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The JK

Easter weekends

The JK

The JK
Credit: BOF

Last edited: Mon 5 Nov 2018

The Jan Kjellstrom International Festival of Orienteering (or the JK for short) is held every year somewhere in the UK over the long Easter weekend. It has proved popular with a nucleus of QO members over the years and some have had a great deal of success in it.

Although very competitive at the top end, it also has a nice social feel.

Format

The JK consists of four days, the first being a sprint event, generally held at a university campus, the second and third days are middle and long distance events, and trophies are awarded depending on the combined time of both your runs. The fourth and final day is a relay event where teams of three enter and compete head to head, with the first runner on each category being set off at a mass start.

Origins

The JK has been around 50 years. It is named after a young Swedish man called Jan Kjellstrom, who played a major part in introducing orienteering to the UK. Soon after, he died in a car crash. The annual festival is held in his honour every year.

Guide- written by Berkshire OC

Chronology

The South West is building up to hosting the event in 2021- watch this space!

Take a look at some of the areas that have been used over the years via the following link, which also contains maps, routes and results:

JK Routegadget

YearLocationLinks
2019Aldershot/ NewburyWebsite
2018West MidlandsWebsite Review Results
2017West Sussex & UxbridgeWebsite Review Article Results
2016YorkshireWebsite Review Results
2015Lake DistrictWebsite Review Article Results
2014South WalesWebsite Review Article 1 Article 2 Results
2013Chilterns / South EastWebsite Review
2012ScotlandWebsite Results Article
2011Northern Ireland
2010DevonArticle
2009NorthumberlandWebsite Review Results
2008Surrey
2007Forest of DeanArticle
2006Ilkley MoorArticle

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