There was great sprint racing with a significant international presence in Scotland this weekend. Sprint Scotland, a mix of coaching, training and hard racing took place for four days around Bo’ness and Denny.
Overall results were determined by aggregate time for three World Ranking races. In the women's just 6 seconds split first placed Anine Lome of Norway from third-placed Fiona Bunn of Thames Valley, with the Edinburgh-based New Zealander Laura Robertson second. In the men's the gaps were bigger with Trond Einar Moen Pedersli 30 seconds ahead of Yannick Michiels of Belgium who was 21 seconds ahead of British Squad member, Edinbugh University's Sasha Chepelin..
Charlotte Watson in Lillomarka OL Relay Kit
The Venla and Jukola relays, the latter the biggest orienteering race in the world, took place in Finland last weekend. There were over 20,000 runners and an estimated 50,000 people attending the competition centre and camping in 70 hectares near Kangasala. The weekend is both top-level and mass participation sport. Most of the top British forest orienteers were there, running for their Scandinavian clubs.
The Great Britain Sprint Relay Team for World Cup Round 1
The race starts at 17:57 Finnish Time (2 hours ahead of UK) on Tuesday 11th June. It can be watched on the internet for 6euro.Continue reading...
Sasha Chepelin at the arena passage
Today was the chasing start longish races at World Cup Round 1 in Finland's Nuuksio National Park. ("Longish" rather than "long" as the official description was just "chase" and "long" has specific meanings which do not exactly match the situation.)
Both of yesterday's winners Tove Alexandersson and Gustav Bergman held off their chasing runners.
Peter Bray, shortly after the race
It was "phew what a scorcher" conditions for the runners tackling the first World Cup Race of 2019, a middle distance at Tervalampi in Finland's Nuuksio National Park. It was 90 seconds start intervals, and a typically well-mapped Finnish forest, with plenty of boulders and contour detail.
Nuuksio National Park, photo courtesy of the World Cup Round 1 organisation
Six men and five women are selected to represent GB at the first round of the 2019 World Cup, being held in Finland in June. All will run the middle and chasing start races, and there will be one team in the Sprint Relay. There are three officials in support.
British Orienteering Official Selection Announcement.
The biggest orienteering relay in the world, Jukola, happens not so far away the following weekend. Most/all of the GB team will be joining their Scandinavian club teams after the World Cup to prepare.
British Champs Podium, Kilnsey May 5th 2019, credit: On The Red Line
The Sprint Relay champions are Edinburgh University.
The Forest Relay champions are
Photo: The Belgian runner Yannick Michiels (right of photo, in TuMe's white) is at the front of the 2019 TioMila start (credit: TioMila Facebook)
The TioMila overnight relay in Skåne, the southern tip of Sweden. took place in almost continuous rain this weekend 27-28th April. The Damkavlen was won by Tampereen Pyrintö. The overnight TioMila race was again won by IFK Göteborg with an extremely impressive all round performance.
Many British runners took part for the teams of their Scandinavian clubs. The best placed was Graham Gristwood, who ran in Kalevan Rasti's team who came fourth.Continue reading...
The TioMila relay, dreaming of which has helped sustain Scandinavian orienteers through their winter, has arrived. It takes place in Skåne, the southern tip of Sweden this weekend 27-28th April. (As in Britain it is forest fire that seems the main risk). As usual many British athletes are running for their Scandinavian clubs. We have made a summary of those who are in the top 100 teams - based on the team numbers i.e. finishing order from last year.
Do checkout the World-of-O All You Need to Know.
Last year two British runners, Jo Shepherd and Hollie Orr, were in the third-placed team in the Damkavlen, and Charlotte Watson was in the seventh placed Lillomarka team. Sasha Chepelin was in the 10th placed team in TioMila relay; as with Jo and Hollie it was Halden SK. Halden have the world numbers 3 (Sabine Hauswirth) and 4 (Marika Teini) in their Women's Team this year, neither ran for them last year - they might do well.Continue reading...
Jo, Megan and Cecilie together after their runs on Sunday (credit Iain Shepherd)
It was another warm day in Southern England for the biggest relay event in the UK Calendar: the JK (Jan Kjellström) Relays.
As with the other days of this JK festival pretty much everything was brilliant - planning, parking, layouts, final details, helpful officials, atmosphere.
Most runners were challenged by the good courses and enjoyed their orienteering. The premier classes had good races. The one "but" as most will know was the timing and results service, which as on the other days proved itself not up to the job.
The prizegiving postponed from Day 2 did take place and some of the relay classes could be presented but not all.