BOK Juniors' success at Junior Inter-regional Championships

Over the weekend of the 28th & 29th September, ten BOK Juniors' travelled to South Yorkshire, as part of the South West Junior Squad's team at the JIRCs (Junior Inter-regional Championships). This annual competition puts the junior squads of each British region against each other, in two days of high-level orienteering.

Pete Maliphant, BOK and SWJOS coach, accompanied the team to what he described as 'possibly the wettest JIRCs ever':

The individual was a tough area of moorland and forest, high in the Peak District, with few paths and TD5 planning for all. The relay at Tanksersley was as used in the Compass Sport Cup final a few years ago.

[It] was a very young SWJOS team, with half the team running up an age class, and half of the others in the bottom year of their class. Jim, running up as an M18, was outstanding; Edith and Ruby both ran up as W18 for the whole weekend, and Amy , W14, took on the W16 courses.

"Possibly the wettest JIRCs ever"

"Possibly the wettest JIRCs ever" 

Though made up of runners from across the South West, ten BOK juniors were in the team; Jim, Olly, Harry, Guy, Finlay and Jamie competed in the Men's classes, whilst Edith, Ruby, Molly and Amy competed in the Women's.

Amy and Molly power to the start kite.

Amy and Molly leading the pack out from the start in the Women's relay

All of their results should be commended, but particular mention should go to Jim who, whilst running up as an M18, placed third on the individual podium. The crowning glory was a first place for a men's relay team made up of entirely BOK juniors; Jim, Olly and Guy battled it out with the Scottish team to take the win in a final leg sprint finish. Overall, the SWJOS came 4th, behind the Scottish, North West and South Yorkshire regional squads.

BOK juniors take SWJOS boys' relay team to the top.Jim takes 3rd, despite running up as an M18.

BOK's Guy, Olly and Jim take 1st for the SWJOS in the relays; Despite running up, Jim takes 3rd on M18.

As a club, we're immensely proud of the achievements of all the BOK members who were selected to represent our region, and to Bryony, who was unable to this year attend due to a serious knee injury. Thanks to all of the parents and coaches who accompanied the team, stood in the rain, and helped our juniors have what was clearly a superb weekend.

Junior Club Captain, Amy, reflects on her experiences of the competition:

Over the weekend of the 28-29 September, I travelled up to west of Sheffield with 9 other BOK juniors to represent the South West Junior Squad, along with 12 others from our region, at the Junior Inter Regional Champs (JIRCs). JIRCs is an annual competition where all the junior regional squads compete against each other. It’s a great experience and you make lots of new friends. As we got closer, the conditions gradually worsened from lovely clear skies to torrential rain at the car park. On the walk to the start, the conditions didn’t get much better but at the start we had lovely views of the surrounding hills.

 I was very nervous before my start as it was my first JIRCS and I was running up (W16 instead of W14). I also had 210m of climb, the reason, I discovered when I opened my map, was that I dropped down a steep hill, did a few technical controls and then climbed back up around 45m over about 50m. My first leg was very long and I think it was one of the hardest legs on the W16 course because of the distance and the lack of obvious features. The course then went down and up the aforementioned hill before finishing in woodland. I was very pleased to have got round with a clean run.

After navigating to our accommodation, where all the orienteers were staying, we had a communal dinner and then got ready for the ceilidh! The ceilidh was great fun and the inclusion of one of the Scots playing bagpipes made it more exciting!

It was a reasonably early start the next morning for the relays. It was slightly warmer but still wet so we set up the SW tent in the assembly area. I was running the first leg. All the SW first leg runners were told by our coach we mustn’t  mispunch and we should keep up the tradition of being first to the start kite (the mass start was about 100m from the kite). Nobody from the South West was first to get to the start kite but we all enjoyed the experience. The rest of my course went well and I hit most of the controls easily. After I got back there was the excitement of seeing where the SW teams would place.

In an exciting sprint finish between Jim Bailey and one of the Scots, the SW 1st boys team won the relays! Congratulations to Oli, Guy and Jim, all from BOK! The rest of our last leg runners gradually came in with great results. Overall, SWJOS came 4th, which was a great result as almost half the team was running up. It was an amazing experience and thank you so much to all the coaches and helpers who made it possible.