Junior Inter-regional Championships (JIRC) 2014
27th / 28th September
The North West Orienteering Association (in the guise of NWJS) hosted the Junior Inter Regional Championships over the last weekend in September, where squads from throughout the UK came together to race on some of the Lake Districts finest terrain.
Generic information about JIRC
The Junior Interregional Championships is an annual competition between the twelve Junior Regional Squads. First organised by YHOA in 1989 the competition is organised in rotation by the 12 Regional Associations.
For many years it took place in late June but has recently changed to the early autumn.
The competition consists of an Individual race on the Saturday followed by a Relay on the Sunday.
An agreed scoring system determines the winner on each day and the overall winner.
Each region enters a team made up of up to 4 M/W14’s, 16’s and 18’s – a total of 24 athletes. The relay teams are made up of one M/W16 plus one M/W14 plus one M/W18. being 8 teams in all per Region.
Every effort is made to accommodate the teams in one location. The hosts arrange for dinner on the Saturday and a breakfast and packed lunch on the Sunday.
Accommodation is usually on the floor of a sports hall or in somewhere like an army barracks.
JIRC's rules on the British Orienteering website
The individual race was held on the rocky wooded slopes of the Graythwaite Estate with all courses visiting the infamous “Graythwaite Green”. Safe routes, good attack points and steady compass work were essential to navigate successfully around the challenging courses. At the end of the day Scotland held a narrow 5 point lead over North West, with Yorkshire & Humberside and South West squads close behind.
Overnight the athletes were hosted in Ulverston Victoria High School.
Relays took place on the technical sand dunes of Roanhead where spectators were afforded a great view of the athletes navigating through the dunes. The racing was very close throughout with Scotland managing to extend their overnight lead over North West by a further 6 points, with Yorkshire & Humberside finishing in third place. It may not be coincidental that both ScotJOS and NWJS spent the summer training in Norway & Sweden.
Thanks to all of the helpers from NWOA during the weekend.
Lakeland Chair – Relay Planner
High Dale Park, Graythwaite Estate
Saturday 27th September
The Graythwaite Estate has recently offered for sale a 55 year felling lease to Esthwaite Intake and High Dale Park for the removal of mature timber. There is already a felling program in place and it is assumed that any purchaser will probably adhere to that for this year. However, things could change if and when a buyer is found, and the individual day may be subject to a late change of venue.
Graythwaite is an intricately contoured hillside with a wealth of rock detail, used for many large events including JK2004 and British Champs 2007. It was last used in April 2013 as part of the Lakeland Double weekend and the map is available on the Lakeland Routegadget page.
Planners: Nick Howlett/Iain Smith-Ward LOC
Controller: Geoff Armer BL
Roanhead, Barrow in Furness
Sunday 28th September
Roanhead is an area of intricate sand dunes, last used for a Cumbrian Galoppen in October 2012.
Planner: Richard Tiley LOC
Controller: Derek Allison LOC
Overall organiser: Sue Butterfield, tel 01229 582770
Entries: Derek Fryer,
Cost £40 each junior £ 25 each adult
Evening meal, breakfast and lunch( Sunday) provided
Accommodation and prize giving at Ulverston Victoria High school. Springfield Road, Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0EB