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Knockout Sprint

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A relatively new format for international orienteering is the Knockout Sprint. A knockout sprint runs for a day, through four rounds, with runners qualifying or not for the next round at each of the first three. It culminates in a six runner final. Rounds apart from the first are mass start, first-to-the-finish races.

There have been two at World Cup meetings so far, one last year in the Czech Republic, and one in September this year in Switzerland.

Of course a reason for it is the potential to engage an audience, to bring top orienteers close to spectators and to promote the sport.

There was also a need for a third format (alongside individual and the mixed relay) for the Sprint World Championships, now that Forest and Sprint alternate rather than being combined. The first World Champs Knockout Sprint will be 9th July 2020 in Fredericia, Denmark. (There is an accompanying six-day orienteering festival for spectators who want to run as well as watch.) The second will be in Scotland in 2022.

The TV from 2019 World Cup Round 3 which was a couple of months ago in Laufen, Switzerland is now available free.

For the GB team a highlight was the Knockout Sprint Men’s Semi-Final 1 with Forth Valley Orienteers’ Kris Jones (*) and SLOW member Ralph Street. It is one of three “semi-finals”. There are six runners who have come through the two morning rounds, and the first two at the finish will go through to the final.

With commentary from Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz, it’s at 44 mins and it lasts ten minutes: https://orienteering.sport/event/orienteering-world-cup-round-3/knock-out-sprint/web-tv/

* A few hours after this was written Kris was the third counter for the Gold Medal GB Men’s team at the European Cross-Country in Lisbon. Kris was 22nd, 1 second ahead of the third counter for Belgium. Had Kris been 23rd GB would not have won Gold.

2020 Junior Home International

South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.

The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.

The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.

Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.

This year the competition was hosted in Northern Ireland by Lagan Valley Orienteers – Ward JHI Orienteering Results and Report.

Summary of Home Internationals

The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.

All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.

The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


Ralph Street’s 2017

As the Scandinavian 2017 training year ends, Ralph has written a summary of his year on Attackpoint . He says his worst relay run this year was the JK running for SLOW. He anchored SLOW to fifth place, a record high for recent times.  He did  show off the club jacket well at the individual prizegiving for the middle race (see picture below.)

Ralph runs for two other clubs too, one in Norway where he lives, and one in Sweden where he used to live – he joined them six years ago. Last month he helped  Södertälje-Nykvarn Orientering (SNO), to third place in the 25-person relay in Sweden that is one of the all club great days of the year. 374 teams took part.  Here is the  SNO site (text in Swedish).

Ralph did several races for the Great Britain team this year, with some noteworthy team results in the sprint relay. The season finished with the World Cup Final Meeting in Switzerland, in Grindelwald just by the Eiger. Above is a team photo after the long race. The 2018 international season will start in Switzerland with the European Championships next May. They are at Ticino in the Italian speaking part. The website for the competition is here.

He also took part in the World Games, with a good run in the relay  helping GB to 5th place. And he also had a minor hit with the feeling a bit naughty training picture.

But for many non-orienteers his 2017 will be best known for his contribution to a genre:  Race The Tube – Oslo

JK 2017 Middle Prizegiving, photo by Robert Lines for the JK

SLOW Runners at the World Championships

Three SLOW athletes run in the World Orienteering Championships 2017, which start this Friday with the Sprint Qualification.

Michael Crone of South Africa.
Conor Short of Ireland.
Ralph Street of Great Britain.

Please click on a name to see the World Of O athlete profile.

Michael, Conor and Ralph formed the SLOW first team in this year’s JK Trophy Relay Race, coming 5th.

It is easy to follow the championships as Simon and James Errington (the developers of Routegadget) will be in Estonia providing up-to-the-minute entertaining coverage, as well as daily updates on the British Orienteering newsfeed.

MapRunner WOC 2017 Page

MapRunner Twitter

MapRunner Facebook

Simon’s Blog

The English language TV coverage is not broadcast in the UK but is available for a fee on the internet via https://liveorienteering.com/#/event?id=4867 

Free online results can also be found via the same link.

TV Schedule:

Sat Jul 1st – Sprint Finals – 12:30 – 5pm
Sun Jul 2nd – Sprint Relay – 2:55pm – 4:15pm
Tue Jul 4th – Long Races – 9 – 3pm
Thu Jul 6th – Middle Races – 10 – 3pm
Fri Jul 7th – Forest Relays – 10:45 – 3pm

Relays are generally thought the most interesting for spectators. The cost is €20 for the week, or €6 for a single event such as the Sprint Relay. Times are for UK (Estonia is 2 hours ahead.)

Profiles of the GB team athletes are at http://slow.org.uk/about/gb-woc-team-2017/

Photo: Composite  from images at World Of O, The Irish Orienteer and Instagram.

Ralph Street Anchors Great Britain to 4th Place at World Championships Relay

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Congratulations to SLOW athlete Ralph Street who raced for Great Britain in the final leg of the Men’s Relay at the World Orienteering Championships, taking place this week in the Scottish Highlands. After runs from Scott Fraser and Graham Gristwood, Ralph brought Great Britain in in fourth place, just behind France, a very strong Norway final runner, and winners Switzerland, and ahead of around 30 other teams from around the world.

Photos: World Orienteering Championships organisation (above), British Orienteering (below, Ralph on the right).

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Ralph picked for Junior World Championships

Congratulations to Ralph Street who has been picked for the Great Britain team for the 2009 Junior World Championships (“JWOC”), which are being held in the Dolomites in Italy between 6 – 11 July.

This is the second consecutive time Ralph has made the JWOC team, and follows his great results at the recent British Elite Junior Championships (see report).

Further details on the selections can be found on the British Orienteering website. Further information on JWOC can be found on the official JWOC 2009 website.

We are sure that everyone in SLOW will wish Ralph good luck for his preparations over the next 6 weeks and for the competition in Italy.

Ralph at the British Elite Championships. Photo: Mark Cheesman

Ralph competes at European Youth Championships

Ralph. Photo: Ian Buxton

Ralph Street represented Great Britain at the European Youth Champs last weekend in Switzerland.

The first race was the Long Distance where he came 28th out of 106 in a time of 61:49. He was in the middle of the 3 best Brits who were within 40 seconds of each other. The winner took 53:28.

Then came the relays where Ralph anchored to the team to a podium position of 6th place out of 27 teams, less than a minute ahead of 3 other teams.

Finally was the sprint race, where Ralph came a very impressive 7th place in 12:40, just off the podium. It was very close at the top with the winner Kristian Jones of GB taking the gold in 12:05.

Results etc are on www.eyoc2008.ch

Anne Straube wins World Trail-O Championships

Photo: Dave Gittus

Congratulations to SLOW member Anne Straube who won the Gold medal at the World Trail Orienteering Championships held in Czech Republic on 15/16 July. This really is a superb achievement – Anne managed to beat all the competition, including several very experienced Trail-O competitors from the likes of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and won overall after two tough days of competition.

Anne has regularly competed in international Trail-O competitions, and was the planner of the Trail-O at this year’s JK in the south-east.

Further information on the 2008 world championships can be found on the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2008 website. Full results from the event can be found here (PDF file).

Anne has written an account of the event in German which can be found here. A rough English translation of this (via Google) can be found here. Anne hopes to do a proper English translation for the next edition of SLOWprint!

Trail Orienteering

For those of you who don’t know much about Trail-O, the WTOC website describes Trail-O as follows:

“Trail orienteering is an orienteering discipline centred around map reading in natural terrain. The discipline has been developed to offer everyone, including people with limited mobility, a chance to participate in a meaningful orienteering competition. Manual or electric wheel chairs, walking sticks, and assistance with movement etc. are permitted as speed of movement is not part of the competition.

Trail orienteers must identify on the ground control points shown on the map. As this is done from a distance, both able-bodied and participants with disabilities compete on level terms. Proof of correct identification of the control points does not require any manual dexterity, allowing those with severely restricted movement to compete equally. Most trail orienteering events have classes open for everyone.”