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Double Medal Success for Great Britain in the Women’s Individual Sprint

Gold for GBR Megan Carter-Davies and Bronze for GBR Alice Leake and fantastic runs from all the GB team in the Individual Sprints at the World Orienteering Championships 2022 in Denmark.

Simona Aebersold (SUI), Megan Carter-Davies (GBR), Alice Leake (GBR)

After achieving three heat wins in the morning, Great Britain qualified five of the six athletes for the finals of the Individual Sprint, with the top 15 from each group qualifying for the Final.

GBR Nathan Lawson put in a great performance but unfortunately just missed out on qualification finishing 19th in his group. The Men’s Individual Sprint Final was first up with GBR Ralph Street up first and a solid run put him in a great sport which eventually saw him pick up a podium 6th place.

Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo (NOR), Aston Key (AUS), Ralph Street (GBR)

GBR Kris Jones who started last, due to putting in the fastest heat time was flying through the run and crossed the line in 3rd place. Unfortunately, a mis-punch on the course saw him later disqualified in an event that was won by Kasper Harlem Fosser (NOR) impressively by 16 seconds.

In the women’s event, all three athletes qualified impressively for the final, with both GBR Charlotte Ward and GBR Megan Carter-Davies winning their respective heats.

GBR Alice Leake was the first Brit up, who in 2021 took 4th place in this same event and ran a solid race, which put her in the leader’s chair until right up to the end of the race.  GBR Alice Leake managed to hold on to the Bronze medal seeing her improve one place up from World Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic.

Both GBR Charlotte Ward and GBR Megan Carter-Davies were one of the last starters in the women’s race and in the rare moment which saw Tove Alexandersson (SWE) under pressure and making a few errors was eventually beaten into 6th place. GBR Megan Carter-Davies ran a clean race which saw her fastest on the checkpoints throughout the race and she held on to take the overall win in 1st place, crowning her World Orienteering Champion!

GBR Megan Caarter-Davies - World Champion!
GBR Alice Leake - Bronze medal winner
Podium flags x 2 for Great Britain
GBR Megan Carter-Davies
GBR Alice Leake
GBR Ralph Street

GBR Megan Carter-Davies said after the race: “I was focusing on taking the right route choices and having an error-free run and I made no real mistake.”

Interview with Gold Medal Winner Megan Carter-Davies 

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine

Interview with GB Alice Leake  

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine

Interview with GB Ralph Street 

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine


Sprint Final Results


  • Megan Carter Davies GBR 14:22
  • Simona Aebersold SUI 14:28
  • Alice Leake GBR 14:40
  • Andrine Benjaminsen NOR 14:41
  • Elena Roos SUI 14:46
  • Tove Alexandersson SWE 14:51


  • Kasper Harlem Fosser NOR 13:56
  • Gustav Bergman SWE 14:12
  • Jannick Michiels BEL 14:20
  • Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo NOR 14:25
  • Aston Key AUS 14:34
  • Ralph Street GBR 14:36


This event ended the first Sprint World Championships and made this one of the most successful championships for Great Britain.

With the next Sprint World Orienteering Championship in Edinburgh 2024, there is plenty to look forward to!


Photo credits:  IOF / William Hollowell

Find out more on the World Orienteering Championships 2022 website here.

Share  Tweet Thursday 30th June 2022

Megan Carter-Davies - World Champion!

Tonight, Megan capped off a highly successful World Championships in Denmark by becoming World Champion to add to her silver medals in the mixed relay and individual silver in the Knock-Out Sprint. She becomes only the third British athlete to become World Champion following the footsteps of Yvette Baker in 1999 and Jamie Stevenson in 2003.

Alice Leake also had an excellent individual sprint race at the World Championships last night winning the bronze medal.

There was a huge disappointment for Kris Jones who finished in third place in the men’s event but was later disqualified for mispunching. Ralph Street had another good and solid performance to finish in 6th place.

More to follow.

Photo credits:  IOF / William Hollowell

Share  Tweet Thursday 30th June 2022

Peter Palmer Junior Team Relays (10-11 September) - entries are open!

The Peter Palmer Junior Team Relays are taking place in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on 10-11 September 2022.

Ian Gamlen from the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club, says: 
"As well as the traditional competition which have teams of 6-8 M/W12-18 Junior Orienteers starting at 5 am, there is a relatively new Daybreak competition, starting at 6.30 am for teams of 4-6 M/W12-18 Junior Orienteers.  This is available for juniors with little or no experience of night orienteering."

Overnight accommodation and breakfast are provided.

Entries via Fabian4 are now open here

The closing date for entries is on Sunday 4 September 2022.

More information and details are available on the FUTURE EVENTS (

Any queries please contact Ian Gamlen, Assistant Organiser at City of Birmingham Orienteering Club on 07941730771.

Share  Tweet Friday 13th March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19) update - British Orienteering Events

Guidance for Competition Organisers


British Orienteering is monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies.

The UK Government has indicated that “banning large gatherings is one of the least effective measures a country can take”.

We recognise that the Scottish Government has taken a different approach in that from Monday (16th March 2020) “all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak”.

British Orienteering will follow the advice of the UK government unless we are instructed to do so by the government or other relevant authorities. For clarification in Scotland events over 500 must follow the advice issued by the Scottish Government.

We take the safety of our members and all those involved in organising and delivering competitions and events very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and potentially introduce further guidance or measures as the situation evolves.

Competition Guidance

However, you must not come to any British Orienteering competition or activity if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you have a high temperature
  • If  you have a new continuous cough
  • If you have been in Wuhan city or Hubei Province (China), Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Iran, or the containment areas in northern Italy on or after Saturday 7 March
  • If you have been anywhere in Italy on or after Monday 9 March
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.


Risk Management

Competition organisers should look at opportunities to reduce the risk of close contact for orienteers, officials and volunteers.  For example:

  • Extended start times
  • Increased size starting pens;
  • No results or awards ceremony at the event (available on line);
  • Reduce areas where people congregate such as club tents, catering, download areas;
  • Where possible source sufficient sanitizers for all areas but recommend that competitors bring their own along;
  • Rubbish to be taken away by participants after the event
  • Consider providing additional information in advance (e.g. about the personal hygiene facilities available at the event) to support people in making an informed decision as to whether to compete
  • Where possible review your Cancellation Policy.


As you can appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of any further developments or changes.


13 March 2020