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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…

Reflections

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It has been 3 weeks since the conclusion of WOC and in the interim we have had the World Games where Ralph, Peter, Megan and Tessa came away with some very good individual and team results.

The fund raising campaign blew most of us away with donations totalling £8,664.50 and with the addition of gift aid this came to a whopping £10,312.50.

Not only did we have great support from home but at WOC its self, and in the run up, there were a number of individuals who were instrumental helping the athletes; Duncan Archer, Liz Campbell, Bob Dredge, Simon and Matt Elkington, Eddie Nicholas, Dave and Sarah Rollins, multiple supporters and many more.



Some athletes have been reflecting on the week.  We concluded the week with 2 top 10s, 8 top 20s and 4 top 30s among which there were multiple personal bests.  Although this reads as a successful list you might read the word 'disappointed' in many of the quotes, this simply illustrates the level of individual and team aims.


"WOC in Esto…

Team Quiz - Answers

We hope you enjoyed our team quiz. Here are the answers so take a look and see how you got on.

Team Trivia      1. What did Graham Gristwood study at university and where? Maths at Warwick and a masters in Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam
2. What is Alice Leake’s home region? Yorkshire
3. What is the name of Jess Tullie’s dog? Midge
4. Which countries has Ralph Street lived in? (Hint: 4) England, Sweden, Norway, Australia
5. Who is the tallest member of Team GB? Ralph Street, 187cm
6. When did Team GB last win a WOC medal? (points for name, position and location) Scott Fraser, Silver, Sprint, Finland 2013
6. Who has brought the most pairs of shoes to WOC? Cat Taylor (7)
7. What is the combined weight of Cat Taylor and her luggage? 73kg
8. Who has the smallest feet in Team GB? Jess Tullie
9. What sport is Kris Jones doing his PhD in? Golf
10. Which members of Team GB have been to China? Chris Smithard, Alice Leake, Peter Hodkinson, Graham Gristwood, Will Gardner
11. Which member of Team GB have b…

World Champs Debut by Will

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Will Gardner tells us about the prospect of making his world champs debut in the middle distance race tomorrow. The race will be quite a contrast from the long with lots of intricate contour details and almost no marshes. Follow all the action here from 10.32 (8.32 BST). Good luck to all the athletes competing!
Athletes and Start Times (Local Time (BST))
Will Gardner 11.32 (9.32) Peter Hodkinson 11.58 (9.58) Ralph Street 12.06 (10.06)
Jess Tullie 15.10 (13.10) Hollie Orr 15.46 (13.46) Jo Shepherd 15.52 (13.52)
"Getting selected for a World Championships is the dream for any orienteer. Seeing your name on a list that will go forward to represent your country at the biggest event in your chosen sport is a feeling like no other; you’ve made it, you can say that you are a World Championships runner. Being selected as a reserve is gutting. Although it is a fantastic sign that a team is too strong for you to be selected for, and you wish your friends the best, you cannot help but wish y…

Team GB quiz - Round 1

With the sprint qualifier kicking off this afternoon we have a quiz to learn some fun facts about the Team GB and keep you entertained between races. The first round includes a team trivia, pointless orienteering and orienteer or premier league footballer.  Thanks to Murray and Tessa Strain for the pointless orienteering and orienteer or premier league football rounds. Keep a look out for answers and the second round of the quiz posted later in the week.


Team Trivia
1    1. What did Graham Gristwood study at university and where?
2.What is Alice Leake’s home region?
3.What is the name of Jess Tullie’s dog?
4.Which countries has Ralph Street lived in? (Hint: 4)
5.Who is the tallest member of Team GB?
6.When did Team GB last win a WOC medal? (points for name, position and location)
7.Who has brought the most pairs of shoes to WOC?
8.What is the combined weight of Cat Taylor and her luggage?
9.Who has the smallest feet in Team GB?
10.What sport is Kris Jones doing his PhD in?
11.Which members of Te…

THANK YOU!

The response to our Fund Raising campaign has been overwhelming and it is hard to show our full appreciation.  The races are about to begin and with such strong support behind us we are looking forward to taking on what Estonia has to throw at us.  A special thanks must go to the Orienteering Foundation for their support and enabling this to happen, thank you.

THANK YOU VIDEO
“Go Team Gb!” Bon appetit! We're right behind you. Xxx” We'll be following from afar and with you in spirit. E, P & S” In the wise words of GB Legend Jon Duncan. Go hard or go home.” Good luck” Good luck Team GBR. Go and win some medals!!” Enjoy Estonia, we did” Have fun and run well.” Good luck to all the team” Good luck! This is your time Hollie!” Keep it fast and easy!” May the trail rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face And you find the right orienteering track. Enjoy the experience and good luck.” Good cause! “ Good luck to all the team” Am…