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Wednesday 17th December
Compass Sport Cup Final 2014
The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals were held on Sunday 14 December 2014.
Wednesday 17th December
British Orienteering Map Awards 2014
The following awards are for maps first used in competition during 2014.
Monday 15th December
JK2015 Entries
JK2015 Entries are now open
Entries are now open for the British Night Champs 2015
Friday 12th December
Wales Sport Awards
Congratulations Bill Marlow for receiving the Unsung Hero Award!
The process that will be used to select the team to compete at the World Orienteering Championship 2015 (WOC 2015) have been finalised.
Friday 12th December
Insurance 2015
The 2015 Insurance Cover Note is now available.
Wednesday 10th December
The Orienteering Achievement of 2014
16 athletes - 16 great stories - and one of them British, Catherine Taylor is nominated this year for her EOC medal!
Monday 8th December
Torch Trophy Trust Award
The Torch Trophy Trust Awards are presented annually to nominations from sports governing bodies to recognise grassroots voluntary work for sport in clubs and community initiatives.
HERS Investigating Sport - Would YOU Pass a Tax Inspection? Workshop in Leicester on 16/12

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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

Compass Sport Cup Final 2014

The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals were held on Sunday 14 December 2014, hosted by Southern Navigators and assisted by Guilford Orienteering and the British Army Orienteering Clubs at Long Valley near Aldershot.

The event was most excellently organised with the extra bonus of club parking which added to the atmosphere of this being a club event. Commentary was provided the whole day to keep everyone well informed on team and individual results and several caterers providing hot drinks and food on a chilly but dry day. Marquees were available for shelter.

Bristol Orienteering Klub retained the Cup with 2381 points, South Yorkshire were second with 2322 points and the host club third with 2281 points, pushing previous top three club for many years, Octavian Droobers into fourth place.

Forth Valley retained the Trophy with 1289 points defeating South Ribble on 1256 points closely followed by Sarum with 1245 points.


Golden boot winners for the fastest split time for the last control were British Orienteering Chairman, Martin Ward (SYO) and Fanni Gyurko (FVO).

Full results can be viewed here.

Over 800 competitors took part with the host club fielding 107 competitors.


The 2015 eliminator rounds are on 15 March 2015. Details have been circulated to all clubs and entries are due by 11 January 2015. Entry forms are available here.


The 2015 Final is on 18 October 2015 at Helsington Barrows, Kendal organised by South Ribble.

Item posted by Cerianne Dengate, on behalf of Peter Guillaume.

JK2015 Entries

North West Orienteering Association clubs and their members are looking forward to welcoming orienteers, families and friends to the Southern Lake District in April 2015 for the 49th JK International Festival of Orienteering.


Entries for JK2015 are now open via SPORTident.




Please have a look at all the information on the JK2015 website entries page before you start the entry process.

British Night Champs 2015 entries

The Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association welcomes you to the British Orienteering Night Championships 2015, which will be held on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Middleton Park, Leeds. Entries are now open via 

The Night Championships will form part of the UK Orienteering League for 2015.

Wales Sport Awards

Congratulations Bill Marlow for receiving the Unsung Hero Award!



Please find link below to watch the awards, the link is only availble until Monday 15th at Midnight.


Fast forward to 34 minutes if you wish to view Bill receiving his award.



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The Orienteering Achievement of 2014

14 athletes and 2 teams are nominated for the annual poll to find the most impressive achievements in international orienteering. The poll is organized by World of O – the major internet presence for international orienteering news. Voting is open until December 15th.


Winning a gold medal at the World Championships is always a fantastic achievement – but sometimes winning a bronze medal - or even finishing the course at the age of 96 - can be an even bigger achievement– based on the starting point of the athletes. The stories behind the medals and the great achievements are what make the sport truly fascinating! In "The Orienteering Achievement of the Year" the amazing stories of the athletes are highlighted.


Voting is open from December 9th until December 15th using the following links:


The Orienteering Achievement of 2014 – Men

The Orienteering Achievement of 2014 – Women


In the men’s class Søren Bobach (Denmark), Oleksandr Kratov (Ukraine), Rune Haraldsson (Sweden), Olav Lundanes (Norway), Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland), Gustav Bergman (Sweden), Thierry Gueorgiou (France) and Tim Robertson (New Zealand) are nominated.


In the women's class Judith Wyder (Switzerland), Tove Alexandersson (Sweden), Svetlana Mironova (Russia), Signe Søes (Denmark), Annika Billstam (Sweden), the Swiss women relay team (Switzerland), Catherine Taylor (Great Britain) and the club OK Pan Århus (Denmark) are nominated.


The international sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 are Five+Five days 2015 (Italy), Sun-O Barbate O-Camp (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), Scottish 6 Days 2015 – Highland 2015 (Scotland), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia) and Sälen 3+3 (Sweden).


Prizes valued to over 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations.


More info:


British Orienteering Long & Relay Championships 2015 Entries

British Orienteering Long & Relay Championships 2015 Entries are now open via

Visit for further information about the event.


Membership Renewals 2015

Membership Renewals for 2015 are now being accepted.


Please note that you can only renew your membership if your Club has completed their 2015 affiliation and appears in the dropdown list.


You can renew your membership in 4 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.
  • Direct Debit: If you have already set up a Direct Debit, your payment will be taken in early December and you will receive notification of the exact date in the next few days. You can see if you are a Direct Debit member by logging into the website. 
  • 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





Congratulations Bill Marlow!

Many congratulations to Bill Marlow who has been awarded the BBC Wales Sports Unsung Hero award for his fantastic volunteer contribution to the Powys Schools orienteering and for his contribution to Mid Wales Orienteering Club over the last 10 years!

Bill and Terry ably assisted by 5x60 officers were running the North Powys Schools Championships today when Claire Summers the presenter from BBC Wales Today and a cameraman surprised him to give him the great news that he had won the award.

They were accompanied by Bill's wife Andrea and Ken Evans who nominated Bill for the award.

You can watch the action on BBC Wales Today Thu 20th November from 6.30pm or catch up with the news on the BBC Wales website. 


Item posted by Cerianne Dengate on behalf of Gabriella Walsh.

WMOC 2014

Nick Barrable completed the Sprint/Long double in style on Saturday at Park Fazenda Da Serra, near Canela in Brazil, by winning the Gold medal in the 7.9km course in 55.04. However, he was not alone with this time, as Mikko Väisänen of Finland also achieved the same time and two Gold medals were awarded!



Joint Gold Winners, M40


Marcus Pinker of Cork O won his second Bronze medal of the week in M40 with an excellent time of 56.45. Physically tough courses and hot weather failed to slow the best and some excellent times were put up in many classes.


Ursula Oxburgh completed the third double of the week by winning the Bronze medal in W80, taking 36.20 for the course and being comfortably faster than the next three on the list.


Nick Barrable with his Gold medal


Ursula Oxburgh and Nick Barrable


The week was generally regarded as being very successful and the Brazilian organisers can be congratulated on pulling off the biggest challenge they have faced since orienteering started.


Full results are on the WMOC 2014 website at


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WMOC 2014

Gold for Nick Barrable in M40, Silver for Peter Gorvett in M65 and Bronze for Ursula Oxburgh (W80) were won by the small party of 24 Brits in Brazil, competing in WMOC 2014 at Monday’s Sprint Final held in Canela, in the Rio Grande do Sul, held in humid, sunny and very warm conditions.

Nick Barrable and Marcus Pinker

Peter Gorvett  

Ursula Oxburgh


Marcus Pinker (Ireland), currently living in Wales so an honorary Brit, was delighted with his Bronze, also in the M40 Sprint Final.


Wet weather forced the Opening Ceremony to be held inside the Canela Municipal Theatre and some 700 or so orienteers and guests were packed inside. The main talking point afterwards was the bizarre choice of the American National Anthem to “represent” the non-existent IOF anthem.


The Sprint Medal Ceremony which followed was also unusual in that the organisers had provided no podium so the medallists stood in random places on the stage to receive their awards. It’s believed that the right people received the right medals in the end ...


Full results are on the WMOC 2014 website at


UK Medallists Peter Gorvett, Nick Barrable and Ursula Oxburgh


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UK Orienteering League 2014 Results

UK Orienteering League 2014 Results

The top 10 positions across all individual classes are:



Age class




Mark Saunders





Stella Lewsley





Janine Inman





Peter Gorvett





Geoffrey Ellis





Roger Goddard





Ursula Oxburgh





Quentin Harding





Alun Jones





Jackie Hallett





The top 3 clubs are:














Event Schedule for 2015:






07 Feb


The Nower, Dorking


Southern Champs Weekend Sprint Event

08 Feb


White Downs, Netley Heath & Sheepleas, Dorking


MV Southern Championships & Interland

28 Feb


Middleton Park, Leeds


British Night Championships

01 Mar


Cawthorne/Deffer, Barnsley


BNC Weekend Event

03 Apr


Lancaster University


JK Weekend Sprint

04 Apr


Ulpha Park & Barrow Fell, Ulverston


JK Weekend Individual 1

05 Apr


Bigland, Ulverston


JK Weekend Individual 2

18 Apr


New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean


British Long Distance Orienteering Championships

09 May


Aldershot Barracks, Aldershot


British Sprint Championships

10 May


Naphill and Park Wood, High Wycombe


British Middle Championships

12 July


Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle


Newcastle Quayside Urban Race

03 Aug


Glen Strathfarrar, Inverness


Scottish 6 Days - Day2

05 Aug


Darnaway, Inverness


Scottish 6 Days – Day3

19 Sept


Malham Tarn to Arncliffe, Settle


Dales Weekend Day1/Northern Championships/SHI

20 Sept


Hawkswick Clowder, Upper Wharfedale


Dales Weekend Day 2/YHOA Championships

10 Oct


Eastham Country Park, The Wirral


DEE Sprint Weekend - Forest Sprint

11 Oct

Urban Sprint

City Centre and Business Park, Chester


DEE Sprint Weekend - Urban Sprint

07 Nov


Haverthwaite Heights, Ulverston


LOC Middle Distance Event

08 Nov


Bethecar Moor, Coniston


LOC event


Further details about the UK Orienteering League visit:

Red Bull Robin Hood Teaser Video Released

With just over a week to go until Red Bull Robin Hood the video below has been released.





Further information has been released confirming a hog roast and bar will be running for all entrants following the event and prizes will be presented to male and female categories.


There are still places available with entry closing on 30th October, register now

5th place for girls relay

The Junior European Cup (JEC) ended today with the relay races in Lommel, Belgium. The JEC relay comprises of just one men's competition and one women's competition regardless of age and so 18s and 20s ran together and some of the GB teams contained a mix of both.


With a full turnout, GB had four teams in the men's event and four in the women's and they enjoyed competing with each other as well as with their European counterparts.


There were mixed results from the teams with some athletes more fatigued than others after the exceptionally long events on sand yesterday but top performances were delivered from the women's first and second teams with Katie Reynolds handing over in 5th, Julie Emmerson handing over in 3rd and Megan Carter-Davies coming home for 5th spot in the first team and Hannah Cox finishing 3rd on the first leg, Jenny Ricketts coming in 8th after the second leg and Helen Ockenden maintaining 8th position for the second team.


In the men's competition the first leg runners came in thick and fast. Dane Blomquist, who was running for the second team, had a great run on first leg and handed over to Joe Woodley in 9th place. Meanwhile, Sasha Chepelin was struggling with the after effects of his effort yesterday and could only manage 28th. Daniel Stansfield also got stuck in on this first leg and came home in a very credible 19th for the third team. On the second leg, Joe Woodley kept pace running strong amidst stiff competition and came back in 12th whilst Mark Purkis, a bit further behind, was making up ground to gain another six places. Adam Potter and Ben Maliphant ran the anchor legs for the first and second teams respectively. Ben came home in 18th a little more than a minute ahead of Adam who had gained another two places. to  bring his team home in 20th.





Silver for Sasha!

The long distance event, at the 2014 Junior European Cup, took place today on an army base in De Weyervlakte, Belgium today. The athletes were challenged with particularly long courses on sandy terrain. After running through some very soft parts and coping with temperatures in the mid 20s the athletes faced very difficult technical aspects of the course in the last third and this was where fatigued athletes were prone to making mistakes.


In the M18 category, Sasha Chepelin came through the spectator control in 1st place but lost some time in that final section and wasn't able to come home quite as fast as Joey Hadorn of Switzerland. Nevertheless, Sasha was thrilled to make claim to the silver medal and to show many very fine athletes a clean pair of heels in this competition.








The rest of the Great Britain team very much enjoyed the medal ceremony and being able to cheer Sasha as he stood on the podium.

















To hear Sasha talk about his race, click on the button below:






Full results can be found here.

Six top twenties in JEC sprint

The 2014 Junior European Cup kicked off today with the sprint event in the small town of Lommel in Belgium,close to the border of The Netherlands. Great Britain have a team of 24 athletes competing in three events: sprint, long and relay and they got their mission off to a good start with six athletes achieving top twenty positions.


On a very fast and flat course, Hannah Cox put her track and road running experience into good use and flew round the streets of Lommel to come home in a very credible 7th place in the W18 category. Hannah was interviewed after the race. Click on the 'play' button below to hear her talk about her race.















In similar fashion, Sasha Chepelin powered his way to a very fine 8th position in the M18s. Although Sasha spoke of his frustration of being within just 8 seconds of a podium place, a top ten in what was a highly competitive race has to be applauded.















Although Dane Blomquist is still an M18 he moved up an age category to run with the M20s and achieved an excellent 12th place.


The W20 team produced the most top twenties with Tamsin Moran 14th, Lucy Butt 19th and Katie Reynolds 20th.


Click on the button below to hear Hannah Cox talk about her race.



The athletes are now looking forward to racing in forested sand dunes tomorrow. The courses are exepcted, once again, to be flat and fast.



Full results from today's competitions can be found here

The international season draws to a close this weekend

Thios weekend is the last weekend in both the Junior and Senior International calendar.  All the races have live coverage and we wish all our athleets the very best of luck.


A small group of Senior athletes will be competing at the world cup finals in Liestal, Switzerland .  The weekend starts with an informal mixed sprint relay ( no GB Team) and then continues with a Middle Distance Race on Saturday and the World Cup  traditional final sprint race on Sunday.

The GB team for these races is:  Graham Gristwood, Hector Haines, Hollie Orr, Ralph Street and Cat Taylor.

You can follow their progress at :

GPS tracking

Event website

Analysis and comment


Our Junior athletes will be competing at the Junior European Cup in Lommel, Belgium.  The sprint race takes place tonight and is followed by a long distance on Saturday and a relay on Sunday

The GB team for these races is:

(some 18’s have been selected to race as 20’s for development reasons)

Men 20

Women 20

Dane Blomquist (M18) - BAOC

Christopher Galloway – INT/EUOC

Ben Maliphant – BOK/ShUOC

Adam Potter - BOK

William Rigg (M18) - LOC

Joe Woodley (M18) - AIRE

Non Travelling Reserve:

Mark Purkis - SAX

Carrie Beadle - LOC

Lucy Butt – SARUM/UDOC

Julie Emmerson (W18) - OD

Florence Haines – AIRE/EUOC

Tamsin Moran – SOC/ShUOC

Katie Reynolds – SBOC/EUOC


None Travelling Reserve:


Men 18

Women 18

Michael Adams - SYO

Andrew Barr – MOR

Alexander Chepelin - GRAMP

Nathan Lawson - OD

Tim Morgan - SOC

Daniel Stansfield - FVO


None Travelling Reserve:

Thomas Wilson - CLYDE

Natalie Beadle - LOC

Megan Carter Davies - MWOC

Hannah Cox - LEI

Sarah Jones - LOC

Helen Ockenden - SROC

Alice Rigby - CLOK


Non Travelling Reserve:

Jennifer Ricketts - MAROC



The teams’ progress can be followed on


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Red Bull Robin Hood


Red Bull has announced that it’s launching a brand new racing concept this autumn called Red Bull Robin Hood.


The new orienteering adventure race will take place on 1st November 2014 in Robin Hood’s hometown of Nottingham, bringing an exciting new twist to a legend of British folklore.


Playing on the heritage of Robin Hood and the key qualities required to be an orienteer, the adventure-style race will require a combination of speed, stamina and navigational skill.


Those up for the challenge will require a combination of speed, stamina and navigational skills to find their way around the carefully mapped out course in Sherwood Pines forest, and there will also be a range of special tasks and challenges to overcome throughout the race. This will be a race to test both the body and the mind.


This serious orienteering event has been backed by British Orienteering, with the support of NOC and SYO, and is bringing an exciting new dimension to a rapidly growing sport.


Craig Anthony Head of Development said "By working alongside Red Bull the aim is to engage with a young target audience and open orienteering up to a host of potential new participants"


Registration is open now, click here to register and ensure your place! The event is open to both men and women, with prizes given to the top three competitors in the men and women’s categories.


Red Bull Robin Hood is being held in Sherwood Pines, an area which is embargoed for orienteers who wish to compete in the Compass Sport Cup Heat on Sunday 15th March 2015.

By registering for the event you recognise that by competing in Red Bull Robin Hood you will be breaching the embargo for the Compass Sport Cup Heat to be held at Sherwood Pines on Sunday 15th March 2015. As such will be declared as non-competitive at the Compass Sport Cup Heat.


Paying homage to the values that made Robin Hood and his merry men so famous, all registration fees will be donated straight to the Wings For Life charity. Wings For Life is a charity that was set up by Red Bull to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries. 



British Orienteering Sprint & Middle Champs 2014 Results

Congratulations to all who took part in the British Orienteering Sprint and Middle Championships this weekend.

The Sprint Champions are:

Men's Open:

1st Murray Strain (12:45)

2nd Kristan Jones (12:53)

3rd Jonathan Crickmore (13:17)


Women's Open:

1st Tessa Hill (12:42)

2nd Charlotte Ward (13:28)

3rd Sarah Rollins (13:39)


The full results for the Sprint Champs can be found here


The Middle 21E Champions are:


1st Tessa Hill (32:31)

2nd Charlotte Watson (33:14)

3rd Helen Winskill (36:15)



1st Kristan Jones (29:41)

2nd Murray Strain (33:00)

3rd Jonathan Crickmore (33:09)


The full results for the Middle Champs can be found here


We would really appreciate your feedback about the British Orienteering Sprint and Middle Championships, whilst it is fresh in your mind.

Please follow the link and complete the survey before 20th September 2014


Emily Benham overall winner of MTBO World Cup

The Great Britain rider Emily Benham won two medals in last week’s MTBO World Championships held in Poland – silver at Middle distance and bronze in Sprint.  With these results and her three victories in the second round of the MTBO World Cup in Sweden earlier in the summer, Emily has won the World Cup overall this season with a lead of 15 points, by far the best result ever by a British rider.


Emily Benham is also IOF’s Athlete of the Month this September. Read all about her MTBO career and her views on the growth of MTBO on



Item posted by Cerianne Dengate.  Picture from N.Benham.

WOC 2015 selection race embargo

Please note that Inchmarnoch and Glen Tanar (Deeside) are under embargo for the GB WOC 2015 selection races.  If you are in doubt then the map showing the embargoed areas can be found at


This embargo means that competitors, team officials, and other persons, who, through knowledge of the terrain, may influence the results of the competitions, are not allowed to enter an embargoed area. Public roads are open for passage through the terrain.  It is not permitted for these people to run at the Inchmarnoch event on 7th September 2014.


World Universities Mixed Sprint Relay

A good first day from the British team in the mixed sprint relay finishing in seventh place. The team were all pleased with their runs with more reaction below. Full results are here



Kirstin (13th on leg): The course was straightforward but the gaffling kept you on your toes. I controlled my nerves well and I am now really motivated to compete again and train hard in the winter. Overall I really enjoyed it.


Peter Hodkinson (3rd on leg): Kirstin sent me off in a strong position and I was really looking forward to this race. Aside from a couple of small direction errors in the park I was going really well and was pleased to gain some time and positions to the teams ahead. I was confident at the finish that Lucy and Kris would continue to move through the field on the last two legs.


Lucy (7th on leg): I'm really happy with my first mixed sprint relay. I enjoyed the parkland much more than the town and felt strong at the beginning! It was really fun and a great team to be in :)


Kris Jones (4th on leg) : Solid performances put me off in the fight for 6th-8th. I felt strong and caught up to 6th just before the spectator but had a longer forking at the end and couldn't quite pull it back. Good fun and satisfied with the team performance.


Today (Wednesday 13th August) sees the athletes race in the Long Distance in Nectava.


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