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Thousands flocked for another great orienteering weekend

April 14, 2015

With over 3,000 orienteers flocking to the Lake District to take part in the UK’s largest festival of orienteering over the Easter weekend, the 49th Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering was enjoyed by all taking part. 

The event, hosted by British Orienteering in conjunction with the North West Orienteering Association attracted top International orienteers from around the world.  Families and individuals of all fitness levels and abilities from across the country also took part and soaked up the amazing atmosphere of this annual orienteering Major Event.

With four days of orienteering in the stunning scenery and breath-taking views of the Lake District the first day kicked off on Good Friday at Lancaster University, Bailrigg campus with the Sprint event.  Thousands enjoyed sprinting around the campus and soaking up the event atmosphere, before heading off to Ulpha Park and Barrow Fell for the second day for the Elite Middle Distance and Non-Elite Long Distance Races.

The event then moved to Bigland for the Long Distance race on Easter Sunday and then Graythwaite Estate for the final Relay day on Easter Monday.

The two-day Jan Kjellström (JK) individual races concluded with Britain’s Cat Taylor (running for her Swedish Club, OK Linne) and France’s Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) winning the elite categories after tough and challenging courses in Bigland Estate, Cumbria. 

Several international teams were present, and some were using the event as selection races for the forthcoming World Championships in Scotland in August. As well as the top international competitors, many family members with young children enjoyed taking part in the string courses and Xplorer activities throughout the weekend.

Sally Pygott, Major Events Manager at British Orienteering said:

“Congratulations to everyone who competed.  The Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering is one of British Orienteering’s Annual Major Events and is the biggest annual orienteering event in the UK.  It was good to see top orienteers from across the world turning up and enjoying the challenging terrain of the stunning Lake District.”

Sally continued: “Next year is an especially exciting year when the JK2016 will be hosted in Yorkshire by Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association and we will be celebrating its 50thanniversary year!”

Both of the individual day’s races were part of the UK Orienteering League. Special thanks must go to the JK organising clubs and officials who delivered an event for everyone to enjoy. Full results for all age classes can be found online:  www.siresults.co.uk/2015/JK/

The next Major Orienteering Event is the British Orienteering Championships soon to be held in the Forest of Dean on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2015.  We look forward to welcoming you.  Further details can be found by visiting: www.boc2015.org.uk

More information about the sport of orienteering can be found on the British Orienteering website: www.britishorienteering.org.uk