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Get Up To Speed: Orienteering Skills Videos

Get Up To Speed: Orienteering Skills Videos produced by South London Orienteers

Sport England awarded South London Orienteers a grant towards the cost of a project to help orienteers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

As part of this project, South London Orienteers have produced an Introductory video and an accompanying series of eight videos 'Get Up To Speed' showing different techniques used in orienteering. The videos are presented by different athletes from the GB Orienteering team and filmed in different locations. The aim of the series is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but these films can also be used to show beginners how to get started in orienteering.

The 5-minute videos are designed to be downloaded to phones or tablets.

The Introductory video and four of the 'Get Up To Speed' series have been released in January. You can watch all these films by clicking on the links provided below. Four more films will be released in February – so look out for them each week on Fridays at 5pm.

The whole series will be available on South London Orienteers' YouTube channel.

We hope clubs and associations will be able to use the videos at their own coaching events and other development initiatives.

Find out more and now watch the films!

GB Athlete Presenters - photos above (left to right):  Graham Gristwood, Charlotte Ward, Hector Haines, Megan Carter-Davies, Charlotte Watson.

Film 1:
Think Fast, Run Hard, Start Orienteering || Coaching Videos

Get ready for a series of videos presented by athletes from the British Orienteering GB team. They cover a range of techniques designed to improve your orienteering.

Introductory video presented by Graham Gristwood – watch film here.


Film 2:
Setting the Map || Charlotte Ward
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

British athlete Charlotte Ward demonstrates how to set the map using a compass and the terrain. As well as orienteering for HALO (Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers), Charlotte is an active member of Hallamshire Harriers Athletics Club. She competes regularly in road and cross-country races (gaining a Yorkshire vest the weekend this video was released). It's all good preparation for the 2019 World Cup sprint races, as well as the World Championships Sprint in 2020.

Setting the Map with Charlotte Ward – watch film here.

Film 3:  Using the Compass || Hector Haines
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

Hector Haines, one of the athletes in the British team, demonstrates how to use a base plate compass and thumb compass when going through terrain. Hector first represented GB as a junior in 2007. He now lives and works in Sweden, running for IFK Lidingö (Sweden) When not orienteering he takes part in the Skyrunning World Series.

Using the Compass with Hector Haines – watch film here.


Film 4:
Attack Points || Megan Carter-Davies
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

Team GB athlete Megan Carter-Davies demonstrates using attack points to minimise mistakes and navigate to the control faster. Megan grew up near Aberystwyth and runs for Mid-Wales OC as well as her Finnish club, Rajämaen Rykmentti. She won a Gold medal in the Mixed Sprint Relay at the World University Championships in 2016.

Attack Points with Megan Carter-Davies – watch film here.


Film 5:
Aiming Off || Charlotte Watson
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

Charlotte Watson, one of the members of the British team, shows us how and where to using the aiming off technique to get to controls. Charlotte started her orienteering in Cumbria, made her début as a senior at the World Championships in 2015. She has a Sports Science degree from Edinburgh University. At present she is living in Oslo and is a member of Lillomarka OL and West Cumberland OC.

Aiming Off with Charlotte Watson – watch film here.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Sport England, South London Orienteers, the GB athletes involved and all members of the filming and editing crew.


For more information, please contact South London Orienteers, Sarah Brown:


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