We are the British Athletes selected to run the World Orienteering Championships in Estonia at the beginning of July, as a team and as individuals we are athletes aspiring to the top, building on our 3 podium places from last year and continual upward trend in results. However recent funding cuts mean things are about to get very tough.  Last year an athlete competing at an international level as part of the GB team personally committed around £2500 in pursuit of delivering top performances at international competitions, this year this will at least double.  This does not include any training costs, training camps, races to improve world ranking or selection races, this was purely to compete at International Championships.  Most of us have positioned ourselves in jobs which allow us to train and more importantly compete with those athletes at the top, maintaining this athlete-life balance whilst covering a competition bill of £5000 will price a number of us out of t…

Ralph's Latvia World Cup Round Up

Latvia World Cup Report

“How was Latvia?” “It was great, the pastry game was strong” “And what about the orienteering?” “Some of it was really nice” “And the rest?” “Green”

This short conversation, however accurate it may or may not be, does leave out some vital parts of an exciting weekend. The highlights of which were definitely an individual joint 4th place for Cat Taylor in the sprint race, and a 5th place for the Women’s relay team. There were also many other performances  which could easily be overlooked but which should still provide both the athletes themselves, and the many fans of the British Senior Team, cause for optimism.

All they do is win diplomas

Picking races that British runners are going to do well in is actually fairly straightforward (Mixed Sprint Relay, Sprint, Forest Relay). The team has picked up a diploma (4th to 6th) or better in at least one of these disciplines at every World Championships since 2010.

The pleasing thing about the relay was that both the Men and Women…

World Cup Latvia Preview

The World Cup Round 3 is coming us and Ralph has done us a wee preview.

International orienteering is back! World Cup Round 3 kicks off with a middle race on Friday, a relay on Saturday, and then a sprint double (qualification and final) on Sunday. Two things of potential interest: this is “Round 3” because of course the World Championships were “Round 2”, and this is the first (forest) relay at a World Cup for many years, possibly 2006 but that is before I was an orienteering nerd so I am not totally sure. The races will have a little more significance than normal because Latvia is hosting the World Championships next year, these races provided the ideal starting point for basing the next year’s training on.

The British team that will race in C─ôsis (pronunciation unsure) will be: Cat Taylor (South Yorkshire) Charlotte Ward (Humberside and Lincolnshire) Charlotte Watson (West Cumbria) Chris Smithard (Forth Valley) Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley) Hector Haines (Interlopers) Hollie Orr (…