British Orienteering has published the selection policy for 2020 internationals (News Item - Senior Selection 2020). Target races are the (Sprint) World Championships, and the three rounds of the World Cup, including the (Forest) European Championships.
Only forest performances matter for forest selections, and only sprint performances matter for sprint selections.
Perhaps particularly for the various sprint disciplines - with many strong GB athletes, little racing so far in 2018, fewer spaces at the first ever sprint only World Champs, and the new knockout sprint format fully launched - it will be interesting to see how things go. On the subject of little racing the policy notes that last weekend's British Championship Sprints (a World Ranking Event, in which Kris Jones and Megan Carter-Davies had clear wins) are out of consideration because the policy is published after the races.Continue reading...
British teams have been announced for senior internationals for the rest of the year. The announcements note the selections are made based on athlete availability (and the published selection policy.) 31 athletes feature.
To better understand the several announcements it may be helpful to review the calendar - from Scotland later this July, through to Scotland in July 2022. And to note that as athletes prioritise when to compete and how to make best use of their time and money many are tending to choose between forest and sprint. Which is not to say they completely exclude one for the other, nor to say that a competition's inherent qualities - a chance to visit somewhere new for example - are not a factor in which competitions they are available for.
World Ranking Events in Scotland are on 30th July and 2nd August, part of the big multiday festival, "Strathearn" Scottish 6-Days. The timing and terrain means they could be a good runout for World Champs runners - and Cat, Graham and Peter are entered.
The nine athletes of the Great Britain Team for the 2019 World Champs. Credits: Matt Speake by Karl Orud, Jo Shepherd by WOC2018 Latvia, Charlotte Watson and Megan Carter-Davies by South London Orienteers (from the "Get up to Speed" videos), others by On The Red Line
The Great Britain Team for the 2019 World Championships includes nine athletes, all of whom have run WOC before. The championships include middle and long (classic) distance, plus relays.
Photo Composition: GB WOC Team 2018 by On The Red Line
The World Championships are in Latvia with races from 4th - 11th August. They are also Round 2 of the 2018 World Cup.
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.
Of the fourteen athletes, three are selected for sprint only, three for sprint and forest, and eight for forest only. We noted in our 'one race' article how half the team, seven athletes, are concentrating on a single race.Continue reading...
On May 31st several team selections were published by British Orienteering.
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?Continue reading...
British Orienteering has published the GB team for the World Championships (WOC).
On The Red Line congratulates the fourteen athletes and wishes them well for the next two months of training and for the racing in Latvia in early August.
All have previously represented Great Britain at World Championships. In fact, only the youngest member of the team, Megan Carter-Davies, who debuted last year, has not done so more than once.
The Sprint Relay team is the team that won the sprint relay at the World Universities Orienteering Championships in Miskolc, Hungary two years ago.Continue reading...
The Swedish test races are this weekend; three weeks before the European Championships (and two weeks before TioMila.) Friday 13th - Sprint. Saturday 14th - Long. Sunday 15th - Middle. All are World Ranking Events. This post will be updated with news and further links as the weekend progresses.
Monday morning: this post is now updated with results.Continue reading...
Following the JK selection races, British Orienteering today announced the GB Team for the European Championships in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, 5th - 13th May.
Other countries are on the same track - please "continue reading" for information about selection races in Switzerland and Norway this weekend and Tuesday 10th, with links to live results and GPS
Good luck to the GB athletes; may the next four weeks of final preparation (and TioMila) go well.Continue reading...
On 27th November 2017 British Orienteering announced a squad of 24 athletes for 2018. New members are all from the Scottish Orienteering Association: Kirstin Maxwell of Roxburgh Reivers, and first-year seniors Jennifer Ricketts and Sasha Chepelin both of Edinburgh University.
The Squad's primary target is the World Championships. Membership of the squad does not offer any financial or service benefits.Continue reading...
For Team GB it is the several rounds of the World Cup that defines the competitions. The rounds are hosted in different countries, and the programme is different each year. This year there are four rounds in all. The first round is the European Championships (EOC). The second round is the annual World Championships (WOC).
The European Championships are every two years. 2018 is a year for them - they are in Switzerland, in May.
This is the last year that the World Championships includes all disciplines. From 2019 forest and sprint will alternate. This year WOC is in Latvia in August.
The combination of an all disciplines World Championships and a European Championships makes 2018 the best year to further develop the interest of supporters and spectators in international orienteering.Continue reading...
Author: Sarah Brown
The GB Orienteers are very grateful for the support they receive from clubs and regions.Continue reading...
Jo Shepherd is one of 12 athletes gaining early selection for the British team at the European Championships. Jo is selected for sprint, middle and forest relay.