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A timely reminder that both Inchmarnoch and Glen Tanar are under embargo for WOC 2015 selection races
Thursday 28th August
Winning Student scholarship
The process of applying for an Orienteering Winning Students scholarship is launched
Thursday 21st August
UKOL next events
The next UKOL events are the British Orienteering Sprint & Middle Champs on 6th & 7th Sept
Wednesday 20th August
World Universities Relay
Men's team finish fourth in final event of the championships
Friday 15th August
World Universities Middle
Today saw the World Universities Middle race in Protivanov
Friday 15th August
World Universities Sprint
Yesterday saw the World Universities Sprint race in Svaty Kopecek
Thursday 14th August
British Sprint & Middle Champs
Don't miss out, last few days to enter
Wednesday 13th August
World Universities Long
A tough day at the World Universities Orienteering Championships at the Long race.
A good first day from the British team in the mixed sprint relay finishing in seventh place.
Monday 11th August
WOC 2015 Bulletin 2
The WOC 2015 Bulletin 2 is now available.

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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

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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Final day at JWOC 2014

The Junior World Orienteering Championship competitors enjoyed their final day of competition today as they battled against each other in the relay events.


Just before the women's race, which started first, the heavens opened as a thunderstorm passed nearby and gave both competitors and spectators a good soaking. Great Britain cheered Julie Emmerson and Katie Reynolds away as they set off for the A and B teams respectively. Katie took the course 'by the scruff of the neck' running fast and furious and handed over to Rhona McMillan in 13th place. Meanwhile, Julie was feeling the effects of a hard week of racing but still managed to hand over to Lucy Butt in 29th place.


Rhona McMillan enjoyed another great race and looked strong as she passed the spectator control, eventually handing over to Tamsin Moran in 8th position. Lucy had also had a positive race and clawed in 11 runners to hand over to Zoe in 18th place.


Tamsin, visibly nervous as she went out on the anchor leg put in another impressive performance and worked hard from start to finish. She brought the B team home in a superb 10th place. Meanwhile, Zoe Harding was attacking the course well and passing other athletes as she brought the A team home in 11th place.


The men set off 15 minutes after the women, when the rain had eased slightly but still denied the athletes good running conditions. Alexander (Sasha) Chepelin and Oliver Williams went off first for the A and B teams respectively and both ran extremely well as they kept with the main pack that tore into the finishing straight in close succession, one after the other.


Sasha handed over to Ciaran Allen in 14th place and Oliver to Adam Potter in16th place. The British supporters saw Adam through the spectator control first with Ciaran approximately one minute later. Unfortunately, Great Britain did not have a third runner in the B relay as Christopher Galloway had suffered an injury after the middle qualifying race and was not fit for racing. Adam impressed by coming home in 13th place.


Ciaran handed over to Aidan Smith in 23rd who also ran a strong leg to bring the British team home 20th.


Full results can be found here.


Once again, the Junior World Orienteering Championships provided the athletes with challenging competition and terrains. The general concensus has been that this year's competitions, in Bulgaria, have been particularly tough in terms of the standard of orienteering and the challenge of the courses. The Great Britain athletes will spend the next week or so evaluating their races: identifying both positives and negatives and considering how they will move forwards. The highlight of the week for everyone was the medal ceremony last night where the GB team cheered and celebrated as Zoe Harding received her Diploma on the podium for her 6th place in the middle distance race.


The athletes would like to thank all of their supporters: parents, coaches, mentors and friends for helping them to prepare for this competition and achieve their results.



Podium place for Zoe Harding in JWOC middle

The middle finals took place today at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Great Britain had seven athletes competing in the A final and achieved three top twenty places.


Julie Emmerson was the first member of the team to run and came back initially in 2nd position having enjoyed playing cat and mouse in the forest with Sina Tommer from Switzerland who was the eventual winner. Julie finished up with a superb 11th place.


Katie Reynolds was the next British athlete into the arena with a solid run that earned her 30th postition. Aidan Smith came in next but was clearly disappointed with his run despite gaining a very credible 23rd place.


The next British top twenty result came from Alexander (Sasha) Chepelin who achieved a tremendous 17th place in his first JWOC.


Tamsin Moran was next into the finishing straight with a smile on her face and a 27th position to her credit.


The British supporters then had a short break before Lucy Butt was expected to make an appearance but anticipation gradually turned to despondence as the clock ticked down and it became apparent that this wasn't to be Lucy's day. Lucy's final position was 35th.


News from the radio controls soon had the British contingent straining to see into the forest, however, as it was announced that Zoe Harding was enjoying a tremendous run and it wasn't long until she appeared at the last control and sprinted into the finish. At the time of finishing, she was in 3rd place and was only superseded by three other runners and so gained a very well deserved and hard earned place on the podium by being 6th fastest junior world middle distance orienteer in 2014!


Next it was time for the B finals. Rhona McMillan had a fantastic race to finish in 4th in the women's event and in the men's Great Britain had Ciaran Allen in 16th, Oliver Williams in 26th and Adam Potter in 37th.


Here you can listen to Zoe talk about her race today and how she managed to bounce back from her disappointment in the long:


Picure: Zoe sprinting to the finish as she is cheered on by the British supporters



Promising performances at JWOC middle qualifier

The middle qualifying races for JWOC 2014 took place today and seven British athletes achieved a place in the A final for tomorrow. The results of the British athletes are as follows:





  Qualifier Position Time Final
Alexander Chepelin Q1 13th 24:20 A
Ciaran Allen Q1 25th 26:58 B
Aidan Smith Q2 14th 24:32 A
Christopher Galloway Q2 32nd 28:32 B
Oliver Williams Q3 34th 31:21 B
Adam Potter Q3 36th 31:52 B




  Qualifier Position Time Final
Katie Reynolds Q1 16th 29:27 A
Rhona McMillan Q1 31st 34:00 B
Zoe Harding Q2 4th 25:37 A
Julie Emmerson Q2 19th 30:04 A
Lucy Butt Q3 9th 28:21 A
Tamsin Moran Q3 13th 29:37 A







Tough going in the JWOC long race today

Today was the second day of competition at JWOC 2014 and the athletes were challenged with particularly tough courses in the mountainous terrain of Borovets in Bulgaria.


Here, Aidan Smith, who finished 25th speaks of his experience.




Photograph - Aidan Smith running towards the finish


At the time of 'going to print' the full results were not available but should be posted here shortly.


It should be noted that Alexander Chepelin had a very good run in his first JWOC with a top 50 result.


Despite some very gritty effort and displays of perseverance against the course and the terrain, however, most of the British team were disappointed with their results and are in sombre mood in the hotel.There is a welcome rest day tomorrow and the athletes will be ensuring that they recover as best they can from today's efforts as well as preparing for the rest of their campaign.


Unfortunately, Zoe Harding had to retire from the race because of illness. She is now recovering at the team hotel and hopes to make a full recovery before the middle qualifying races on Friday.

Zoe Harding - 11th JWOC sprint

JWOC 2014 started today, with the sprint race, in the town of Samokov in Bulgaria. The early starters benefitted from near perfect and dry conditions but the thunderstorm, that had been threatening, arrived with a vengeance making conditions extremely difficult for the mid and late starters. As the spectators ran for cover the commentator spoke of raining cats and dogs and the athletes struggled to keep their pace and to stop themselves from slipping. The rain eventually eased but the surfaces were still lethal in parts.


Before the race, there was plenty of speculation regarding the quarantine conditions as the athletes had been told that the warm-up map would be non-relevant to the competition, the toilets and changing and out-of-bounds would be marked on the map and that they would be 'safe and warm'. Their suspicion, that it would be an indoor quarantine, proved to be correct.


Lucy Butt commented, "The allocated warm up area, loops of a basketball court, was great. The floor was springloaded so everyone felt good in the warm up! Having pre-start down some stairs and the minus three boxes along a hallway meant you were thrown straight into the area after picking your map up."


The town of Samokov is surprisingly flat, considering it is set amongst mountains, and many of the athletes commented that, because it was easy to fun fast, they had to 'keep their heads' to avoid mistakes.


In similar fashion to many of the other teams, Great Britain had mixed fortunes. Zoe Harding finished with a very well earned 11th place, after an early start and the excitement of holding joint 1st place for a short time!


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


Picture: Zoe being interviewed by the race commentator





For full results click here.

Performance Manager Vacancy

British Orienteering is seeking to appoint an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill the role of Performance Manager, accountable for leading the day-to-day talent and performance activities of the organisation.


The Performance Manager will be line managed by the Chief Executive, and will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of British Orienteering’s Performance Pathway which aims to strengthen and underpin British Orienteering’s World Orienteering Championships programme, by providing development opportunities for identified talented orienteers to achieve their potential to compete for the GBR Orienteering Team on the world stage.


The post will be based in Matlock at British Orienteering’s National Office; however it will involve significant travel across the United Kingdom with some occasional international travel.


A full job description and person specification can be found here.


To apply please email your CV and covering letter to


Closing Date: Sunday 31st August