We have managed to extend the final entry closing date by 1 day, so that it is now Monday evening, 22nd April (23:59). This means that, for those people away over the Easter weekend (perhaps at the JK), the entry closing date is likely to be after they get back home. Club team captains are also likely to be very busy on Sunday with JK Relay team declarations, so the extension gives them additional time for final team entries to the Mixed Sprint Relays and British Relays events that are part of the BOC weekend.
Once the final entries deadline passes on 21st April (Easter Sunday), we are unable to accept further late entries. The process of creating a start list, taking account of the Rules of the competition including the needs for seeding of age-class and Elite classes, start block requests, helper start times and various other constraints means that we need to allow sufficient time to do all of this, and still publish the start list a week before race weekend. Please enter on time, and don’t expect us to accommodate very late entries after the deadline has passed. Thank you!
A lot of people have entered the individual Sprint race, who may later prefer to be in a Sprint Relay team. If that applies to you, we are very happy for you (or your Club Captain) to enter your Sprint Relay team and then cancel your individual Sprint entry (with a full refund). We’d like to see as many Sprint teams as possible, to make it an exciting head-to-head race in all the age categories.
The YHOA Junior Squad have designed a fabulous O-top to commemorate the British Orienteering Championships which this year are being held in Yorkshire.
The tops are available to pre-order via Fabian4 up until Sunday 17th March 2019. There will be a limited number available for sale at the event, at a £2 surcharge per O-top, but please order in advance to guarantee your size.
See the O-tops page for more information.
Lots more detail for each of the three days’ events has now been uploaded to the website, in preparation for entries to open. By Monday next week, entries (online via Fabian4) will Entry Linksbe open.
Please note that in order to run at the British Championships you need to be a member of British Orienteering. If you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.
- British Mixed Sprint Relays http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2254
- Both Saturday Individual Sprint and Sunday British Orienteering Champs http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2255
- British Relay Champs http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2256
“Yorkshire people are first and foremost friendly and we do things without much fanfare”, according to the Olympian Alistair Brownlee, who hails from God’s Own County. This may be true, but a certain amount of fanfare is called for when it comes to the 2019 British Orienteering Championships weekend. It promises to be a special occasion, for three main reasons:
- For the first time, the British Championships weekend has three events: as well as the long distance event on the Sunday and the relays on the Monday, there is also the mixed sprint relay on the Saturday.
- It features a fantastic a mixture of terrain types: urban, moorland, forest and parkland, so there’s something for everyone (sorry, we couldn’t find any forested sand dunes, and there is not a British indoor orienteering championship – yet!).
- The event is close to the geographical centre of Britain (OK, the OS calculate that that is actually just over the Lancashire border, but Yorkshire is near enough), making it an accessible event for competitors from all over the mainland, and there are direct flights from Belfast to Leeds Bradford Airport.
Let’s take a look at the weekend in more detail.
The British Sprint Relays will be held at Bradford University on Saturday 4th May. This area has only been used for one major event before (AIRE’s Bradford Urban Race in 2017) and promises a variety of land use with the added factor that the campus is steeper than many others in the UK. Before or after the race, why not visit Bradford’s city centre, which has been revitalised in recent years, and now includes a City Park with a fantastic mirror pool and fountains? Other attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Saltaire and Haworth, the David Hockney Gallery in nearby Lister Park’s Cartwright Hall, and the lovely Baildon and Ilkley Moors.
The British Long Distance Championships will be held at Arncliffe and Kilnsey North on Sunday 5th May, with assembly adjacent to the pretty village of Arncliffe, in Littondale, Upper Wharfedale. The area is a combination of the northern parts of Kilnsey, as experienced in the 2016 JK (remember the hailstorms?), Arncliffe (used for the 2015 Northern Championships) and parts of the area have also been used for the 2015 SHI Relays and Airienteers’ biennial Dales Weekend events. The terrain is almost wholly open moorland, mostly extremely runnable, with a profusion of contour detail. It also features limestone pavement, and route choice will be complicated by the presence of stiles and uncrossable walls. Spectators will be able to see competitors encounter the last few controls of most courses as the fellside faces the one-stop assembly area and arena (another bonus is that the starts should take less than 20 minutes to reach).
Arncliffe was originally called ‘Amerdale’ and was the inspiration for ‘Emmerdale’: The Falcon Inn was the inspiration for the ‘Woolpack’ from the series, and it has rustic charm and beer poured from jugs. Nearby Kettlewell is an outdoor hub and is popular with hikers and campers. The Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire have both passed through Upper Wharfedale; why not try yourself on ‘The Rash’ or the ‘Cote de Cray’? Indeed, this year’s BOC weekend occurs at the same time at the Tour de Yorkshire, and although the route has yet to be announced, there is a good chance that it will pass through the Dales at least once!
The British Relay Championships will be held in Middleton Park, Leeds, on Monday 6th May. This area, which was last used for the 2015 British Night Championships, is characterised by heavily pitted forested slopes and plateaus with a dense path network, separated by patches of lightning-fast open ground and a recently abandoned golf course.
With three valleys running diagonally across the area, this event will be both a technical and physical challenge. The area is close to the motorway network, or you may wish to extend your stay by exploring the dynamic city centre of Leeds or other West Yorkshire attractions like the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield or the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the M1.
All in all, this makes for a very attractive proposition, and after a successful 2016 JK, Yorkshire looks forward to welcoming you again in 2019. If you share the county’s reputation for parsimony, you may wish to know that the cheapest way of enjoying the weekend is to enter by the first deadline, which is likely to be the end of January. See you there!
By David Alcock (Day 2 planner) and the BOC 2019 team.
The British Orienteering Championships weekend 2019 will be hosted by the clubs of the Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association, on 4th, 5th and 6th May 2019.
The weekend will start with the British Mixed Sprint Relays on Saturday, followed by the Long Distance race on Sunday and the British Relays on Monday (a Bank Holiday).