Photo Composition: GB WOC Team 2018 by On The Red Line
The team, or for British Orienteers "your team", for the 2018 World Championships in early August, has 14 runners. You know by now this is the last World Champs to be all discipline, i.e. sprint and forest races. So, in future years the team will almost certainly have fewer runners. It does mean for teams as a whole, for the support staff, and for spectators, there are many races to think about and look forward to: sprint, middle and long, plus the sprint and forest relays.
But that's not necessarily the individual athlete view. For seven of the GB athletes, half the team, there is a single race that is their's (counting the sprint qualification and final, which are on the same day, as one race.)
How does an athlete work their training in such a situation? How do you do the best possible race when you really want to? On The Red Line has a couple of articles on this aspect of the sport. The first is the final one in the set of three Ali McLeod did for On The Red Line when we launched, a general one about preparing for a single race.
Cat Taylor does two individual races and a relay.
The one who'll be thinking least about the races may be the youngest, as she is also running in the World Universities between now and the World Champs. Good luck to: