Ralph Street on his way to 13th in the Middle Final, photo: Fred Härtelt
The European Orienteering Championships for 2022 took place in Estonia and were for the forest disciplines. The medal races were the 4th, 6th and 7th August.
All races used the same arena, in the Põlula forest, near Rakvere, midway between Tallinn and the Russian border. For the previous European Championships, back pre-COVID in 2018 and covering more disciplines GB had a team of 17 including only one runner outside the 25-30 age group. This time Britain took 13 athletes, but it was much more slanted towards development. Our preview article on the team
Part of the terrain for this year's JK Middle Race (mapper squad member Ben Mitchell)
Internationally, in 2020 almost none of the races that On The Red Line tend to follow took place, but in 2021 they almost all did.
Domestically, the British NIghts took place in early 2020, and then there weren't big events until the second half of 2021.
The outlook for 2022 is however promising, with full programmes internationally and domesticallyContinue reading...
Photo: GB team; athletes, manager and support staff, Hollie Orr not present (Source: Kirstin Maxwell Twitter)Continue reading...
Image: Extract of previous map of Carona, the area for the middle qualification.
The biennial European Orienteering Championships begin on Sunday 6th May with the sprint qualification and final, and finish the following Sunday with the classic forest races. They are in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, hosted by the Canton of Ticino.
There will be good coverage of the championships at LiveOrienteering. And there will be plenty of other sources of results and reports to also enjoy, or to rely on if you haven't the time (or money) for internet TV.
Now here's a question whose answer might surprise - in what orienteering discipline has Great Britain enjoyed most success at the previous two European Championships? All disciplines are included in these championships (the sprint relay was new in 2016):Continue reading...