Following on from the success of the World Sprint Championships in Denmark the next World Sprint Championships are being held in Edinburgh in July 2024. This offers a unique opportunity to promote orienteering to a wider audience and attract more people to take part in orienteering across the UK.
With the excitement of the sprint format proving particularly attractive to young people. The staging of the world championships has the potential to have a substantial impact on orienteering activity across the country.
The sport needs to grasp this potential and achieve significant growth in numbers enjoying orienteering as an exciting sport for all, young people in particular.
We are seeking a motivated individual to create a 2 year delivery plan to maximise this opportunity for the sport of orienteering.
Further details can be found here
On behalf of LEI, I would like to thank you all for your attendance yesterday and the superb way in which the teams entered into the spirit of the competition. I think all the young people present should be congratulated on the wonderful way they showed off our sport to the many visitors to the park. I had several comments from the park staff and those working in the cafe on the high standard of behaviour that they all showed.
YBT Trophy YBT Shield
1st SYO 893 1st SUFFOC
2nd HH 871 2nd SOS
3rd WCOC 855 3rd BKO
Full results can be found here
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.
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.
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 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.”
Reporter: Katherine Bett
Reporter: Katherine Bett
Reporter: Katherine Bett
Sprint Final Results
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.
Place of Residence: Oslo, Norway
Experience: When did you start/How did you get into Orienteering?
“My parents took me orienteering, I started myself when I was 9 years old.”
Clubs: What orienteering clubs have you been part of?
“In the UK, South London Orienteers and Sheffield University Orienteering Club.
Abroad, Södertälje-Nykvarn while I was in Sweden, and then Nydalen and now Bækkelaget once I was in Norway.”
“Snow permitting, I try and run twice a day and do orienteering twice a week.”
“I have a competition with Grace Molloy over who has the best number bib for each race."
Favourite terrain/venue/event in UK/World:
“I think Jukola in Finland is my favourite race in the world.”
“Anything my flatmate cooks for me.”
“Going to work.”
“When I was growing up it would have been Yvette Baker, Heather Monro, Jamie Stevenson, Jon Duncan, but by the time I was really getting into following orienteering they had all retired from internationals. However, by this time I was quite heavily involved with Södertälje where we had many top runners who I could learn from and be inspired by.”
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
“Work closer with your coaches.”
British Orienteering wishes you all the very best Ralph with your final preparations.
Ahead of the World Orienteering Championships 2022 in Denmark, British Orienteering is posting interviews of the GB athletes selected to compete so that all members can get to know the GB team. Please keep an eye out for these interviews which will be posted on the British Orienteering website this week, and follow all the action live here throughout the World Orienteering Championships which start with the Sprint Relay on Sunday 26 June!
Good Luck to the British Team