John's on the right bearing at orienteering world championships

By by Manx Independent reporter in Community News

Manx athlete John Kewley, a popular former member of Manx Fell Runners and now resident in Cheshire, competed in the World Trail Orienteering Championships in Lithuania.

John, who lived in Onchan, turned to trail orienteering after retiring from a successful mountain orienteering career, winning races such as the prestigious elite class in the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (now known as the OMM) and the World Marathon Orienteering Trophy.

He has now represented Great Britain in the last nine World Championships.

John explained: ’Trail orienteering is the technical branch of orienteering and does not have the physical component of the other disciples so able-bodied and disabled athletes usually compete in the same competitions.

’Competitors have a fixed amount of time to complete the course where at each checkpoint they must decide from the track which control is in the correct location.

’There is also a new sub-discipline where each competitor in turn solves such problems from a stationary position against the clock.’

This latter version is called TempO and John was the only British athlete to qualify for the final.

Some 77 competitors took part in the qualification competition, with the best 36 battling it out in the final.

In the original discipline, known as PreO, he finished 20th. This competition took place over two days over a mixture of terrains, open land and mature forest.

Competitors from 25 nations took part in the event.

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