British Orienteering Squad Announcement 11th November:
The Selection Panel recognised the results and performances of some younger athletes with Matthew Fellbaum’s Silver at the Junior World Championships meaning he joins the senior squad along with Alex Carcas and Jamie Parkinson.
I grew up in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor. My Dad orienteered and took me along sometimes but I wasn't very good and didn't enjoy it - he stopped taking me and I started playing hockey. I think the highlight of this stage of my career was winning an Orange course at the Scottish 6 Days in Deeside (2005). I got into orienteering again when I went to Uni (Oxford, Physics) and was fortunate to win the British Relay Champs in 2013 at Holmbury with Peter Hodkinson and Ben Stevens.
I stayed on to do a PhD (studying sea ice) and stopped playing hockey to focus on running/orienteering, which has gone well. I was British Sprint and Middle Champion in 2017, and was seventh in the British Universities Cross-Country in 2018. I enjoy racing over all distances from 4x400m relays through to mountain marathons - summary of my running at PowerOf10. I mainly compete in University competitions, but I also run on the fells for Pudsey & Bramley when I can: I ran the navigation leg in the 2018 FRA relays which we went on to win.
I ran for England at the Senior Home International in 2015 and 2017.
My first and so far only GB appearance was at the World Cup in the Czech Republic in October 2018 - I was 6th in the sprint B final.