Congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee year.
ORIENTEERING THROUGH THE SEVEN DECADES
7 DECADES, OVER 7 DAYS!
The real high point of use of royal land is undoubtedly Balmoral, British Orienteering Championships in 2018.
Probably one of the most memorable British Orienteering Championships ever held! Balmoral Castle on the day of a Royal Wedding (Saturday 19 May 2018), beautiful weather, fantastic courses, and excellent mapping all combined to make it a great event.
Parking was on an immaculately mown lawn, with care taken not to drive over the cricket pitch.
The walk to the red start was long but essential, with around 700 competitors passing Her Majesty’s ponies on the way to the westernmost and toughest part of the area. Runners might have been treated to the sight of a drone gathering race footage, as well as running cams and other cameras out in the woods.
Blue skies and the backdrop of Balmoral Castle plus some excellent course planning made this a very memorable event.
Other Royal Occasions
Prince Andrew paid a short visit to the Long-Distance finish arena at World Orienteering Championships in 1999.
Sandringham Country Park / Royal Park has also been used quite a few times for orienteering events.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has always included orienteering as a key activity, amongst many.
Does anyone know of any other Royal Occasions or visits that have taken place over the decades?
Jennie Taylor Communications Officer, says: "It's quite impossible in just a few news items to portray adequately all aspects of British Orienteering Federation's and British Orienteering Activities over the last seven decades. There are so many people across the UK who have contributed so much to British Orienteering's growth and development."
What are your personal orienteering highlights from this decade (2020-22)?