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Tweet Thursday 24th December 2020

Looking Back at 2020: Overview Snapshot - from the month of April 2020

#JK Memories Online enjoyed and shared by many members

Celebration of the JK over the years - with a staggering amount of thirty-two #JKMemories published and shared online over the Easter weeks.

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Rootstock at Cookworthy. Photo credit Christine Vince (KERNO)
JK 1967 map
JK Dinner Menu 1980
JK 2019 Day 2.  Photo credit: Rob Lines
Prize Giving at JK 2017. Photo credit: Rob Lines


Fun Easter Challenges created for fun at Home and in the Garden. 

Free Easter Orienteering activities launched nationally with a dedicated website landing page for parents to download and use at home or in their gardens over the Easter holidays. 


Lockdown Orienteering Easter Championships

A virtual orienteering competition provided some orienteering fun whilst real orienteering had been cancelled. 

Nearly 500 competitors from over 20 countries around the world took part in a variety of challenges from picking the best routechoice to orienteering virtually around the city of Chester using Google Streetview.

The overall winner was Casper Skeep from Sweden with the top British participant being Andrew Stemp of Airenteers.

GB Squad member Chris Smithard who coordinated the event said: "It was certainly a lot of work but definitely worth the effort! I just want to say a special thank you to Graham Gristwood, Craig Nolan, Katherine Bett and Simon Errington for their help at such late notice. Hopefully, we can take what we learnt from this one and make the next even better!”

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Lockdown Orienteering Continued…with a three-day Sprint Weekend Competition took place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2020.

The sprint focused weekend was the second competition Lockdown Orienteering has organised, just 2 weeks after the first.

Again 500 participants took part but this time from 30 countries across the globe which aims to provide a bit of orienteering fun in these difficult times. This time there were again 2 categories: a 10 stage and 7 stage competition. Some of the stages were new and others favourites from the Easter Champs.

Read more here.  

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Smithard and the team for all their hard in providing such great competitive fun for orienteers, not just here in the UK, but also across the world during difficult and challenging times.


Scottish Orienteering launched their new Let’s Get Started Orienteering Resources.

These were developed during Lockdown to help teachers and parents introduce children to the concepts of orienteering. The resources include animated videos, worksheets and slides - everything needed to get started – and can be used in any setting whether at home, school or in a park.

These great new resources are available here.