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Malham Training Camp...continued 1: Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (EBOR)

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering caught up with Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (Eborienteers) and Stanley Heap (Southdowns Orienteers) who are both athletes in the British Orienteering’s Talent Squad. Both attended the recent Malham technical training camp with the rest of the Talent Squad. Stanley and Anika both kindly agreed prior to attending camp to keep a diary account of their training over the training camp weekend.

Training Camp Diary:  Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla

Talent Squad
Club: EBOR Orienteering Club


Read Anika's diary account.

Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla

Day 1: Friday 1 December 2017

19:00

As the Squad consists of members from all over the country, everyone had a fair journey to make so that we could all arrive together. With this camp taking place in Yorkshire, I had an easy drive to the Field Centre (though a little icy) and arrived with a hot meal awaiting us (Evie, my sister and I), whilst the others arrived on a minibus from the train station.

21:30

Once everyone had arrived safely and had eaten and unpacked, we spent a bit of time previewing and outlining the plans for the weekend ahead, so we were prepared for the exercises in the morning and were all ready to take on the challenges of the next day.

After which we had some time to catch up with our friends and relax in the warmth of the fireplace. As we wandered up to our rooms a little way from the Field Centre, we found some of the squad had already been hard at work building a snowman. O-top and all!

Day 2:
Saturday 2 December 

 

7:45-8:00

The snowman had already begun to melt 

9:00

An hour in the morning may seem like a bit of a journey… but when you have music blasting in the minibus the whole way there, it flies by! (Shout out to Zac’s Spotify and his mega tunes - featuring ‘Run The World’ by Beyoncé)

10:30

Technical Session 1 – Direction & Distance Judgement

Once having arrived in Ilkley Paul lead a preview of the first session we’d be doing that day. Before getting started on the technical exercise, it was important to do a thorough warm-up especially given the cold weather that lead some of us to wear up to 7 layers! After doing some drills to work on our running technique, we were ready to get orienteering…. on a blank map. Blank aside from an empty circle around the control site and the line of our bearing. This, of course, proved difficult at first and lead to a lot of confusion on my part for the first few controls. However, this exercise turned out to be extremely useful and after a couple of courses was no longer too difficult. The exercise was aimed to focus our attention to direction (fine compass bearings) and distance judgment-which was key, particularly in an area like Ilkley Moor. Once we had the blank map nailed, we moved on to allowing ourselves to see the map of the control circle. This next step was particularly helpful for the skill of visualization of the control site. I found that with the circle being the only bit of the map we could see, it forced us to really take in and focus on what we would be seeing when we arrived in the control circle. As someone who often drifts off my bearings, I found that having a coach shadowing me and pointing out key elements of taking a bearing extremely useful – even if it meant having someone ask you what your siting is every step of the way! Finally, we put all that into two longer courses (both still with the Leg of the map blank) to practice and put that new technique into action. It was great to be surrounded by people who are as keen to get the most out of their training as I am. No-one was asking when we’d be done but instead asking what the next exercise would be. In an atmosphere where everyone was focused and analytical, it was much easier to get the most out of each exercise.

12:00

Running around all morning is exhausting so lunch was a well-needed break. We drove up to our next area, where there was a small café and we could buy ourselves a hot drink to warm up.

13:00

Technical Session 2 (as pictured)
Now you might’ve hoped that this afternoon you’d get to run the course with the full map…not quite! These exercises were based on Norwegian-style orienteering where the map of the Leg you are about to run, is attached to the control. This is great for map memory and making sure you plan the whole Leg as you won’t have the map on the run. This was tricky but well worth the time spent at the control planning, as it allowed us to make a simple yet accurate plan at the beginning, giving us the time to focus on running and execution whilst actually running the Leg. As well as this being a fun area to orienteer on, we were blessed with a beautiful view from the top of the rocks overlooking all of Ilkley – a perfect photo opportunity of course.

16:30

After climbing on rocks (strength and conditioning yeah?) and soaking up the view, we had a Christmassy bus ride back, with Christmas songs featuring in our minibus. By 16:30 we were back at the Malham Field Centre to have showers and a bit of free time before dinner during which we received our new kit. Everyone loved the nice warm fleeces.

19:00

Technical Review Session

After a day full of technical training and a lot of learning curves, it was important to reflect on the day’s work. Mark lead a review session, so we could reflect on any mistakes we’d made during the day, what those mistakes were and how to fix them. This was really helpful in terms of learning how to analyze your progress/mistakes and training as this was something I haven’t done in the past. In the Talent Squad, I’ve found there is a large focus not only on the training itself but evaluation of training and the importance of planning your training to specifically improve your areas of weakness. It was really helpful investing time to think about everything we’d been doing post training so that the next morning we could focus even more on things that had gone wrong. It was really interesting to see the range of programmers you can use to help analyze your orienteering online.

Just before the end of the review Tara and Niamh ran out of the room without explanation. I was really confused and thought one of them might be sick but luckily, I was surprised by a birthday cake instead which had been wholeheartedly decorated!

20:00

Individual Reviews

This was a chance we had to talk individually to a coach about how we were getting on, not just with our personal training but how we were settling in and finding our experience with the squad. This meant that anyone new to the squad like me could ask about anything they didn’t understand in the group review or anything they were unsure of in general. It was really helpful talking through aspects of orienteering one to one and what I could do to get the most out of training opportunities.

21:30

We had plenty of time that evening to chill out together and relax. For some of us that involved playing cards, for others watching YouTube videos and some spent even more time in the orienteering zone, looking at the new specifications for orienteering maps (starting in 2017). By the time we headed up to our rooms the snowman had lost his eyes and was partially melted.  :(

Day 3:
Sunday 3 December

 

08:00

The last we saw of that snowman, he was a sad pile of snow.

10:30

Technical Session 3 – Combination

On our final day of training, Pendle Forest Orienteers were kind enough to let us use their event at Tockholes as a training area. There, instead of doing the courses set at the event, the coaches planned us our own course-specific as a follow up to the training we’d done the day before. This meant our map included lots of different exercises, such as corridors, lines, blank maps and contours only. This was my favourite exercise of the weekend as it was orienteering with even more of a challenge. One moment we were navigating through intricate contours and wet marshes and the next moment the map had been blanked out and we were left to rely on our compass. We were always adapting to the next challenge.

This variation of techniques and exercises gave us lots of practice in a slightly more race style experience, although as it was training we were still encouraged to redo Legs that didn’t go well and talk through controls with coaches out on the course.

Having coaches shadowing us for parts of the course was really helpful as it meant they could see how we were getting on when left to ourselves and give us feedback after we finished or if something went wrong, right then so we could redo it and correct it straight away.

12:45

After finishing our courses and doing a cooldown, we had an individual briefing chat with whichever coach shadowed us on our course to take us through what went well and any mistakes we did.

After saying our goodbyes, we set off on our way home. It was a great weekend and I can’t wait for the next one!

 

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, says: “Many thanks Anika for sparing the time to write and share your diary account of your time away.  Best wishes with your training in the last days of this year and in the new year."

 

 

 

 

Find out more about the full Talent Squad attending training camp here.

Read Stan Heap's diary account tomorrow here.

The next Talent Squad Training Camp is being held at Blencathra in the Lake District in January 2018.

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Talent squad came together for first technical training camp at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales

British Orienteering Talent Squad 2017 at Malham Technical Training Camp.

Back row – left to right:  Tom Bray, Mark Nixon, Stan Heap, Matthew Gooch, Daniel Spencer, Angus Harrington, Zac Hudd, Peter Molloy, Flurry Grierson, Alastair Thomas, Alistair Chapman, Helen Winskill

Front row – left to right: David Bunn, Lindsay Robertson, Lizzie Stansfield, Alice Wilson, Eilidh Campbell, Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla, Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla, Niamh Hunter, Evie Conway, Rona Lindsay, Heather Thomson

Photo credit: Paul Murgatroyd

Following the first planning and sport science support camp at Edinburgh in early November, last weekend saw the Talent squad come together for the first of three technical camps, held in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Based out of the Malham Tarn Field Study Centre, the first day saw some quality exercises on Ilkley Moor, focussing on the key skills of direction, distance and picture. The morning had a range of exercises on the lower slopes of the moor, working on honing compass techniques, followed by an afternoon of Norwegian map memory exercises on the higher part of the moor, where the process of simplification and the establishment of a good picture was the prime objective. The evening saw a discussion, led by Technical Coach, Mark Nixon, of the key learning points from the day and the use of 3DRerun and Quick Route as vehicles for analysis and review. Sunday saw the group drive across to the Pendle Forest Orienteers event at Tockholes, where a combination exercise using the all controls map took place. The 5.5k 'course' saw the athletes move seamlessly from part to part, with elements of corridor, window, brown only and, finally, line meant switching between the key skills and applying the lessons learned from the previous day's work at Ilkley. Finally, the squad would like to thank Airienteers and Pendle Forest Orienteers for organising access permissions to the training areas and allowing the group to come along to the public event at Tockholes for training purposes.

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2017 National Rankings

Congratulations to Tessa Strain (Edinburgh University Orienteering Club) and Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley Orienteers) who are both number one in the British Rankings as at the 11 December 2017.

Women

Position 

Name

Club

Points

1

Tessa Strain

EUOC

8016

2

Megan Carter-Davies

MWOC

8003

3

Jessica Tullie

BASOC

8001

4

Alice Leake

AIRE

7951

5

Laura Robertson

ESOC

7899

6

Hollie Orr

LOC

7898

7

Catherine Taylor

SYO

7887

8

Charlotte Ward

HALO

7885

9

Fanni Gyurko

FVO

7874

10

Fiona Bunn

TVOC

7853

Tessa Strain from Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, says: It's fun to end the year top of the list after running well at the JK and British Champs this year. It will be fun to see how long I can hang on there for in 2018!”

Men

Pos.

Name

Club

Points

1

Graham Gristwood

FVO

8445

2

Alasdair McLeod

AIRE

8432

3

Kristian Jones

FVO

8404

4

Alexander Chepelin

EUOC

8377

5

Jonathan Crickmore

EUOC

8364

6

Chris Smithard

FVO

8358

7

Mark Nixon

FVO

8350

8

Peter Hodkinson

NOC

8337

9

Dane Blomquist

SYO

8324

10

Ben Mitchell

SBOC

8314

Graham Gristwood from Forth Valley Orienteers, says: “I have had a good year both domestically and internationally, and I look forward to defending my position at the top of the rankings in 2018!

Tessa Strain competing in the JK2017 Sprint race.
Graham Gristwood competing in the JK2017 on Day 2.

Photo credits:  Rob Lines.

 

Congratulations to all those who finished in the top 10 this year.

More details and the full 2017 rankings list can be found here.

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Key milestones achieved along the way!

17 June 1967 - 17 June 2017

British Orienteering celebrates 50 years!

Highlighting some of the key milestones achieved along the way!

1930

  • 1930’s: Early records of orienteering in Britain.

1940

  • 1940s: Outbreaks of orienteering activity but not on a coordinated basis.

1950

  • David Lee (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) recalls an occasion in 1959:

    "In the spring term we arrived for our usual training session to be told that we were going to 'orienteer'. Black-and-white O.S. maps were doled out and a course was marked on the map. We were also given a compass.”

1960

  • 1960’s: Organised orienteering started in Scotland.

  • 1960’s: The first orienteering maps were black-and white-photocopies. 

  • 1960’s: New-drawn black and white maps, some with a few symbols introduced.

  • 1960’s: Self-inking stamp used on a first-generation control card.

  • 1960’s: A ladder of wooden strips with individual results pasted on.

  • 1961: First recognisable event in Scotland held on the Penicuik Estate on 16 April.

  • 1962: Scottish Orienteering Association founded on 24 June.

  • 1962: Laurie Liddell appointed first Scottish Orienteering Association President.

  • 1962: Growth in the south-east of Scotland began.

  • 1962: District courses for Instructors organised in Scotland.

  • 1963: West Midlands Orienteering Association inaugurated on 21 November.

  • 1963: Second Scottish Orienteering Championships held.

  • 1963: First 'proper' orienteering event held in England at Whitewell near Clitheroe.

  • 1964: Orienteering featured in a 7-minute film on Scottish TV.

  • 1964: First club formed in England – South Ribble Orienteering Club.

  • 1965: 'Know the Game: Orienteering' book was first published.

  • 1965: Schools Association was formed in Scotland and activity was growing in many different areas.

  • 1965: Ex-athletes – Roger Bannister, Chris Brasher, John Disley, Martin Hyman, Gordon Pirie and Bruce Tulloh started orienteering following a Surrey Education Committee course led by Disley.

  • 1965: Southern Navigators Orienteering Club was formed - the first southern club.

  • 1965: Formation of the English Orienteering Association at a meeting in Bishops Castle on 31 October 1965. Five regional associations were represented.
    Executive Committee set up: Chris Brasher (Chairman), Gerry Charnley (Secretary) and John Disley (Treasurer).

  • 1966: The International Orienteering Federation insisted that a British Federation be formed to enable a British team to compete in the World Orienteering Championships.

  • 1966: Government agencies required British Orienteering Federation to comprise four national associations plus English regional associations using boundaries standard with other sports.

  • 1966: Chris Brasher's influence was immense in all aspects of orienteering's development in the early days in the UK.

  • 1966: John Disley developed course planning, mapping and training standards.

  • 1966: Races organised in North Wales, South-West of England and the Peak District.

  • 1966: First World Orienteering Championship participation.

  • 1966: (May) the International Orienteering Federation Council accepted both England and Scotland as temporary members, pending formation of a British Federation.

  • 1966: The English Orienteering Association paid an IOF affiliation fee of 400 Swedish Crowns, and selected a team of ten athletes to take part in the World Orienteering Championship.

  • 1966: Chris Brasher led the GB team to the World Orienteering Championships, Finland.

  • 1967: The Scottish Orienteering Association and the England Orienteering Association met to consider affiliation to the International Orienteering Federation.  The meeting was held in March 1967 in Dalbeattie, in conjunction with the 1966 Scottish Championships.

  • 1967: The joint meeting agreed on the need to form a British Orienteering Federation.

  • 1967: Extraordinary General Meeting in April 1967 agreed disbanding of the English Orienteering Association.

  • The formation of British Orienteering Federation. The inaugural meeting was held at 7.30 pm on
    17 June 1967 in Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.

  • 1967, British Orienteering Federation's National Office ran out of 3 Glenfinlas Street Edinburgh.

  • 18 June 1967: First British Orienteering Championships took place in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham.

    • The 10.2km course was won by Gordon Pirie in 1:51:50

    • Carol McNeill won the Senior Women course by more than 11 minutes!

    • Southern Navigators won the Senior Men's Team Trophy.

  • 1967: First British Orienteering Federation logo produced.

  • 1967: Sponsor: Guinness (to 1972).

  • 1967: British Orienteering Federation First Chairman: Chris Brasher – Olympic Gold-medallist in 3,000m (to 1969).

  • 1967: Chris Brasher and John Disley, Olympic medal-winners, both championed the sport.

  • 1967: First Individual event took place on 19 March 1967. (SEOA).
    JK Overall Champions: Gordon Pirie and Jenny Tennant.

  • 1969: Chairman: John Disley (to 1972).

  • 1969: Four of the first clubs to be formed were:

    • Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

    • Edinburgh University Orienteering Club

    • South Ribble Orienteering Club

    • Southern Navigators.

  • 1969: First JK Relay race introduced. Kielder (NEOA). JK Relay Champions: Men’s Team – Edinburgh University Orienteering Club and Women’s Team – no race.

Photo (left): Chris James (left) with Jeremy Denny (middle) and John Disley (right).  Credit:  F.Ashford

Photo (middle):  Chris Brasher (left) competing in the 1975 Northern Championships.  Credit:  T. Astbury

Photo (right): First self-inking stamp.  Credit:  Sheffield University archive

1970

  • British Orienteering Federation logo revised.

  • Unusual now to compete with a black and white map.

  • Orienteering maps changed to 3-colour maps - black, brown and blue.

  • 4-and 5-colour maps were becoming commonplace.

  • Standard competition scale at many events was 1:20,000.

  • 1:15,000 soon after became standard scale for 'classic’ distance orienteering races.

  • Photogrammetry used along with aerial photos led to over-detailed mapping.

  • Map making tools introduced.

  • The pin-punch used on a next-generation control card often a different colour-card was used for each course.

  • New technology for displaying results: the 'washing line' carrying multiple control card stubs.

  • 1971: Pen-ultimate Association formed – Northern Ireland Association.

  • 1971: First President, Sir Francis Chichester appointed (to 1972).

  • 1972: Last formed – East Anglia Association.

  • 1972: Chairman: Bob Climie (to 1975).

  • 1972 (May): First Professional Officer Tony Walker appointed.

  • 1973: John Disley became a member of the International Orienteering Federation Council (until 1984).

  • 1974 (April): National Office within Lea Green Centre, Derbyshire.

  • 1974: First British Relay introduced. Brierley South (SWOA). British Relay Champions: Men – Piz Hasi (Switzerland) and Women: Fjaras (Sweden).

  • 1974: National Office based in Matlock area of Derbyshire onwards.

  • 1975: Range of international standard map symbols established.

  • 1975: Chairman: Chris James (to 1978).

  • 1976: Great Britain staged the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland.

  • 1976: Chris Brasher was the Event Director for the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland.

  • 1976: Standard of map drawing in the UK improved rapidly.

  • 1976: Maps for World Championships 1976 drawn by Robin and Sue Harvey reaching new levels of detail and accuracy.

  • 1976: Brian Porteous appointed as Professional Officer.

  • 1976: President Sir Roger Bannister appointed (to 1979).

  • 1976: Sponsor: Wm. Younger (to 1978).

  • 1977: Maps printed on waterproof paper introduced - used at the JK at Leith Hill.

  • 1978: First Harvester event introduced. Ecclesall Woods (YHOA).

  • 1978: First British Night Championships introduced. Ash Ranges (SCOA).

  • 1979: Major sponsor: Robinsons Barley Waters (to 1982).

  • 1979: President The Earl of Moray appointed (to 1983).

Photo below:  Original - style results display with Gordon Pirie, another pioneer who was a house-hold name athlete (Silver medal in 5,000m at Melbourne Olympics, and John Disley.  Credit:  Source:  John Disley

1980

  • 1980s: Sponsor: Novotel.

  • 1980s: Sponsor: Peter Dominic.

  • 1980: National Office moved to 41, Dale Road, Matlock, Derbyshire.

  • 1981: Chairman: Toby Norris (to 1979).

  • 1981: Change to British Orienteering Federation Limited - a Company limited by guarantee. Management Committee formed.

  • 1981: Sponsor: Batchelors Cup-a-Soup.

  • 1981: Chairman: Clive Allen (to 1984).

  • 1982: The Orienteer was combined into CompassSport.

  • 1983: Sponsor: Rank Xerox (to 1984).

  • 1980s: Great Britain contributed to International Orienteering Federation’s work, in Council, on various Committees and in other ways through the 80s and 90s.

  • 1983: Sue Harvey became the International Orienteering Federation Secretary General (to 1986).

  • 1984: Chairman: Ian McMillan (to 1987).

  • 1985 (August): Sir Chris Bonington became President and still is today!

  • 1985: Sponsor: West Bromwich Building Society.

  • 1987: Chairman: Roger Lott (to 1988).

  • Helped greatly by the publicity gained from the World Orienteering Championsips in 1976, orienteering grew rapidly and became firmly established in all parts of the UK.

  • 1987: Sponsor: Rank Xerox.

  • 1988 (or thereabouts): British Orienteering Federation's office moved to Riversdale, Darley Dale. Since then the office moved to another office nearby in Darley Dale.

  • 1988: Chairman: Clive Allen (to 1989).

  • 1988: Sue Harvey was elected as International Orienteering Federation Vice President.

  • 1988: Sponsor: TSB (to 1991).

  • 1989: Chairman: Anne Braggins (to 1992).

1990

  • 1990's:  Course print-outs pasted on to boards or scrolling screen displays in the early days of computing.

  • 17 June 1992: Silver Anniversary;
    25 years of British Orienteering Federation.

  • The British Orienteering Championships was re-enacted on the 25 Anniversary (1992); the first day with the old map and courses and the second as a modern event.

  • 1992: Chairman: David Thomas (to 1994).

  • 1993: Great Britain won its first World Orienteering Championship medals in Foot Orienteering, with a bronze for Yvette Baker (nee Hague) and silver for the men’s relay team.

  • 1994: AGM passed a restructuring proposal ('subsidiarity') but it was never implemented.

  • 1994: Chairman: Richard Speirs (to 1997).

  • 1994: Sue Harvey became International Orienteering Federation President (to 2004).

  • 1995: Yvette Baker (nee Hague) won two silver medals at the World Orienteering Championships.

  • 1995:  Electronic punching: EMIT was first used widely in international events.  No more control cards!  SI introduced a little later.

  • 1997: Chairman: David Peregrine (to 2000).

  • 1998: Goran Andersson was appointed Performance Director.

  • 1998: First British Middle Championships introduced. Tarn Hows (NWOA).

  • 1999: Yvette Baker (nee Hague) won the gold medal in Short Distance at the World Orienteering Championships held on home soil.

2000

  • Growth and development in the new century saw British Orienteering Federation moving with the times.

  • Domestic championship events began to grow in number as in the International Orienteering Federation.

  • 2000: Chairman: John Woodall (to 2003).

  • 2001: JK2001 cancelled; outbreak of the epidemic of Foot and Mouth Disease.

  • 2003: Chairman: Bob Roach (to 2006).

  • 2003: Jamie Stevenson became World Champion in the Sprint by winning gold at the World Orienteering Championships, 2003 in Switzerland.

  • Urban orienteering became a popular alternative to outings in forest and open terrain.

  • 2004: First British Sprint Championships introduced. Haverthwaite (NWOA).

  • 2004: Sue Harvey was awarded International Orienteering Federation Honorary President for Life.

  • 2004: Great Britain TrailO team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.

  • 2004: Brian Porteous became a member of the International Orienteering Council.

  • 2005: Great Britain TrailO team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.

  • 2006: British Orienteering Federation Chairman: Neil Cameron (to 2010).

  • 2006: Dave Gittus won gold in TrailO World Orienteering Championships.

  • The First JK Sprint on Good Friday was introduced. Temple Newsam, Leeds (YHOA).

  • 17 June 2007: Ruby Anniversary;
    40 years of British Orienteering Federation.

  • October 2007: Extraordinary General Meeting agreed new management structure of Board and Directors. Working name changed to British Orienteering. New logo introduced.

  • 2008: First Directors appointed.

  • 2008: The Men’s Relay team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.

Photo (left):  Kristian Jones (Forth Valley Orienteers / Swansea Bay orienteering Club) competiting in the Sprint race at the JK 2016.  Credit Rob Lines.

Photo (right):  Megan Carter-Davies (Mid Wales Orienteers)  Credit:  Ben Mitchell.

2010

  • 2010: Chair: Lyn West (to 2013).

  • 2012: Great Britain staged the World TrailO Championships in Scotland.

  • 2012: Brian Porteous became the second International Orienteering Federation President from Great Britain and held office from 2012 to 2016.

  • 2013: First Independent Directors appointed.

  • 2013: Chair: Martin Ward (to 2016).

  • 2013: Xplorer launched.

  • 2015: Touch-free electronic punching!

  • 2015: British Orienteering's National Office moved to Tansley, near Matlock.

  • 2015: Great Britain staged the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland for the third time.

  • 2015: Live results and GPS tracking.

  • 2016: Xplorer Schools launched.

  • 2016: Plas y Brenin becomes the first British Orienteering Recognised Centre.

  • 2016: Emily Benham won two gold medals in the Mountain Biking orienteering World Championships.

  • 2016: Brian Porteous awarded International Orienteering Federation Honorary President for Life.

  • 2016 (April): Public Memorial Service celebrating the life and achievements of John Disley CBE took place in London.

  • 2016 (May): First ever World Orienteering Day takes place with record breaking results!

  • 2016: Chair: Judith Holt (to present).

  • 2017: New British Orienteering Strategic Plan 10 year plan (to 2027).

  • 2017 (14 April): Cutting of the 50th Anniversary cake by Chris James (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) and Judith Holt (Chair) representing all the volunteers over the 50 years who have contributed to growth and development.

  • 2017 (24 May): Second ever World Orienteering Day 2017 takes place.

  • 17 June 2017: Golden Jubilee Anniversary;
    50 years of British Orienteering.

  • It is exactly 50 years since the British orienteering Federation came into being.

  • The occasion is being marked by the production of a short film and a special multi-page feature in British Orienteering’s member magazine Focus.

  • BBC One Breakfast Sport Present Mike Bushell took part in the orienteering course held by South East Lancashire Orienteering Club at Media City.

Congratulations British Orienteering!

Celebrating the past, the present and the future.

Have you got any additional milestone which you think can be added to this timeline?

Email: jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk

Let’s celebrate together and look forward to the next 50 years!

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