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British Sprint and British Middle Championships - Entries Close in 8 Days!

Who will be crowned this year's British Sprint and British Middle Distance Champions?

British Sprint Championships - Loughborough University, Saturday 14 September 2019.

British Middle Distance Championships - Chinley Churn, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Sunday 15 September 2019.

Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Organiser of this year's British Middle Distance Championships Organiser, Sal Chaffey, says:
"Derwent Valley Orienteers are looking forward to welcoming you to Chinley Churn, a relatively new Orienteering area, that promises a fast and exciting competition. We have an arena finish adjacent to parking, traders, commentary and a large orienteering maze."

Derwent Valley Orienteers Planner, Ranald Macdonald, says: 
"The course and warm-up maps are now ready for printing, and control-hanging routes have been agreed for the 71 controls. Arrangements are being made for some temporary stiles to be placed at crossing points, as Chinley Churn is a popular area with walkers, due to the fantastic views!"

More details can be found on the British Middle distance Championships website here

Chinley Churn. Photo credit:  Maddy Winters

The previous day, the British Sprint Orienteering Championships will be held at Loughborough University.

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.

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.

More details can be found on the Sprint Championships website here.  

Loughborough University. Photo supplied by:  Leicestershire Orienteering Club

If you haven't yet entried then there are only days left to enter!  

Entries close for both events at midnight on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
Entries for Championship courses can be made here on SportIdent.

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Tweet Sunday 18th August 2019

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 Thursday 11th July 2019

Junior World Championship Silver Medal for Bunn!

The medals keep on coming for Great Britain in Silkeborg, Denmark at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Fiona Bunn will be bringing home a Silver medal from the Middle distance race at what is her last JWOC. 

All those who made it through to the A final from the qualifier yesterday had relatively late starts with the medallist Fiona Bunn setting off second last. 

In the men's race, Freddie Carcas was first off of the team heading out into the forest to deliver a solid performance to finish in 42nd in an extremely strong men's field. Alastair Thomas produced a strong performance on some tired legs to finish 25th overall. 

In the women's race, GB hopes were high after two medals from the first two races. Eilidh Campbell started well, in 15th fastest split at the first radio control but had a large error losing 11 minutes on one leg but held it together to not lose too much time overall. Grace Molloy had a poor start hitting the first radio control down in 33rd but set about reeling in the field for the rest of the course. She had another powerful run, this time alongside Elena Pezzati who pushed her all the way to the finish with Grace's final position 12th.

Fiona pushed hard all the way to the end
Fiona celebrating with her teammates

But the star of the show was Fiona Bunn who, in her last ever JWOC individual race, after 5 trips to the Junior Championships, stayed calm under pressure to execute a fantastic race for the silver medal. After winning her heat Fiona had clearly demonstrated the ability to put together a medal-winning performance in this world-class field but there were nerves. The past two medal races Fiona had started really well with some of the fastest splits of any athlete in the field but so far she had not been able to string together a full race. There was no such issue today as Fiona ran solid splits leg after leg with only ever minor errors and stormed through the final run in. 

After downloading to confirm all was well and a quick media interview which you can catch along with all the results and GPS on https://www.jwoc2019.dk. Fiona was mobbed by her teammates, so happy for her to have captured another British Medal and Fiona's first on the World stage.

Due to the protest at the conclusion on the Women's Long race, there were two podium presentations with British athletes today as Grace Molloy collected her second Bronze of the championships before Fiona Bunn got one of the loudest cheers of the day on collecting her Silver medal.

The Medal girls now have one more race to get up for before completing what is already the most successful Junior World Orienteering Championships ever for Great Britain. Tomorrow sees them join forces with Megan Keith to push for team glory in the Forest Relay. 

GB will field four teams the other women's team will feature Eilidh Campbell, Niamh Hunter and Laura King. Men's teams will be Freddie Carcas, Eddie Narbett and Alastair Thomas and a second team of Finlay Todd, Peter Molloy and Zac Hudd. 

Fiona and Grace shared the podium after today's medal ceremonies
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