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#JKMemories: JK 2017 Day 1 Sprint at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

Selection of photos taken by Rob Lines (Southdowns Orienteers) at Day 1 of the JK 2017 - The Sprint

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#JKMemories : JK 78 – the weather intervenes!

By Clive Allen – JK ’78 Coordinator

Staging a JK requires masses of planning and preparation, a big team of volunteers and a lot of hard work! And in 1978, when the event was held around Sheffield, also a battle with the elements.

Training on Good Friday was in the Rivelin Valley, organised by the still-young club Sheffield Orienteers (SYO), with parking adjacent to the delightful Sportsman Inn. A fine day, lovely terrain, everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves. And then getting well settled that evening into the student accommodation at the Event Centre, the floor space at a nearby school or the event campsite at Hesley Wood.

The Individual combined Greno Woods with Wharncliffe, both quite rugged areas – both well used by orienteers over the years. We had found a splendid assembly area with adjacent parking in small grassy fields, between the two forests, enabling the planners to make the best use of the two areas. The downside, it was 300 m above sea level and very open to the west. And Sod’s Law prevailed: increasingly strong westerly winds combined with frequent squally wintry showers as the day progressed. The big results team from the organising club Airienteers (AIRE), working to process more than 2,000 control cards and create results stubs to be pinned to the ‘washing lines’, struggled on in an ever-flappier and colder marquee.

Getting cars into the fields in the morning had been straightforward; getting them out again, with every car required to make 2 right-angle turns on a slippery muddy downhill slope, achieved only with help from 2-3 marshals with every car, was a nightmare of the worst order. I think we got the last one out just as night was falling.

It then snowed overnight. Not a lot, but enough to be a nuisance. The Relay was at Strines, a fine upland forest but accessible only by moorland country lanes. Very fortunately, one of our team had managed to contact the road services, who early on got a snow plough out to clear the main road west from Sheffield and the lane through to Strines. Event saved – but only just; the car park was wholly unusable, and vehicles got parked on road verges in all directions and in Low Bradfield, 3.5 km away. The starts were delayed by an hour, but once underway the event, staffed by East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC), ran well.

It all calmed down again for the Relaxation event, organised by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC) in the (not-all-that-relaxing) steep-sloping Hope Woodlands, with lovely views over Ladybower Reservoir.

As was common in the ’70s, there was an evening social programme – folk music on Saturday (when the City of Sheffield also laid on a lavish Civic Reception in the Cutler’s Hall) and the Prize-giving coupled with a dance on Sunday.

Clive Allen – JK ’78 Coordinator

 

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#JKMemories : Clive Allen’s JK Diary Snippets – the 1970s

By Clive Allen, Former Chairman of British Orienteering Federation

Through the 70s the JK format over 4 days was Training-Individual-Relay-Rundown Event. In 1974 ‘Rundown’ became ‘Relaxation’ – a better image, one could say, but see below.

Had entered a JK Rundown Event once when it was close to home in Sheffield, but first, serious JK was in Scotland in 1973, my first O-event north of the border. A very inauspicious start in the Training Event, after a 40-minute walk from assembly area – 45 minutes to control 1! Ran from Start along the wrong stream, south of intended one, and got badly lost. This was Drumore Wood, Loch Ard: diary entry says “very difficult terrain – high heather, crags, tussocky moorland and unbrashed forest.” So much for the planned confidence-boost!

Individual race: South Achray. Can still remember the long climb to the start. Two bad mistakes lost me about 15 minutes – ended 72 out of 92 on M21B, 94-01 for 5.9 km. But “an excellent run-in to the finish” – and the views were good!

Not only the first time in Scotland but also the first time out on the first leg in a relay! ‘White Rose Jets’ were me, Ken Foster (EBOR) and Bill Hodgson (Patons OC) in class D, 3 km legs, 39 teams. Frantic start found 1 and 2 more by luck than any judgement, then “poor route choice 2-3, overshot 5, then took a long way round for safety, 5-6”. We all know that kind of story. But mistakes were widespread; I reached the “excellent scenic but overcrowded” change-over in 16th place. And we ended up 12th, “fifth British team to finish, beat Sweden VI, Switzerland I, II and III and N. Ireland.” 2 or 3 pints of ‘heavy’ were downed with some satisfaction that evening, for sure.

Rundown Event was lovely, on “scenic moorland and bushy pasture” at Balmaha and Strathcashell on a 1:20,000 3-colour map. Leg 9-10 along the shore of Loch Lomond.

JK 1974: Forest of Dean, a big contrast in terrain to the year before. Individual race in Speech House North (same finish field as BOC 2015). 13th out of 116 on M21B (11.1 km) and Championship Gold! Control 5 was in the wrong depression of two reasonably close together, with a different-numbered control in the ‘correct’ depression – there was a protest, but the course wasn’t voided. Relay on Brierley South: ran the first leg again for an AIRE team in Class A. “An extremely fast course … superb run-in to changeover point. Slow to no. 10 – unmarked ride in front of the control.” The team ended 74th out of 102.

After 2 delightful days with fast times, the so-called ‘Relaxation race’ on Trelleck Common & Beacon Hill. 10.9 km took me 125.29, and the winner took 92.43! 40 finished the course and 23 retired. “A very hard event in continuously difficult terrain – fallen trees, heavy brashings and brambles throughout. Steep climb for one control only to drop right down again. Map (4-col., 1:20,000) lacked considerable detail and often gave a false impression of runnability.” Or maybe I was just tired?

JK 1975: Star Posts, near Crowthorne in Berkshire, hosted the JK Individual. The end of March: cold and cloudy, and still big patches of snow in the forest. “Mistakes due to going too fast at crucial moments.” (Still doing that, 45 years later.) Just in the top half on M21B. Relay at Hawley and Hornley Commons; very cold on open assembly area (an old runway, if I recollect right), and it snowed heavily after the event. Ran leg 3 in Class A with Mike Smithard and Alistair Wood. “Complex area but very runnable, mistakes easy… well out for 9 (pit in featureless area), wrong area of forest for 10 (parallel feature) …”, but still pulled up 6 places!

Learnt the hard way in the Relaxation race, on Gallowstree Common in the Chilterns on a warm and sunny morning, that when rhododendron/juniper is shown on the map with full green it really is impenetrable. 5 minutes getting drenched for 10 metres of progress – 1 minute if I had gone round. Otherwise “an enjoyable run through beech woods and some plantation.” But the best bit of the day was the lunch and pint of Brakspears in ‘The Reformation’ with some West Cumberland folk afterwards, prior to the long drive home.

The JK 1976: quality Lake District terrain in lovely Eskdale – Dalegarth East and Dalegarth West. East for the Individual. First time in M21A, and 47th out of 105 – Gold standard, well satisfied. “Very misty conditions on the moor, fine navigation essential in very detailed terrain … a lot of awkward walls and fences.” The AIRE relay team of Wood/Smithard/Allen ended 33rd out of 96. “Very rocky (Dalegarth West) forest and a lot of uphill slog … bright, muggy day. Slow on last two and allowed Mike Wimpenny to get 5 seconds ahead.”

Relaxation race at Greystoke Forest: did a short course with 9-year-old daughter Sue (now an active W50), her first JK event. 

Back ‘down south’ for the JK 1977 edition. Training in Lower Bourne Forest – “pleasant, runnable” – then to Leith Hill for the Individual. 11.5 km with 480 m climb on M35A was too much for a very painful big toe, injured when it got trapped between rocks at Harrop Tarn 2 weeks earlier, so retired. “General view that course was too long … cold bright day with snow showers. Start ran 20 minutes late.” (Didn’t write down why). The relay in Eartham Wood, “a rather featureless beech wood, most controls either depressions or unusual trees (holly or yew).” Ran the last leg for a scratch AIRE team. Shadowed Sue in the Relaxation event – at Mytchett Common.

And so to JK 1978: a wholly different experience, as Event Director!

 

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England set to host the 2020 Interland Cup this Sunday

England host this year’s Interland Cup which will take place at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Woods in Buckinghamshire on Sunday 1 March.

England are set to compete in the Interland Cup this Sunday (1 March) in Buckinghamshire, England. The full England Team can be found here

The Interland Cup is England’s only international competition outside the British Isles. England competes annually in this five-cornered match against two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Netherlands, and the French Ligue des Hauts de France de Course d’Orientation (LHFCO).

This competition is a team effort spanning age groups from W/M14 to W/M60+: 42 team members in all. Last year England regained the cup and the aim is to win both the cup and the youth trophy this year.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank the hosting region: The South East Orienteering Association, the organising club Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (Happy Herts (HH)) as well as Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) who are arranging training on the day before the competition.

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