FlagsThe season finished not soon after it started.

In the UK we had racing until the middle of March. And then it all stopped. The British Nights were held. The first round of the UK Elite League took place.

There were immediate cancellations/postponements of the big Spring events and the Welsh multiday summer festival. Other events, such as the Home Internationals, held out hope for varying lengths of time, but in the end none could see a way to take place. And that was pretty much it for racing in the UK.

There may be a short Autumn flurry, as has already started in Sweden and Norway - let's see.

But there was considerable creativity on recreational lines. Clubs created MapRun courses for independent exercise, and many regular orienteers reminded themselves about permanent courses. There were the Lockdown festivals.

And so it was across the world, and we had little of our usual fare to report or link to. But there were a few things, here's a roundup.

There is a record for the most Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet - there are 282 on the list) run in 24 hours. The record is now held by Sasha Chepelin. Report from Scottish Athletics "Sasha... is also involved in orienteering" they say, which is rather an understatement for a runner with individual top-10s in every format at the Junior World Champs, and a 4th place at Jukola.

Sasha is a very young person to hold one of these mountain endurance records.

He is pictured here with Megan Carter-Davies, Jo Shepherd and WIll Gardner, in the team photo for the GB team at last year's Sprint Relay in Helsinki. teamPhoto

Thanks to organising teams in Switzerland and the Czech Republic there will be Sprint Championships next year which is really great news.

Czechia The warm-up event for next year's World Champs is Euromeeting at the end of October. That is shaping up to be a big competition with large teams.

Euromeeting 2020 Bulletin-1.

World Orienteering Champs 2021.

The OOCup took place in France in August (with the UK re-introducing quaratine for arrivals from France before it finished). Most of the top orienteers running chose the Elite courses, but some, including Megan Carter-Davies, Ben Mitchell and Peter Bray, opted for "Ultimate" courses - in which the paths are not on the map.

OOCup Results.

Martin Bagness was first every day in M60.

TheRunIn of hour long orienteering podcasts has maintained its fortnightly release schedule. Recent episodes have included interesting big-piece interviews with Jess Halliday, Kirstin Maxwell, and Ben Mitchell.

There was also a terrific interview as part of the Lockdown programme: Hector Haines talked with Carol McNeill. Carol's 1979 run in Finland is the highest place by a GBR woman for individual WOC forest races in Scandinavia.

Carol Carol McNeill, photo: Lakeland Orienteering Club.

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