JK 2007 Results

Held in the Forest of Dean over the glorious Easter weekend, the 40th Anniversary Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering was a resounding success, with around 4,000 competitors in total. The races kicked off with a high intensity sprint race around the University of West England Frenchay campus with the women´s won by Durham-based Pippa Whitehouse and Norwegian international Øystein Kvaal Østerbø picking up the gold medal in the men´s. Although this event was not part of the total scores for the weekend it is in the 2007 UK Cup. Saturday´s race in the Forest of Dean was a middle distance for the Elites with expected winning times of 35 minutes. The men´s race was won by planetFear´s orienteering correspondent Graham Gristwood, just 18 seconds in front of Oli Johnson. In the women´s race the margins were even tighter with just 7 seconds separating the top 3, Rachael Elder of Sheffield University taking the victory ahead of planetFear´s Jenny Johnson.This left things set up very nicely for Sunday´s long race and all to play for. In the women´s race Helen Winskill (just 6 months after giving birth) ran through the field to go into the lead overall with just Rachael, Jenny and Pippa left in the forest. An unfortunate injury kept Pippa in 3rd place with Jenny holding her nerve to take the title by just 2 minutes overall with Rachael Elder throwing away a clear chance of victory on the spectator loop. The men´s race was slightly less nailbiting with Oli Johnson producing a storming run to win by 4 minutes overall from York runner Matt Speake with Graham Gristwood dropping down to 3rd. The sunshine held out for Monday´s relays with South Yorkshire Orienteers taking the women´s title for the 4th year in a row and Edinburgh University winning the men´s title to add to their BUSA victory from last weekend. Full results can be found here With Routegadget here