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In the Spotlight... The Bonington Trophy Winner and Runner-up

Today British Orienteering is proud to shine the spotlight on...

British Orienteering Bonington Trophy Winner 

This award is presented for services to mapping. 

Congratulations to Greg Best (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club), winner of this award.

Greg Best  (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club)

Greg has developed from a novice mapper in 2009 to a committed, enthusiastic and dedicated mapper today. Not content with maintaining and updating North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club's library of maps, he continuously identifies and maps new areas suitable for orienteering at a range of competitive levels - including national level - negotiating with landowners for access and planning/organising the first events on the new maps. He mapped the area used in the highly successful British Night Championships this year (Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham). He embraces the latest technology in his mapping (LIDAR, GPS, OCAD vegetation base map), devoting what spare time he has from running his business in striving to make the most accurate maps. He performed these tasks while acting in other roles in the club captain 2009-16, fixtures secretary, permissions officer, and regular event organiser/planner/controller). The club now has 11 brand new areas plus the total re-mapping from scratch of five old favourites.  

Many congratulations Greg!


Well done also to Runner-up, Richard Payne (East Pennine Orienteering Club).

Richard Payne (East Pennine Orienteering Club)

Richard has produced many maps and/or updated existing maps for East Pennine Orienteering Club over many years, primarily of urban areas. This has enabled East Pennine Orienteering Club to host at least one urban event (and often more than one) each year over a good number of years. He does all this work voluntarily. During the covid lockdowns, Richard was instrumental in producing maps in as many local areas as possible to use for MapRuns using Open Orienteering Maps and OCAD to draw these maps. Recently Richard has produced a new OCAD map of Pontefract for an urban event originally to be held in July 2020 and finally held in July 2021. He is currently working on three urban maps for East Pennine Orienteering Club events in 2022 with one of these events being in the UK Urban League.

Richard is also currently working on some maps to support the British Orienteering Find Your Way project and it has recently been commented on how meticulous he is with his mapping. 


Thank you to all who submitted nominations for British Orienteering's Annual Awards this year. 

Many congratulations both!


British Orienteering looks forward to continuing with this 'In the Spotlight' online celebration tomorrow with the following...

The winner and runners-up of The Peter Palmer Coach of the Year Award at 10:00 tomorrow morning (Friday 22 April)

Tomorrow afternoon, British Orienteering will be shining the spotlight on the winner and runners-up of The Development and Innovation Award at 14:00.