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Entries have started opening for this year’s races so we’ve rounded up everything you need to know for the first few here.

The first round is on Saturday 9th March at Ponderosa as part of SYO’s Sheffield Urban Race. A classic varied Sheffield housing estate with pockets of park. Courses have been especially planned for the series with Juniors and Seniors running against each other - just select your age class when you enter and we’ll sort out the scoring.

Details: www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk/events/event/733-spring-in-sheffield-urban-race
Entry: www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2195
Map: www.syo.routegadget.co.uk/kartat/106.jpg

The rocky slopes of Wharncliffe Woods host Round 2 the following day, mapped and planned by Oli Johnson. As well as being the Northern Champs is is also a selection race for European Youth, Junior World and Junior European Championships.

Details: www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk/events/event/728-northern-champs-weekend-2019
Entry: www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2195
Map: www.syo.routegadget.co.uk/kartat/113.jpg

Two weeks later on Saturday 23rd March Juniors and Seniors are split. Juniors will be racing a closed sprint around Lancaster University’s dense campus providing tricky racing and scene of JK2015.

Entry: www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2219
Map: www.jk.routegadget.co.uk/kartat/47.jpg

Seniors will be on Haverthwaite Heights running Lakeland Orienteering Club’s middle race. With intense contour and rock detail this will probably be the most difficult race of the series. One not to miss for older athletes.

Details: www.lakeland-orienteering.org.uk/events/spring-weekend-day-1-haverthwaite-heights
Entry: Opening soon via SIEntries
Map: www.loc.routegadget.co.uk/kartat/26.jpg

Everyone’s back together on Sunday 24th at Hampsfell and Eggerslack Woods which have been used as World Championships selection in the past. South Ribble’s Red Rose Classic is the event with middle selection races for Juniors and a long for Seniors.

Details: sroc.org.uk
Entry: Opening soon via SIEntries
Map: www.sroc.routegadget.co.uk/kartat/165.jpg

Go to ukeliteleague.org.uk for more information.
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🏃‍♂️: Previous series winner Jonny Crickmore in action at Ash Ranges on 2nd January.

📸: Jon Steed
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The countdown begins to the 2019 UK Elite Orienteering League which is set to be a cracker.

12 rounds over 5 weekends will reveal who are the best all-round orienteers in the land. Athletes will compete for points across every discipline with events located up and down the country. All the selection races are in there and we have worked with clubs to get the competitions elites desire.

Go to ukeliteoleague.org.uk for details of every race, links to old maps and full scoring rules.

Is your diary ready?

Racing starts in Sheffield with a sprint at SYO’s Urban Race on Saturday 9th March. Wharncliffe, a classic area of rock features and forested slopes, is the venue for the Northern Champs the next day, mapped and planned by Oli Johnson.

Listen carefully for rounds 3-5. On Saturday 23rd March Juniors and Seniors are split. Juniors racing in a specially organised sprint selection race at Lancaster University. Seniors running a technical middle distance on Haverthwaite Heights, scene of past British Championships. All re-group at Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods on the Sunday where Juniors step up to a middle and Seniors to a long.

Scottish Spring has become a regular fixture in the League due its reliability for high-class orienteering. This year it's the 13/14th April around Falkland with a middle (Senior counter only) and sprint on the Saturday followed by a Scottish Orienteering League long on the Sunday.

The JK Festival (19-21st April) is the penultimate weekend of the series where all three races count, starting with the sprint at Aldershot Barracks. Focus and map contact will be necessary to succeed in middle amongst the dense contours and paths of Windmill Hill. Cold Ash, used for JK 2013, hosts the long.

Arncliffe & Kilnsey’s open fell and contour detail will provide a fast finish to the League at the British Championships on 5th May.

We are looking forward to another exciting season and will drop more information as it comes.

The UK Elite League Team

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RACES
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NORTHERN CHAMPS WEEKEND
1- 09/3 - Ponderosa - SYO - Sprint
2 - 10/3 - Wharncliffe - SYO - Long

LAKES SPRING & RED ROSE CLASSIC
3- 23/3 - Lancaster University - BO - Sprint (Junior’s only)
4 - 23/3 - Haverthwaite - LOC - Middle (Seniors)
5 - 24/3 - Hampsfell & Eggerslack - Middle/Long (Juniors/Seniors)

SCOTTISH SPRING
6 - 13/4 - Falkland area - MPA - Middle (Seniors)
7 - 13/4 - Falkland - MPA - Sprint
8 - 14/4 - Falkland Estate - MPA - Long

JK FESTIVAL
9 - 19/4 - Aldershot Barracks - SCOA - Sprint
10 - 20/4 - Windmill Hill - SCOA - Middle
11 - 21/4 - Cold Ash - SCOA - Long

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
F - 5/3 - Arncliffe & Kilnsey - YHOA - Long

SCORING
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Best 6 scores from first 9 races for juniors, best 6 scores from first 10 races for seniors, the final British Champs race to count for all. At least 1 and maximum 3 scores from any one discipline (sprint/middle/long) to count. See ukeliteoleague.org.uk/scoring/ for full details.

SPONSORSHIP
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The UK Elite Orienteering League aims to be an attractive series for competitors by providing prize money and prizes.

If you are interested in sponsoring the league in future years, either with a contribution to the cash prize fund, or with clothing, or equipment, please email ukeliteoleague@gmail.com or visit ukeliteoleague.org.uk/support. In return we can promise publicity through articles and social media, at the major races in the UK orienteering calendar, as well as being associated with the elite orienteering scene.
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2019 is approaching and the Elite League will return. We've got a fantastic set of races lined up, with more Sprint and Middles, exclusively in quality terrain. Official announcement coming soon.

📸 Lingmoor, 2018 Round 7, Wendy Carlyle
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It’s the 10th and Final round of the 2018 UK Elite Orienteering League today.

We return to Scotland, where the 2018 series started, for the British Championships at Balmoral.

Three significant hills with rock detail on vague contours lie in wait for competitors.

You can check current standings at ukeliteoleague.org.uk/2018-2 and comment your predictions below.

Startlists here: sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=4185

Senior preview here: ontheredline.org.uk/news/british-2018long-champs-brief
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