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No two races are the same
Kris is selected for the GB team for the forthcoming World Championships. His events in Latvia are the individual sprint, the sprint relay, and the forest relay.
He won a bronze medal at the recent European Championships.
(Update 7am Saturday 16th - list updated, apologies to anyone we have missed, you can let us know at @OnTheRedLineO on Twitter.)
We can perhaps usefully summarise British runners in Venla and Jukola.
There are ten British teams in Venla, and eleven in Jukola. You can find their runners in the full Venla/Jukola startlists.
Many of the stronger British or British-based runners taking part are running for Scandinavian clubs, some probably near the sharp end of the races - see below for list.
Tons of thought and hours of practice goes into who runs which leg. Factors such as the light conditions, how many other runners will be in near attendance, athlete style and mental approach all play a part as well as this year's terrain type and leg length and position in the relay.
The result is we see that every single leg in both Venla and Jukola is represented in the list of British runners in Scandinavian club teams. You may not be so surprised to learn which has most...
The Annual Report of The Orienteering Foundation Charity for 2017 was published last month.
Most of the work of The Foundation involves small grants on a project-by-project basis to further the sport of orienteering in the UK, and these are discussed in the report.
The GB Senior Squad were extremely grateful to the Foundation for supporting the team by hosting an appeal to support World Champs participation. It was very generously supported by many people. The money raised was distributed to 15 of the 16 athletes who attended the 2017 Championships (Estonia).
We also raised, through MyDonate, £10,365 which was distributed to 15 athletes who were in the GB squad for the World Orienteering Cup competition.
The Orienteering Foundation has kindly agreed to a similar appeal in relation to this year's World Champs. This will launch next week.
On May 31st several team selections were published by British Orienteering.
The teams for round 3 and round 4 of the 2018 World Cup. (World Cup Round 1 was the European Champs, World Cup Round 2 is the World Champs.)
The team for the World Universities Championships.
The team for Euromeeting in Denmark.
How do these fit with the 2018 international calendar and the twenty-four squad athletes?
British Orienteering has published the GB team for the World Championships (WOC).
On The Red Line congratulates the fourteen athletes and wishes them well for the next two months of training and for the racing in Latvia in early August.
All have previously represented Great Britain at World Championships. In fact, only the youngest member of the team, Megan Carter-Davies, who debuted last year, has not done so more than once.
The Sprint Relay team is the team that won the sprint relay at the World Universities Orienteering Championships in Miskolc, Hungary two years ago.
Squad member Ralph Street won a bronze medal with Bækkelagets Sportsklub in the Norwegian Sprint Relay Championship Race in Stavanger yesterday.
The winners were Nydalens SK, with whom Ralph won a bronze last year. After the four legs and an hour's running they finished 20secs ahead of NTNUI, with Bækkelagets SK a further 19 seconds back.
Photo Composition: GB WOC Team 2018 by On The Red Line
A campaign is launched inviting members of the British orienteering community to contribute towards the cost of the GB team attending the 2018 World Championships (WOC.) The fundraising campaign is, as last year, via the BT MyDonate site and the charity The Orienteering Foundation
The campaign page provides more explanation and provides the way to make a donation.
The success of last year's campaign really helped the athletes, easing financial pressure and being boosted by the support shown by the orienteering community.
Photo by Wendy Carlyle
The weekend of 16th/17th June is the Venla and Jukola Relays in Finland. These are enormous. It's a big festival weekend and one of the big competitive weekends of the international orienteering calendar.
Venla is a 4-leg day relay for women. Jukola is a 7-leg overnight relay.
In Britain, a country of 65 million people, orienteering is not so well-known and remains a minority sport. Night orienteering is a minority sport within the minority sport, and a lot of active orienteers say they don't like relay orienteering because of "the additional responsibility" of teammates. Guess what - the UK's night relay, the "Harvester Trophy", is a connoisseur's event for two hundred people.
In Finland, a country with less than one tenth the population, orienteering has a higher profile and there is more navigation skill, the long days of midsummer are a big contrast to the winter, and the overnight relay weekend is several hundred times bigger, attracting over fifteen thousand runners. Many seem to enjoy orienteering more as part of team at a big event, and travel a long way to be there with their friends and family. For some it is their annual orienteering outing.
So for a cultural parallel think not of orienteering but of the London Marathon: a big festival event, a mix of top-level and participation sport, a tradition, and a lot of general interest.
Image: Extract of previous map of the Balmoral Estate
This weekend sees the British Long Distance Championships at Balmoral Estate. The area was previously used for RacetheCastles in 2014 and the Scottish Championships in 2016 and offers a beautiful venue with good technical challenge in a variety of high quality terrain.
Event parking and the race arena are close to Balmoral Castle itself. Thanks go to Her Majesty the Queen and Balmoral Estates for allowing orienteering to use the area and in particular to Garry Marsden, Estate Visitor Enterprise Manager for his great co-operation.