Orienteering World Cup 2005
Orienteering World Cup 2005
Surrey Hills, England
Orienteering World Cup 2005


An icy cold water-splash in Guildford's Stoke Park was a shock to the system for some of the World's top orienteers on Friday.  Early morning snow - rare in this part of England - may have made members of Norway's Bkkelagets club feel at home, but by the afternoon, the only relic of the snow was soggy ground and a chilly straight route from control six to seven!  Led by World Champions Hanne Staff and Bjrnar Valstad, now retired from international competition, the Norwegians joined the GB Squad for their latest training camp, in preparation for the forthcoming GB Round of the World Cup.  After a morning training session near Bracknell, an invitation to press and public to see the GB Squad in action in Stoke Park attracted a small, but fascinated crowd including a reporter from the Surrey Advertiser who interviewed athletes and coaches. 

Retiring afterwards to the warm haven of The Spectrum Leisure Centre, which is to be the Event Centre for the World Cup, Bjrnar Valstad admitted to avoiding the water-splash, so as not to risk tightening up precious calf muscles.  Norwegians and British alike felt the training camp was extremely useful in developing familiarity with Surrrey terrain and maps - and ponds!

base camp

bjornar and oli

tiller girls?

Base camp outside The Spectrum

Wet or dry? Bjrnar Valstad and Oli Johnson discuss their routes

GB Tiller Girls pose with coaches, Dave and Jenny Peel

Sarah and Claire


Helen and Hannah

Sarah Rollins holding off Claire Ward

Heather Monro tells her secrets to the man from the Surrey Advertiser

Helen Palmer & Hannah Wooton

Hanne Staff

Post mortem

Matt Crane

Hanne Staff (R) in her new role as coach

Post-training analysis; coach, Bilbo, looks on

Matt finish!  Matt Crane on the run-in

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