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?


The first of the competitions to take place is the World Universities, which are from 17th July in Finland. The full set of disciplines are featured - sprint, middle, long, sprint relay and forest relay.

The GB team is twelve strong, six women and six men, and each athlete is doing two, three or four races. There are three senior squad members in the team: Megan Carter-Davies, Jonny Crickmore and Sasha Chepelin. Eight (Nathan Lawson, Matt Elkington, Ben Mitchell, Joe Woodley, Cecile Andersen, Sarah Jones, Katie Reynolds, Fay Walsh) of the other nine are seniors (mainly first or second year.) The ninth is Chloe Potter (Sheffield University), a member of the Talent Squad, and who not surprisingly is also selected for the GB Junior World Championships (JWOC) Team - JWOC being the week before the World Universities.

After the World Universities, in early August, it is the World Championships, which are in Latvia. An IOF article in January is entitled

A very special WOC on a very special year for Latvia

The championships in Latvia will be 35th WOC and the last one in modern history of orienteering with both sprint and forest races on the programme.

The British team is quite large, with seven women and seven men, all members of the senior squad.

The opening weekend has the sprint qualification and final on the Saturday and the sprint relay on the Sunday. GB has three runners in each sprint. After that Alice Leake and Chris Smithard have, barring accidents, done their stuff and the other four sprinters are the sprint relay team - a team that won the World Universities Sprint Relay two years ago - Charlotte Ward, Peter Hodkinson, Kris Jones and Megan Carter-Davies.

It is then the forest races: middle, relay and long, with rest days spacing them out. For the men: Alasdair McLeod and Ralph Street tackle the middle, Alan Cherry and Hector Haines the long. For the women Cat Taylor does both, joined by Charlotte Watson and Megan Carter-Davies for the Middle, and Jo Shepherd and Jess Tullie for the long. In the relays Kris, Peter and Ralph are the same team as came 5th nation in the Europeans, and Cat, Jo and Megan go in the women's.

So there aren't slots in the team for the experienced trio of Graham Gristwood (who missed all the selection races through injury), Hollie Orr and Matt Speake. Nor for some of the younger members of the recent European Championships team: Sasha Chepelin, Will Gardner and Kirstin Maxwell.

All of these athletes are named for the other rounds of the 2018 World Cup. Round 3 is in Norway, and is forest focused, providing a taster for next year's World Champs - which are a forest championships. Round 4 is in the Czech Republic, and has three sprint events plus a middle distance.

The Round 3 (Norway) selections are all senior squad members. The Round 4 (Czech) selections include non-senior squad athletes in British Sprint Champion Jamie Parkinson, Sarah Jones and Fay Walsh.

The other selection announcement was for Euromeeting in Denmark. This is a taster for the 2020 World Championships, which are a sprint championships. As the announcement says:

The team is a mixture of younger athletes making the transition to senior competition accompanied by some more experienced senior athletes.

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