Kiwi’s podium in UK at JK
By Christo Peters - Wed 3 May 2023 11:33pm

We caught up with Yvette Baker after seeing her photographed on the same podium (with the same time) as Alistair Landels. So a  Kiwi living in Britain and a Brit living in NZ decided to take over the podium for the Day 2, Middle event at High Dam in the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering 2023.
Yvette says, “I only ran the middle and long, as the main reason for travelling was to see my parents, and I didn’t arrive in the UK until Good Friday. But when I checked where the JK would be and saw it was in the Lake District with Martin Bagness maps, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity of running in some of the best orienteering forests in the World on maps made by one of the best mappers in the World. 

I had an excellent couple of days catching up with old friends and a deja-vu tussle with my constant GB team mate and great friend Jenny Peel. I beat her by 2:20 in the middle, she beat me by 2:11 in the long, so I ended up 9 seconds ahead overall 🙂

Just lovely running in the Lake District terrain; technically challenging, sometimes a bit stony underfoot, sometimes marshy, but overall really good runnability and visibility, so route choice is generally fairly straight, navigating all the way and picking up the easiest running lines. I ran the middle race reasonably well, but got quite tired 2/3 of the way round the long race and decided to take a slightly round route so I could switch off for a bit. I switched off completely though and then faffed around for 2 or 3 minutes before finding the control. 

Thoroughly enjoyed both races, and it was so good to see my old team mates were happily running too.”
See the JK map of High Dam :  World of O

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