Ward Junior Home International (WJHI) 2013
These took place over the weekend of 14/15th September, with the Indidual event held in ideal weather on Mynydd Llangattock and the relays in a little less than ideal weather on Clydach resulted in a win for England with Scotland 2nd, Wales 3rd and Ireland 4th.
Generic information about WJHI
The Ward Junior Home International is an annual competition between the four home countries, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
They are hosted in rotation by each of these countries and take place in 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 country enters a team made up of 4 M/W14’s, 16’s and 18’s – a total of 24 athletes. The relay teams are made up of one M/W14 team, one M/W16 and one M/W18 team per country a total of 6 relay teams.
Every effort is made to accommodate the teams in one location. The hosts also arrange a dinner for the Saturday evening, usually followed by a ceidhl.
The event is named after the original benefactors of this event, the Elsie and Bertie Ward fund and has been in existence since the late 1970’s.
WJHI rules on the British Orienteering website
Full results at www.swoc.org.uk
The Individual race took place in fine, breezy conditions at Mynydd Llangattock - a hilly, runnable open area in the Brecon Beacons. The assembly was near the top of the hill, giving good views over the countryside and also of the runners in the latter part of their courses.
The Relay competition took place at Clydach Terrace – another open area but with complex contours formed by old mine workings. The weather forecast was for rain and high winds later, but the mass start for M16’s and W16’s took place in fine weather. Again, the assembly was at the top of the hill (although the tents were pitched in a sheltered spot below) giving a good view of the runners at several points over a well-planned course. The competition turned out to be two separate races – the first between the Scots and the English, with the Irish and Welsh some way behind.
Bad weather set in, and the later runners had to battle through strong winds and heavy rain over the very exposed terrain. The Relay points score reflected the Individual results and so Scotland came second to England, with Wales winning their close battle with Ireland to take the Judith Wingham trophy.