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World Orienteering Day 2018 – Snapshot of Orienteering Activity in the UK

World Orienteering Day events were held this year between May 23rd and May 29th, 2018. 

The third World Orienteering Day proved to be a great success!

Here is a snapshot of some of the orienteering events and activities orienteering clubs put on across the UK for World Orienteering Day.

Lagan Valley Orienteers

Cecil Armstrong, Hon Sec Lagan Valley Orienteers, says:
“Almost 100 runners of all ages and levels of expertise took part in The Lagan Valley Orienteers Wednesday Evening Event in the Stormont Estate on World Orienteering Day on 23rd May 2018. The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all.”

Photos: supplied by LVO

Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) celebrate World Orienteering Day!

Amy Curtis, Club Publicity Officer at BOK, says: 
“To celebrate World Orienteering Day, more than 350 local school children joined BOK at Oldbury Court for coaching and running in the glorious sunshine.

A big “Thank you” to Carol Iddles for organising it, the 25 or so other BOK volunteers and all the teachers involved in making this fantastic day happen.

We look forward to making it even better next year and introducing a whole new group of young people to our exciting sport.”

Photos: supplied by BOK

Pop-Up Orienteering Event – 23 May 2018.
Warrior Orienteering Club / Lakeland Orienteering Club (WAROC/LOC)

The Lost World / Rough Holes, Graythwaite in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Martin Bagness, Organiser, says:
“This event popped up at the very last minute! Laid-back landowner Myles Sandys at Graythwaite Estates did not hesitate to give permission with only three-days notice. Dave Walton turned up trumps with some vital timing equipment with only three hours notice. Iain S-W took over running the whole event about three seconds after he arrived. Big thanks to these three. Special thanks for all the cakes that arrived, there would have been more but I ate them before anyone finished. Thanks to everyone (58 runners) who turned up, didn’t whinge about the spiky forest and supported a worthy cause.

Entries and cake sales raised £263 for Macmillan Cancer Support, whose excellent nurses provide help for cancer patients and their families.”
Further donations can be made at


World Orienteering Day with Octavian Droobers

Karin Kirk, Publicity Officer and Schools Liaison at Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club reports:

"Nearly 200,000 participants from 64 countries at 1121 events have been recorded so far as attending the World Orienteering Day. Octavian Droobers had a most successful event at Kenilworth, in Abbey Fields Park and around the town. 113 participants plus many friends and families had a great time and organisers, Andy Heath and Kerrie Flippance, with lots of help from club members, were very pleased with the number of newcomers especially juniors running on the 5 courses.”

The shortest course,1.8km, around the park saw Eoin Hankinson M14 1st in 10.14mins, Luke Cherry M14 2nd in 10.44mins and Ralph Ireland M12 3rd in 12.24mins. Christian Roberts M16 was 1st on the Park Orange 2.1km course in 9.58mins, 2nd Tom Schwarzer M16 11mins and 3rd David Knott M14 11.02mins. On the Park 4.5km medium course Anne Straube W40 was 1st in 26.24mins, Alicia Roberts W18 2nd in 27.26mins tying with Andy Emmerson M60.

On the Urban courses around the town, which took in the new railway station, Ian Bond M35 was 1st in 27.11mins on the 4.3km course, Felix Lunn M16 2nd in 35.40mins and Michelle W45 and Jacob Oxtoby M14 3rd in 42.29mins. The Urban Long 6.2km course was won by Alistair Landels M50 in 47.12mins, David Oxtoby M45 was 2nd in 50.19mins and Ben Rauffet M21 was 3rd in 51.22mins.

One new junior, Josh Griffin, Year 5 at St Nicholas’ School, Kenilworth, was so keen to form a team for school orienteering competitions he showed some great initiative by designing and distributing a poster to encourage his classmates to come along."

Photo: supplied by Octavian Droobers                                                                                      Photo:  TINTO banner at the mass start, Burghead Roseisle 

Tinto Orienteering Club (TINTO) celebrated World Orienteering Day

Dick Carmichael, Tinto Orienteering Club Chair, says: 
World Orienteering Day on Wednesday, May 23 was celebrated by Tinto Orienteering Club in Castlebank Park, Lanark, South Lanarkshire with an evening event for local youngsters put on by club members Blair & Lorna Young and Dick & Trish Carmichael. Free to enter the event had 4 short courses around the park and was attended by about 50 mostly Brownies and Beavers in groups of 3 or 4. A lovely sunny evening was enjoyed by all and many did all four courses on offer getting more proficient as time went by.

Three club members also competed at the Scottish Championship on May 26 & 27."


Airienteers take part in World Orienteering Day

Martin Shaw (Airenteers), says:
“I organised an event for the 30th of May which was part of the Club's Annual Spring Sprint League Series. This involved a three-course event: Sprint, Orange and Yellow courses. 32 people attended the event of varying ages and abilities. As also part of a Fell Running Club I got some of that club along too in order to introduce them to the fun!”


World Orienteering Day and Eryri Orienteering Club

Jim Wood, Eryri Orienteering Club, says:
“We ran two events, one 'closed' and another ‘open’.

Wednesday 23 May 2018, as part of a training event for local school-based cadets, we ran a 13 checkpoint score event on a local military training area (Kinmel Park Training Area), for 28 young people as an introduction to competitive navigation.

Thursday 24 May 2018, as part of the club’s summer series, 33 runners took to Llyn Padarn near Llanberis, for a 22 checkpoint score event.”


East Pennine Orienteering Club 

Viv Barraclough, East Pennine Orienteering Club, says:

“On World Orienteering Day it was orienteering as usual at Manor Road Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Golcar, Huddersfield, except that we invited grown-ups in to have a go with their children. In total over 130 children and 30 adults had a go at "counting cones" and 11 different short courses around the wonderful grounds.”


Wrekin Orienteers

Adrian Pickles Chair WREKIN Orienteers, says: 
“We used World Orienteering Day to publicise our Summer Series Urban race in Shrewsbury.  This resulted in a radio feature on Radio Shropshire.  We had contacts from three new schools.  39 people came to the event.  Now that World Orienteering Day is a week-long we can use it more effectively and will plan for next years to be bigger and better.  Thanks to IOF and WOD”


World Orienteering Day celebrated at Dess, Aberdeenshire

Sarah Dunn Regional Development Officer, Scottish Orienteering Association, says:

“We celebrated World Orienteering Day in style in Deeside (Aberdeenshire) by holding no less than 3 events on the same day in Dess Woods. In the morning and afternoon we held two schools festivals for Primary 4-7 children from the Alford cluster of schools, with 5 schools attending in the morning and 3 after lunch. We were aware that there were several pupils with limited mobility, as well as one with special vision needs, so we adapted our score course to ensure that a number of the controls were accessible by wheelchair. In addition, a simplified tactile map was prepared and controls were set up using the MapRun app to give an audible signal on approach. We were delighted that this enabled all 280 pupils to participate in the activity. With the controls still out in the forest Maroc also held a club event in the evening with a further 36 participants. This time we offered 3 version of the score course - one using the normal map, one on a contour only map and the third a special blank map challenge, with just the location of each control point plotted. The sun shone and lots of fun was had by all."

Photo credits: Sarah Dunn

SROC - Red Rose Orienteering Club - World Orienteering Day Participation

Mark Edwards, SROC Chair and Organiser, says:

“SROC - Red Rose Orienteering Club organised a score event for the local sports partnership. (Lancaster and Heysham). It is an annual event and serves as a qualifier for the Lancashire School Games. We had 20 schools take part and a total of 180 children enjoyed the event. Each participant received a certificate which included the WOD logo. During the briefing, it was pointed out they were part of a worldwide event.”

Photos and map: supplied by SROC

World Orienteering Day In Edinburgh

Edinburgh clubs ESOC and Interlopers combined to offer a range of activities in the Meadows throughout the day. The activities were mostly aimed at local primary schools and around 220 pupils came along during the day. In addition, passers-by of all ages also turned up to take part.

The Maze was deceptively simple but very skilfully planned, with instant results; the "Leaderboard" of winning times was very popular. Naughty Numbers, Crazy Cones and a "tree to tree" simple course were also on offer. The children showed a lot of enthusiasm and enjoyment as they ran around the various “courses”, many taking more than one turn at the activity.

The evening street race, part of the local Wednesday evening series, attracted over eighty participants. Many regular orienteers took part in either the ‘Short’ or ’Long’ street courses and a large group of local Scouts enjoyed the ‘Yellow’ course on Bruntsfield Links.

It was a long day - 9am to 9pm - but it was great fun and reached a lot of different people.

Janet Clark (ESOC) and Pat Squire (INT)

A big thank you to all clubs, schools and groups would took part in World Orienteering Day this year.  


British Orienteering would like to thank all the above clubs for sending in details of their club events. 

For more information about World Orienteering Day 2018, click here.