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Great Britain celebrated today as Cat Taylor claimed the bronze medal in the EOC Womens Long Distance Final.
 
 
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Sprint racing has become an established part of the elite racing scene in the last ten years.
 
 
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British athletes produced solid results in the Middle Final of the European Orienteering Championships today.
 
 
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The Yvette Baker Trophy Final - Bulletin #1 is now available.
 
 
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A delighted Kris Jones started his international racing season with a superb 6th place in the EOC Sprint Distance Final today.
 
 
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Six out of eight of our athletes have qualified for the Sprint Distance Finals tomorrow.
 
 
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The Map Awards are awarded to people who have been nominated by clubs and mappers; what awards are being made at the 2014 AGM?
 
 
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Friday 11th April
ETOC Team
 
 
European Trail Orienteering Championship Team set off for Portugal
 
 
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Eight of our athletes competed in the Long Distance Qualification race today and 5 qualified for the Long Distance Finals on Tuesday.
 
 
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Response to criticism of Map Advisory Group circulated as part of the AGM Map Scales proposal which contains a number of misunderstandings and factual inaccuracies.
 
 
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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

Great day for Britain at EOC Long Distance Finals

All six British athletes who competed today in the European Orienteering Championships Long Distance Finals ran good races and gave the whole team reason to celebrate. The icing on the cake however, was Cat Taylor winning the bronze medal.  Upon finishing the race Cat commented on how much the rest of the team were overwhelmed and said, "we've got everyone else running pretty well as well. I'm was so happy that everyone else was happy for me. It feels so much better."  Cat was backed up by Tessa Hill who finished in 21st and Claire Ward in 34th.  For the full interview with Cat click here

Judith Wyder (SUI) who is already the Sprint Distance Champion won the race and the Silver medal went to Svetlana Mironova (RUS). 

The results are as follows:

Women - 1 Judith Wyder (SUI) 1:10:19, 2 Svetlana Mironova (RUS) 1:11:44, 3 Catherine Taylor (GBR) 1:12:44, 21 Tessa Hill (GBR) 1:20:22, 34 Claire Ward (GBR) 1:24:53

In the men's A-Final Graham Gristwood finished 16th.  It has been a while since Graham has run an international Long Distance race, so when he spoke to Dave he said he was "chuffed" with his result.  He thought he paced the race well and felt strong towards the end.  Peter Bray, in his first year as a senior, impressed all around him with 42nd place.  Afterwards he said,  "It's been a steep learning curve and I'm really happy to be here and be part of the team. To witness Cat's 3rd place as well - it gives me something to aim for in the future and try to better that one day hopefully!" For Peter's full interview click here.

The Middle Distance champion, Daniel Hubmann (SUI), won his second gold medal by 25 seconds and beating Olav Lundanes (NOR) who took silver.  Fredrik Johansson (SWE) was 3rd, only 2 seconds behind the Norwegian.

The results are as follows:

Men - 1 Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 1:30:23, 2 Olav Ludanes (NOR) 1:30:48, 3 Fredrik Johansson (SWE) 1:30:50, 16 Graham Gristwood (GBR) 1:35:04, 42 Peter Bray (GBR) 1:46:53

In the men's B-Final Hector Haines ran very well for third place.

 

     

 

Cat Taylor crowned by her team mates - Queen of the Forest

Full results can be found here.

 

 

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European Orienteering Championships 2014 - Middle Distance Final

There were solid and promising performances at the Middle Final of EOC 2014 today where Great Britain fielded a team of both experienced and developing athletes.  The younger group, who had performed at JWOC in 2013, were the early starters.  Will Gardner used the event to gain more experience and finished in 95th position.  Zoe Harding, Lucy Butt and Charlotte Watson clocked times within a minute of each other and finished in 53rd, 57th and 58th respectively.

The race was run in fast and furious terrain that suited some more than others.  Doug Tullie came home in 67th with Graham Gristwood in 28th and Ralph Street very happy with 23rd place.  In the women's race Claire Ward came home in 42nd with Helen Palmer two places behind in 44th and a delighted Hollie Orr in 25th.

Hollie and Ralph spoke about today's race here:

 

Photo - some of the British team relaxing after today's middle final.

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Kris Jones - 6th EOC Sprint Final

The European Orienteering Championship Sprint Distance Finals took place today and, for Great Britain, it was a case of saving the best until last.

Great Britain had two men in the B final and this took place first.  In the heat of mid afternoon in Palmela, Portugal, Dave Scorah finished in 16th place and Jonathan Crickmore in 20th.

The women went off next and the GB supporters were excited to see strong and fast running from Tessa Hill as she came through the spectator control and then into the finish.  Tessa was delighted with a top ten finish as she claimed 9th place.  Cat Taylor had started two minutes behind Tessa and also looked strong as she ran through the spectator control but it wasn't her day today and mistakes cost her positions as she finished in 30th.

Scott Fraser was the first British A runner for the men to leave the start block with Peter Hodkinson and Murray Strain going out in quick succession.  Unfortunately Scott missed a control near to the end of the race.  His frustration was evident as he put it down to running too fast and being in a state of oxygen debt.  Murray and Peter finished 20th and 25th respectively.

Kris Jones showing his delight with 6th placeKris Jones was the last of the Brits to leave the start and he went out hard from the beginning.  As he came through the spectator control he had the rest of the team shouting at the top of their lungs as he tore through and he did not disappoint as he flew into the finish.  He was delighted to finish in 6th place and to celebrate on the podium.

 

 

 

 

Jackie Newton caught up with him just after he found out he had run the 6th fastest time.

 

 

Full results can be found here.

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European Orienteering Championships 2014 - First race on Thursday 10th April

The European Orienteering Championships (EOC) takes place every other year.  Each nation is allowed to enter six runners in each discipline and so they are characterised by very large and very competitive fields.  There is a qualification and final in each of the individual disciplines and a nation can enter two men’s and two women’s teams in the relays.  This year EOC will be held in Portugal just south of Lisbon.  The middle and long qualification races are in coastal sand dune terrain and the finals and relay are in more undulating cork oak terrain similar to that experienced in the recent ALOT WRE.  The sprint races will take place in two of the smaller local towns, Sesimbra and Palmela.  Both have an intricate matrix of narrow cobbled streets and will no doubt make for exciting racing at the weekend.

The GB EOC 2014 team was selected back in September 2013.  Athletes in the performance squad were offered two disciplines each, and our Elite Development Squad (EDS) athletes were offered one discipline.  This presented a unique situation where all of our athletes have had six months to prepare for a major international race in the certain knowledge that they would be in the team.  For the EDS athletes this is a development opportunity and for some their very first senior international race, whilst for our top athletes it is one of the main targets for the year, tougher even than WOC.  This week is about continuing to enhance the confidence and positive energy in our individual athletes and the GB team as a whole.  Each athlete will have their own very clear goals and we will work hard to achieve them.  We have some realistic chances for podium places and medals but for the majority of the team this is about making their hard work over the winter actually count, by producing their very best performance on the day regardless of where that places them.

The races can be followed live on the event website with live results from the qualification races and tracking and TV in the finals.http://eoc2014.fpo.pt/index.php/en/

 

Middle

Long

Sprint

Relay

Lucy Butt

Zoe Harding

Hollie Orr

Helen Palmer

Claire Ward

Charlotte Watson

Anne Edwards

Tessa Hill

Cat Taylor

Claire Ward

Tessa Hill

Cat Taylor

 

Six from:

Lucy Butt

Anne Edwards

Tessa Hill

Hollie Orr

Helen Palmer

Cat Taylor

Claire Ward

Charlotte Watson

Will Gardner

Graham Gristwood

Ralph Street

Doug Tullie

Peter Bray

Scott Fraser

Graham Gristwood

Hector Haines

 

Jonny Crickmore

Scott Fraser

Peter Hodkinson

Kris Jones

David Schorah

Murray Strain

Six from :

Jonny Crickmore

Scott Fraser

Graham Gristwood

Hector Haines

Murray Strain

Ralph Street

Doug Tullie

 

Scott Fraser competing in the long distance at the recent GB test races

Scott Fraser running in the WOC 2014 test races.  Whitbarrow March 29th 2014.  Photo courtesy of Neal Anderson

Tessa Hill  running in to claim 5th position in the Long Distance 2014 World Cup race on Saturday 5th April 2014

Tessa Hill  running in to claim 5th position in the Long Distance 2014 World Cup race on Saturday 5th April 2014.  Photo courtesy of David Rosen

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2014 World Cup, Round 2, Spain - Long Distance Results

Tessa Hill achieved her best placing in a Long Distance race finishing 5th in a strong field (unofficial results).  Tessa was one of the earlier starters and in an interview at the finish she said she was pleased with her run and although she knew she could make improvements in the control cirlce it felt like a strong run.  Most of you will know that Tessa is an accomplished sprint orienteer, however over the winter she has been working hard at her technical forest skills so it is great to see her efforts rewarded with a podium position.

By all accounts, Hector Haines had a bit of a torrid time in the forest and yet despite breaking his compass and missing two controls quite badly he posted his first ever international top 20 with an excellent 12th place (unofficial results).  Anyone who knows Hector will be aware that he has been putting in hours and hours of hard training over the winter and his own words after the race reflect his commitment both whilst training and in the actual race 'this result is just a display of never giving up!'  

The full results, courses and routes can be viewed at http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=372 and the map extract below gives some indication as to the complexity of the decision making onvolved in this race.

Tomorrow, Sunday 6th April 2014, our athletes will race in the Middle Distance race

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Two Weeks of Major International Races for Team GB

The second round of the World Cup Series starts this weekend near Murcia in  Spain (Long Distance, Saturday 5th April and Middle Distance on Sunday 6th April ).  Cat Taylor, Tessa Hill and Hector Haines will all race in both disciplines.  Full details of the races can be found at  http://www.wcupspain2014.es/.  There will be live TV and tracking http://www.wcupspain2014.es/live-tv-and-tracking/ and so it should be possible to  follow our athletes’ progress when they are actually in the forest.

            Hector HainesTessa HillCatherine Taylor

Hector, Tessa and Cat competing in the Test Races Last weekend.  Photos courtesy of Dave Rollins and Neal Anderson

Next week sees the start of the European Championships in Portugal (10th -16th April) we have a team of  21 athletes competing.

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World Championships selection races

Today and this weekend sees the test races for the British teams to compete at the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) and World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC).  The test races are being held in the Lake District and kindly organised by South Ribble Orienteering Club and West Cumberland Orienteering Club. Details and start lists can be found on SROC’s website.
 
Friday 28th: Eggerslack – middle distance race (men 4.8km; women 4.3km)
Saturday 29th: Whitbarrow – long distance race (men 14.2km; women 9.0km)
Sunday 30th: Keswick – sprint distance race (men 2.9km; women 2.7km)
 
WOC 2014 will take place In Italy, from 5th – 13th July. GBR team due to be announced by 6th April.
 
WUOC 2014 will take place in the Czech Republic, from 12th – 16th August.  GBR team due to be announced by 19th May.
 
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New Head of Development

British Orienteering would like to welcome Craig Anthony to British Orienteering who joins us as the Head of Development.

Craig says, “I'm excited to be joining British Orienteering as Head of Development. My previous experience of working with the company, as part of my previous role at Greater Sport, has always been extremely positive and I look forward to working with the team and the wider orienteering community to achieve growth in participation.

At GreaterSport I was the lead contact for national governing bodies (NGB).  I have worked with the majority of the 46 nationally funded NGBs at all levels of their organisations from Chief Executives and National Development Managers to local officers to develop projects and programmes to increase participation. I worked closely with British Orienteering to develop and roll out a programme around the Community O initiative where we recruited, trained, developed and deployed Community O coaches into 4 communities across Greater Manchester.

Previously I was also the club development lead in Greater Manchester where I work with voluntary clubs to assist them in identifying funding, work towards accreditation and develop their governance structures.

Sport has played a large part in my life; it has opened up lots of opportunities to me and has always provided me with a large group of friends who share a similar interest. As a qualified coach in a number of sports I have the ability to support and develop the skills of others. I see sport as a vital component in any person’s life and as such feel it is my duty to encourage everyone to maintain a lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

I am a husband and father of two and enjoy spending time with my family. Information technology and computing is a keen interest of mine and I keep up to date on new technologies and media innovations. I am an avid film fan, enjoy reading and travelling, and endeavour to keep up to date with current affairs.

Mike Hamilton says, “After an extensive recruitment process the Board and staff are now looking forward to welcoming Craig to British Orienteering as our new Head of Development. He joins the team at an exciting time as we aim to build on the success of last year, which saw the creation of our new Sport England funded products and an overall increase in participation. Craig will also be using his past experience to support and develop clubs and volunteers to ensure a gateway into traditional orienteering is provided and that club officials and volunteers are adequately supported. On behalf of all our members I would like to wish Craig every success in his new role.”


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Independent Director appointed to the Board

I’m pleased to announce that a third Independent Director has been appointed to the Board of British Orienteering.  Rosie Williams, OBE, will take up the post immediately after the 2014 AGM, to be held on Friday 18th April.

Rosie is a versatile and collaborative leader with a broad range of experiences drawn from sporting organisations both in Australia and the UK. She has a strong background in the management of people and change in challenging situations, while balancing the needs of staff and volunteers.  Her professional experience includes being Managing Director of the Rugby Football Union for Women, and Tournament Director for the highly successful Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010.  Other experience includes equestrianism, volleyball and sports medicine.  She was recently awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to rugby, having overseen a 103 per cent increase in women and girls playing rugby in England since 2004, and she is currently studying a performance coaching qualification.

Martin Ward.  Chair, British Orienteering.

AGM 2014 - Final Details and Supporting Papers

The final details for the 2014 AGM and the supporting papers are now available:

AGM Booklet 2014

Annual Report 2013

Audited Accounts 2013

The 33rd AGM will be held on Friday 18th April 2014 at Swansea University, Fulton House, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP starting at 5.00pm. The Board and staff are looking forward to welcoming lots of members to the AGM.

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Club of the Year Award

British Orienteering has now opened nominations for the Club of the Year Awards.Does your club:

•Provide opportunities for everyone to experience high quality activities at all levels?
•Demonstrate a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?
•Take an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?
If the answer is YES why not enter the British Orienteering ‘Club of the Year’ competition.

Please note that we encourage applications from University clubs and there is a separate award.

Electronic application forms are available from info@britishorienteering.org.uk and from the British Orienteering website.

The closing date for applications is the 31st March. The award is made at the 2014 AGM

Please send applications to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

Coaching Needs Workgroup Report

The report and recommendations of the Coaching Needs Workgroup were adopted by the Board at the December meeting. The recommendations provide a focus for the continued development of coaching that is required to meet the coaching needs of orienteers across the participation pathway.

The workgroup focused on the needs of participants and did not make recommendations about the needs of coaches except to recognise that these should be reviewed through a wider consultation with practicing coaches.

The Board has thanked the members of the working group for their work and has now passed responsibility for implementing the recommendations across to the National Source Group for Coaching. The report and recommendations can be found here.

Mike Hamilton

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Applications for WRE Status

The IOF recently increased the quota of Foot Orienteering World Ranking Events per federation to 3 sprint and 3 middle/long distance competitions per season.

British Orienteering Events and Competitions Committee are inviting applications for events being held in 2015 to be considered for World Ranking Event status.

Please submit all requests to Chair of Event Programme & Publicity Group, Chris Phillips, onecp47@gmail.com before the end of March 2014.