The 37th British Orienteering Annual General Meeting will take place at 17:15 on Friday 30th March 2018 in the Main Gymnasium at The Ministry of Defence, Beacon Barracks, Stafford ST18 0AQ, 800M from the arena.
More information on The JK and how to access MOD Stafford can be found in the event programme here. Photo ID MUST be provided to gain entry.
Volunteers are at the heart of our sport – let’s take this opportunity together and join in celebrating the work of our own volunteers and their incredible contributions to our sport of orienteering throughout the last year!
British Orienteering is now once again asking people to nominate inspiring individuals and clubs for the annual Volunteer, Club and Mapping Awards.
The awards have become a highlight of the British Orienteering calendar as a way of recognizing the good work of volunteers and clubs who make orienteering happen across the UK.
These awards present a valuable opportunity for volunteers to be honoured for their work to our sport.
Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards which recognise volunteer contributions to orienteering over the last 12 months in 2017.
The winners will be announced at the British Orienteering’s 2018 Annual General Meeting on Friday 30 March at Stafford in the West Midlands.
As in previous years, there will be 5 categories, spanning all aspects of orienteering.
Nominees can include a young volunteer who has shown dedication and commitment to the sport, a club that has shown an outstanding contribution to the provision and development of orienteering, or a volunteer who has given countless hours to helping their individual club be its best.
Each year we have received many nominations, and we are now asking you to make sure that there are just as many this year. Nominations can come from individuals, clubs and mappers or anyone who knows someone who is doing great work to develop the sport.
Is your club an important part of the local community?
If your club can answer “Yes” to the above, why enter your club into the British Orienteering Club of the Year Award?
Get the national recognition your club deserves.
Nomination Forms are available here.
Introduced in 2009 by the Development Committee, this annual award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students.
Which University Club do you think deserves national recognition for their contribution to the provision and development of orienteering?
Nominate a University Club for this award today!
The University Club of the Year nomination form can be found here.
Originally piloted in 2009 following a Development Committee review.
This annual award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.
Who do you think deserves to get national recognition for their contribution to the sport of orienteering? Nominate today!
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.
In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation.
The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.
Nominees for this award may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of British Orienteering.
All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.
Who are you going to nominate?
The Silva Award nomination form can be found here.
Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:
Who do you think deserves national recognition for their commitment to coaching orienteering?
The Coach of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.
All nomination forms are to be submitted by emailed to email@example.com
For more information and to see the lists of all previous winners for each of these award categories here.
Entries are now open for the junior selection races for 2018. The results of these races, along with other criteria, will inform selection into the Talent Squad, invites to summer training camps and teams for the international junior competitions.
These races consist of three selection rounds. Round 1 is made up of the JK Sprint, Middle and Long (30th March – 1st April), Round 2 will be a Middle race at Colonel’s Drive, Graythwaite (14th April), organised by Lakeland Orienteering Club, and Round 3 will be the following weekend, including an M/W16-20 junior sprint selection race at York University (21st April) and the Northern Championships at Wass (22nd April).
For the JK, competitors should register for their respective class now, through SiEntries. LOC has preliminary details of the Middle race on their website: and entries for this will open on February 1st, via Fabian. For the Sprint race at York University, competitors should register their intent to compete in this race by emailing Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details of the race will be emailed out to competitors in due course. Finally, details of the Northern Championships are here: and entries are now open on Fabian.
Selections will be made for EYOC, JWOC, the Summer Talent Camps and the preliminary team for JEC, as soon as possible after the Northern Championships. The two summer camps will take place from July 22nd - 28th in the Lakes and from August 13th – 19th for the Pre-JWOC 2019 tour to Denmark.
For full selection details click here.
Yesterday saw only the second ever World Orienteering Day with thousands of participants taking part in different events and activities throughout the UK.
Lt Col Chris Huthwaite, who is Chairman of the Army Orienteering Association describes their day of action:
"The British Army Orienteering Club delivered an individual military training orienteering competition, on World Orienteering Day at Longmoor Training Area.
The orienteering map had been updated and Colin Dickson from the British Army Orienteering Club planned three excellent courses. A very technical Blue, at 6.7 km with 225 m of climb; a great Light Green at 4 km with 135 m of climb; and a Long Orange at 4.8 km with 110 m of climb. The courses were part of the Army Inter Unit Orienteering Championships, with a classic cross-country race on day 1 (Wednesday 24 May 2017 - World Orienteering Day). The Harris Competition is today on Day 2 (Thursday 25 May 2017)."
"We were blessed with a beautiful day and were fortunate to be kept cool in the glorious foliage of the training areas trees. The controller, Colin Holcombe (British Army Orienteering Club), ably assisted by Kieran Devine (Southampton orienteering Club) ensured the controls were accurately placed in the very physically demanding and technically challenging driver training area. The organiser, Captain Brett Green arranged a super assembly area, with a covered Registration (Allan Farrington EMIT UK), clothing and accessories from Ultrasport (Ian Kevan BEM); and food from Tom's Burger Van (Tom and Julie Wilkinson).
The start was within 200 m of Registration and the finish, well placed, less than 200 m in the other direction. With 305 competitors Richard and Bobby Baldwin did a sterling job, controlling the eager soldiers and civilian competitors, who took off at speed into the forest. In addition, orienteering training was arranged in the morning by Colin Metcalfe (British Army Orienteering Club), and well over 40 soldiers attended the initial 1 hour briefing on the map and skills; after which 20 plus young men and women took to the forest for a 'walk & talk' skills session.
The atmosphere in the assembly area was electric, as soldiers and civilians compared, congratulated and commiserated on their runs."
"Day 2 (today) looks set to be another exciting and challenging day. With teams of four competitors who start together and run simultaneously. It is a score event, with two sets of controls. 'Spine' controls (usually 8) must be visited by each and every member of the team; 'Other' controls (usually 30) need to be visited by only one team member; and the time of the last runner in counts."
"A great team event, relying on a Team Leader to allocate 'Other' controls to his team members. World Orienteering Day has been a huge success, with numerous World Orienteering Day shirts, hats and snoods on display. The British Army looks forward to participating in WOD 2018..!"
This is just one example of the many events and acitivities that took place during World Orienteering Day yesterday, if you would like to share your orienteering activities which you took part in on World Orienteering Day, please email: email@example.com
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity of saying thank you to the British Army Orienteering Club and to Lt Col Chris Huthwaite for their contribution to World Orienteering Day 2017.
Photos: by Andy Johnson.