ORIENTEERS COME OUT OF THE WOODS AND INTO THE LIMELIGHT
PRESS RELEASE Monday 21 February 2005
International orienteering is coming to the South-East of England for the first time ever when Great Britain hosts the Orienteering World Cup from 29 April to 3 May 2005.
The five-day competition will take place in various locations, some traditionally associated with orienteering such as Leith Hill, others designed to meet the International Orienteering Federation's desire to bring the sport more into public view. The World Cup Sprint Final will take place in Battersea Park on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May, with the qualifying round taking place on the University of Surrey Campus in Guildford the preceding Friday evening (29 April). Both races will be completely open to spectators and media.
Juniors have their own Young Orienteers Festival at Battersea Park on 2 May. Local Young Orienteers Festivals are being held around the country throughout April with the winners of these being picked to represent their town at the National Festival on 2 May.
In addition there will be races for the public - from beginners to experts - on every day of the World Cup programme. More information on these ison the Surrey Five-O page.
Great Britain will be fielding a strong team which includes Jamie Stevenson, the 2003 World Sprint Champion. "Competing in front of a home crowd is going to be a rare and fantastic experience," said Heather Monro, GB's top female orienteer. "All the GB Squad are getting psyched up for this one. Holding races in public areas such as Battersea Park means people can come and see us and will hopefully bring orienteering out into the limelight."
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