Alice Leake at World Cup Round 1, 2022, photo: Rob Lines
Alice announced her retirement from international orienteering in June 2023. One of the best writers in the sport about an athlete's experience of top-level orienteering, Alice explained on Attackpoint.
"I will be forever grateful that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried again. I never made an EYOC or a JWOC team, so the fact that I get to end my orienteering career having competed in 6 World Championships, been 8th, 6th, 4th and 3rd from my last 4 races, and won a WOC medal, is more than anything I could’ve ever dreamed of. I am more than satisfied to leave it there."
2022 World Championships Sprint Bronze Medallist - Vejle, Denmark
In July 2021 Alice came fourth in the World Champs Sprint Final in the Terezin Fortress, Czechia.
In the same competition Alice ran first leg for the GB sprint relay team that came 6th.
In August 2018 Alice came eighth in the World Champs Sprint Final in Riga, Latvia.
British Sprint Champion 2017, 2018. JK Sprint Champion 2022. British Middle Champion 2022.
And from way back when we started:
My orienteering started with EBORienteers, a club based around York, and later I joined the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Junior Squad, winning several Inter-Regionals competitions with them and competing in six Junior Home Internationals for England.
As a senior I competed for Southern Navigators before moving back to Yorkshire and joining Airienteers, as well as Leeds City Athletics Club. I am British Orienteering Elite Sprint Champion 2017 and in the 2018 English Cross Country Championships finished in the top 100 and won the National 6 Stage Road Relays with Leeds City AC in 2017 and 2018.
I specialise in the fast running and rapid decision making of sprint orienteering, and love the combination of being physically on my limit whilst having to make the choices which determine the outcome of the race in a fraction of a second."
I was selected for the GB senior squad in 2015 and have competed in the sprint discipline at every World Championship since then.