Event Programme and Start Lists
The final (and official) edition of the Event Programme is now available. See the JK Information page for more details.
Taste of Wales JK Menu
Taste of Wales will be preparing and serving a mouth watering range of food and drink during Day 2, 3 and 4. To view their menu click here.
Taste of Wales hold the Red Tractor Assurance which sets recognised standards in various product sectors and across the supply chain.
The standards cover food safety, animal welfare, environmental protection and traceability and are a requirement for supplying many of the major retailers in Britain as well as some well-known pub and restaurant chains.
The standards start before the farm gate with animal feed and seed potatoes and cover the breadth of the supply chain from farms, livestock and product transportation, auction markets and collection centres to food and meat processing.
Entries now closed
Entries closed at midnight last night, with the SI Entries website announcing "This event is now full so all new entries will be placed on a waiting list".
Some 613 overseas entries swelled the total entry to 3043, giving JK 2014 the largest entry for at least the last five years. The 2226 JK Sprint entries mean that Good Friday will see the biggest entry on record for any UK Sprint/Urban race.
A breakdown of entries by nationality shows strong representation from Scandinivia and also from Ireland:-
The breakdown by club shows 249 clubs being represented, with Bristol Orienteering having by far the largest number. The "top ten" clubs were all from England:-
MAROC and ESOC from Scotland both have 43 entries, SBOC is the leading Welsh club (40 entries), whilst LVO leads the way for Ireland (29 entries). Søllerød OK from Denmark provides the largest Scandinavian entry with 34.
The second draft of the JK Event Programme is now published. This gives give competitors a further opportunity to plan their weekend and if necessary make any adjustment to their entry and additional requirements before the final closing date of the 30th March.
Further details are available here.
Reminder: the closing date for entries is 30th March.
Given the nature of some of the terrain, the weather forecast is going to be more important than usual at the 2014 JK. The Met Office can provide detailed forecasts for tightly defined areas these days and three of these have been selected to give as good a representation as possible of the conditions to be expected.
The forecasts for these three sites have now been embedded in a dedicated Weather forecast page.
JK supporting events
Welsh Junior Squad members have been working hard to put on two major opportunities to get "in tune" with the JK terrain in the two days before it starts.
An unofficial "model event" will provide training at Mynydd Llangatwg on the Wednesday and Thursday beforehand, using terrain which is relevant to Days 2 and 3.
There will also be a Level C event held in the early evening of the Wednesday at Clydach Terrace, more relevant to the Day 4 Relays.
Further information, including details of how to enter, have now been finalised and are available on the Supporting Events page.
New group accommodation now available in Port Talbot area
The manager of the L & A Outdoor Centre incorporating Goytre Valley Holiday Park writes:
"We offer good quality budget group accommodation for up to 250 persons in log cabin and bunkhouse accommodation.We offer both catered and self catering stays.
- Activity hall 4900 sq ft
- 300 seat dining hall
- 5 x 60 seater classrooms
- outdoor play area
- outdoor swimming pool (May - Sept only)
- Car and coach parking.
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Nigel Finkel (tel: 01639885509; email: email@example.com)"
Location: Goytre, West Glamorgan SA13 2YP
Heading towards 3000!
The second "saver" entry fee date passed yesterday at midnight and a late flurry of entries has now raised the competitor total to 2589. If the pattern of previous years is repeated, then over 3000 competitors are expected in the final total - a recent record.
Some figures: 2080 entries to date are from the UK, meaning that 509 are from overseas, around 150 more than in previous years. The largest contingents are from Norway (125), Ireland (98) and Sweden (83).
So far, there are 1990 entries for the Sprint race. If numbers continue to rise, Swansea University could well host the largest Sprint race ever in the UK (there were 2020 starters in last year's JK Sprint, the current largest).
Over 2200 entries so far!
2227 entries so far and we want to see more, so why not enter the JK before fees go up on 16th February. Details are how to do this are here.
If you are not a BOF member, please allow 5 working days after renewing British Orienteering membership for this to be updated in the online entries database.
Note that "All championship class competitors must be either a member of British Orienteering, or a member of an IOF affiliated Federation".
JK2014 Merchandise is now on sale. Pre-order or collect on Day 1. See Merchandise page for more details.