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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 Monday 21st February 2022

Over three hundred orienteers navigated their way on Ilkley Moor - at night!

Over 300 people conquered the British Night Championships on a very snowy Ilkley Moor on Saturday night. Graham Gristwood and Megan Carter-Davies being crowned Elite Champions for 2022.

Full report from the Organisers shortly.

Photo credits:  Wendy Carlyle (Airienteers)

One competitor gives her personal account of Saturday's night orienteering event on Ilkley Moor.

Kay Hawke member of Pendle Forest Orienteers, says: 

"Having taken part in only a handful of night ‘O’ events, watching the snowfall hours before the night event was to start, I knew that the event ahead on Ilkley Moor was going to be a test of many things, navigation, endurance, and not least, resilience! We travelled over to Ilkley in the afternoon, wondering how the event team was managing to even get onto the Moor let alone accurately be able to put out the controls precisely with the even added pressure of it being a National event! All of the volunteers at Airienteers did a sterling job getting the event on and braving the elements just so that a few hundred people could run around in the snow!

Thankfully by the time of the event, we were left with a clear evening with the snow gone from the skies but a heap left on the ground. The climb up to the Start luring you into a false sense of security that you would have clearly marked paths under your feet for the rest of the night! Soon the biting wind crept its way up the hill and I was thankful to start just to get warm!

Heading off into the night in a new location with just a headtorch and a map for guidance is never easy but soon after the start was out of sight it was apparent it was going to be a test of mettle. Thick snow covered everything, from foot-high boulders to paths, to gullies and everything in between. It didn’t take long to get to the area where most courses had their first set of controls with many people circling the numerous boulders that litter the north of the area, talk about easing us in gently! After a few twists and turns (and slips and slides) the first controls were dibbed and the Blue course sent you off eastwards to the more exposed land. Snow trodden tracks made by competitors didn’t quite match up to the paths marked on the map but headed (kind of) the right way as the usual line features, you’d rely on in ‘normal’ conditions disappeared under the snow. You simply had no idea if you were traveling over a path, ferns, or a boulder field, just secretly hoping you’d made the right decisions and turns along the way!

It's fair to say that whilst you’re out there, sometimes alone, in a snow-filled depression knowing you have most of the controls to complete still, you wonder why you do these things! And then you find a cairn you were looking (hoping) for and the path you’d lost 200m ago and you get the satisfaction orienteering constantly brings us. I was looking at the competitors as I was going around, some young, some old, and knew many people wouldn’t understand *why* we do this, especially in these conditions and I kept coming back to satisfaction. There’s just something about getting to that control you never thought you’d find, getting to the finish that seemed miles away when you were on the other side of the Moor an hour ago and you forget about the misery of that wind that nearly blew your map away at control 11 or that mud bank you slid down! And afterwards you think, I just survived on a wild Yorkshire Moor in the middle of winter on my own for a few hours, with just my map and a headtorch, how awesome is that!"

Congratulations to both Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley Orienteers) and Megan Carter-Davies (Swansea Bay Orienteering Club) on being crowned Elite Champions for 2022.

Provisional results are available here.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all Airienteers club members who helped to make this event such a success.  Thank you for all your hard work and efforts, especially on the day with the challenging weather conditions.  Thank you to all who took part and congratulations to the overall winners in each age class.