved to be trying to solve the puzzle of the WOW link!
On Friday, orienteering was one of the activities on offer at Mearns Academy as part of their festival of sport. The Academy recently commissioned an orienteering map of their grounds and this was one of the first opportunities to try it out. With instruction from club member Andy Oliver, six S3 girls enjoyed the new experience and challenge.
Finally, on Tuesday it was the turn of Upper Deeside schools to get together for a festival in the woods adjacent to Crathie school. The festival was organised by the local Active Schools Co-ordinators with course planning and support from Maroc members. 31 pupils from four small schools- Tarland, Logie Coldstone, Strathdon and Crathie - all had a great time finding their way around the most scenic extended playground in the UK. There were some really impressive scores recorded, again demonstrating legacy from development work undertaken through the COPE project.
All in all a successful World Orienteering Week which offered a taster of the sport to a wide range of different people."
Potteries Orienteering Club held 3 activities in Central Forest Park to mark World Orienteering Week.
We held 3 activities over three days based on our permanent orienteering course. This is our latest permanent orienteering course and was designed with easier controls only.
DAY 1: Wednesday 15 May.
We ran a SCORE course which was intended to cater for the Urban Activities regulars. 10 extra controls were added using the bright numbered stickers on lamp posts, as per the Urban Activities.
The next 2 days catered for groups and non-orienteers.
DAY 2: Thursday 16 May.
It was clear from the lack of bookings that no one was expected on this day. However, I still felt I needed to be prepared, but no one came. I hold the record for the planner of an event with the lowest attendance ...2 at Forest Park about 20 years ago. Can I claim to have beaten this with an Activity?
DAY 3: Friday 17 May.
A contrast. 42 Brownies or Guides + 12 adults turned up to tackle Marian's special courses.
Day 3, along with the Guide groups on Day 1, used the permanent orienteering course posts in a series of short loops in order to spread out the participants.
As part of WOD 2019, the Army Orienteering Association (AOA) hosted the Army Inter Unit Team Championships at Longmoor, Hampshire, over the period 15-16 May 19. The Championships were organised by the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) and the Army Air Corps (AAC).
Day 1 was based on four Spanish Score courses (Long, Medium and 2 x Short variants). There were 5 categories: Open, Masters, Women’s, Under 25 and Guests. Dependent on the category entered, teams comprised of four or three competitors. Team times from 1 rolled forward to Day 2.
Day 2 used the Team Harris format with a long variant for teams of four and a short variant for teams of three. Times from Day 2 were added to times from Day 1 to determine overall category winners.
In total, 182 participants took part over the 2-day event.
We even introduced a new discipline....moo-rienteering!
How did you, your club or school take part in World Orienteering Day & Week?
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This year the British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships are set to take place in the East Midlands on the weekend of 14 and 15 September 2019.
Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on Saturday 13 April 2019.
The British Sprint Championships 2019 - 14 September 2019
The Loughborough University campus is over 400 acres and is predominately a complex mix of residential, academic and sports buildings but does also include some woodland areas. The central campus is on the side of a ridge providing some contour detail and there are expanses of grass in various parts of the campus. The area will create fast and challenging racing that will produce worthy British Champions.
Loughborough University has been announced as “The best University in the world for sports-related subjects”, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports, and also to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff.
Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI) hosted the British Championships at Loughborough University in 2013, and the organising team have been working for several months already in bringing together the event again in 2019. The event centre will be at the Edward Herbert Building, one of the main facilities buildings on the campus, and we again have use of the multi-storey car park to ease access problems. Planning has been underway for many weeks, and the morning heats area, and afternoon finals area will be on different parts of the campus. Please look out for further details on entries and the venue from the British Sprints website, which will be updated as we get nearer to the time of the event.
The British Middle Distance Championships 2019 - 15 September 2019
This year’s Middles Champs take place on Peak District moorland, featuring the intricate contours and quarry workings of Chinley Churn. The gentle western slope of the moor is very fast, while the steep eastern slope with its abundant rock features calls for careful navigation. With rivals visible on the moor, the race may feel more like a sprint than a middle distance.
The Assembly field has great views towards Manchester, as well as of the Finish and last few controls. Binoculars recommended!
Planning is going well, with courses being test-run now to make minor adjustments to climb before maps are printed in August. The top of the moor is at 450 metres, so there is no guessing what September conditions could be.
Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on April 13th, with fees as follows:
SIAC hire for the Sprints and Middles Weekend is free for Juniors who do not already own one. If you would like to take advantage of this, please reserve your SIAC when entering.
Entry on the day will be available for White, Yellow and Orange courses, while maps are available. Entries close at 1 pm.