Ward Junior Home Internationals 2015

Race report

This year’s JHI’s took place at Magilligan on the north coast of Northern Ireland over the weekend of 24/25 October. The weekend was organised by members of North West Orienteering Club, the overall organiser being Anthony McGonagle and the planner Alan Bogle.

The excellent accommodation was in the Cadet accommodation at Magilligan Training Centre where we were well fed and looked after.

The Scots travelled on Friday 23rd in two minibuses (one from Inverness and the other from Edinburgh) via Cairnryan and P&O Ferries to Larne – a long journey for most, but we arrived at Magilligan several hours before the English and Welsh teams who had chosen to fly. As last year, M18’s Sasha and Tam gave the team a motivational talk.

The Individual event on Saturday morning took place right outside the accommodation on Magilligan sand dunes, scene of the British Championships in 2002. The weather was stormy with rain and sleet interspersed by occasional sunshine. This did not seem to deter the juniors however, who proudly all wore their nation’s kit. They could be observed running from the start straight into the dunes and then returning up a very long run-in to the Finish which was also close by the accommodation.

We were then served a hot lunch inside the accommodation and given a print-out of the Individual Results:

 

M14

W14

M16

W16

M18

W18

Total

England

12

13

13

13

12

15

78

Scotland

11

13

13

13

14

7

71

Ireland

5

7

7

5

7

8

39

Wales

8

3

3

5

3

6

28

Scoring is calculated by: 1st = 16 pts, 2nd =14 pts and so on with the first 2 runners from each nation to count. So England won the Individual competition by 7 points.

Results from the Individual

Prizes were presented to the 1st 3 in each age class at the start of the evening social and ceilidh. Scottish winners were:

W14 - 1st Lizzie Stansfield

W16 – 2nd Grace Molloy, 3rd Emma Wilson

M14 – 3rd Alistair Chapman

M16 – 1st Jake Chapman

M18 – 1st Sasha Chepelin, 3rd Daniel Stansfield

Other Scottish counters were Matthew Gooch (4th in M14), Freddie Carcas (4th in M16), Clare Stansfield (running up a class) and Jenny Ricketts in W18, and Eilidh Shearer and Jenny Blackwood (in her first JHI) who were 4th equal in W14.

On Saturday afternoon (after lunch and before the ceilidh, everyone went on a sight-seeing trip to the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

On Saturday night the clocks went back one hour and so we were up for breakfast at 6.30. After breakfast, Sasha and Tam gave the team another motivational talk about how we could still win the overall competition in spite of being 7 points behind. Last year we were in a similar situation and won the overall competition by doing well in the Relays.

The Relay competition lay east of the area used for Saturday’s Individual and was similar terrain. . Assembly and changeover were on a military training area again close to the dunes and with a long run-in which gave spectators and waiting runners a good view of the incoming finishers.

As usual the 16’s went off first, handing over to the 14’s with 18’s running the final leg.

Selecting the teams the day before had taken me and Bill and I some time as we had to decide which of our W16’s would run up as 18’s, taking into account who might be tired from having run up a class the day before. I’m pleased to say that we got it right! Our women’s teams came back in 1st and 3rd place with English teams 2nd and 4th. And our brilliant boys (remember the recent JIRCs?) came back comfortably in 1st and 2nd places. The scoring system meant that Scotland had won the Relay competition by 12 points and so the Overall Trophy by 5 points:

Relay Results Overall Results
1st Scotland 58 1st Scotland 129
2nd England 46 2nd England 124
3rd Ireland 20 3rd Ireland 59
4th Wales 20 4th Wales 48

Scoring for Scotland:

Mens team 1 (Jake Chapman, Alistair Chapman, Sasha Chepelin) 1st

Men’s team 2 (Freddie Carcas, Matthew Gooch, Daniel Stansfield) 2nd

Women’s team 1 (Grace Molloy, Lizzie Stansfield, Jenny Ricketts) 1st

Women’s team 2 ( Emma Wilson, Eilidh Shearer, Clare Stansfield) 3rd

Results from the Relay

Photos by Wendy Carlyle from the Individual and Relay

A great result from a great team! Well Done Everyone. We are all very proud of you.

Maureen Brown

(Scotland TM)

 

The original team selection

M14

Matthew Gooch     MAROC

Alistair Chapman    MAROC

Luke Graham           MAROC

Peter Molloy            FVO

Reserve:  Daniel Campbell  MOR

W14

Jenny Blackwood  INVOC

Eilidh Campbell     MAROC

Eilidh Shearer        ECKO

Lizzie Stansfield     FVO

Reserve:  Alice Wilson  CLYDE

M16

Freddie Carcas      INT

Jake Chapman      MAROC

Tom Lines              ECKO

Finlay Todd           INVOC

Reserve:  Joe Wright  MAROC

W16

Kathryn Barr         MOR

Roanne Lilley        ECKO

Jura MacMillan    ECKO

Abi Mason            MAROC

Grace Molloy       FVO

Clare Stansfield    FVO

Emma Wilson       CLYDE

Reserve:  Lindsay Robertson  CLYDE

(3 to run up in W18, to be decided)

M18

Andrew Barr         MOR

Sasha Chepelin     EUOC

Daniel Stansfield  FVO

Thomas Wilson    CLYDE

Reserve:   Alex Carcas  INT

W18

Jenny Ricketts   MAROC

(+ 3 from W16)

Photo of authorLast edited: 26th Oct 15
by Maureen Brown - ScotJos Squad Manager -2015

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JHI 2015 winning team, Credit:Wendy Carlyle

JHI 2015 winning team

JHI 2015 Winners women's relay, Credit:Maureen Brown

JHI 2015 Winners women's relay

JHI 2015 1st men's relays, Credit:Maureen Brown

JHI 2015 1st men's relays