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Emily Benham, Great Britain, has won the Middle Distance race at the MTBO World Cup in Hungary by a big margin, her second victory in two days. Baptiste Fuchs, France was also dominant in the men’s race, more than a minute ahead of Jussi Laurila.
Congratulations to Emily Benham (Great Britain) and Jussi Laurila (Finland) the two winners of the Long Distance race at the first round of the 2015 MTBO World Cup in Hungary.
The British Sprint Championships Event Programme is available.
Birsemore Hill is now under embargo for WOC 2015 test races.
Thursday 30th April
2015 YBT report 2
Four YBT heats occurred in April; here are the results from them.
Event Programme now available.
We are seeking your help to review and update our vision for orienteering in the UK.
The following athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World TrailO Championships, to be held near Zagreb, Croatia, between 23rd-27th June.
The IOF Council has granted final approval for SPORTident Air+ touch free punching system.
Another great day in Antalya for the England and Scotland teams.

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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

MTBO World Cup: second victory success for Emily Benham

Emily Benham, Great Britain, has won the Middle Distance race at the MTBO World Cup in Hungary by a big margin, her second victory in two days. Baptiste Fuchs, France was also dominant in the men’s race, more than a minute ahead of Jussi Laurila.


Benham has made a great start to the new World Cup season having prepared herself well over the winter, and the nearest to her today was Antonia Haga, Finland who took 2.05 longer on the 10.7 km course in the forests around Várgesztes in Hungary.  Benham started off well and was almost half a minute quicker than any other rider on the long second leg, but Haga had a good spell from controls 2 to 6 with fastest times on all the legs, bringing her into the lead. Thereafter Benham, who was fastest on 7 legs in all on the 15-control course, was fastest overall through to the end. It was a good result for Haga, however, who lies 21st in the IOF World Rankings. Third place was taken by fellow Finn Ingrid Stengard, 4.59 down on the winner. The Finns packed well with three in the top four.

In the men’s race Jussi Laurila, Finland was fastest overall at the 6th control of the 18 on the 12.0 km course, but then lost more than one and a half minutes to Baptiste Fuchs on the next quite short leg, and Fuchs led from control 7 onwards. Lithuania will be delighted with the third place achieved by Jonas Maišelis, World-Ranked number 21, who was just 1 second slower than Laurila at the finish.

Riding conditions were very difficult; earlier heavy rain had produced large quantities of clay mud that readily clogged wheels and made much of the terrain very slippery.


Leading results, Middle Distance


1. Emily Benham GBR 56:44

2. Antonia Haga FIN 58:49

3. Ingrid Stengard FIN 1:01:43

4. Marika Hara FIN 1:01:50

5. Gaelle Barlet FRA 1:02:11

6. Cecilia Thomasson SWE 1:02:52


1. Baptiste Fuchs FSA 52:09

2. Jussi Laurila FIN 53:30

3. Jonas Maišelis LTU 53:31

4. Jan Svoboda CZE 53:54

5. Anton Foliforov RUS 54:03

6. Valeriy Gluhov RUS 54:07


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British Sprint Champs Event Programme

The British Sprint Championships Event Programme V1 is available here:


The British Middle Championships Event Programme v2 05/05/15 is also available here. There have been some minor changes to the Start Infomation and EOD start times.


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British Long & Relay Championships 2015 Results

Congratulations to everyone who took part.


British Orienteering Championships – Long Distance Results (UKOL)
New Beechenhurst, 18 April 2015


Results for Class M21E
1st       Graham Gristwood      FVO                91:15
2nd      Hector Haines             INT                  94:54
3rd       Douglas Tullie             RR                  98:12


Results for Class W21E
1st       Jessica Tullie               BASOC           85:30  
2nd      Ruth Holmes                SN                  90:51  
3rd       Lucy Butt                     SARUM           91:46


British Orienteering Championships – Relay Results

Cannop Ponds, 19 April 2015


Men’s Premier Relay Results
1st    120:10    INT       Jegor Kostylev, Murray Strain, Hector Haines

2nd   121:37    FVO     Will Hensman, Daniel Stansfield, Graham Gristwood
3rd    122:35    SYO     Dane Blomquist, Michael Adams, Aidan Smith

Women’s Premier Relay Results

1st   131:23   SN          Alice Leake, Sarah Rollins, Ruth Holmes
2nd  133:40   ESOC    Rebecca Harding, Rona Lindsay, Claire Ward
3rd   136:21   SROC    Heather Gardner, Helen Ockenden, Rebecca Rooke


Thank you to BOK and all the volunteers for putting on a fantastic event.  You can see the full results from the weekend at the official British Championships website:



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AGM 2015

The British Orienteering AGM was held on Friday 3rd April at Lancaster University.


After a great day of Sprint orienteering action, 61 people attended the AGM.


Please click here to view the minutes.


The meeting reviewed reports within the 2014 Annual Report and there were no questions raised.


The meeting went onto consider the 3 proposals detailed in the AGM booklet.

Proposal 1 regarding adoption of accounts was accepted by a show of hands.

Members at the meeting also approved Grant Thornton LLP as auditors for the 2016 accounts by a show of hands (Proposal 2).

Regarding proposal 3, the increase of levy fees to £1.25 was adopted by a show of hands.




With all proposals decided, the meeting moved onto the Awards Ceremony. Martin Ward, Chair announced the award recipients, with Craig Anthony, Head of Development presenting the awards.

The following awards were made:


  • The SILVA Award recipient for 2014 was Katy Stubbs (BKO)

  • The Young Volunteer of the Year 2014 was Katherine Bett (SN)

  • Winners of Club of the Year 2014 were South Yorkshire Orienteers

  • Winners of University Club of the Year were Edinburgh University Orienteering Club

  • The Chichester Mapping Award was awarded to Rod Postlethwaite (WRE)

  • The Walsh Sprint Map Award was presented to Bruce Bryant (OD)

  • The Bonington Mapping Trophy was awarded to Ian Cooper (SYO)

  • The Silva Mapping Trophy was awarded to Dave Peel (SYO)


Congratulations to all recipients!

(Above) Katy Stubbs, Silva Award Winner



Many thanks to all who attended the AGM and congratulations to the JK organisers for a successful weekend of Orienteering.


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JK weekend results

The two-day Jan Kjellstrom (JK) individual races concluded today, with Britain's Cat Taylor (running for her Swedish Club, OK Linne) and France's Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) winning the Elite categories after tough and challenging courses in Bigland Estate, Cumbria.  Several international teams were present, and some were using the event as selection races for the forthcoming World Championships in Scotland in August.


Full results for all age classes are online here:


Both of the individual days' races were part of the UK Orienteering League.


Congratulations to everyone that competed, and thanks especially to the JK organising clubs and officials.


Cat and Thierry

Cat Taylor and Thierry Gueorgiou after todays prize-giving ceremony (Photo credit: Rob Lines)


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Congratulations Bill Marlow

Congratulations to Bill Marlow of Mid Wales Orienteering Club!


Bill who won BBC Cymru Wales' Sports Unsung Hero 2014 in November last year has now been recognised by Number 10 Downing Street in the Prime Minster's monthly Points of Light awards.


The Points of Light award recognises outstanding individuals - people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.


The former teacher has been involved with the club for 24 years and organises, promotes and plans orienteering events for members and 42 local schools.


Head of Development, Craig Anthony said, "Bill is a great example of the type of volunteers we have in orienteering. It is great to see the level of commitment and enthusiasm for orienteering getting recognition on a national scale."


"I would encourage clubs and individuals to continue to nominate volunteers for such awards in 2015 as it is a great way to provide some much needed recognition for the long hours they put into orienteering and raise the profile of the sport "


Congratulations Bill and thank you for all the volunteering you do.


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British Sprint & Middle Champs 2015

Please note that start times for the Sprint Heats will not be published until about 10 days before the event. Start times will be determined by seeding. It is therefore recommended that all competitors arrange to get to Aldershot by mid-morning of the event at the latest.


Course and class combinations are as follows:









M16, M35, M40, M45






M14, M55

W16, W35



W40, W45, W50


M12, M65, M70

W14, W55


M75, M80+

W12, W60, W65, W70+





It should be noted that this combination is different from that which is recommended by the Rules for the Sprint Championships. The entry nowadays is too large for the current course combinations, since the start period for the heats would overlap with the start period for the finals due to course overcrowding. This new set of combinations has been proposed to the Events and Competitions Committee for future Sprint Championships to take up.


Both the British Sprint and Middle Champs competition will use the Emit touch-free punching system. Please see this PDF leaflet for details of the system. Please note that only an etag can be used with the emit touch free system, these will be issued to all competitors at Registration, the cost of the etag hire has therefore already been included in the main event fees.


Enter before midnight Sunday 26th April via


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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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