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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

Reminder of Key Dates over the next week!

Here is a reminder and overview of key orienteering dates of events and deadlines happening over the next week.

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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

British Orienteering Annual Awards - The Countdown Continues!

There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year.

FINAL CALL:  TWO DAYS TO GO!

Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019

British Orienteering wants to recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.

Who do you think deserves recognition for their hard work, dedication and effort they have given tirelessly to our sport throughout 2018?

Who are you going to nominate?

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.

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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

2019 UK Orienteering League kicks off with the British Night Champs!

Orienteers are getting ready to navigate their way to the 2019 British Night Championships in Aberdeenshire this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.

Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) and Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) are getting ready to welcome orienteers as they arrive in spectacular North East Scotland for an Aberdeenshire adventure this February at the British Night Championships Weekend.

The main Muir of Dinnet event on Saturday night is not to be missed, offering a true test of technical ability.  With a complex moraine landscape and higher parts presenting a profusion of gullies, rocks and crags, the terrain varies between very fast open moor and clean forest floors to more physically demanding steeper heathery slopes.  Planner Drew Tivendale’s courses will not disappoint!

If you’re making a weekend of it!  There is a Scottish Orienteering Urban League Sprint at Cove, Aberdeen earlier in the afternoon on a new map which Team GB’s Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard have been busy working on alongside planner Pete Lawrence.  Emit Touch Free Emitags will be used at this event which is being organised by Grampian Orienteering Club.  

Sunday (24 February) will also see the first CompassPoint Scottish Orienteering League of 2019 take place at beautiful Birsemore, Aboyne.  Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags.  The majority of the area is covered with runnable plantation.  The area was a firm favourite during the 2017 Scottish 6 Days and Mar Orienteering Club’s Andy Oliver is the course planner.

Registration, download and parking are within the Aboyne Academy/Community Centre Complex.

Further information for the Sprint can be found on the Grampian Orienteering Club's website here

Please see Mar Orienteering Club's website here for details of the British Night Championships and SOL1.

 

British Orienteering would like to wish all members a great weekend of orienteering in spectacular Scotland.  British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank Grampian Orienteering Club and Mar Orienteering Club’s volunteers for all their hard work behind the scenes.  Wishing all members an enjoyable and fun weekend of orienteering. 

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Tweet Friday 14th July 2017

Record Breaking Day For British Team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships Long Race

Today the GB JWOC squad ran the long distance race in Särkänpera, Finland, with courses of over 10.7km for the men and 7.6km for the women. There were, once again, many strong performances from our team, with records being set along the way.

Sasha Chepelin continued his superb run of form, coming in in 7th place in a very tight race, just 7 seconds off a podium position. Sasha will no doubt be slightly frustrated with another near miss, as reflected in his post race interview, ‘I'm not actually too happy - my race was pretty scrappy and I nearly ended up doing the butterfly loop backwards. I felt a bit better after taking on some energy, but I'm not sure I used my energy that well, as I feel OK now.' However, his JWOC 2017 individual discipline positions of 7th, 5th, and 7th make him the first Brit to ever gain 3 individual top tens, showing outstanding consistency against the very top of the international scene. 

Elsewhere in the men’s race, Alex Carcas tactically retired after a mistake to focus on the relay tomorrow, and Harrison McCartney finished in 68th, after battling through from an early start, making the tracks for everyone else. Ali Masson finished in 60th after a race he described as ‘horrible, horrible, horrible’ and Nathan Lawson and Matt Fellbaum both achieved top 50s, coming in 47th and 39th respectively. 

In the women’s race, history was also made, with 3 top 20 finishes in the JWOC long race for the first time ever, with GB one of only four countries with this strength in depth (a group which notably doesn’t include Finland or Sweden). This means that the relay A team for tomorrow all ran exceptionally, with Jenny Ricketts and Fiona Bunn separated by just 6 seconds in 13th and 14th respectively, and Grace Molloy in 20th to post her second top 20 in her first ever JWOC races, following on from her 19th in the middle final. Fiona said of her first top 15, ‘I was pleased to finally get a decent result, even after a shaky start to the race. It was a tough one, but I'm very proud of the whole team's performances and super excited for the relay!!!’ 

Meanwhile, Chloe Potter ran herself to 71st place, about a minute behind Alice Rigby, who finished in 65th, with Cecilie Andersen less than 3 minutes off a top 20, finishing 34th. 

Full results are available at http://online4.tulospalvelu.fi/tulokset/en/2017_jwoc_long/

Alongside Fiona, we are also excited for the relay races tomorrow, where both the Men’s and Women’s teams have real chances of a podium finish. Follow the event live from the links on the JWOC website, with the Men off at 11:30 BST and the Women next at 12:45 BST. 

Credit - David Bunn

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