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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The short answer is, for forest orienteering, top ten but not top five.

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The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) maintains World Ranking tables.

There are tables for men and women, separate ones for forest and sprint orienteering. (And also for Trail, Ski and Mountain Bike Orienteering.)

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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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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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