Celebrating 50 years of British Orienteering

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the British Orienteering Federation. The inaugural meeting was held at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June 1967 in Barnard Castle, and the first British Orienteering Championships were held in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham the following day.

This is the programme of activities that are currently being planned.  You may have already seen the 50 years celebration banner on the homepage of the British Orienteering website. There is also a special anniversary edition of Focus membership magazine currently planned which will mark the occasion and progression of the sport over the 50 years.  A film focusing on the past, present and future of the sport is currently planned to be launched on the website on the 17 June 2017 which is the actual 50th anniversary day.  We are also currently planning to have a celebratory cake for members at the Annual General Meeting on 14 April at Brunel University in Uxbridge and a display at the 2017 British Orienteering Championships on 6 and 7 May in Cumbria.

Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive, says:  2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of British Orienteering and whilst we have few resources to ‘splash out’ on the celebrations we hope that all involved in orienteering in whatever capacity will be able to celebrate this achievement in some small ways – well done British Orienteering, you’ll soon be 50!”


Item posted by Jennie Taylor, Marketing Manager

Posted on Friday 17th February 2017