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WOC Relay: Double victory for Sweden

The final race of the 2019 World Orienteering Championships was the Forest Relay.

Sweden took the Women’s Relay title at the end of an exciting battle with Switzerland on a very wet last day of Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Mørk, Norway; Karolin Ohlsson out-sprinted Julia Jakob on the run-in, so reversing last year’s result. Russia took bronze, finishing just ahead of Norway.

The third leg developed into a straight race for gold between Julia Jakob, Switzerland and Karolin Ohlsson, Sweden. Jakob was just ahead for much of the last part of the leg, but didn’t have the strength and speed at the end and was 4 seconds behind Ohlsson at the line. Then Natalia Gemperle (Russia) and Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg (Norway) emerged from the forest together, and it was Gemperle with the stronger legs to bring Russia into bronze medal position.

Masss start - Women's Relay
GB Charlotte Watson in action
Womens: Gold, silver, bronze medal winners

In the men's Relay last leg runner Gustav Bergman went out in third place on the last leg for Sweden, but with a confident run he overhauled both Finland and Norway to bring Sweden to gold by 1.34. Finland held on for the silver medals, and France pulled up a place to take the bronze.

Leg three was memorable in particular for the dominating run by Gustav Bergman. Setting off 1.22 down, he had Norwegian Magne Dæhli in sight by the arena passage, and after a mistake by Dæhli, almost caught up with him. “I could see Dæhli, looking over his shoulder from time to time to see where I was, so I knew he was stressed,” said Bergman afterwards. “ I knew then that if I ran my own race I would win.” And so it proved, with Dæhli making another mistake at the end of a long leg and not being seen by Bergman again.

Mass start - Men's Relay
GB Peter Hodkinson in action
Men: Gold, silver, bronze medal winners

Great Britain’s women's team finished in 9th place with Charlotte Watson on Leg 1; Megan Carter Davies on Leg 2 and Cat Taylor on Leg 3. Great Britain’s men’s team finished in 17th place with Peter Hodkinson on Leg 1; Graham Gristwood on Leg 2 and Ralph Street on Leg 3.

The women’s result means topping Division 2 of the Nations League and promotion to Division 1.

This means that Great Britain’s women will have three long spaces at WOC 2021.

Megan Carter Davies
"It was great to be part of the team and I’m happy with how I ran my Leg. I think I did the best job I could do. Still a few mistakes but in general it was fast and I tried to be secure where I needed to be."

Charlotte Watson
"I'm pleased to have kept it together on my first WOC Relay. I managed to stay in the pack I was with but had hoped to have been able to run a bit faster."
 

Official results:  Women Relay

1  Sweden 01:35:49 +00:00:00

2  Switzerland 01:35:53 +00:00:04

3  Russian Federaon 01:36:56 +00:01:07  

4  Norway 01:37:02 +00:01:13

5  Czech Republic 01:40:31 +00:04:42

6  Finland 01:42:01 +00:06:12

7  Estonia 01:43:19 +00:07:30

8  Denmark 01:45:08 +00:09:19

9  Great Britain 01:45:13 +00:09:24

10  Austria 01:47:39 +00:11:50

 

Official Results - Mens Relay

1  Sweden 01:40:42 +00:00:00

2  Finland 01:42:16 +00:01:34

3  France 01:42:25 +00:01:43

4  Czech Republic 01:42:32 +00:01:50

5  Norway 01:42:37 +00:01:55

6  Switzerland 01:43:25 +00:02:43

7  Austria 01:46:12 +00:05:30

8  Ukraine 01:47:18 +00:06:36

9  Latvia 01:48:17 +00:07:35

10 Germany 01:49:18 +00:08:36

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17 Great Britain 01:54:30 +00:13:48

 

Find more results here:  Official results

GB C Watson
GB Megan Carter Davies
Leg 2 completed - now on to Leg 3
GB Cat Taylor in action
Sweden team mates
GB Cat Taylor into the Finish
Men's mass start - Leg one
GB Peter Hodkinson
GB Graham Gristwood
GB Ralph Street

For more information about the World Orienteering Championships and the Relay:  https://www.woc2019.no/en/

Congratulations to the GB Team.  

Photo credits:  Rob Lines

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Tweet Saturday 17th August 2019

WOC 2019: Time for the Relay!

Today (Saturday, 17 August) is the last competition at this year's World Orienteering Championships with the Relay for men and women.

The arena is being held at Mørk, about 30 minutes from Moss and 40 minutes from Sarpsborg.

The terrain is undulating and detailed, with relatively small height differences in the eastern part and some higher hills in the western part. Total height differences about 60 m. Mostly good runnability and medium visibility. In some parts the ground is covered with relatively high heather. Pine forest on the hill tops and spruce or mixed vegetation on the lower parts.

WOC 2019 Relay
GB Team

Great Britain - Relay Men

Leg 1 Peter Hodkinson GBR
Leg 2 Graham Gristwood GBR
Leg 3 Ralph Street GBR

Great Britain - Relay Women
Leg 1 Charlotte Watson GBR
Leg 2 Megan Carter Davies GBR
Leg 3 Catherine Taylor GBR
 

 

GB Peter Hodkinson
GB Graham Gristwood
GB Ralph Street
GB Charlotte Watson
GB Megan Carter Davies 
GB Cat Taylor

All Women’s Teams Leg 1 runners mass start at 16:20 (UK time:  15:20)

Leg 1 runner hand over to leg 2 runner and the leg 3 runner leads the team to the final finish.
Approximate combined (all three legs) winning time is 1 hour 43 minutes and we expect the World Champion team at the finish by 18:03.

At 18:20 the championships will move over to the Men’s competition. Mass start is at 18:30 (UK time:  17:30). 

Watch all the excitement of the Relay race LIVE today here at IOF live.

Best wishes to the GB Team.

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Tweet Saturday 17th August 2019

The WOC Middle Distance is a tough technical race

The Middle Distance is a tough technical race and this years World Championships final was no exception. The forest was in high quality; rough; rocky and tough terrain making it hard going for all runners. Great Britain qualified 5 out of 6 runners for the final. The placings in the final were Ralph Street (19th); Megan Carter Davies (21st); Jo Shepherd (24th); Cat Taylor (27th) and Peter Hodkinson (31st).

Megan Carter Davies
"This wasn't quite the beautiful Norwegian forest that I was expecting! It was relentless through the tough undergrowth, brashings and young trees, and the sudden speed changes on the golf course sections. I’m a bit disappointed - I made a lot of mistakes but at the same time I’m glad I corrected them reasonably quickly and kept fighting hard the whole way."

Ralph Street
"I didn't have a disaster but it was a below average race performance for me. I am disappointed."

Peter Hodkinson
"I enjoyed the race in top quality terrain. I set a high target for myself but unfortunately fell short. Mistakes are punished harshly at this level. I’m now fully focused on doing my job at the main event of the week."

GB Jo Shepherd
GB Peter Hodkinson
Competitors digging deep
GB Ralph Street
GB Megan Carter Davies
GB Jo Shepherd
GB Cat Taylor

Photo credits:  Rob Lines

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Tweet Thursday 16th May 2019

British Orienteering Championships report relays days of intense racing

Last weekend the Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association clubs hosted the British Champs weekend, three days of intense orienteering racing on varied terrain. Bradford University and College was the venue for the British Mixed Sprints event, for teams of two men and two women (in the open class) and at least one woman (in the junior and vets classes).

The arena was right in the heart of Bradford University at the Student Central, making an ideal venue for the handover between each leg of the relay. Being a Sprint relay, course leaders were only taking around 15 minutes per leg, so it was action packed for the spectators with great live commentary from Katherine Bett. Winners of the Open Class were Edinburgh University (Fay Walsh, Alistair Masson, Alexander Chepelin, Zoe Harding) with almost a 2-minute lead, but the battle for 2nd and 3rd was incredibly close, with Forth Valley just beating Bristol to the finish line.

Mixed Relays Start. Photo: by Wendy Carlyle
Veteran’s (40+) Podium. Photo: by Wendy Carlyle

The British Long Distance Championships were held on the open hillside of the Yorkshire Dales, at Arncliffe and Kilnsey. Runnability was very fast, but there were areas of detailed contours and rock, making sections of the courses technically very challenging. Winners had to combine fast running over the terrain with careful navigation in the complex sections.

Competitors on the Arncliffe courses. Photo: by Steve Rush (BOK)
Photo: by Rob Lines
Men and Women Elite podium. Photo: by Rob Lines

The British Relay Championships completed the three-day weekend of events, and were held in Middleton Park in Leeds. The arena was the South Leeds Stadium, with runners completing half a lap of the track at the end of each leg. Another fantastic venue for relay spectators! Middleton Park is full of old mine workings, with a lot of bell pits and some intricate bushy vegetation in the woods, so again the challenge for runners was to combine fast running with careful navigation through the controls.

Competitors leave the stadium. Photo: by Rob Lines
Juniors Mini-Relay podium. Photo: by Rob Lines

The weekend was a great success and the YHOA organising committee would like to thank all the members of YHOA clubs who volunteered at one, two or even all three races to help ensure they went smoothly. Thanks also to photographers Steve Rush, Wendy Carlyle, Rob Lines and Crawford Lindsay for providing access to their Flickr photo albums of the races.

Full results and photos of all three British Champs Weekend races are here.

The British Long Distance Championships was also a UK Orienteering League race.
See the latest standings in the league here: http://www.ukorienteeringleague.org.uk/

The Elite Classes at the British Long Distance Championships were the final race in the UK Elite Orienteering League.
Final results of that are here: http://www.ukeliteoleague.org.uk/

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