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.

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Ralph-Grindelwald As Ralph is not running at the JK this year On The Red Line asked him to share a few notes that might help your thinking about what to expect.

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JK2018 logo The "JK", the biggest annual festival in the UK orienteering calendar, held every year at Easter, is upon us. What a lovely prospect! This year the West Midlands Association are hosting. How's the training gone, have you got it all planned out and read through 28 pages of programme, how did you fare on your big weekends in February and March? Do you miss chatting to your friends at a model event before the real action - once upon a time that was the Friday entertainment. And will we have snow? (No is the latest I've heard).

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Alasdair Good results come from good performances, and good performances come from being focused and in the moment. When you are in the moment you do everything you have practised. There are many ways you can work on this: building up your fitness, improving your orienteering techniques, refining your mental routines to cope well in pressure situations, and so on. Let's just take an example of something you may have given little thought to: your race day routine.

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GG Photo: Graham Gristwood, at the British Sprint Relay Champs 2017, by Brian Ward.

So much of orienteering happens when a runner is on their own that international runners and analytical mental strength go hand-in-hand. Some of the athletes are quiet, some are chatty, some are in between, but they are, as a general rule, very strongly self-aware and determined. They subject themselves and their performances to merciless self-analysis.

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GB Men at WOC 2015 It’s all Paul and Sarah’s fault. Paul and I met in London Orienteering Klubb in the mid 80s. We were both something in computing, just like nearly everybody else in LOK at that time. Two of those who weren't something in computing were Sarah Brown and Helen Teece. Readers, we married them. That's Helen in the middle of the rather overdressed GB Men's Team at WOC 2015 in the picture.

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We were prompted to set up a site to focus on the GB orienteering team and senior squad because of the interest we have developed in the athletes and the international programme. We knew there was a lot of material out on the internet and in social media but it wasn't easy to find it as it was so scattered. A chance meeting at Ralph's old school really brought home to us the difficulty of following the GB team.

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