It is a quiet time for the international orienteering calendar. In Britain we must wait until next year for major events (except for one - the Southern Championships are on November 25th - with On The Red Line staff involved.)
So we look ahead to next year's calendar. The World Championships (WOC) are just the forest disciplines, as the new way of alternating forest and sprint begins. They are in Norway, so will be different from recent experience in Baltic countries. It is not a year for the biennial European Championships. And as in 2018 there are plenty of athletes aiming for the selections for World Cup Round 1 and the World Champs.
7th-11th June World Cup Round 1, Finland, Middle/Chase/SprintRelay (6 women, 6 men for the middle.)
12th - 17th August World Championships, Norway, Middle Qualifier+Final, Long, Relay (3 women, 3 men for the middle, 2 women, 2 men for the long, 1 women's, 1 men's relay team.)
26th -29th September World Cup Round 3, Switzerland
25th - 29th October World Cup Round 4, China
There are two main announcement dates for the British teams for the World Cup programme. For the full story on selection please check the British Orienteering Website (GB Team tab - Selection.)
The Scottish 6-Days is a very popular orienteering holiday week, which includes M21E and W21E classes. This year the event centre is in Crieff, a little west of Perth. Of particular interest to the top open class runners there are two World Ranking Events in the week, These come just before the World Championships in Norway.
Day 3 (Dundurn & Cnoc a'Mhaidaidh) includes a World Ranking Middle Distance Race.
Day 5 (Craig a Barns) includes a World Ranking Long Distance.
The World Ranking Lists are not the full story, they are just one indicator, and something to create a bit of interest. Except that is that they influence start order - the higher ranked an athlete the better a start position they tend to get.
The calculations change on 1st January 2019. The change will probably not cause big shifts in the resulting tables. An athlete's score is now the sum of best five scores over two years, rather than four over eighteen months. Also the weightings for different races have been adjusted. The number of races, and especially races with the higher weightings, makes a big difference. See an earlier article about ranking lists.
Megan Carter-Davies 90th (4515 pts)