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Glasgow’s Hollie Orr just beaten by just 0.02 in women’s race
World Championships inspiring a new generation to map and compass
Tuesday 26th May
Scottish Championships
The Scottish Champs on Saturday wrapped up the junior UK Elite Orienteering Leagues for 2015.
For the juniors, the Scottish Championships is the last race in the 2015 series.
Friday 22nd May
Major Events Survey
Please take a moment of your time to complete this short survey about British Orienteering Major Events:
Well done to the dynamic duo Kate O'Sullivan and Mike Kay and their team from MWOC.
Athletes have been invited to attend the Summer Talent Camp at Badaguish, Cairngorm.
The JEC 2015 and Euromeeting 2015 Selection Processes are now available.
We would like your feedback on relating to the map scale used at the JK and BOC.
Another great weekend of orienteering for the British Sprint and Middle Championships.

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World Orienteering Championships
Inverness, Scotland
31 July - 7 August 2015
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See the best in the world – and take part in a festival of orienteering.
Let the World Orienteering Championships begin!

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

Swiss and Norwegians Fly in to Prepare for World Championships

Two of the leading nations taking part in the World Orienteering Championships in the Scottish Highlands this summer have taken the opportunity to acclimatise at the Scottish Championships.

Norwegian and Swiss male and female stars were competing at the championships at Ardnaskie near Taynuilt in Argyll on Saturday, where the men’s race was won by Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann and the women’s by Norway’s Silje Ekroll Jahren, a former world championship bronze medal winner.

Hubmann, a four-time world championship gold medal winner, finished ahead of three Norwegian athletes with Scotland’s Alasdair McLeod finishing in fifth place 5.33min behind the winner.

In the Women’s event Scotland’s Hollie Orr was just 0.02sec behind her Norwegian opponent with another home athlete, Jessica Tullie, finishing in third place 2.48min off the winning pace.

While Hubmann took control of the men’s event before the half-way mark and retained it to the end, the women’s race was a much more tightly contested event.  Swiss athlete Judith Wyder was the early leader before Orr took over through two control points – however, she lost just over a minute at the 5th control and dropped back to 7th place.

Orr recovered by the control 23 of the 25 to take the lead – only for her Swiss opponent to edge ahead at the final control to snatch victory.


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Major Events Survey

In order to understand participation at Major Events British Orienteering wishes to undertake research with existing participants and members.

British Orienteering Major Events or partnership events are; the Jan Kjellström International Orienteering Festival (JK); British Long Championships, British Relay Championships, British Sprint Championships; British Middle Championships and until 2014 British Night Championships.

Please take a moment of your time to complete this short survey:


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Radio Wales Country Focus

Well done to the dynamic duo Kate O'Sullivan and Mike Kay and their team from MWOC for organising a fantastic event at Gwanas last Saturday ably assisted by Ben Mitchell and Niall Reynolds from Swansea Bay Orienteering Club as controllers. Rachel Garside and Pauline Smith from Radio Wales came along to the event to make a programme about orienteering. They tried out the  yellow course assisted by Hannah Thomas. The programme will be broadcast Sunday 31st May at 0700 and will be available on the BBC iplayer for a month afterwards and as a podcast for a month. 


In the meantime here are some photos:



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2015 British Sprint and Middle Championships

After months of planning, the organisers, British Army Orienteering Club and British Orienteering, watched as competitors flocked to take part in the British Sprint Championships on the morning of Saturday 9 May.

The Sprint race took place within the newly built Aldershot Garrison complex of barracks located north and south of the Basingstoke Canal, in Hampshire. Competitors of all ages and abilities navigated their way through an intricate complex of office and accommodation buildings similar to a university campus.  The area also had a mixture of large and small buildings, small copses and open areas. 


The following day, Sunday 10 May, saw yet another successful day of orienteering at the British Middle Championships where people had turned out to take part in the Middle distance race.

Organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club and British Orienteering the second day of the event took place at Naphill and Park Wood near High Wycombe. Competitors enjoyed competing in the delightful Chiltern beech woods and vegetation with spectators watching on and cheering from the side-lines.  


British Sprint Championships
Aldershot Garrison, 9 May 2015


Results for Class M Open
1st       Murray Strain              INT                  13:50
2nd      Christopher Galloway EUOC              14:25

3rd       James Hoad               DRONGO        14:46


Results for Class W Open
1st       Charlotte Ward            SHUOC          13:39  
2nd      Ruth Holmes               SN                  14:21  
3rd       Helen Bridle                ESOC             14:28


British Middle Championships

Naphill and Park Wood, 10 May 2015


Results for Class M21
1st    34:44      BASOC  James Tullie

2nd   36:44      WRE      Duncan Birtwistle
3rd    37:34      INT         Murray Strain

Results for Class W21

1st   30:47     BASOC  Jessica Tullie
2nd  35:12     ESOC     Helen Bridle
3rd   35:16     SN          Ruth Holmes


Fastest Juniors

M: Matthew Elkington

W: Sarah Jones


Thank you to BAOC and TVOC and all the volunteers for putting on a fantastic event.  You can see the full results from the weekend at and


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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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