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Alistair Masson wins M18 British Night Champs

It was another excellent result for Ali Masson this evening as he won the M18 British Night Orienteering Championship in Pippingford Park. Nick Jarvis also medalled, taking bronze in the same class. Podium Photo. Nick in action.

Posted by Robert Lines on 23rd Feb 14




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Ali Masson and Edward Lines win gold at SE Champs

Our highest ranked junior Alistair Masson beat all other competitors on the Short Brown course to be crowned South East regional M18 champion at Farley Heath today. There were also medals for Edward Lines (Gold M16) and Sam Leitch (Bronze M14).

Posted by Robert Lines on 02nd Feb 14




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Jack Leitch (M16) Southern Champion 2014

Congratulations to Jack Leitch who took the M16 Southern Champion title at Star Posts on Sunday. There was also an excellent performance from Alistair Masson who took silver on the M18 Elite course. You can look at all the courses on the BKO RouteGadget site.

Posted by Robert Lines on 27th Jan 14




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Thirty three juniors attend first squad training session

It was a bright and sunny morning at Rivers Wood and there was an excellent turnout. There are one or two photos online.

Posted by Robert Lines on 12th Oct 13




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The Mispunch

The first edition of the junior squad magazine is hot off the press. Contact Sophie Kingdom at Rewell on Sunday for your copy.

Posted by Robert Lines on 03rd Oct 13




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SO Juniors medal at Britain’s top urban event

Matthew and Jack Leitch took gold and silver at yesterday’s London City Race in the M16 class. They beat a strong field of 45 runners with a full 52 seconds separating silver and bronze. Full results.

Posted by Robert Lines on 23rd Sep 13




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Jonathan Crickmore’s JWOC experience

Our highest ranked SO Junior reports on his week at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic.

Jonathan writes,

‘At the beginning of June I competed at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic. It is a very tough week with 5 races in 6 days with a Long, Middle Qual, Middle Final, Rest day, Sprint and Relay. It was a very exciting JWOC this year as recently orienteering has been trying hard to get in the Olympics so there was a lot of publicity about. This involved wearing GPS units that were held in Sports Bra type vests, which suited the guys very nicely. Then a big first for me was the large number of TV cameras in the forest, following you for whole legs.

‘I struggled in the forest races at the beginning of the week, being physically not able to cope with 660m climb in the long and having technical problems with the hundreds of boulders scattered about the middle area. I knew the sprint race would always be a good race for me with a strong culture of sprint racing in our country. A mixed sprint with the first 5 minutes in a park, followed by technical racing on terraces of a fortified town, where it was key to understand what level the controls were on.

‘When I came through the spectator loop I heard that I had a good time and tried to push on, but unfortunately some small mistakes in the last loop caused me to drop some places. Then I just had to wait and I finished with a 7th place which is a great result and something I would have been happy with before the race, but annoyingly I knew I could have run the time that won the race.

The relay is a special race and however tired you are the adrenalin and pride gives you the energy to make it through. Unfortunately the team didn’t perform as hoped but was still a good race to finish the week.
It’s not all about the racing either there is a lot of time to make a lot of friends from all over the world and many of whom you can meet again at other international competitions.’

Posted by Robert Lines on 23rd Jul 13




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Alex Lines runs a week of coaching for year 9 students

Alex Lines spent last week at Park Wood Scout Camp putting into use his recent coaching qualification.

Two hundred students from Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove took part in a series of 90 minute sessions that included a star exercise and a point-point competition. After several days of non-stop sunshine there were reports of numerous water fights between activities and a good time appears to have been had by all.

Posted by Robert Lines on 17th Jul 13




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