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Tweet Thursday 22nd February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #10: with Kirstin Maxwell

Winter Training and Motivation: Athlete Focus

The temperature is cold, and the days are shorter. Struggling to maintain the motivation for training or orienteering regularly? You're not alone. Getting yourself out on cold dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in July.

Pick up some tips and see what makes up a typical training week for some of our top elite athletes this winter with our elite athlete focus feature series.

Athlete name: Kirstin Maxwell

Athletes club: Roxburgh Reivers

Athletes age: 25

Kirstin Maxwell training

Athletes biggest achievement?

Competing at the European Championships in 2016.

Typical training week over winter (including mileage, terrains, etc)?

I do 3 weeks hard, 1 week easy. Hard weeks include intervals, longer run, tempo running, steady running, tech session, xc races, cross training, s&c and yoga. Easy weeks end in some tests so I can monitor progress. I have a plan and the focus changes slightly from the focus on strength/base to building in some speed through the winter.

Technical training over the winter?

I try to get out on a map once during the week (I’m focussing on sprint so this is easy as I live in Edinburgh where there’s lots of maps and courses planned) and then again at the weekend if I’m not racing xc. I will prioritise technical sessions more and more as the season goes on.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter?

  • Try and do at least some sessions with a group, you then have another reason to turn up and you get to socialise a bit too!
  • Have a plan with a variety of sessions and ways of measuring progress. This makes it more likely you’ll get out as it’s not just the same boring run every time and by measuring the progress you’ll hopefully see improvements which will make you see it’s worthwhile????.
  • Sometimes you just have to get out…here in Scotland it’s often cold, wet and windy for much of the winter so just wrap up and get on with it. There’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and others aren’t!

Athletes favourite motivational quote.

"Never give up, great things take time."


Thank you, Kirstin.  British Orienteering and members would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best with your training throughout the rest of the year.


Read more

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series of Interviews
More information - here.

Interview #1: with Charlotte Ward - here
Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers, Sheffield University Orienteering Club

Interview #2: with Kris Jones - here
Forth Valley Orienteers, Swansea Bay Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL, Swansea Harriers, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Interview #3: with Alice Leake - here

Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod - here

Interview #5: with Jenny Ricketts - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, Mar Orienteering club

Interview #6: with Hector Haines - here
IFK Lidingö SOK

Interview #7: with Graham Gristwood - here
Forth Valley Orienteers

Interview #8: with Charlotte Watson - here
West Cumberland Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL

Interview #9: with Jonathan Crickmore - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club

Tweet Tuesday 20th February 2018

World Orienteering Day 2018 - calling all clubs and schools to get involved

World Orienteering Day has proven itself to be a highly successful event for global orienteering and in 2018 we hope to once again set a new record in participation and reach the vision of 500 000 participants around the world.

2017 was a great success, with more than 288 000 participants in 79 countries all around the world. Register to be a part of World Orienteering Day 2018 and make it even bigger! 

In May 2018, between May 23rd and May 29th, orienteering activities held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

Göran Andersson, Project Coordinator, World Orienteering Day, at the International Orienteering Federation, says:
This is the third World Orienteering Day and it would be great to see British Orienteering clubs and local schools in the UK supporting and backing World Orienteering Day again this year. World Orienteering Day aims to help provide an opportunity especially for local clubs and schools to raise the profile of orienteering with others who would not normally know about or consider taking part in the sport. It is a great way of showcasing what fun orienteering can be within local communities across the world.”

Be part of it!

For more information, register your events and to access all the free resource materials here

The WOD e-newsletter featuring British Orienteering can be viewed here.

Tweet Monday 19th February 2018

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year. As part of our celebrations, we are introducing a new event in an exciting format.

The Sunset and Beyond Relay pits teams of six against each other in a parkland and urban setting.

The early runners will start in daylight then, as the sun sets, later runners will compete in the dark.

Each team will have at least two female runners and be restricted to an age and gender maximum handicap. The competition will be tight with lots of head-to-head running helped by mini-mass starts just a few minutes later than the expected winning time for the previous leg.

You get the excitement of the Harvester in a four to five-hour event!

Date:  24 March 2018
Time:  5.00pm
Location: Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Team captains can submit their entries now here
Entries are open now until Monday 19 March 2018.
Team declarations can be made at any time up until just before the event.


For more information visit Southampton Orienteering Club's website here.


Do you know of any other orienteering clubs who have already celebrated, currently celebrating or have plans to celebrate a special anniversary of their club next year? 
Tweet Wednesday 10th May 2017

World Orienteering Day

Just 2 weeks to go!

You are invited to take part in orienteering as part of the second only ever World Orienteering Day!

Events are being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 across the country.

Click here to find a club event or activity near you.

To find out more about World orienteering Day 2017 or to register an orienteering event click here.

Be part of it!