After focusing on the European orienteering championships I wasn't expecting much from English schools due to the sort time I'd have to recover. I was ranked last going into the race so I knew I'd just have to hold on for the 7 and a half laps of the inter girls 3000m. I dropped off the back of the pack after a couple of laps but soon pulled myself back and came 21st beating people who were ranked ahead of me. Although not the pb I was hoping for I was happy to have run the race well.
I had very mixed results across my two races; the sprint and the long . The sprint was by far my better run as it was pretty clean with just afew hesitations putting me in 23rd out of 102 of the best orienteers in Europe and 1st Brit. The very technical long course didn't go so well and I was very disappointed with my position of 92nd as I hoped for much more, but I lernt a lot that will help me in future events.
This was my last race before I fly out to Macedonia next Wednesday for the European Youth Orienteering championships. The race went well and I managed to reduce my 5k time from 19:25 to 18:38 whilst feeling strong and comfortable and went on to be first lady against some good runners who pushed me the whole way. Now just got to keep ticking over until next week when I compete for Great Britain for the first time.
After a great weekend over Easter competing in wales at the JK I knew selection for the European Youth Orienteering Championships was possible. Today it has been confirmed that I will compete for Great Britain in Macedonia at the end of June. This will be my first time running for my country and I can't wait to see how I compare to the rest of Europe after just a couple of years in the sport, lots of hard training coming up!
This was my fourth time so I knew the course well. I had a good start for the first time in a while and after settling down into my pace I managed to work my way through the field quite easily. At around 1k to go I heard someone shout 20th at me which meant is already beat my best position but I still felt good so continued to push on and ended up finishing 15th and beat my previous time by over a minute, leaving me feeling positive for the track season ahead.
After my 3rd place in the JK sprints I was hoping for another top 3 placing. After winning my heat I was in the final. I had a bad start but managed to pick it up at the end to get 2nd place in my first ever British Championships. The next day was the middles and I wasn't sure what to expect as I knew it was going to be very technical. However I ended up 9th and I got championship standard, putting me in a good place to be selected for England training tours in the summer.
Yesterday I competed in the National Road Relay championships at Sutton Park. I was on leg two and started off in 8th place. I had a really good run and came back in 6th and handed over to my team mate who came back 4th. It was annoying to be so close to the medals but we were all proud of our performances. I was especially proud as my time was the 12th fastest in our race.
In my first track event of the season I managed to knock 17 seconds of my old PB. My new time was 10:35 only 9 seconds away from the time I need to get into English schools, my next aim!
This was my first big orienteering event since I started two years ago and I didn't know what to expect. On day 1, the sprint, I came 3rd which I was really happy with. Day 2 and 3 were classic distance races and my main aim was to get championship standard on both days to put me in a good position to be selected for an England training tour in the summer. I managed to get championship standard on both days and finished 4th on day 2 and 11th on day 3 which put me 6th overall.
We knew our team could get a medal, but it was going to be tough! Our first leg runner came back 17th so I knew I was going to have to work hard. The course was only 2K so I thought I'd just go for it, since short courses aren't my best! I went off fast and was already catching people, and when I finished I realised I'd got our team from 17th to 5th and that my time was 15th fastest in the country! Our last runner managed to pull back the last few places to get us 3rd!
I had competed once before and come 4th, which I was very pleased with, but I really wanted to improve.
I had a good run but had to rush at the end missing one of the controls near the finish as my 45 minutes were nearly up. I was very pleased when I finished thinking I'd only missed one control however when I downloaded I realised that due to a late change of route I had missed two more controls. I was really annoyed but when I saw the results I realised I had won and become British Schools Champion!
This weekend was the Peter Palmer relays, a 6 leg orienteering relay that started at 5 in the morning so that there was a night leg! I was on leg 4 and bought my team back 1 position higher than when I left. I finished 4th on my leg which I was very pleased with, especially since i was against 18 year old boys! Are team finished 11th overall and 3rd in the younger teams cup, which we were very happy about!
I recently competed in the White Rose orienteering competition. On Friday I did the sprint which I came 6th in, which I was very happy with! Saturday and Sunday were classic distance races with a combined time giving you your overall position, after finishing 6th on Saturday and 4th on Sunday in my age group W16, I came 5th overall which I was really pleased with! On Monday there was a team score, I had a great run but unfortunately one of my team mates missed a compulsory control so we were disqualified, but it was a great weekend!
Despite the very rainy weather spirits were fairly high in the team as I made my way to the start line for the mass start as the W16 started off the relay with the W14 next then the W18 on the last leg. I was in the A team and scared as I didn't want to let the team down. I had a good run round but had no idea of my position and was thrilled to find out I was 3rd W16! I was so pleased, our W14 came home 4th and our W18 11th, our final position.
I started Orienteering one year ago and I was very excited to be selected for the East Midlands squad for this years Junior Inter-Regional Championships.
The first day was the individual competition and I was really nervous and didn't know how I'd do against the best orienteers in Britain. I was in the W16 category (girls age 16 to 14) in which I was one of the youngest competitors.
I was pleased with my run which had only one major mistake and ended up coming 16th, which I was really pleased with and left me very excited for the next days relays.
After helping to start the Hinckley fun run and handing out medals to the finishers, I got ready to run my 5K.
The race was two laps round Hinckley town centre I was keen to beat my time of 20:10 from last year. The first lap went well and I felt strong and the second lap was very similar. Running up the hill to the finish I thought I had nothing left but I found a sudden burst and overtook three men!
My final time was 19:31 and I was third lady in whole race!
On Saturday I ran my 4th park run at Sewerby, Yorkshire. The conditions were good and I was raring to go. I had strong run and finished first lady with a time of 20:38 beating my previous PB of 21:17 by 39 seconds at one of the toughest park runs in the country.
Training hadn't been going well due to illness, but I was excited to run my first 3000m this season at Corby. It was perfect conditions and I ran a new personal best of 10:52 beating my previous time by 19 seconds, putting me first in the East Midlands for my age and 11th in the country!
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