World Orienteering Championships
Inverness, Scotland
31 July - 7 August 2015
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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


Bronze for Emily Benham at World MTBO Middle Champs

At the first race of the World MTB Orienteering Champs yesterday Emily Benham won the Middle distance Bronze medal in 54:06 for the 8.8km course, only 34 seconds behind winner Gaelle Barlet's time of 53:32.  Having missed Middle distance Gold by 34 seconds last year in Poland, and by 35 seconds in Estonia in 2013, Emily was "both happy and disappointed" with her result.

Meanwhile Oliver Edwyn-Evans achieved a great 6th place in the Junior World MTBO Middle race (M20), bettering his previous results of 17th in 2013 and 12th in 2014. Other British riders were Natalie Creswick in 47th place (W21) and Adel Tyson-Bloor in 54th place (W21).

Today is the Sprint distance race, with starts from 11:00 and GPS tracking available at

Item posted by: Martin Ward.  Photos by: WMTBOC2015.CZ

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World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships

The World (and Junior World) MTB Orienteering Championships take place in Liberec, Czech Republic, with races today (Middle distance), Wednesday (Sprint), Friday (Long) and Saturday (Relay). Britain has three competitors in the Elite Women's category (Emily Benham, Natalie Creswick and Adel Tyson Bloor) and one in the Junior Men's (Edwyn Oliver Evans).

Emily is currently leading the Women's IOF World Cup standings, with three wins from the first five races, and the WMTBO Champs are the final round of that competition.

You can follow the action at which includes live results and GPS tracking.

Good luck to the GBR team!

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Great Britain Men and Women Promoted to WOC Division1

The calculation of WOC divisions has been completed by the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission. The calculations are based upon the updated Special Rules for WOC and will be used to determine starting allocations in the long and middle distance competitions at WOC 2016 in Strömstad, Sweden.

Great Britain had a fantastic World Orienteering Championships on home ground and advance from division 2 to division 1 in both the women’s and men’s scoring. Great Britain replaces Latvia among the women and Russia among the men.

Spain will also advance from division 3 to division 2 in both women’s and men’s scoring. Among the women they will be joined in division 2 by Hungary, replacing Italy and Japan who fall to division 3. Among the women New Zealand joins Spain in division 2, while Australia and Irland drop to division 3.

Full scoring tables for both Men and Women are available from the IOF website article.

Item posted by Martin Ward, British Orienteering Chair.

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Living the High Life

Photo left to right: Back row - Hannah Cox, Paul Pruzina, Will Rigg, Joe Woodley, Harrison McCartney, Allan Bogle
Middle row - Sarah Jones, Julie Emmerson, Helen Ockenden, Megan Carter-Davies, Fiona Bunn
Front row - Jackie Newton, Mark Nixon, Sasha Chepelin, Dane Blomquist

Some of the most promising juniors from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are training in Switzerland, this week, in areas relevant for JWOC 2016. Based at St. Moritz, that is at 1800m above sea level, this camp is of utmost importance to the athletes who are gaining understanding of the kind of training they will need to implement in the coming year in order to be successful at JWOC 2016. They are also getting valuable experience of training at altitude.

The team arrived late on Sunday night and so took a fairly easy day on Monday with some easy running in the morning, followed by a drills session and a swim in the lake and then a short orienteering exercise in the afternoon. Tuesday was devoted to relay and middle training, Wednesday to long and today the team trained for sprint. The morning saw them carry out two sessions on sprint maps and then take to the athletics track in the afternoon to experience a short but intense track session at altitude.

Photo: Joe Woodley and Will Rigg Sprint training today

Tomorrow the emphasis is back to long and then, on Saturday, the team are joining the Swedish junior team, who are at the same accommodation, for more relay training.

Technical Talent Coach, Mark Nixon, said "The athletes have arrived at this camp with exactly the right attitude and are taking every opportunity to learn, improve their technical skills and get ready for 2016. Most days have seen them do two sessions: one in the morning and a second late in the afternoon. We have been able to allow 'down-time' after lunch and then spend the evenings evaluating the day's training."

Performance Manager, Jackie Newton said "This camp is providing a valuable opportunity for athletes who are showing promise for JWOC 2016 and is offering so much more than training in relevant terrain; it is also allowing  them to consider the physical and psychological elements that will come into play at next year's JWOC and, on top of that, the athletes are becoming a close-knit team and learning how to look after themselves and each other, experiencing the Swiss cuisine and understanding the balance of hard work and recovery on a long training camp such as this."

The coaching team includes Mark and Jackie along with Allan Bogle, Talent Development Coach for Northern Ireland, and Bashir Hussain, UKA endurance coach, bringing together expertise in technical, physical and altitude training.

The team return to the UK on Sunday.


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Cat on the podium again on the last day of the World Orienteering Championships

The final race of the 2015 World Orienteering Championships took place today and Cat Taylor achieved 6th position to put herself on the podium for the second time in these championships.

Cat Taylor 6th WOC Long

Ida Bobach, of Denmark, was a convincing winner in the women's race, with a margin of almost three minutes (2:44). The Danish women have stamped their authority firmly on these championships by winning 4 out of the 5 gold medals in the women's events.

Mari Fasting of Norway took silver, her first individual World Championship medal, while last year's champion Svetlana Mironova of Russia took bronze. Cat  Taylor, who was one of the earlier starters, came into the arena with the fastest time so far but Natalia Vinogradova finished soon after with what was to be the 5th fastest time of the day and Tove Alexandersson followed and recorded the 4th fastest time.

GB debutant, Charlotte Watson, had a fabulous race, finishing in 29th position, giving her senior career a good start. Claire Ward finished in 36th and explained to the commentators that she had found some of her route choices difficult.

In the men's race France's Thierry Gueorgiou put in a strong performance to take his third consecutive Long title. Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland took silver and Olav Lundanes of Norway bronze, with each of the three medallists winning the same medal they won last year.

The British trio of Hector Haines, Graham Gristwood and Alasdair McLeod, finished 17th, 18th and 26th respectively.

This concluded a very successful week for the British Team. In the individual events, the team achieved 11 top 20 positions (four of them in the top ten) from eight different athletes. In addition, both men's and women's forest relay teams finished in the top ten, with the men's team narrowly missing a medal, and the mixed sprint relay achieved a top twenty.

The team would like to thank:

The Scottish Institute of Sport for the medical and physiotherapy support leading up to and during this competition

No Name for the Great Britain kit that with the new design for these home championships

Silva for the compasses

Beatons for the midge jackets

Dolphin Bay Suites for the accommodation

Chloe Haines for the catering


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IOF Extraordinary General Assembly: Split World Championships proposal is carried

An Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) of the IOF was convened to discuss a proposal to have a ‘forest’ World Orienteering Championships (WOC) and a ‘Sprint’ WOC in alternate years, as a development from the annual ‘all-in’ WOC programme that exists at present. The proposal was carried.

The proposal, which had been circulated widely for debate within IOF circles, to national federations, athletes’ commissions and others in the past few months, was the focus for comment both in support and against from several of the national federation representatives at the EGA. When put to the vote, 24 nations voted in favour, 9 against with 3 abstentions.

A detailed proposal for the format of each of the new Championships, both of which are expected to cover a 5-day period, will be put to next year’s IOF General Assembly. The first ‘forest’ WOC will be in 2019 and the first ‘Sprint’ WOC in 2020, and a call for applications to host these events will be sent out this autumn.

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Living the High Life

Some of the most promising juniors from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are training in Switzerland in areas relevant for JWOC 2016.

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