British Orienteering

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The formal initial meeting to set up the Federation was held at 7.30pm on 17th June 1967

Celebrating 50 Years - 2067 to 2017
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Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map; as a competitive sport the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route; as a recreational activity it does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds. Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their leisure activities. Read More


British Orienteering started its Golden Jubilee celebrations this weekend, 50 years as a Federation.


17 June 1967 – 17 June 2017

Chris James (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) and Judith Holt (Chair of British Orienteering) cutting the British Orienteering 50th Anniversary celebration cake at the start of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
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With British Orienteering turning 50 on June 17 it was only fitting that the celebrations started on the first day of one the biggest orienteering festivals in the orienteering calendar.

The Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering took place over the Easter weekend and started with the Sprint at Brunel University London on Good Friday. Once the racing had finished and the bustling university campus simmered to a quiet murmur of univerity students, the day finished with British Orienteering's 36th Annual General Meeting in the University's Lecture Centre.

Whilst many of the days participants set off to recharge for day two of the four day festival at Ambersham Common, 48 members turned out to listen to the Chair of British Orienteering, Judith Holt, talk about the celebrations that are in place for the 50th Anniversary.  Judith highlighted that there is a short film and special edition of Focus planned which will highligh the history and the future of British Orienteering.  

Judith then continued:  "Over the 50 years, thousands of orienteers all over the UK, in each of the English regions, in Northern Ireland, in Scotland and in Wales, have contributed countless volunteer hours to organising, planning and controlling events, to running our clubs and Associations and not least to the many different facets of running the National Governing Body, British Orienteering. It is an appropriate time, on our Golden Jubilee, to recognise and thank them all for their contributions in making our sport in this land the highly developed and sophisticated sport that it now is.

In doing this, I would like to pick out one person who is in the room today who was in right at the beginning 50 years ago, and is still today Chairman of one of our Committees, having it seems done almost everything including holding the office of British Orienteering Federation Chairman, many years ago, on the way. He has even taught a lot of orienteers how to Scottish dance! I would like to ask Chris James, North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club to stand up as a representative of all these volunteers over all these years, and undertake one new task – that of cutting our anniversary cake."

Judith's full speech on the day can be viewed on Facebook here.        

The formal business of the AGM then continued.


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UKOL races at the JK weekend

Races 5, 6 and 7 in the UK Orienteering League season are coming up this weekend at the Jan Kjellstrom (JK) weekend of racing in the South East on England. The JK started yesterday with a Sprint race (which was UKOL race 5) at Brunel University, and the 6th and 7th UKOL races are today's Middle distance competition at Ambersham Common, followed by tomorrow's Long Distance race at Holmbush.

Results and more details of the JK races are on the JK website here:

This season the UKOL will be competed over 20 races between now and November, with the winners determined by the sum of their best 10 scores from the 20.

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UK Orienteering League races 3 and 4

Races 3 and 4 in the UK Orienteering League season were hosted last weekend by Octavian Droobers (OD). First up was the Rugby Urban event on Saturday, which used a variety of terrain including various parks, the town centre and a hospital towards the end of most courses.  Rugby Athletics Club was the event centre, meaning that competitors could warm up on the track and spectate the last few controls around the track in the spring sunshine.  As well as being a UKOL race, this event was also part of the UK Urban League, and as a consequence, it attracted competitors from all over the country.

On Sunday the competition moved to Bentley Woods just on the outskirts of Atherstone. It was the Midlands Championships, which for the Elite Age categories was a Middle Distance race, and for all other categories (Juniors and Veterans) a Long Distance race. The sun shone again, and competitors could be seen over the last 500m of their courses as they streamed down the hill into the arena.

Several competitors managed to achieve a win in both races within their UKOL age class - well done to Alison Sloman (W80), Peter Gorvett (M70), Steve Whitehead (M65), Ruth Rhodes (W75) and Alison Simmons (W60).  For Alison Sloman, that now makes it 4 wins from 4 UKOL races!

In the clubs competition, the Midlands clubs were well represented last weekend, and have moved up the rankings. The top 5 clubs at this stage of the season are now:

  1. SYO (South Yorkshire), 1838 points
  2. OD (Octavian Droobers), 1778 points
  3. BOK (Bristol), 1745 points
  4. WCOC (West Cumberland), 1669 points
  5. DEE (Deeside), 1559 points

This season the UKOL will be competed over 20 races between now and November, with the winners determined by the sum of their best 10 scores from the 20.

Individual scores.

The next 3 UKOL races are over the Easter Weekend, at the JK Festival events in the south of England.

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THE ROUTE debuts at Delamere Forest





At the weekend the first ever ROUTE event hit Delamere Forest and participants were treated to an outdoor experience like no other.

Starting at 10am on a bright Saturday morning (25 March), a host of long time orienteers and newcomers alike eagerly dibbed and explored Delamere Forest on what was a very successful inaugural event.

Combining three orienteering inspired events, THE ROUTE, is an opportunity for the public to explore some of the UK’s most beautiful Forestry Commission sites in a unique way.

Event Organiser and Managing Director of Perfect Motion, Chris Simon, said:  "What a fantastic venue to kick of our trio of ROUTE events.
The weather was beautiful and everyone taking part had an excellent time. Congratulations to all our winners and everyone who took part.  Thames Chase and Cannock Chase are in for treat.”

A huge well done to our winners:

  • ROUTE BREAKER: Sarah Davies and Ian Bettely – “The Woolly Jumpers” (46 points in 49 minutes and 43 seconds)
  • ROUTE CAMP: Christopher Callow (106 points in 59 minutes and 43 seconds) and Alex Young (64 points in 55 minutes and 13 seconds)
  • ROUTE RUNNER: Joe Taunton (136 points in 29 minutes and 39 seconds)and Jennie Tayefi (136 points in 54 minutes and 12 seconds)

The full results of the event can be found here.

Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Perfect Motion and TrailPlus and are pleased with the success of the launch of THE ROUTE at Delamere Forest. Our aim is to raise the profile of orienteering skills across the country.  We feel THE ROUTE is an exciting and engaging way of bringing newcomers to the sport.  Bookings are still open for the next two events and we can’t wait to see you there.” 

Next up on THE ROUTE calendar is Thames Chase in Upminster on Saturday 8th April.

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World Orienteering Day - Just two months to go!

Wednesday 24 May 2017

All schools, all orienteering clubs and all countries all over the world are encouraged to participate in World Orienteering Day. 

Be part of something bigger!  More than 330 events are registered for the upcoming World Orienteering Day on May 24th 2017. With events registered in 45 countries across 6 continents, this year’s WOD has got off to an excellent start. We hope you are all considering how to implement a fun activity in your school, in your club, in your village, in your city or in your country. 

What event are you planning?

There are many inspirational event ideas and free promotional resources to download available here.

For more information email Project Leader:



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British Orienteering Annual General Meeting

The 36th Annual General Meeting of the British Orienteering Federation will be held on Friday 14th April 2017 at The Lecture Centre, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, London, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, starting at 5.00pm in lecture room 061. This is during the JK weekend and will be held after the Sprint event.

The proposals for this year’s Annual General Meeting are:

Proposal 1: Adoption of Accounts
That the accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2016 be adopted.
Proposed: The Board of Directors
Copies of the accounts will be available at the AGM and will be published on the website prior to the AGM 2017.

Proposal 2: Appointment of Auditors
That Grant Thornton UK LLP be appointed as the auditors for the 2017 accounts to be presented at the 2018 AGM.
Proposed: The Board of Directors

Supporting Statement
The audit by Grant Thornton undertaken for the 2016 Accounts was again thorough and challenging. In 2013, the opportunity was taken to seek competitive tenders for the 2014 audit. After consideration of the tenders, the Board nominated Grant Thornton UK LLP for reappointment as auditors on the understanding that different partners and audit staff be involved in future audits. This was agreed at the 2014 AGM, and a new partner was allocated to the audit.

Grant Thornton have indicated that they are content to again undertake the audit in 2017 and the Board now proposes that Grant Thornton UK LLP be appointed as our auditors for 2017.

Membership Fees and Event Levy 2018
No proposal is made to change the membership fees and event levy from 1st January 2018. They will remain the same as they are in 2017.

From 1st January 2018 until amended, fees will be as follows:
                Senior member – £10.00
                Junior member – £3.30
                Levy per senior – equivalent event participant – £1.50
                Club affiliation fee – £46.00
                University club affiliation fee – £9.20
                Proposed: The Board of Directors

Supporting Statement
The membership fees and event levy were raised significantly at the EGM held in October 2016 and the Board has decided to leave the fees and levy static at the same level as in 2017.

Membership and levy fees are British Orienteering’s main source of non-grant, non-conditional income. This income is vital in paying for the services that British Orienteering provide to the membership, including many of the behind-the-scenes costs of administering and developing the sport.

After the change to the Articles of Association agreed at the 2012 AGM, British Orienteering are now able to distribute AGM documents electronically.

An incredible 98% of our members have email addresses in the membership database and we are therefore providing access to electronic copies of the AGM documentation.

To view the AGM booklet access this link.

To view the Annual report access this link.

To view the Audited Accounts, access this link.

By distributing the documents electronically, we will be able to make a considerable saving on print and postage, part of our drive to cut costs wherever possible.

If any member would like us to post a copy of the AGM documents directly to them, please email

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM or receiving your proxy vote.

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JK Entries Closing and British Championships Price Increase Update!

Entries for the Jan Kjellstrom International Festival of Orienteering, which starts with the Sprint event on the 14th April 2017 at Brunel University, will close at midnight on Sunday 12th March 2017.

Late entry may be possible but only if maps and start times are available.  New entries will be placed on a waiting list with no payment required as there is no guarantee of being offered a place.  If we can accept your entry you will receive an email after 20 March inviting you to make payment to complete your entry.

Relay entries close on the 19th March 2017

Have you entered? There is only two days left to avoid disappointment! Enter via Si Entries here.


Prices for the British Long distance entries, taking place at High Dam in the heart of the Lake District on the 6th May 2017, will increase at midnight on Sunday 12th March 2017. Enter now via Fabian4 to take advantage of the cheaper rate!

Prices for Seniors, M/W 21 and above, will increase from £28.00 to £30.00 whilst juniors, M/W20 and below and Students M/W21 and above, will increase from £14.00 to £16.00.

Entries for the relay championships will increase from £51 to £54 per team for Seniors and from £27.00 to £30.00 per team for Juniors on Saturday 18th March 2017. 

The final closing date for British Championships entries is Sunday 9th April 2017.

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Volunteer Awards - 3 Days Left to Nominate!

With only three days left the countdown is progressing, with closing dates for nominations fast apporaching.

If you would like to make a nomination for one of the categories below, please complete the nomination form and send it into before 5:00pm on Friday 10th March 2017.

The Award Categories open for nominations: 

Club of the Year Award
A proactive club that is an important part of the local community, demonstrates a commitment to development of the club, members, volunteers and coaches and provides a range of activities that promote the club and engage both members and the wider community.
The Club of the Year nomination form is available here.

University Club of the Year Award
A proactive university club that demonstrates a commitment to development of the club, members, volunteers and coaches and provides a range of activities that promote the club and engage both members and the wider student population.
The University Club of the Year nomination form can be found here.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award
A volunteer under the age of 25 who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.  The Young Volunteer of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.

A person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.  Silva Award nomination form.

Coach of the Year Award
Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in engaging new people in orienteering, improving performance of orienteers and mentoring and developing other coaches.  The Coach of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.

The nominations will be judged by the Development Steering Group and the awards will be presented at the British Orienteering’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Friday 14 April 2017 at Brunel University, Uxbridge.

Further details are available here.

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Results after first two UKOL races

The first two UK Orienteering (UKOL) races were hosted by Lakeland Orienteering Club last weekend. As expected, the British Night Orienteering Championships, at Great Tower Wood, were particularly challenging for the 400 or so competitors. Not only was it pitch black, but it was also raining and quite misty in places, and very wet underfoot, making navigation difficult and progress slow. The winners certainly deserved their prizes, and the fifty UKOL points awarded for first place on each age class.

The following day was the Northern Championships held on the Bigland Estate. Conditions were also very wet, and out on the open hillside also quite windy. Around 800 competitors (of age classes between 10 and 85) ran on courses from 1.6km to 14km in length. The LOC team did a great job of organising the pair of events in what were quite challenging conditions.

This season the UKOL will be competed over 20 races between now and November, with the winners determined by the sum of their best 10 scores from the 20.  Winning a race scores 50 points, and after two races five competitors have managed a perfect score of 100, for winning them both! Very well done to Eilidh Campbell (W16), Alison Sloman (W80), Graham Gristwood (M21), David Roome (M35) and Quentin Harding (M55).

In the Club competition (which takes the best 15 scores from runners across a range of age classes), it is no surprise to see the local Cumbrian clubs high up on the ranking at this stage. Clubs from elsewhere in the country will no doubt move up the table as events are held nearer to them. The top 5 clubs in the club competition so far are:

  1. WCOC (West Cumberland), 1269 points
  2. SYO (South Yorkshire), 1242 points
  3. LOC (Lakeland), 1097 points
  4. BOK (Bristol), 1019 points
  5. AIRE (Airedale & Wharfedale), 955 points

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UK Orienteering League 2017 starts this weekend

This weekend sees the start of the UK Orienteering League (UKOL), a competition for all age categories from 16 upwards held at events across the country between February and November. UKOL Races 1 and 2 are both being hosted by Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) this coming weekend - firstly the British Night Orienteering Championships, followed the next day by the Northern Championships.

The British Night Orienteering Championships will take place on Great Tower Wood, a small but technically complex area of woodland near Newby Bridge in the Lake District.  The organisers say "competitors should look forward to a significant navigational challenge." What is already a tricky area during daylight will no doubt be a lot harder at night, and the experienced planner Derek Allison will set courses that will really test the best orienteers.

The Northern Championships will be held on Bigland Estate, one of LOC's best areas for orienteering, and used for a World Ranking Event in April 2015. The organisers describe it as follows: "a superb and varied mix of Lake District terrain with almost no green on the map. The most testing part of the area in terms of both running and navigation is an area of broadleaf woodland on a steep slope. This includes many knolls, re-entrants and rock features. Above the wooded slope lies a plateau visited by longer courses, divided by numerous walls into enclosures of open and semi-open fell and woodland. These all contain intricate contour, rock and marsh detail."  With the longest course for Elite Men being 14km (with 730m of ascent), it'll be a good test of early season fitness. The Elite Women have 9.6km to cover, with 460m of ascent.

Results from the races will be on the LOC website by Sunday evening. Results for the UKOL races, both this weekend and the remainder of the season, will be published on the UKOL web page.

Thanks in advance to Lakeland OC for hosting the races this weekend. Good luck to everyone competing in them!

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