TioMilaStartPhoto: The Belgian runner Yannick Michiels (right of photo, in TuMe's white) is at the front of the 2019 TioMila start (credit: TioMila Facebook)

The TioMila overnight relay in Skåne, the southern tip of Sweden. took place in almost continuous rain this weekend 27-28th April. The Damkavlen was won by Tampereen Pyrintö. The overnight TioMila race was again won by IFK Göteborg with an extremely impressive all round performance.

Many British runners took part for the teams of their Scandinavian clubs. The best placed was Graham Gristwood, who ran in Kalevan Rasti's team who came fourth.

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TioMilaLogo The TioMila relay, dreaming of which has helped sustain Scandinavian orienteers through their winter, has arrived. It takes place in Skåne, the southern tip of Sweden this weekend 27-28th April. (As in Britain it is forest fire that seems the main risk). As usual many British athletes are running for their Scandinavian clubs. We have made a summary of those who are in the top 100 teams - based on the team numbers i.e. finishing order from last year.

Do checkout the World-of-O All You Need to Know.

Last year two British runners, Jo Shepherd and Hollie Orr, were in the third-placed team in the Damkavlen, and Charlotte Watson was in the seventh placed Lillomarka team. Sasha Chepelin was in the 10th placed team in TioMila relay; as with Jo and Hollie it was Halden SK. Halden have the world numbers 3 (Sabine Hauswirth) and 4 (Marika Teini) in their Women's Team this year, neither ran for them last year - they might do well.

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W21ETop3 Jo, Megan and Cecilie together after their runs on Sunday (credit Iain Shepherd)

It was another warm day in Southern England for the biggest relay event in the UK Calendar: the JK (Jan Kjellström) Relays.

As with the other days of this JK festival pretty much everything was brilliant - planning, parking, layouts, final details, helpful officials, atmosphere.

Most runners were challenged by the good courses and enjoyed their orienteering. The premier classes had good races. The one "but" as most will know was the timing and results service, which as on the other days proved itself not up to the job.

The prizegiving postponed from Day 2 did take place and some of the relay classes could be presented but not all.

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DR+HMDave Rollins and Heather Monro

There was no prizegiving for the the racing at Cold Ash today but there was a presentation by past members of the British team, represented by Heather Monro (ran at 8 x WOC, and a bronze medal in 2005) to former manager Dave Rollins who led many GB international trips.

The provisional results - today only (not the two days combined)

Women:
  1. Megan Carter-Davies
  2. Cecilie Andersen
  3. Lizzie Ingham
Men:
  1. Chris Smithard
  2. Will Gardner
  3. Peter Bray
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GG_Running inGraham Gristwood runs in at Windmill Hill

Quick runs from top runners coming back from longtime injuries were one of the stories of the day. Graham Gristwood was second in today's men's race, and Cat Taylor won the women's. Neither is able to take on tomorrow's long race though, but we should see them in Monday's relays and in TioMIla next weekend..

The men's race was won by a terrific run from Peter Hodkinson, and third place was taken by Peter Bray.

Second in the women's was Jo Shepherd, and third was Megan Carter-Davies.

Official results

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WillWill Gardner on the run-in

The JK Sprint Champions are Will Gardner and Megan Carter-Davies. Both kindly shared their immediate thoughts - post-race interviews on Twitter.

Official results

The races were at Aldershot "Home of The British Army", which was a great venue and looking particularly lovely in the warm sunshine. Nearly all of each course was in the secure garrison area, with fast running mostly on tarmac or flagstones. There are many buildings, fences, and hedges, and interesting and fair courses weaving in and out set many short route choice decisions.

But, and this is a rather significant "but", the timing system fell short, both in regard to displaying the information to commentary and the audience, and runners being confident about reliably recording which controls were visited

Provisional results may be found at https://race-results.info/live/1660/class.pdf or at https://race-results.info/live/1660/

We are nervous about the timing system for the rest of the weekend.

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Peter Image: Peter Hodkinson at Falkland (credit @UKEliteOLeague)

It was the Scottish Spring with middle, sprint and long races. Middle and Sprint on Saturday, long on Sunday. Who knows who was trying how hard the weekend before the JK (and two weeks before TioMila), but it was top races with strong fields. All three races were counting as the third weekend of the UK Elite League 2019 - just the JK and British (Long) to go now in that competition.

The league tables have been updated.

Results.

Thanks to Graham Gristwood, weekend co-ordinator.

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