At the 2012 IOF General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, a new programme for the World Orienteering Championships was decided on, including the introduction of a new format, the Sprint Relay. The first Sprint Relay in the World Championships will be in 2014 in Italy, after which it will be a permanent feature on the programme. The sequence of runners will be woman-man-man-woman.
The IOF is aiming at staging the new format on the international level starting from 2013. At The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia, the current “Mixed Relay” will be conducted based on the format of the Sprint Relay.
The IOF Council recently decided on the details of this new format for World Orienteering Championships. The description will be included in the IOF Competition Rules for Foot Orienteering, and can be read here.
Need for opportunities to gain experience on national level
In order for this new format to spread and to gain experience with it both in organising and competing, the IOF strongly encourages its member federations to find opportunities for staging Sprint Relay competitions starting from the 2013 season and onwards. This can ideally be both in small scale (club and regional level) and in larger scale (national level).
In the meantime we have the 30th World Championships in Finland next summer. There are other associated events on there too - read about it here.
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Simon Reeve also travelled with the team to the JHI in the south of England in October ...
- England were very strong across all of the M14/16/18 categories and invariably had 3 or all 4 runners in the top 6 places.
- There was more of a balance here between the dominance of the English and Scottish squads. Worryingly for the relays, Wales looked like they may have at least one strong team with a couple of good results on the W16 & W18 courses
|WJHI 2012 Team
Watch a headcam video of the race here.
The inaugural Irish Trail-O Championships were run by Alan Gartside at Lower Drummans, Magilligan. Alan is still plugging away at Trail-O for us. Joanne Mein (NWOC), Eunice Cinnamon (LVO) and Rory Morrish (LeeO) represented Ireland in the World Ski-O Championships in Bulgaria. Ted de St. Croix wrote on visualisation in orienteering, while Joe Lalor reported on the 2002 Lakes 5-Day and Andrew Quin told us about his first World Cup races in Belgium and Switzerland.