• On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

  • On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

  • On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

  • On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

  • On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

  • On The Red Line

    Following the GB Orienteers

NEWS

13 Jul 2024

nathan-lawson_WOCEdinSprintQual2024_otrlNathan Lawson in the qualification, photo: Rob Lines

It didn't rain and the sun shone for the World Champs 2024 Individual Sprint Races in Edinburgh on Friday July 12th. The races were very technical, and included features that athletes could not predict no matter how much previous maps had been studied. When the courses were released it was clear It would be very hard to run without losing some seconds.

Sweden and Switzerland took all the medals, but the rest of the top-10s featured athletes from many nations. Grace Molloy was sixth in the Women's Race, her best senior result to date. Megan Carter-Davies, who was the defending champion was ninth. Nathan Lawson, also had his best result to date, fifteenth.

IOF Eventor - WOC24 Sprint Results

There is a fascinating analysis at World of O - WOC24 Sprint, Maps, Analysis and Results. The leader (the runner quickest up to a control) in the women's race changed eight times.

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10 Jul 2024

SpiralStaircaseImage from World Champs Bulletin 4, "A spiral staircase within a building has been mapped as shown above. The stairs turn approx. 480 degrees and rise one storey. If approaching from below, the staircase is entered at the south east and rises in a clockwise direction, exiting to the north"

Well the Champs are upon us after all this time. Years of planning comes to fruition. Months of training are in the legs and the logs. Selection processes have been negotiated. Athletes and officials are gathering in Edinburgh. And on Friday we'll have the first race of what were originally the 2022 World Championships and are now the 2024 World Championships. And this time next week they'll be over.

If you're there and will spectate then great. If you're not and you're in the UK (or France or Germany) - you can watch them free of charge. And as usual the internet will carry live results.

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08 Jun 2024

Riccarton_LornaEadesImage from World Champs Bulletin 3

This week the big orienteering countries have announced their World Cup Teams. This follows World Cup Rounds 1 and 2 the previous two weekends.

The World Champs are in Edinburgh in July, with the medal races on 12th, 14th and 16th. World Orienteering Champs - Bulletin-3.

The IOF has announced they will be broadcast live on Eurovision Sport in UK, France and Germany. This is a free service.

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06 Jun 2024

peter-hodkinson-Genoa2024_KristinaLindgrenPeter Hodkinson checks for the best route to the next control, photo: IOF / Kristina Lindgren

Genoa provided more technical and physical challenge than the previous week's World Cup sprint races in Olten, and the result was very entertaining races. Saturday was an individual sprint. Sunday was a Sprint Relay.

Twelve GB runners took part. On Saturday top-40 places were taken by Megan Carter-Davies (29th), Grace Molloy (40th), Peter Hodkinson (27th) and Nathan Lawson (35th). Ralph Street, wearing bib number 1 went through the start but had an ankle problem so did not do the course.

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27 May 2024

freddie-carcas-OltenSprint24_RLFreddie Carcas in the sprint race in Olten, Sunday 26th May 2024, photo: Rob Lines

It was good weather for the World Cup sprint race in Olten. It wasn't as tricky as most expected, except for crossing the railway where the bulletin had included the relevant section of map, and a small multi-level area near the end/ Here the map was different from the previous day, as a higher level was opened up.

The "red zone" runners, in this case the top 40 ranked women and top 40 ranked men ran first, in reverse order of ranking. After that those ranked from 41 upwards ran.

The races were won by Natalia Gemperle and Emil Svensk.

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26 May 2024

rachel-brown-OWCup2024KOSprint_Olten_RLRachel Brown made it through to the knockout stages, photo: Rob Lines

Friday was the heats in nearby Zofingen. Saturday was the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, in Olten.

Twelve GB runners took part. Rachel Brown, Cecilie Andersen, Nathan Lawson and Ralph Street got through the heats to the knockout stages. Jonny Crickmore missed out by 2 seconds. On Saturday Ralph made it through to the semi-finals.

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Articles

16 Aug 2023 by Paul Street

logo-for-edinburgh-vector-37725884The 2024 World Orienteering Champs are in Edinburgh

In July 2024 (very probably 12th-16th) the World Championship Orienteering Races in Individual Sprint, Sprint Relay, and Knockout Sprint will be decided. They're in Edinburgh. Although that is a long way away for many people it is not so far for prospective competitors, so it may be fun to look at possible stepping stones for GB athletes. They will surely have done this already.

Let's name the recent World Cup Races in Czechia as the first stone. There there were both forest and sprint races; the sprints being the first at this level since last year's World Champs, whilst the forest races were the last ones at that level until after Edinburgh.

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10 Jul 2023 by Paul Street

IbexBulletin4One of this year's trophies, from the World Championships Bulletin-4

On Wednesday 12th July the racing in the 2023 World Champs (WOC) begins. The Champs are at Flims-Laax in the mountain canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The competition will be top-notch and the scenery will be stunning.

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01 Aug 2022

Capri2_at_WOC2022Capri, the World Champs 2023 Mascot, on stage at the World Champs 2022

The sprint racing that has filled the international calendar so far this year is done. This week it's the second round of the 2022 World Cup, the European Championships. All races are in tough forest in Estonia: long (classic), middle and relay races.

Fourteen athletes are in the British Team, seven women and seven men. It's a larger and also much less experienced team than went to the (Sprint) World Championships in Denmark in June.

Congratulations to Rachel Brown, Chloe Potter, Peter Molloy and Joe Woodley who make World Cup debuts. Rachel and Peter are W/M20.

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Competition Reports

18 Oct 2023 by Paul Street

sarah-hagstrom-sprintRelay-eoc2023_otrlSarah Hagstrom in the walled town of Soave, a few minutes from taking the EOC 2023 Sprint Relay win for Sweden. Note grapes used for Soave wine drying traditionally in the tower! Photo: On The Red Line

The European Championships in 2023 were in the sprint formats in historic towns of Northern Italy. The event centre was in Pescheira del Garda and the races were in Verona, Soave and Vicenza. The Sprint Relay was won by Sweden, and the GB team was 6th. Ralph Street made the podium on all the race days with the sprint relay and two fourth places, but he didn't win a medal. Megan Carter-Davies, Jonathan Crickmore and Nathan Lawson had top-20 results. Cecilie Andersen, Peter Hodkinson, Eddie Narbett all got through qualification on one or two days, and Freddie Carcas missed out by the narrowest of margins. In fact the individual days were full of the competition of narrow margins.

Tove Alexandersson and Matthias Kyburz both won two gold and one silver in three races. Sara Hagstrom and Jonatan Gustafsson won two medals each and made the podium every day.

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01 Aug 2022 by Paul Street

Capri_WOC2023_TSThe WOC2023 Mascot, Capri, photo: copyright steineggerpix.com + woc 2023, by Thomi Studhalter

It was to Swiss mountain forests of the Flims-Laax valley for the World Orienteering Championships 2023. The courses were both as physical and technical as expected and the races threw few surprises in the medallists:.Tove Alexandersson and Matthias Kyburz both won two golds and a silver. They lost out in the long to the golden couple of Simona Aebersold and Kasper Fosser. The weather was heavy at times, but did not get as bad as two different days the next week, when the 5000 runner Swiss-O week cancelled races up the mountains because of dangerous storms.

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25 Aug 2022 by Paul Street

ralph-street-middlefinal-eoc2022_cr_FHRalph Street on his way to 13th in the Middle Final, photo: Fred Härtelt

The European Orienteering Championships for 2022 took place in Estonia and were for the forest disciplines. The medal races were the 4th, 6th and 7th August.

Eventor - Orienteering World Cup Round 2 and European Championships 2022

All races used the same arena, in the Põlula forest, near Rakvere, midway between Tallinn and the Russian border. For the previous European Championships, back pre-COVID in 2018 and covering more disciplines GB had a team of 17 including only one runner outside the 25-30 age group. This time Britain took 13 athletes, but it was much more slanted towards development. Our preview article on the team

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