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The 2015 Talent Summer Camp will run from Sunday 26th – Friday 31st July at Badaguish, Cairngorm.
Tuesday 3rd March
February Board Minutes
The February Board Minutes are now available.
Tuesday 3rd March
Watch Squad Reminder
Reminder for orienteers who wish to be included in the Watch Squad.
Don't miss the closing date...
Don't miss the first entry closing dates for BOC2015.
Friday 27th February
Coaching Conference 2017
The next British Orienteering Coaching Conference will be on the weekend of 14th & 15th January 2017.
Wednesday 25th February
EYOC 2015: MW18 only entry decision
The decision to enter only a MW18 team has been taken by the Performance Steering Group after considerable discussion.
Tuesday 24th February
WOC test races announced
World Championships GB test races for 2015 will take place 10th – 12th July.
Monday 23rd February
Minister’s To-Do List
Minister’s To-Do List published by Sport & Recreation Alliance
The Talent Squad are currently preparing for competition at their technical coaching camp in Perthshire

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Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds.  It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all. Read More

JK individual entries close soon

JK individual entries close at midnight this Friday 6 March, so enter Now!

JK Relay entries close at midnight on Sunday 15 March.


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British Orienteering Long & Relay Champs 2015

The first entry closing dates are fast approaching for the British Orienteering Long Championships midnight Sunday 8th March and the British Orienteering Relay Championships midnight Sunday 15th March.

Enter now via and order your British Championships merchandise at the same time.

Visit for further information about the event.



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Talent Athletes Preparing for Competition Season

The GBR Talent Squad are moving into their last block of training before the JK, which is just over six weeks away. They are currently spending time with the National Coaches and in relevant terrain in Perthshire. Technical Talent Coach, Mark Nixon, is leading the programme for this five day camp and is supported by Physical Conditioning Coach, Paul Murgatroyd; Assistant Coach, Ed Nicholas; Performance Manager, Jackie Newton and coaches that are on the Talent Coach Development Programme: Iain Embrey, Heather Thomson and Vicky Thornton.


Athletes left to right: Thomas Wilson, Sarah Jones, Helen Ockenden, Hannah Cox, Alice Rigby, Mark Purkis, Natalie Beadle, Christopher Galloway, Hannah Cleary-Hughes, Nathan Lawson, Kathryn Barr, Alex Carcas, Emma Wilson, Andrew Barr, Jennifer Ricketts, Alexander Chepelin, Alistair Masson, Daniel Stansfield, Julie Emmerson, Aidan Rigby.


This is the third camp of the year for these athletes and, as we approach the competition period, the emphasis is on the technical aspects of Orienteering. The focus for the camp is “Learning to Race”. This follows the previous camps that revisited the fundamental skills of route choice, direction, distance and picture, in the first and second camps, and put them together into a comprehensive orienteering process aiming for reliability and consistency in the second camp.


On this camp, the athletes are moving through two cycles of training that includes long, middle and relay.  The first cycle continues to focus on taking the individual skills and putting them together into a comprehensive orienteering process and the second cycle is focussed on taking this orienteering process and executing it at speed and under pressure.


Photo - Mark Nixon, Technical Talent Coach, shadows Alex Carcas as he works on his orienteering processes.






In addition to working on technical and tactical skills, the athletes are looking at how they organise themselves in preparation for competition (long and short term) and are considering their pre-competition routines, warm-up methods and tapering. All in all, a good week of training sprinkled with some fun and games for good measure! 




Photo - Valentine's Day warm up!





Thanks goes to Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club, Saint Andrew's Orienteering Club and Tayside Orienteers for their support and help with maps and access and also to Kindrogan Field Studies Centre for fabulous accommodation and catering.


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The British Team at the World SkiO Champs

Sarah-Jane and Nick Barrable are interviewed by the Norwegian sports journalist Erik Borg


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Coaching Team Confirmed for Talent and Performance Programme

The coaching appointments for the Talent and Performance Programme have been completed and British Orienteering are delighted to confirm the addition of the following coaches to work within the programme until the start of the next funding cycle in 2017.


Technical Talent Coach (consultant) – Mark Nixon

Mark Nixon will look after the development of technical skill and ability within the Talent strand of the programme. Mark has represented Great Britain in both junior and senior international competitions and spent considerable periods of time studying and learning about the mastery of skill in orienteering. He recently retired from competition and is now focussed on developing his skill as a coach. He is the current Head of Performance Orienteering at the University of Edinburgh and will combine this role with the work that he will do with the Talent athletes for British Orienteering. Mark is currently planning a technical training camp that will take place 13th – 18th February in Perthshire.


Development and Performance Coach (consultant) – Liz Campbell

Liz Campbell will support the Development and Performance athletes as they work towards their targets at the World Orienteering Championships in 2015 and/or beyond. Liz has worked, with the previous Elite Development Squad, as a consultant to the programme since 2011. Liz has performed at international level in several sports, including orienteering, and is highly experienced as a coach. This new role will focus on the technical development and performances of the athletes and Liz is currently putting together the programme for 2015 and communicating with the athletes to confirm their goals and targets.


Assistant Coach (consultant) – Ed Nicholas

Ed Nicholas will support the programme coaches in delivering camps, liaising with athletes and confirming and monitoring athlete development plans. Ed has experience in coaching, managing elite programmes and is personal coach to several athletes in the current programme. Initially Ed will assist Liz Campbell in establishing Athlete Development Plans for the athletes in the Development Squad.


Already working within the programme are:

Physical Conditioning Coach – Paul Murgatroyd

Physiotherapist – Kim Baxter

Team Manager – Dave Rollins


Performance Manager, Jackie Newton, said, “After interviewing appropriate candidates for the coaching positions, discussions ensued and a clear picture was indicated on what was required to move the programme forward. This is slightly different from the initial vision for the staffing as we realise the opportunity to bring together a team with a wide base of skill and enormous passion. This is an exceptionally strong team and I am excited for the programme and the athletes that are on it about what can be achieved over the next two years and beyond.”


In addition to managing the programme, Jackie will take on the responsibility of supporting the Performance athletes, where necessary, with balancing their physical training programmes and their preparation for WOC 2015.


Thanks to everyone who tendered for these positions. Your thoughts and ideas contributed, both to the processes and the outcomes.


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Entries Open for British Sprint & Middle Champs

Entries are now open for British Orienteering Sprint and Middle Championships 2015 to be held on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May at Aldershot Garrison and Naphill & Park Wood, High Wycombe.  Enter via


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British Night Champs Event Programme/Final Details

Find out all you need to know for the British Orienteering Night Championships 2015 in the Event Programme/Final Details, available now on the website Don't forget to enter before 22nd February via


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Jessica Tullie - 16th long distance World Cup

The World Cup Round 1 long distance races  took place earlier today at Transit Flat, St. Helens in Tasmania and Jessica Tullie put in a tremendous performance to take 16th place. The race was won by Tove Alexandersson from Sweden, who made it a hat trick-trick after winning the sprint and the middle earlier in the week.


The results were as follows:


1 Tove Alexandersson - SWE - 1:13:03

2 Sara Leuscher - SUI - 1:16:54

3 Emma Johansson - SWE - 1:17:27


16 Jessica Tullie - GBR - 1:27:20


Full results for women can be found here.


In the men's race, Matthias Kyburz, from Switzerland, put himself back on top after winning the sprint and finishing 3rd in the middle whilst team mate, Daniel Hubmann had to settle for 2nd after winning the middle race. Matthew Crane was the first finisher for Great Britain with his best run of the week in 25th.

The men's results were as follows:


1 Matthias Kyburz - SUI - 1:18:29

2 Daniel Hubmann - SUI - 1:19:46

3 Gustav Bergman - SWE - 1:20:21


25 Matthew Crane - GBR - 1:32:41

34 Ewan McCarthy - GBR - 1:37:54

38 JamesTullie - GBR -  1:42:01


Full results for men can be found here.


Matt Crane running to 25th place in World Cup Long. Photo: Tony Hill.


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World Cup middle finals

The World Cup Round 1 Middle Distance Races took place in Coles Bay, Tasmania today.


Results were as follows:



1 Tove Alexandersson SWE 29:40

2 Mari Fasting NOR 32:18

3 Maria Magnusson SWE 33:42


23 Jessica Tullie GBR 43:43



1 Daniel Hubmann SUI 31:48

2 Olav Lundanes NOR 32:43

3 Matthias Kyburz SUI 33:12


28 Matthew Crane GBR 41:37


31 James Tullie GBR - 41:48

45 Ewan McCarthy GBR - 49:20


Full results can be found here.


The next event is the Long Distance and takes place on Saturday.


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World Cup 2015 Round 1

Five British athletes have travelled to Tasmania in Australia for Round 1 of the World Cup. The event began with the sprint qualifications on Friday and the finals took place yesterday.


Jessica Tullie, Matthew Crane and Ewan McCarthy were all selected for the 'A' final with James Tullie in the 'B' final whilst Nick Barrable had to withdraw from the sprint due to injury. The GBR results were:


Women: Jessica Tullie finished in 27th place with a time of 19:13, just over 4 minutes behind the winner, Tove Alexandersson (SWE) who produced an excellent run of 14:58, 62 seconds in front of second place Judith Wyder (SUI).


Men: Matthew Crane finished 32nd with a time of 17:29 followed by Ewan McCarthy 39th with a time of 18:21. The race was won by Matthias Kyburz (SUI) in 15:06 with Daniel Hubmann (SUI) finishing 2nd in 15:39. The B final sprint was won by Tim Robertson (NZL) in 16:51 and James Tullie finished 7th in 19:59.


The next event will be the middle on Thursday 8th January.


Keep up with all the action here.


Jess Tullie in action in the Sprint Qualification race.  Photo: Tony Hill


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Membership Renewals 2015

Membership Renewals for 2015 are now being accepted.


You can renew your membership in 3 ways:


  • Online: To renew your membership online and pay by card, simply login to the website using the details sent out previously. If you have forgotten your login details please click on the 'forgotten login' button on the homepage. To ensure that you keep your current membership number and to avoid having to re-enter all of your membership and contact details again, please ensure you login rather than joining as a new member.
  • Telephone: You can pay over the phone using a card by telephoning 01629 583037.
  • Cheque: You will receive a membership renewal reminder in the next few days which you can return to the National Office with a cheque.

If you have any questions regarding your membership please telephone the National Office on 01629 583037.

Cerianne Dengate
British Orienteering Membership Team

National Office Relocation

British Orienteering has now moved to Tansley, just the other side of Matlock from our previous premises. The new phone number is 01629 583037 and the address as follows:


Scholes Mill

Old Coach Road






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