British Orienteering Squad Announcement 11th November:
The Selection Panel recognised the results and performances of some younger athletes with Matthew Fellbaum’s Silver at the Junior World Championships meaning he joins the senior squad along with Alex Carcas and Jamie Parkinson.
On The Red Line Alex grew up with the Edinburgh Club Interlopers and won the M18 JK Sprint 2016 running with Halden SK. Best JWOC position: 24th in Sprint in 2017.
I grew up in Edinburgh and represented the Edinburgh Interlopers club. I was a member of the Scottish Junior Squad for five years, from 2012 through till 2016. Currently I am based at the University of Edinburgh, running for Edinburgh University and studying Chemical Engineering. Internationally I run for Turun Metsänkävijät, a Finnish club based in Turku.
I regularly compete on the track and cross country scene having competed for Scotland seven times. Best results on the cross country are 2nd at the Scottish National XC championships U20 and winning a British Athletics Cross race in the same year. My best orienteering results have mostly come from relay races, winning the JK mens trophy with Interlopers in 2015, and again with EUOC in 2018.
When I was moving into my final year as an M16 I moved out to Norway to compete for Halden SK, and to live with an incredibly kind, orienteering mad family – the Bjølo family – to try to improve on my lack of technical orienteering skills. This was an incredible year and I learnt a lot about orienteering and what it means to be an elite athlete.
I competed for Great Britain first at the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) held in Macedonia. This was a tough entry to the world of international orienteering but a great opportunity and experience to have. It was inspiring to see just how good the best at this age were, and great motivation for future years. I went on to attend two further EYOC’s (Romania and Poland) and 2 JWOC’s (Finland and Hungary).
My senior debut race was at Euromeeting in Denmark in 2018 and I also competed at the World Cup final, held in Czech Republic. I have finished my years competing as a junior. Now is the time to try to take the step up into the senior ranks and to take any opportunities to race internationally that I can.