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We notice the countries that have won most orienteering World Cup medals at the top of the 150+ country list of the UN World Happiness Report 2020.

Orienteering

curves Image: Hoped-for effect of delaying measures

The measures and guidance being announced by the UK Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic are shutting down most sport in the UK for the next three months at the least.

Update 17th March: British Orienteering announces all orienteering is suspended.

Update 23rd March: The UK enters lockdown for at least three weeks.

The British Championships, and the JK Festival, have been called off.

The British Long and Relays were to be this coming weekend. They may or may not be rescheduled in the Autumn. The JK Festival was to have been at Easter: it has been cancelled.

British Champs Postponement

JK Cancellation

Government COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings.

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BirsemoreMapBirsemore Map extract, from MAR Orienteering Club Routegadget

The first races of the UK Elite League for 2020 were hosted in North-east Scotland by MAR Orienteering Club last weekend, the 7th and 8th March. Noticeable was the strong showing by so many Under-23 runners with the Edinburgh University club there in large numbers.

Johnshaven, a coastal village that grew up round a harbour and the fishing industry, a new ISSprOM map by Chris Smithard, was the venue for Saturday's sprint races.

On Sunday the league moved to the forest of Birsemore, a 300m hill next to Aboyne, for longer forest races. Most runners have uploaded their GPS tracks to MAROC's Routegadget, so you can study the routes chosen. And if you like you can replay the races as if from a mass start. This is a particularly good way to appreciate the complex terrain. We think planner Drew Tivendale should be pleased with the first long leg on the black 4-5, with the field, close together up to that point, going for a variety of routes with "varying degrees of success" as they say.

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