Report by International Orienteering Federation.
After the third round of the Orienteering World Cup in Switzerland, it is time to focus on the Final Round, which is always an exciting event as the winners of the season are finally decided and goals for next year start to appear.
However, this time there’s another thrilling point: the World Cup is visiting China from 26th to 29th October. Guangdong Province will host the first IOF Major Event with global participants, as well as the first World Cup organised in the country. With three races: a , Middle distance, a Sprint Relay and the final Sprint, China wants to ensure a weekend of top level competition while promoting our sport among its population.
Here there are a few interesting facts you may not know about the Orienteering World Cup Final Round and Chinese Orienteering:
1. Middle distance terrain: a tough mix of park and forest!
The first race of the three is the Middle Distance, a race which will be determined in unusual terrain. Not a typical European Middle Distance terrain for sure, the venue is a mix of forest and park, but this will still be a tough challenge for the athletes.
2. Did you know about these historical China’s national team results at WOC?
Even though Chinese athletes are not now among the favourites to win a medal, some historical results must be highlighted regarding their performance at Major Events: at WOC 2008 the women’s team achieved the 7th place in the Relay, and in 2009, Shuangyan Hao took a 10th place in the women’s Sprint race. Recent results indicate that the Chinese team is moving up again and it will be interesting to see if they can provide some surprises on home ground.
3. The World Cup visits another continent!
Since the World Cup 2015 Round 1 in Australia, all World Cup Rounds have been celebrated in Europe, so this is the first time in 4 years it is visiting a different continent! However, Major Events will soon return to Asia, as Japan is organizing the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2021. Asia now also has a regular schedule of Asian Championships and the number of World Ranking Events is steadily growing.
4. Orienteering promotion in China is not only about this World Cup!
In 2017, IOF President, Leho Haldna, and CEO, Tom Hollowell visited China to ensure the World Cup Final Round 2019 and reach an agreement for a long-term plan to develop orienteering in the most populated country of the world. Helping to improve the level of their top orienteers, working to build a strong base and bringing more Major Events to the country are the pillars to promote orienteering in China.
5. Chinese Time Zone, don’t miss out on the competitions!
When following an international event, it is essential to know what the local time is to avoid missing the fight for the medals. Therefore, China’s time zone is UTC+8 (in the whole country!) The weekend of the World Cup is especially challenging since Europe goes from Summer to Normal time at 04:00 in the night between 26 and 27 October.
PLEASE REMEMBER: THE CLOCKS CHANGE ON THE NIGHT OF SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019 AT MID-NIGHT IN THE UK.
Get set to watch the Web-TV Broadcasts
As usually, IOF Live Services will be available to follow the last stop of World Cup. On LIVE Orienteering, we will find start lists, the TV broadcast from the Opening Ceremony and all the races, GPS tracking… and anything you may need to be informed!
The Programme for Competition is as follows:
25 October (Friday)
13:00-15:00 (CEST, UTC +2)
26 October (Saturday)
08:00-11:00 (CEST UTC +2)
27 October (Sunday)
07:30-09:00 (CET UTC +1)
28 October (Monday)
29 October (Tuesday)
07:00-09:30 (CET UTC +1))
Wishing the GB team all the very best in their final preparations as they get ready to travel to compete.
Ten GBR based trail orienteers travelled to Sczcecin in NW Poland for the Bukowa Cup in both the WRE in TrailO and also a FootO competition, including two new faces, making a satisfactory debut in the International TrailO scene, Andrew Stemp and David Jukes.
In the TrailO, the best GB performers were Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC), 3rd in the PreO, 6th in TempO & Tom Dobra (BOK) 8th in TempO, 10th in PreO.
Not all the group also ran in the FootO competition, but some of those who did achieved remarkable success, with Ruth Rhodes winning W75, Ian Ditchfield M60, Charles Bromley Gardner M55, Andrew Stemp and Tom Dobra coming 3rd and 4th respectively in M21 and David Jukes winning the M65 Sprint race.
This concludes the series of European TrailO Cup and TrailO World Ranking Events for 2019 and we now await the fixture list for the 2020 season.
Full results can be found here.
Burley YHA, New Forest, Hampshire
Friday 1 - Sunday 3 November 2019
A few remaining places are available for the New Forest Junior Camp in early November.
Organised alongside the November Classic weekend, this offers juniors aged 11-13 years at Yellow or Orange level a chance meet other juniors, improve their orienteering skills and have some fun.
More information available at: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/newforestjuniorcamp
and entries via: www.fabian4.org.uk
Emily Benham-Kvale followed on from her four World Champs Golds in Denmark with an almost flawless performance in the final MTBO World Cup race in Germany this weekend.
With a victory by 8 seconds in the very tough Long race and a second win by over a minute in the urban Sprint near Rabenburg, Emily made it six Golds out of six races and added a seventh by winning the overall Women's Elite World Cup for the fourth year in a row!
Another GB success was Adam Conway who clinched the bronze medal in the Young Guns World Series in M17 in his first year of competition. An excellent start.
Killian Lomas won 2 Golds (Middle Distance and Mass Start). Killian also won Bronze in the final Sprint Race, Charlie Somers Cocks won 3 Golds (Middle Distance, Mass Start and Sprint) and Silver in the Long distance. Alistair Powell also won Silver in the M40 in the World Masters Series.
Charlie finished overall winner in the World Masters Series with Silver for Karena Hanley in W55. Killian clinched Bronze in M50 in the Series with Andy Conn in silver medal position.
Congratulations to the MTBO GB Athletes!