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


Inspiring GB Interview Series - Impact on Training in Lockdown...continued.

The series of Training in Lockdown interviews continued this month with GB athletes on how lockdown restrictions have impacted on their daily and weekly training routines and drills.

Check out these interviews by clicking on the GB athlete name below.

Jonathan Crickmore (SHUOC), Alice Leake (Airienteers), Euan Tryner (SYO), Ben Squire (NOC).


National Outdoor Adventure Awaits Campaign Launched and generates national interest.

British Orienteering and orienteering clubs around the UK worked hard together to promote Permanent Orienteering Courses as a way of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way. Some clubs also developed these courses virtually.  Club members were able to complete courses with GPS smartphone or watch.


British Orienteering announced and put on a new series of Lockdown Webinars to further support all UK clubs and members.

  • ‘Back to Orienteering Questions and Answers’ Webinar with Peter Hart and the Development Team - on-hand to answer questions.

  • An introduction to the ‘UsynligO Virtual App’ with Scott Bailey from Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK).

  • ‘Entries, Bookings and Cashless Systems.’

New Bitesize Webinar also announced and pre-recorded sessions of under 30 minutes made available. 

  • MapRup Local Administrator Guidance
    A brief look at how and what members and clubs can do to get the best out of becoming a local administrator and setting up MapRun events.
  • Using OCAD with MapRun
    Support for users of the MapRun App on using OCAD maps/exporting courses.

Did you miss any of these?  All of the webinars are available to watch at your convenience here.  


Cross Club Initiative took off in Northern Ireland with first virtual Orienteering Programme rolled out.

After engaging in the British Orienteering Webinars, six members of Northern Ireland Orienteering Association (NIOA) formed a MapRun Working Group. This was a cross club initiative covering the whole of NI. In the month of June, they were busy familiarising themselves with the app, testing it out in different areas and terrain. Meeting once a week, they discussed what they had done and learned and sharing courses with each other to check.

Lots of work was also done on georeferencing maps.

NIOA offered a grant for work on adding contours to OpenOrienteeringMap, which do not appear on NI maps, unlike the rest of the UK.

On Friday 12 June, NI restrictions were at the stage were ten people could meet outdoors, so the next weekend the group set out four MapRunF courses and invited members to trial them and feedback on their experiences. The feedback was very positive, the app worked well, and it was lovely to see people running with a map in their hand again.

Photo collage below (left) shows happy orienteers socially distancing within family groups.

Read more here.


SOA puts on MapRunF Online Workshops to support clubs in Scotland

Read more here


MapRun courses in Scotland pass the 100 milestone!

STAG, GRAMP, East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service, Interlopers, ESOC….check out this taster of what some different clubs in Scotland have been busy doing - click here.


A Jamie Steven Alternative Event was organised in Scotland in place of the usual junior inter-club competition.

Over 70 juniors from 13 clubs participated in the event with all of them rising to the challenge they were set. This was to devise and complete an orienteering course that included nine specified types of feature, with an extra optional variant to plan the course in the shape of the Jamie Stevenson Dalarna horse. A Zoom presentation and awards ceremony was held at the end of the week and a video of all the fantastic entries has subsequently been compiled.