16 November 2010
08 November 2010
After several years of Scottish dominance, it was finally time for England to take back the bragging rights in this annual competition. Saturday was the relay competition, and although Scotland took the win in the men's class, England were 2nd and 3rd and the girls 1st and 2nd to give England the overnight lead. I had a good run on 2nd leg, going out about 3 minutes behind in 4th place and coming back in with a 25 second lead.
02 November 2010
This weekend, as many others were running the OMM, I headed over to Sweden for the traditional orienteering season closer Smålandskavlen, a 5 man relay with the first 2 legs held in the dark and the other 3 run as a chasing start in the daylight the next morning. My club-mates did an excellent job in the dark, actually getting a 2 1/2 minute lead over the 132 other teams! That meant on 3rd leg, I was heading out on my own into the forest with a 2.34 headstart, being hunted down by 132 guys including a chasing pack 2 1/2 - 4 1/2 minutes behind of about 10 really strong teams including Halden, Kalevan Rasti, Kristiansand and OK Linne. I have to admit, I was pretty nervous! But I actually had a really good race, with only one technical problem of about 40 seconds over the 40 minute race, and I was able to actually increase our lead to a little over 3 minutes. I had the second fastest leg time, around 25 seconds down.
11 October 2010
I started well, and allowed the navigation to dictate the speed. As I passed through the arena for the second loop, my coach shouted that I had a big lead (although with all the top ranked runners starting after, I could not relax!).
The second loop was tricky, with a lot of climbing and descending narrow staircases. I held it together though, passing the athlete starting 1 minute in front, and catching sight of the one 2 minutes in front (despite having a pretty hard collision with Øystein Kvaal Østerbø at one point running around a tight corner) and I sprinted into the crowded finish arena with a new leading time. Then it was a nervous wait on the leaders 'red sofa' as one by one other runners came in withslower times. With only 2 runners left, I was still on the sofa - so it was my first World Cup medal! Then Muller appeared, with a dangerous time. As we counted down the seconds, he crossed in exactly the same time! Then there was less than a minute to wait for the World number 1, Daniel Hubmann. Sure enough, he appeared with a good time, and took the win by 9 seconds, pushing meand Muller down into equal 2nd.
26 September 2010
23 September 2010
At the weekend I took part in the 3rd London City Race. Every year it has been growing, and this year there were more than 750 people including more than 100 overseas runners taking part. The weather was perfect, and many people combined the race with a weekend in London, either sightseeing, or taking part in the race on Sunday as well (or both).
16 September 2010
22 July 2010
Today I took a bronze medal in the World University Orienteering Championships middle distance in Sweden. I was really disappointed with my performance in the sprint (12th place), so I was eager to do well today. I actually had the worst possible start, losing almost 90 seconds on the 2nd control, but I ran well after that and climbed back up to 3rd place, about 1 minute behind Matthias Merz. Now I am looking forward to the relay competition tomorrow.
Photo David Rosen
24 June 2010
It had been a long time coming, but I finally managed to take my first individual top 6 in a senior international race in Stockholm on Tuesday. The race was a new concept - a round based knock-out sprint with a straight qualification race and the quarter, semi and final races through the day.
18 June 2010
10 June 2010
17 May 2010
12 May 2010
My spring domestic season entered its final week this week, with a trip down to the Harvester relay in Kent. The 'Jukola of British orienteering' - a 7 man night relay. Bit of an anti-climax after Tiomila, with about 50 teams in total, and not very many challenging for the victory. In fact, the trophy was ours to throw away, and quite a lot of the team did their best to try and do that, but in the end the might ShUOC managed to pull out a win despite letting a team 30 minutes down after leg 1 finish leg 6 20 seconds behind us. I ran the last leg and ran in winners by about 15 minutes. The B team also won their race so it was a successful day to end a very successful spring for ShUOC, with 3 wins from 3 in the relay league - JK, British and Harvester to complete an unprecedented treble and win the UK Relay league after South Yorkshire dominance for 3 years.
High hopes again this year for Lidingö, with many talking of us challenging the 'big 3'. Well it didn't quite work out that way, and 4 of the team will feel a little disappointed with their performances. We failed to get to the front early on, were not in the leading pack on long night, and from then on it was all chasing and overtaking the other teams dropping off. I ran the 8th leg, and went out in 14th place, a long way behind the leaders but with lots of teams not too far in front to chase. I ran really aggressively from the start, and picked up a number of teams. My orienteering wasn't quite clean enough, and I wasn't quite strong enough to pull away from the other runners though, and I ended up running in a bit of a pack with about 5 other teams. At the end though, I managed to get a small gap with the gaffling and managed to change over in 7th place, and I had the 3rd fastest time on my leg which was pretty satisfying. The last 2 boys held on to 7th, but it was a big ask to take any more places. The potential is there, and one day we will have a good team performance and the result will come.
21 April 2010
12 April 2010
I took part in a really fun race at Wheal Florence (map extract below) - an old tin mining strip. I enjoyed it so much I ran two courses.
Eden project results
Race 1 results and routegadget
Pictures speak louder than words....
Trossachs routegadget and results