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No two races are the same

Kris Jones interview in Fast Running magazine.

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.

Athlete profile - Kris Jones.

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(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...

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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.

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Sasha Photo: Sasha Chepelin, at the European Championships in Switzerland, May 2018.

On May 31st several team selections were published by British Orienteering.

The GB team for the World Championships in Latvia announcement was reported in our news item yesterday.

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?

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Megan Photo: Megan Carter-Davies, in University of Bristol colours, at the JK, Easter 2018, by Robert Lines.

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.

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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.

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Matt Speake Matt Speake has joined Bækkelagets Sportsklub. They announced his arrival with a website article.

Matt, who lives and works in Oslo, is changing from one Oslo club to another, having been with Lillomarka OL for seven years. Most recently he was planner for well-received courses at the Norwegian Test Sprint Race at Akershus Fortress, which we wrote about last month.

Fellow GB Squad member Ralph Street also joined Bækkelagets Sportsklub this year. Matt and Ralph are by no means their first British members - Yvette Baker, Dan Marston and Sarah Rollins are notable British athletes associated with the club.

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Jo Shepherd of Inverness O.C. and Halden SK won the British Champs race at Balmoral on Saturday 19th.

The men's champion is Peter Hodkinson of Nottinghamshire O.C. and Lillomarka OL.

For both Jo and Peter it is a first win of the British Long or Classic distance champs.

Sunday's British Champs relays were both won by Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO).

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The British Long Championships are on Saturday 19th at the Balmoral Estate in North Scotland. If the name is familiar it is probably because the castle is the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family. Since a Royal Prince is marrying in Windsor near London that day however the estate will likely be quiet. And the weather forecast is good.

This post has some pictures of leading runners taken at recent European Champs ( linked to profiles.)

(update) Jon Cross has written a preview of the championship races, now published as an Article.

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Cat photo: Cat Taylor during Thursday's Relays. Cat was the highest placed British athlete today; she was 18th.

The European Championships concluded with the toughest races, the long or classic distance races on Sunday 13th May.

The women had 11.3km with 680m climb. The men had 14.9km with 910m climb.

Swiss Summary of Races

World of O Race Analysis

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