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Ozone 30

Glynn Lydiate

Published on December 1, 2014

02 Ozone Issue 30 The Sprint event got the championships underway in the town o Samokov. The early starters beneted rom near perect and dry conditions, however, the thunderstorm that had been threatening, arrived with vengeance making conditions extremely dicult or the mid and late starters. Spectators ran or cover and the athletes struggled to keep their pace and to stop themselves rom slipping. The town o Samokov is surprisingly fat considering it is set amongst mountains and many o the athletes commented that because it was easy to run ast, they had to ‘keep their heads’ to avoid mistakes. In similar ashion to many o the other teams Great Britain had mixed ortunes. Zoe Harding nished with a very well earned 11th place, ater an early start and the excitement o holding joint 1st place with a Russian and a Finnish athlete or a short time. Zoe has taken a ‘gap year’ rom university and ocused on her orienteering in particularly on the orest JWOC races. The rst day provided proo that her dedication was worthwhile. Ater her race she said, “Technically there were a ew times when I didn’t quite get the best line, but I am really happy that the race went well and that I came out with this result. It really wasn’t what I was expecting.” The second day saw the athletes compete in the Long event near Malyovitsa, described as “very technical and physically tough”. The courses o 10.2km or men and 7.2km or women were over mixed types o terrain including marshes, green areas, stony and rocky areas, small streams and rivers and steep slopes. Alexander (Sasha) Chepelin had a very good run in his rst JWOC and produced a top 50. However, despite some very gritty eort and displays o perseverance against the course and the terrain, most o the British team were disappointed with their results. Unortunately, Zoe Harding had to retire rom the race because o illness, which ortunately only lasted twenty our hours. Ater a rest day, the athletes went into the Middle qualiers and were delighted to have seven o the team earn a place in the A nal the next day which proved to be the most successul day o the competition or the British team. Julie Emmerson was the rst member o the team to run in the nal and came back initially in 2nd position having enjoyed playing cat and mouse in the orest with Sina Tommer rom Switzerland who was the eventual winner. Julie nished up with a superb 11th place. Katie Reynolds was the next British athlete into the arena with a solid run that earned her 30th position. Aidan Smith came in next with a very credible 23rd place. The next British top twenty results came rom Sasha Chepelin who achieved a tremendous 17th place in his rst JWOC. Tamsin Moran was next into the nishing straight with a smile on her ace and a 27th position to her credit. Lucy Butt nished in 35th position. News rom the radio controls soon had the British contingent straining to see into the orest, as it was announced that Zoe Harding was enjoying a tremendous run and soon she appeared at the last control and sprinted into the nish. At the time o nishing, she was in 3rd place and was only superseded by three other runners and so gained a very well deserved and hard-earned place on the podium by being the 6th astest Junior World Middle Distance Orienteer in 2014! Next it was time or the B nals. Rhona McMillan had a antastic race to nish in 4th in the women’s event and in the men’s Great Britain had Ciaran Allen in 16th, Oliver Williams in 26th and Adam Potter in 37th. JUNIOR WORLD ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 REPORT & PHOTOS BY JACKIE NEWTON This year, it was Bulgaria that welcomed the world to the ski resort o Borovets or the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2014. The team were ortunate to be accompanied by Senior International Orienteer, Ralph Street, who took on the role o Technical Coach and planned and organised their technical training in the days leading up to the event. Aidan Smith in the Long Sasha Chepelin in the Middle Extract from the Middle map Credit: Ivan Sirakov