Photo: Hollie Orr at World Champs 2017, by Maprunner
With the international season over and only the last races of the 2018 season in Scandinavia before the snow comes, it is generally a quiet time for news. We do have a roundup of a few items of interest.
One is a run by JK Champion Hollie Orr, who wasn't at the World Champs this year, and has perhaps been doing as much fell running as orienteering recently. .
Sweden and Norway have announced their 2019 squads.
The squad is 5 women and 8 men (4 of the women and 6 of the men are in the top 20 of the world ranking list currently.) Also Thierry Gueorgiou is confirmed in his coaching role for another year. Two notable runners - they both have four World Champs golds - are ending their international careers (with links to Google translate versions of Swedish articles.)
Jonas Leandersson who won the World Champs Sprint in Scotland in 2015, and six other World and European Golds.
Norwegian squad for 2019 - news item in English by Silje Ekroll Jahren. The elite group is 7 women and 4 men (3 of whom are in the top 6 of the current World Rankings.) There are also "next generation - forest", and "next generation - sprint" selections.
You will be aware that next year's World Champs are forest and in Norway. Norway are favourites for the men's relay (and Olav Lundanes is favourite for the men's long individual.)
In Britain on Sunday it was the final of the inter-club competition, the CompassSport Cup. It was on the spur and valley terrain of Cannock Chase in the Midlands. The competition uses individual starts on eleven distinct courses rather than the relay approach of 25Manna in Sweden or Halikko-Viesti in Finland. Also the final is closed - most clubs are eliminated in "regional rounds" in the Spring.
Please see host club Walton Chasers website for more information about the final.
The open courses are not particularly important (winners South Yorkshire only had 1 of their 25 counters running in the men's open.) Nevertheless Hollie Orr ran for Lakeland, winning the women's open convincingly. Second was Lucy Butt (SARUM) and third Kim Baxter (South Yorkshire). The men's open was won by Ben Mitchell (Swansea Bay) with Forth Valley's Mark Nixon and Chris Smithard second and third.
These are usually the same weekend as the CompassSport Cup Final, and are popular with orienteers who also do fell running. This year several ran for their fell running club on Saturday and then for their orienteering club on Sunday. It is a 4-leg relay, with legs 2 and 3 being for pairs, and leg 3 being a navigation leg. Race Description.
Sasha Chepelin writes in his blog about tieing for first place on the first leg. You can see Hollie turned out on the navigation leg for her fell running club Black Combe Ladies, who came 69th. There are plenty of other orienteers in the results, including most of the rest of Sasha's 4th placed Edinburgh University team-mates, Peter Bray in the second-placed team, and Peter Hodkinson, Murray Strain, Scott Fraser and Jonny Crickmore running for the 3rd placed team.
We reported on 25Manna in our previous item, but here are the links again.
More than 300 teams completed. IFK Göteborg won by less than a minute from Tampereen Pyrintö, reversing the 2017 result. Ralph Street anchored Södertälje-Nykvarn to sixth, 3:28 down on the winners. Hector Haines was on leg 5 for IFK Lidingö, who came seventh. Megan Carter-Davies ran first leg for Rajamäen Rykmentti (27 seconds down on the leg winner) and Ben Mitchell ran their last leg - they were 26th.