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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

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Sprint Final Results

Women

  • 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

Men

  • 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.

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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

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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 (coboc.org.uk)

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

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Share  Tweet Thursday 23rd June 2022

Interview with GB Elite Athlete: NATHAN LAWSON

Place of Residence: Shipley, Yorkshire

GB Nathan Lawson

Experience: When did you start/ How did you get into Orienteering?
“I started when I was a kid going with my mum and dad on the weekends. When I was around 15 or so I decided that I wanted to take it more seriously and began training with a bit more intent.”

Clubs:  What orienteering clubs have you been part of?
“I run for Octavian Droobers and Lidingö”

Coach:
Oli Johnson (South Yorkshire Orienteers)

Training Routine:
“I try to make my training emphasise key sessions each week. This season it has focused on quality speed sessions and orienteering sessions - especially sprint. As a result, my overall mileage has been lower than in recent years when I've tried to race everything, so it's been important to remind myself what I am aiming for and that specifically has been important. Physically I'm self-coached though so I'm always learning and enjoy trying out new things in training and following the World Orienteering Championships I'm looking forward to pursuing some new goals and approaches.”

Race Routine/habits:
“It's taken me a long time to find a routine that works for me. Anyone who's known me for a while knows that I used to really stress myself out about doing everything perfectly to a routine around races, meaning I was tense and probably not a lot of fun to be around. For a variety of reasons, I've really changed my approach to trying to feel as relaxed as possible before a race, regardless of the level or perceived pressure, and try to focus on and remember the reason I'm there. Obviously, I want to do as well as possible, but ultimately, I really enjoy racing competitively and orienteering in cool terrain, and thinking about this lets me focus a lot more on my own technique and race. I also think it's important to contextualise your own race, especially internationally, and not be too hard on yourself when you're racing professional athletes or people who might be 5 or 10 years older and more experienced. A good habit I've found is that if I can finish a race and think I'm happy with it as soon as I cross the line, even before I've downloaded, then that's a good outcome.”

Favourite terrain/venue/event in UK/World:
“I really enjoy sand dune orienteering and technical campus sprints.”

Favourite Food:
“Thai food, though I'm really not fussy as long as it's vegetarian and doesn't have mushrooms in it!”

Other Hobbies:
“I'm currently converting a van into a campervan which is really fun!”

Inspirations:
“I think it's a really good time to take inspiration from the current GB sprint squad. There are so many great runners competing together and everyone has a really good team attitude which means we can all really celebrate each other's successes. I think seeing how fast Kris and Ralph are running and the results Meg is putting out there is really inspiring at the moment. Having Oli coaching me is also a big source of inspiration given how successful he was for so many years.”

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
“Enjoy it! Everyone gets told this as a junior but it's really hard to actually listen to and act on it when there is a lot of focus on EYOC/JWOC only. As soon as you're out of that bubble, you realise how many incredible opportunities orienteering can give you so the earlier you can realise the things this sport can let you do and focus on those the better.”

 

British Orienteering wishes you all the very best Nathan with your final preparations.

 

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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

Nathan Lawson
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