The British Night Championships were held on Saturday evening in the woods at Hambleden, a shooting estate on the north bank of the Thames near Henley. The estate was the location for two days of the Easter JK festival in 2013 (the middle and the relay),and had not been used since.
The fast hilly woodland proved great for the Night Championships. Our thanks to hosts Thames Valley O.C. who did a very good job. There was quite a buzz in the crowded and warm marquee after the race as the final runners came in, and results were readied for the prizegiving. The organiser was John Dalton, planner was Neville Baker and controller Alan Rosen. Results were posted online through the evening.Continue reading...
Image: Lonely Mountain Sprints location (image from the event website)
In this the first year of a sprints only World Orienteering Championship it seems that in January it has been the team's sprinters that have been making the news.
Peter Hodkinson, Jonny Crickmore and Chris Smithard were amongst other internationals taking part in the Lonely Mountain Sprint Series in New Zealand. There is a great report, with photos and maps, at orienteering NZ.Continue reading...
Peter Hodkinson has joined IFK Lidingö SOK. Their website announcement and interview.
Peter is over-wintering in Australia. His Attackpoint Training Blog.
Peter joins Hector Haines and Will Gardner at Lidingö where the coach is reigning Forest Relay World Champion Johan Runesson. You can hear Johan as the main interview of episode 14 of the orienteering podcast The Run In.
Charlotte Ward starts (from the IOF Web-TV)
World Cup Sprint race - Tuesday 29th October 2019 - Songtang Village
Update - Results
"Perfect sprint orienteering terrain" said Jonas Merz on the commentary. The races were close. The narrow, and sometimes very narrow, alleys are not something that many of the athletes have experience with. Exceptions might be men's winner Yannick Michiels who has done quite a lot of races in China with Park World Tour, and of course the home team athletes.
It was the most consistent runners who took the wins. Yannick Michiels only had one fastest leg, and Shuangyan Hao only three. Women's runner-up Simona Aebersold was close to the win - she lost more than the winning margin on leg 14-15. And Tove Alexandersson lost more than the winning margin on leg 2-3.
Charlotte Ward and Kirstin Maxwell. credit: Hello 5G.
The Sprint Relay of the China World Cup Round took place at 06:45 UK-time. The venue was:
An extremely scenic location of an open-air film studio complex with numerous replica townscapes and temples, combining the landscape of a city park and suburban park with strong cultural atmosphere. There is both planted and natural vegetation, with some small areas of open forest depending on route choice. Very good runnability.
There were five teams in contention at the start of the last leg, three of them Swedish. Handling the complex navigation well and running strongly it was Elena Roos of Switzerland who took the victory. The Swedish second team, with Sara Hagstrom, were second, and Norway with Andrine Benjaminsen were third.
The Great Britain team of Charlotte Ward, Peter Hodkinson, Ralph Street and Cecilie Andersen, were 13th, eighth nation.Continue reading...
partial screenshot from the web TV broadcast
A really impressive run at Xiqiao Mountain by today's final starter Gustav Bergman won the race and the men's 2019 World Cup. His compatriot Tove Alexandersson won the women's race, making 7 out of 7 wins this year.
As expected, it was very tough going in part: it was hot and humid, it was often steep, it was sometimes forest "jungle", and there was a lot of detail not all of which can be shown on the map. Runners had to choose and identify the best, but sometimes a little indistinct, tracks. Gustav said in a post-race interview losing a little time here and there was inevitable. And winning times were on the long side.
There was good TV coverage of the racing in the English language web broadcast. The now usual fixed and running cameras provided great pictures and GPS tracking helping analysis of the route choice legs.Continue reading...
We use UK-times in this article.
Web-TV broadcast from 7am UK-time. The broadcast will cover the women's race first, with the final starter at 07:40 that should wrap up about 8:20. At that time there are 25 men still to start. The temperature is forecast to be 27degC and it may be somewhat humid.
Xiqiao Mountain is a well-known tourist destination covering a large area. It's a national forest park and national scenic area. There is also a big statue.
Xiqiao Mountain is an extinct volcano with a history of 45000 years. It was a largest manufacturing field of stoneware in South China in ancient times. It is well-recognized as the origin of civilization along the Pearl River.
The fourth and final round of the 2019 World Cup takes place in Nanhai District, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China. This is close to Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, around the Pearl River Delta. Teams from China, Hong Kong China and Macau China are taking part.
There is Live Internet TV coverage (for a fee) with commentary from Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz. Sunday's Sprint Relay, in Nanhai Movie and TV Town - a purpose built facility occupying over a square kilometre and used for over 500 TV programmes and movies rates to be particularly good to watch, and being so early it may get you in the mood for taking exercise in the rest of the day.Continue reading...
The Military World Games are taking place in Wuhan. It is a big deal for some countries, including the hosts China whose President opened the Games and who head the medal table.
The Games are organised under the auspices of the International Military Sports Council (CISM).
The slogan on the Games' homepage is
Military Glory World Peace
Orienteering is one of thirty-one sports. Sadly, in the orienteering the home team had to be disqualified.
Statement from the IOF (International Orienteering Federation.)Continue reading...
Kris Jones at the finish, World Cup Sprint Race.
Kris Jones took the men's silver medal at the final day's racing of World Cup Round 3 in Laufen, Switzerland. It was a sprint race around the narrow streets and passageways of the Old Town. It was again a tremendously exciting day, brilliantly organised and planned with the courses having a lot of technicality.
The race was won by the Belgian Yanniock Michiels. Tove Alexandersson won the women's race.Continue reading...