Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

JK 2018West Midlands, 30 March - 2 April

The 51st Jan Kjellström Festival of Orienteering was held at Cannock Chase, in Staffordshire. Around 40 ESOC members competed in the individual events, with some excellent results.

The JK Sprint was on Friday 30 March (Day 1) at MOD Stafford. This area is a typical military barracks, with a mixture of buildings - accommodation blocks and various work areas. The terrain was mainly hard surfaces with some grass, trees, fences, hedges and ditches, giving navigational challenges of detailed map reading and rapid decision making. The weather was fine.

ESOC’s best results came from Laura Robertson, 4th in W21E, Gill Martin, 3rd in W35, and Heather Thomson, 4th in W40.
Other ESOC runners who were in the top half of their class:
M10 (33 competitors) – Calum Robertson 16th
M18E (51) – Ben Brown 15th
M45 (62) – Alistair Hindle 11th
M50 (136) – Terry Johnstone 35th=
M70 (77) – Alastair Lessells 15th, Ian Pyrah 16th, Roger Scrutton 25th
W10 (19) – Megan Brown 5th
W12 (16) – Maja Robertson 8th
W16 (49) – Rachel Brown 7th
W21E (62) – Jo Stevenson 25th=
W45 (60) – Judy Bell 30th
W65 (50) – Margaret Dalgleish 5th, Janice Nisbet 6th
W70 (32) – Eleanor Pyrah 5th

The JK Individual competition consists of 2 days, and the times are added together for the overall results. The first day was a Middle Distance race for all classes.

Day 2, on Saturday 31 March, was at Brereton Spurs, near Rugeley. This area has a wide variety of terrain, mostly wooded, with many spurs and gullies in the steeply sloping southern part, some thick undergrowth, and vaguer terrain in the northern part of the area. It has a good path network. The weather was dry but dull, and rather cold.
Day 3, on Easter Sunday, was a short distance to the south, at Beaudesert. This is a diverse area of woodland, with bell pits and areas of old mine workings. The Start and Finish were in the grounds of Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre, and all courses had a few controls nearby, in complex vegetation with an extensive path network. The underfoot conditions, especially in the assembly area and parking, became quite muddy as the day went on.

The best ESOC result came from Rachel Brown, who was 4th overall in W16A.
Other ESOC runners who were in the top half of their class overall:
M10A (20 competitors) – Calum Robertson 9th
M18L (20) – Ben Brown 9th
M40L (47) – Mark Rowe 24th
M45L (66) – Alistair Hindle 10th, Peter O’Hara 20th, Jim Martin 24th
M50S (52) – Mark Wood 13th
M55L (109) – Keith Brown 32nd
M65L (94) – Les Dalgleish 42nd
M65S (32) – Dave Kershaw 12th, Bill Stevenson 13th
M70L (91) – Roger Scrutton 29th, Ian Pyrah 46th
W10A (13) – Megan Brown 7th
W12A (18) – Maja Robertson 5th
W21E (50) – Jo Stevenson 24th
W45S (30) – Judy Bell 10th
W65L (51) – Janice Nisbet 7th, Margaret Dalgleish 14th
W70L (38) – Eleanor Pyrah 9th

On Easter Monday (Day 4), the JK Relays were held at Beaudesert, in terrain similar to the previous day. It had been raining and snowing overnight, and the chief feature of the day was deep mud, with a very treacherous run-in.

ESOC had 7 teams (one of which was non-competitive), in classes B, J and P
Our best results were:
ESOC Jedi (Laura Robertson, Jo Stevenson, Rona Lindsay)
– 5th out of 21 in the Women’s Trophy class.
ESOC Stormtroopers (Alastair Lessells, Ian Pyrah, Janice Nisbet)
– 14th out of 32 in the Ultra-veteran class.
ESOC Sith Lords (Heather Thomson, Rachel Brown, Ben Brown)
– 3rd out of 57 in the Mixed Ad Hoc class.

Full results from all 4 days are on the SportIdent JK2018 results page, Routegadget and other analysis are available on the JK2018 website results page, and links to photos from the weekend can be found on the JK2018 photos page. Further description is in the JK 2018 programme.

Days 1, 2 and 3 were the 7th, 8th and 9th events in the 2018 UK Orienteering League – more details about this league are on the UK Orienteering League page of the British Orienteering website. ESOC is now lying 16th in the club competition. The score for each club is calculated automatically from the 15 best club members' scores (across various age class groups) - so the club members whose scores are included will change as the year goes on.

Days 1, 2 and 3 were also part of the UK Elite Orienteering League – see the UK Elite Orienteering League website for full details. These 3 events were World Ranking Events for elite runners.

Next year, the JK will be in Southern England, near Newbury and Aldershot, from 19 to 22 April 2019.

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