UK Elite League Returns for 2019

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The countdown to the 2019 UK Elite Orienteering League is on, and it is set to be another cracker.
 
12 rounds over 5 weekends will reveal who are the best all-round orienteers in the country. Athletes will compete for points across all disciplines with races more evenly spread across the country than previous editions. All the selection races are included and clubs have accommodated the League by planning courses to suit elites’ requirements. There are categories for MW18s, 20s and Seniors.
 
Rd
Date
Event
Area
Club
Distance
Juniors
Seniors
1
Sat 9th March
Sheffield Urban
Ponderosa
SYO
Sprint
Sprint
Sprint
2
Sun 10th March
Northern Champs
Wharncliffe Woods
SYO
Long
Long
Long
3
Sat 23rd March
Selection Special
Lancaster University
BO
Sprint
Sprint
 
4
Sat 23rd March
Lakes Spring Weekend
Haverthwaite
LOC
Middle
 
MIddle
5
Sun 24th March
Red Rose Classic
Hampsfell & Eggerslack
SROC
Middle/Long
Middle
Long
6
Sat 13th April
Scottish Spring
Fife
MPA
Middle
 
Middle
7
Sat 13th April
Scottish Spring
Falkland
MPA
Sprint
Sprint
Sprint
8
Sun 14th April
Scottish Spring
Falkland Estate
MPA
Long
Long
Long
9
Fri 19th April
JK Festival
Aldershot Garrison
SCOA
Sprint
Sprint
Sprint
10
Sat 20th April
JK Festival
Windmill Hill
SCOA
Middle
Middle
Middle
11
Sun 21st April
JK Festival
Cold Ash
SCOA
Long
Long
Long
F
Sun 5th May
British Championships
Kilnsey & Arncliffe
YHOA
Long
Long
Long
 
Racing starts in Sheffield with a sprint at SYO’s Urban Race on Saturday 9th March. Wharncliffe Woods, a classic area of rock features and forested slopes, is the venue for the Northern Champs the next day, mapped and planned by Oli Johnson.
 
On Saturday 23rd March Juniors and Seniors are split for rounds 3 and 4. Juniors racing in a specially organised sprint selection race at Lancaster University. Seniors running a technical middle distance on Haverthwaite Heights, scene of past British Championships. All re-group at Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods on the Sunday where Juniors step up to a middle and Seniors to a long.
 
Scottish Spring has become a regular fixture in the League due its reliability for high-class orienteering. This year it's the 13/14th April around Falkland with a middle (Senior counter only) and sprint on the Saturday followed by a Scottish Orienteering League long on the Sunday.
 
The JK Festival (19-21st April) is the penultimate weekend of the series where all three races count, starting with the sprint at Aldershot Barracks. Focus and map contact will be necessary to succeed in middle amongst the dense contours and paths of Windmill Hill. Cold Ash, used for JK 2013, hosts the long.
 
Arncliffe & Kilnsey’s open fell and contour detail will provide a fast finish to the League at the British Championships on 5th May.
 
Scoring: Best 6 scores from first 9 races for juniors, best 6 scores from first 10 races for seniors, the final British Champs race to count for all.  At least 1 and maximum 3 scores from any one discipline (sprint/middle/long) to count.
 
Got to ukeliteoleague.org.uk for race information, scoring rules and links to old maps. You can follow @ukeliteoleague on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date as the season progresses.
 
Supporters and Sponsors
 
The UK Elite Orienteering League aims to be an attractive series for competitors by providing prize money and prizes. 53 different athletes have been supported via the prize fund over the last four seasons and have gone on to compete at World Championships, Junior World Championships and various levels of European competition.
 
If you are interested in supporting the league, either with a contribution to the cash prize fund, or with clothing, or equipment, please email ukeliteoleague@gmail.com or visit ukeliteoleague.org.uk/support where you can donate online. All contributions are greatly received. If you are a sponsor we can promise publicity through articles and social media, at the major races in the UK orienteering calendar, as well as being associated with the elite orienteering scene.
 
Duncan Birtwistle

UK Elite Orienteering League Co-ordinator

 

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