BritishIsles The perhaps self-contradictory term "Home International" is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three "home internationals" and this coming weekend is the Senior Home International. Teams are 18 strong, six men and six women in the open class, and three men and three women 20 or under. This year's competition is organised by Swansea Bay O.C. on sand dune terrain in South Wales. The event dinner is being done by the Welsh Junior Squad.

On Saturday it is the individual races. Senior women run 8.6km with 340m climb and the men 11.6km with 425m climb - and a target winning time of 63 minutes so it's fast terrain.

Final details.


The other home Internationals are the junior, or JHI (M/W14 - M/W18), and the veteran or VHI (masters, 35+). All three competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day, and calculate results by a points scheme. There's also a social element - a meal on the Saturday night, and often teams stay in the same place. The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


Teams

Startlists

The teams include many GB and Irish internationals. In the men's open the top three in the British National Rankings are all entered: Will Gardner, Graham Gristwood and Ali McLeod. Others from the ranking list top 10 are Jonathan Crickmore and Ben Mitchell.

In the women's open, six of the top eight from the National Rankings run: Megan Carter-Davies, Cecilie Andersen, Sarah Jones, Cat Taylor, Laura Robertson and Grace Molloy. (The other two of the top eight: Charlotte Ward and Alice Leake, concentrate on sprint orienteering and last weekend enjoyed success in a series of three races in Vienna.)

M20

  • Wales
  • William Thomas, Mid-Wales
  • Tom Wood, ERYRI
  • Quinlan Silk, South Wales
  • Ireland
  • Dan McDonnell, Cork
  • Aidan McCullough, Three Rock
  • Darragh Hoare, Bishopstown
  • Scotland
  • Joseph Wright, Edinburgh University
  • James Ackland, Interlopers
  • Max Fergus Alston Bloor, Interlopers
  • England
  • Eddie Narbett, Edinburgh University
  • Alasdair Pedley, Edinburgh University
  • Alastair Thomas, Edinburgh University

W20

  • Wales
  • Rebecca Ward, North Gloucester
  • Ffion Jones, Southdowns
  • Holly Stodgell, Walton Chasers
  • Ireland
  • Emer Perkins, University College Dublin
  • Eadaoin McCavana, University College Dublin
  • Ciara Silby, Waterford O.C. / University College Dublin
  • Scotland
  • Roanne Lilley, Loch Eck
  • Kathryn Barr, Moravian
  • Emma Wilson, Edinburgh University
  • England
  • Evie Conway, Airienteers
  • Laura King, Edinburgh University
  • Niamh Hunter, West Cumberland

Senior Men

  • Wales
  • Ben Mitchell, Swansea Bay
  • Matt Whipple, South Wales
  • Iestyn Evans, Swansea Bay
  • Rhys Manning, South Wales
  • Wah Kin Michael Lai, Mid-Wales
  • Patrick Jones, Swansea Bay
  • Ireland
  • Marcus Pinker, Forth Valley
  • Ruairi Short, Curragh Naas
  • Josh O'Sullivan-Hourihan, Cork
  • Conall Whelan, Curragh Naas
  • Conor Short, Curragh Naas
  • Kevin O'Boyle Curragh Naas
  • Scotland
  • Graham Gristwood, Forth Valley
  • Alex Carcas, Edinburgh University
  • Doug Tullie, Roxburgh Reivers
  • Alasdair McLeod, Airienteers
  • Thomas Wilson, Edinburgh University
  • Jamie Stevenson, Forth Valley
  • England
  • Will Gardner, Octavian Droobers
  • Duncan Birtwistle, Octavian Droobers
  • Ben Windsor, DrongO
  • Jonathan Crickmore, Edinburgh University
  • Alistair Masson, Interlopers
  • Nick Barrable, South Yorkshire

Senior Women

  • Wales
  • Clare Dallimore, South Wales
  • Ffion Evans, Mid-Wales
  • Fay Walsh, Edinburgh University
  • Megan Carter-Davies, Mid-Wales
  • Kitty Bray, Southern Navigators
  • Ireland
  • Regina Kelly, Curragh Naas
  • Niamh Corbett, Cork
  • Clodagh Moran, University College Dublin
  • Aoife McCavana, Great Eastern Navigators
  • Ruth Lynam, Curragh Naas
  • Toni O'Donovan, Leicestershire
  • Scotland
  • Rebecca Harding, Roxburgh Reivers
  • Laura Robertson, Edinburgh Southern
  • Kirsten Strain, Auld Reekie
  • Kirstin Maxwell, Roxburgh Reivers
  • Grace Molloy, Forth Valley
  • Frances Wright, Mar
  • England
  • Cecilie Andersen, Bristol
  • Fiona Bunn, Thames Valley
  • Chloe Potter, Bristol
  • Sarah Rollins, Southern Navigators
  • Sarah Jones, Edinburgh Southern
  • Cat Taylor, South Yorkshire

Last year, Pendle Forest Orienteers hosted on England's behalf. The overall scores were: ENG 57, SCO 45, IRE 24, WAL 20.

Report and results from the Pendle Forest Orienteers website. .

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