January was the first month that I had spent totally in Britain since May. It is also probably the longest continuous time I have spent living with my parents since the end of first year (2010). We are still on speaking terms so I would judge this time to be a success.

On a more serious note I think I have trained okay whilst I have been back, making some small progress each day but nothing special. Rome was not built in a day and it is a long time till the summer so all in all I am feeling pretty positive about the season ahead.

I have shaken off a slight achilles niggle that I picked up in December so when I return to Sweden (Feb 27th) I should be ready for the big training run up towards the JK (British WOC first round selection races, and TioMila).


I was out in Portugal for 10 days on a training camp taking in the four days of POM and two days of MOC (not the Mediterranean Champs). I spent the first part with friends from Sheffield and then the second part with the British Elite Development Squad. This was my first "tour" away with the squad since 2010 and I really enjoyed it. It felt both really professional and also relaxed at the same time. We did some really cool training exercises along with some more traditional ones which will give me a good technical base going into my Swedish training. I have also picked up some World Ranking points (as well as hopefully some more Swedish Ranking points) which should help me out later in the year. A big thanks to all the coaches for sorting it out.

I was quite happy with both my orienteering and my fitness. I was managing to catch myself before I made big mistakes, so I was only losing say 30 seconds instead of a minute. I was also finding time to look more ahead to get better pictures of the terrain and also the control site. I also spent a lot of time in the training exercises specifically focussing on my compass accuracy which I have been quite lax about in previous seasons but which I now understand it often quite a big factor in me losing time.

Photos from John Rocke. Maps will go up onto my DOMA.
We ran into a lion whilst searching for the 6 Nations on television
Myself and Dave Schorah with our medals from not quite super elite

Project 2015

The Project has been making progress since the last update.

Myself and Cat Taylor have written another article for Compass Sport on what the Project has been getting up to. We took a lot of footage of our Portugal training exploits and should be able to produce a video showing life on a training camp. We interviewed several foreign runners about themselves and a bit of British culture (video coming). We are midway through creating a logo. AND people are motivated.