BOC2022Winners_RLphoto: Rob Lines

The British Long Distance Champions for 2022 are Megan Carter-Davies and Graham Gristwood.

The British Relays were won by South Yorkshire (Women) and Forth Valley (Men.)

The British Champs Weekend

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, the British Champs 2022 were south-west of London near the Surrey/Hampshire border in an area not previously used for orienteering. The same arena was used for both days, with Day 1 called "Golden Valley and Cognor Woods" and Day 2 called "Iron Hill and Parkgate Rough".

Courses at the upper end of the target range, plus the rough terrain and significant climb, combined with unusually warm weather to extend average running times. Of course the best runners coped well with the challenge and conditions.

Results and Reports including GPS tracking, Winsplits and Routegadget.

Rob Lines' Orienteering Championship Galleries on Flickr

Individual

The M21E and W21E winners were Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley Orienteers) and Megan Carter-Davies (Swansea Bay OC). Graham ran his 16.6km / 815m climb course in 102 minutes. Megan took 82 minutes for 11.4km with 495m of climb. Both were slightly longer than the target winning times range. (Megan did lose time through mistakes – see Winsplits, link above, and the M40 winner, Richard Robinson of Nottinghamshire O.C, running the same course as W21E, was inside the target time range.) 11 men and six women achieved the extremely tough Championship Standard.

M21

20220326_M21E_Podium_otrlM21E Podium, photo: On The Red Line

  1. Graham Gristwood, Forth Valley Orienteers.
  2. Peter Taylor-Bray, Manchester & District OC.
  3. Sasha Chepelin, Interlopers.

W21

20220326_W21E_Podium_otrlW21E Podium, sun reflecting off Fiona's medal photo: On The Red Line

  1. Megan Carter-Davies, Swansea Bay OC.
  2. Cecilie Andersen, Bristol OK.
  3. Fiona Bunn, Edinburgh University.

British Relays

Women's Premier

BRC2022_WomensPremierPodium_RLWomen's Premier Podium photo:Rob Lines

  1. South Yorkshire Orienteers - Laura Goy, Kim Baxter, Cat Taylor
  2. Edinbugh University - Fiona Bunn, Chloe Cracknell, Mairi Eades,
  3. Southern Navigators - Frida Forshallen, Katherine Bett, Sarah Rollins

Men's Premier

BRC2022_MensPremierPodium_RLMen's Premier Podium photo:Rob Lines

  1. Forth Valley Orienteers - Peter Molloy, Chris Smithad, Graham Gristwood
  2. Edinbugh University - Peter Hodkinson, Alasdair Pedley, Matthew Gooch
  3. Octavian Droobers, Philip Vokes, Duncan Birtwistle, Nathan Lawson

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