lucy-walker_BOC24_WCLucy Walker at this year's British Championships, photo: Wendy Carlyle

Although the first three senior internationals in 2024 are sprint format (World Cup Rounds 1 and 2, and the World Champs in Edinburgh) it was the forest team for the European Champs (EOC) in Hungary in August (16th-20th) that was selected first.

The main selection races were the British Long Champs and the Spring Spartacus Cup races in Hungary, a week after the JK. Several other races and factors were in play too, and not all athletes are available.

British Orienteering Selection Announcement - European Champs 2024

European Champs 2024

  • 16th August - Middle Qualification
  • 17th August - Middle Final
  • 18th August - Long
  • 20th August - Relay

GB Team

Congratulations to Luke Fisher, selected for a major championships at senior level for the first time. And welcome back Lucy Walker, who has had a break since running at this level whilst still a junior - she has been to World Universities twice in the meantime.

The previous European Champs in the forest events were in Estonia two years ago - our report. Very low visibility terrain made for a salutary experience for some of the team's runners, and just two top-20 results were recorded. For all but those at the top of the sport it is always harder to get top-20, top-30, top-40 than at a World Champs because the teams are so much larger - up to ten runners from say Sweden in a race when those with personal places as current World and European Champions are included. The number of athletes excluded by the "European" vs "World" distinction go nowhere near compensating.

All athletes run all races: long, middle and relay.

We list athletes in order of current World Ranking. Ranking position determines starting positions in the long race, with higher ranked starting later. Coaches often use ranking position to impartially allocate athetes to early/middle/late for middle race qualification heats.



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