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 ANNOUNCES 2016-17 TALENT PROGRAMME SELECTIONS

British Orienteering have announced that 22 athletes have been invited to join the 2016-17 British Orienteering Talent Programme.

The Talent Programme, that is partly supported by Sport England, is a British Orienteering programme, which aims to support athletes in fulfilling their junior potential, before transitioning on to senior success. The 2016-17 programme, which began with a coaching camp last weekend, will continue British Orienteering's drive towards delivering medals in World Championships, by identifying those with the ability to succeed at the Junior World Orienteering Championships and providing targeted support that enables them to achieve excellence.

Included in the selections are, Grace Molloy and Alastair Thomas, who both won podium places at the European Youth Orienteering Championships, along with Fiona Bunn; Alexander Chepelin; Harrison McCartney; Jennifer Ricketts; Alice Rigby and Daniel Stansfield who all representative Great Britain at the 2016 Junior World Orienteering Championships.

Megan Carter-Davies, who achieved an individual 4th and 7th at this year's Junior World Orienteering Championships, graduated from last year’s programme into the Development Squad for 2016-17, whilst Dane Blomquist, Julie Emmerson, Sarah Jones, William Rigg and Joe Woodley have moved through to the Watch Squad and are aiming also to make this transition within the next two seasons.

Megan has been supported by the programme since 2011. She said: "I'm really grateful for the support over the past five years from the programme. I came away from every weekend/camp having learnt a lot and feeling freshly motivated to train and learn more. As well as that, I made some amazing friends and also feel as though any of the coaches would continue to support me today if I asked them. I hope the athletes selected for this year's Talent Programme can take as much from it as I did."

Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, said: "2016 is a year which promises much for the future. The European Youth Orienteering Championships was our most successful ever, with 80% of the squad achieving a top 20 in at least one of the two individual disciplines, and Grace and Alastair appeared on the podium on their international debuts. Megan's performance in the sprint and middle races at the Junior World Orienteering Championships was outstanding, especially given her injury problems earlier in the year, and she also set the girl's relay team up for their best ever result at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Finally, the Junior European Cup gave many in the squad opportunities to build on this potential and it was heartening to see Laura King, Cecilie Andersen and Harrison McCartney all so close to a medal in the sprint and Alex Carcas' and Fiona Bunn's first leg relay runs were also outstanding. 2017 should hopefully bring more success for this dedicated group of talented individuals."

The 22 athletes supported by the British Orienteering Talent Programme 2016-2017 are:

Cecilie Andersen - Bristol Orienteering Klub

Fiona Bunn - Thames Valley Orienteering Club

Eilidh Campbell - Mar Orienteering Club

Alex Carcas - Interlopers Orienteering Club

Freddie Carcas - Interlopers Orienteering Club

Alastair Chapman - Mar Orienteering Club

Jake Chapman - Mar Orienteering Club

Alexander Chepelin - Edinburgh University Orienteering Club

Lucy Haines - Airienteers

Zac Hudd - West Cumberland Orienteering Club

Niamh Hunter - West Cumberland Orienteering Club

Laura King - Airienteers

Harrison McCartney - Octavian Droobers

Grace Molloy - Forth Valley Orienteers

Jennifer Ricketts - Edinburgh University Orienteering Club

Aidan Rigby - Cleveland Orienteering Klub

Alice Rigby - Cleveland Orienteering Klub / Sheffield University Orienteering Club

Tara Schwarze-Chintapatia - Eborienteers

Daniel Spencer - West Cumberland Orienteering Club

Daniel Stansfield - Forth Valley Orienteers

Alastair Thomas - West Cumberland Orienteering Club

Finlay Todd - Inverness Orienteering Club

 

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Being brilliant at the basics: Blencathra training camp

Athletes from the British performance and development squads headed to Keswick for our latest training camp. This weekend focused on getting the team to be ‘brilliant at the basics’ and included training sessions, workshops, and discussions on how to prepare for a successful 2017 season.

Based at the Blencathra field centre which provided stunning views of the surrounding area, Saturday morning began with a team discussion on 2016 and the year ahead. This offered a good opportunity for individuals to voice opinions on current squad dynamics and any changes that might benefit the team moving forward. The athletes then headed out to Lodore Forest for a technical training session with the location offering fantastic scenery along with some challenging running for the team across tricky terrain. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this session which involved plenty of head to head racing along with an element of surprise and unpredictability!

After a well-earned lunch, the team re-grouped for a talk on nutrition given by sports nutritionist Jasmine Campbell. Jasmine stressed the importance of the ‘four R’s’ of refuelling, rehydrating, rebuilding and resting after exercise. The athletes were shown ways to optimise their diets through eating smarter in order to recover quicker from tough sessions. Team performance was the final session of day one which, facilitated by Jim Evans, saw the athletes discuss their thoughts about how the group was progressing and any changes they might like to see. Team Manager Dave Rollins then provided everyone with a highly entertaining quiz to round off the first day, with cracker eating, face pegging and ‘creative’ firework designs separating intense rounds that proved a serious test of the athletes’ general and sporting knowledge.

Quite contrastingly to the previous day, Sunday brought snow, wind and rain. The first topic of the day was training and most importantly how to train specifically for certain events. Led by Alister Russell, the athletes were asked think about what training they do and why they do certain sessions. They then designed their own key session to fit into a normal training week, demonstrating how they would progress the session over the year and offer justification for doing it. Afterwards, discussions continued from the previous day’s conversation and everyone gathered to discuss the topics that had arisen. This proved to be a productive session in which everyone could voice opinions on a range of areas such as analysis of training and races, staying in touch between camps and the group plan for the following months.

      

With key issues covered, the team planned a few routes and set out in different groups for an afternoon run, with some heading up into the mountains to make the most of our location. The rain eventually subsided but strong winds and cold temperatures made for some tough conditions along the hill tops of Skiddaw. With everyone returned safely, there was time for a final feast before the first groups had to depart to meet train and flight deadlines.

It was another busy weekend with a lot to pack into just two days.  However, Blencathra set the scene for a very enjoyable weekend.

We look forward to the next one!

We would like to thank:  West Cumbria Orienteering Club and the National trust for the permission to use Lodore Woods for Training; Blencathra Field Studies Centre for their warm welcome and excellent accommodation; Jim Evans for his professional approach and work on teambuilding and communication and Jasmine Campbell for her interesting and informative workshop on Performance Nutrition.

Finally, a huge congratulations goes to Kris Jones on an outstanding 10K PB of 29.32 at the Leeds Abbey Dash race on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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British Orienteering Extraordinary General Meeting Results


The Extraordinary General Meeting was held on Saturday 29th October 2016 at The Priory Rooms, in Birmingham at 11am.  The result of the votes for the proposal to increase membership fees and levy was concluded and announced.

The proposal comprised of two options:

There were four ways in which members could cast their votes; FOR Option 1, FOR Option 2, AGAINST or ABSTAIN.

A total of 1,300 proxy votes were sent into the British Orienteering National Office before the deadline date (5pm on Thursday 27 October 2016)   

In addition, a total of 42 members cast their votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday 29 October 2016.

The votes cast at the EGM were then added to the proxy votes.  The overall votes cast by members were as follows:

FOR – Option 1 will now be implemented.

Thank you to all members for taking the time to vote. 

Best wishes,

British Orienteering

 

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Membership Renewals 2017

Membership Renewals for 2017 are now being accepted. 

Please note that you can only renew your membership if your Club has completed their 2017 affiliation and appears in the dropdown list.

You can renew your membership in 4 ways:

- Online: To renew your membership online and pay by card, simply login to the website using the details sent out previously. If you have forgotten your login details please click on the 'forgotten login' button on the homepage. To ensure that you keep your current membership number and to avoid having to re-enter all of your membership and contact details again, please ensure you login rather than joining as a new member.

- Direct Debit: If you have already set up a Direct Debit, your payment will be taken in early December and you will receive notification of the exact date in the next few days. You can see if you are a Direct Debit member by logging into the website. 

- Telephone: You can pay over the phone using a card by telephoning 01629 583037.

- Cheque: You will receive a membership renewal reminder in the next few days which you can return to the National Office with a cheque.

If you have any questions regarding your membership please telephone the National Office on 01629 583037.

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EGM Results

After the EGM, held at 11 o’clock this morning (Saturday 29th October 2016) Option 1 was carried by a large majority.

British Orienteering announces that, for the 2017 membership year, membership fees will be as follows:

Senior:  £10.00

Junior:  £3.30

Levy:     £1.50

Thank you to everyone that has voted.

Those clubs that still have Annual Club Returns outstanding, please ensure that your fees for 2017 arrive at the National office no later than midday on Monday 31st October. If the fees are not receieved by this time, your members will not be able to join or renew with your club.

Best wishes,

British Orienteering

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Park World Tour 2016 in China continues

Beijing, China 2016


Great Britain's elite athletes Alice Leake, Charlotte Ward, Chris Smithard, Peter Hodkinson and Will Gardener are now four races in to the Park World Tour 2016 in China.

There have been some fantastic results so far with two second place finishes for GB Alice Leake and one third place for GB Peter Hodkinson. 

Photo above:  Top 3 men and women in Park World Tour China stage 1 - first individual race (left to right): Peter Hodkinson (GBR) - 3rd place, Huao Shung (CHI) - 3rd place, Maja Alm (DEN) - 1st place, Johan Runesson (SWE) - 1st place, Alice Leake (GBR) - 2nd place, Yannick Michiels (BEL) - 2nd place.  (Credit:  pwt.com)

Photo above:  Beijing, China 2016, Park World Tour China Stage 2 - top 3 men and women in the Sprint on the prize winnning podium.  Great Britain's Alice Leake (left) on the prize winning podium again - in 2nd position.   (Credit:  pwt.com)

The athletes have one race remaining before returning to the UK on Monday. 

Alice Leake, said: "I am really enjoy the orienteering in Beijing. It's great to have performed well in the new terrain and to have achieved two podium positions. We are having lots of fun competing in the events alongside the Chinese National Championships and School Championships.  It's good to see that orienteering is growing in China". 

Will Gardener found the first race of the week challenging, and said:  "The race in the Beijing Botanical Gardens was more like a Forest Sprint; a bit of a shock to the system as we never really do these in Britain". 

After coming into the competition with a bad cold, Charlotte Ward hasn't had the results she hoped for and commented:  "The terrain here is very different and I have found it difficult to get into the mapping style. Having said this, the races have been a lot of fun and it has been such a cool experience meeting lots of other athletes from around the World".

Peter Hodkinson who is relishing the new challenges and performing very well, said:  "I love Beijing O-week."

Full results and more photos can be found on the Park World Tour website here

 

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PROXY VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED


Thank you to all British Orienteering members who have taken the time to complete and send in their Proxy Voting Forms. 

There has been a fantastic response.  Due to the sheer volume of forms received we have not been able to personally respond to every member individually.

Proxy voting for the Membership and Levy proposals at the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting on the 29 October 2016 has now closed.

A news item will be published on the British Orienteering website as soon as possible once the results have been confirmed.



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Association and Club Conference 2016 Agenda

The Agenda for the upcoming Association and Club Conference is now available here.

All members are invited to attend and we would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and have your say! If you are interested, please fill in the registration forms provided and return them by email, info@britishorienteering.org.uk or by post to; British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, DE4 5FY before 9am on Monday 24th October 2016 (Revised Date).

As in previous years, we also encourage Clubs and Associations to nominate 2 chosen representatives to represent their views. Club and Association chairs or secretaries will need to confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their club or association. This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document). Club and association chairs or secretaries should also nominate their delegates before 9am on Monday 24th October 2016 (Revised Date) by emailing info@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Association and Club Conference Notice

Association & Club Conference

Saturday 29th October 2016 Approx. 11:30 – 16:30

The Priory Rooms, conference centre Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF

 

This year’s Association and Club Conference will follow the Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday 29th October 2016 at The Priory Rooms conference centre Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF.

The venue is a short walk from New Street and Snow Hill rail stations. For those travelling by car there is no parking available at the venue, however discounted rates are available at the nearby Londonderry House NCP. The car park provides secure parking and is only a short walk from the conference centre. More information on directions and transport can be found here.

All members are invited to attend and we would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and have your say! If you are interested, please fill in the registration forms provided and return them by email, info@britishorienteering.org.uk or by post to; British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, DE4 5FY no later than Friday 21st October 2016.

As in previous years, we also encourage Clubs and Associations to nominate 2 chosen representatives to represent their views. Club and Association chairs or secretaries will need to confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their club or association. This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document). Club and association chairs or secretaries should also nominate their delegates by Friday 21st October 2016 by emailing info@britishorienteering.org.uk

We would love and encourage other members that are interested in the future of orienteering to attend, however any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

Agenda

Once the agenda is available it will be published on the website here.

More information, including details on contribution towards expenses can be found in ‘Expense details’ document.

Association and Club Conference 2016 Registration Form

Association and Club Conference 2016 Expenses Details

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Highland 2015 wins prestigious award - Event of the Year


Photo (left to right):  Colin Matheson, Events Manager, Scottish Orienteering Association presented with the award by Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events at VisitScotland.

The Scottish Orienteering Association picked up the prestigious Peoples Choice Award - Event of the Year at the Drum Event Awards in Glasgow for the staging of Highland 2015 – World Orienteering Championships and the Scottish 6-Days. 

Partners included EventScotland, British Orienteering and the Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co Ltd, and thanks go out to everyone involved, particularly the many helpers, clubs and volunteers who helped make this event such a success. 
 
A Commendation for Sports Event of the Year was also received and so all-in-all a tremendous night for the promotion of orienteering to a much wider audience. 

Colin Matheson, Events Manager from the Scottish Orienteering Assocation attended the red-carpet ceremony in Glasgow and was quick to thank key players through social media – Richard Oxlade was Event Coordinator for the Scottish 6-Days and Paul McGreal Event Director for the World Orienteering Championships 2015.

   

Peoples Choice Award - Event of the Year  

 

 

 

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