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Tweet Friday 28th July 2017

Chief Executive Vacancy

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Organisation: British Orienteering

Salary: circa £40,000 to be negotiated dependent on experience and proven competence

Contract: Full Time

Closing date: 4th September 2017

British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for Orienteering in the UK with the vision that Orienteering is the ‘go to’ outdoor sport for people wanting to test themselves physically and mentally.

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with in the region of 10,800 individual members and many other participants enjoying the sport infrequently. We are striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets as well as developing our athletes to compete at the highest level in international competitions.

We are looking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide enthusiastic leadership to drive and support the implementation of our 2017/25 strategic plan through from national level to the grass roots of the sport, whilst ensuring the highest level of governance.

The CEO is the executive director on the Board and Company Secretary supporting the Board and directly manages our small staff team. Much of the work of British Orienteering is carried out by highly dedicated volunteers, therefore, a knowledge of how volunteers are developed, motivated and managed is essential.

Key aspects of the role include managing the finances of the organisation, promoting the sport within and outside of the organisation through effective and influential communication, and ensuring compliance with our legal obligations e.g. company law, safeguarding, equality, data protection.

The person appointed will have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a strategic or leadership role and 3 years’ experience of senior staff management. They will have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict, solve problems and manage change. The experience of working in or with the sports sector is desirable.

The role will be based at the National Office in Tansley, near Matlock; in exceptional circumstances, other bases may be considered however attendance at the National Office for a significant part of each week will be required. The nature of the role requires flexibility and adaptability as well as preparedness and willingness to travel to meetings/events and work unsocial hours.

British Orienteering is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally in our organisation. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

Job Description and Person Specification

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Thursday 27th July 2017

The World Games Sprint relay: Denmark back on winning form

The first three runners from Denmark were able to stay with the pack before Maja Alm made a gap on the rest of the field in a fast and tight sprint relay race around the soggy Wroclaw Zoo. Their lead was 26 seconds over Switzerland, and Russia took third place, 40 seconds behind.

Results
1st Denmark
2nd Switzerland
3rd Russia
5th Great Britain

Great Britain finished in a very impressive 5th place only 1:20 behind the winners and 42 seconds from a podium finish! Here's what the athletes thought of the experience:

Tessa, Peter, Ralph and Megan after the Sprint Relay

Tessa Strain said:  “I was happy with my race. I know my fitness isn't as good as the best and so I just focussed on getting my controls right and was pleased to be within touching distance of the lead.”

Peter Hodkinson said:  “I think we performed well as a team and I'm happy with a strong run on my leg. I started with a small gap ahead of the main group of favourites and worked hard to gradually close this throughout the course. By the end, I had gained time on the leaders and set Ralph off with the main pack so I'm satisfied that I did the job that needed to be done. There were a lot of routes doubling back in the zoo so I was often able to see the teams ahead which really helped me to push on as I saw the runners ahead getting closer to me.”

Ralph Street said:  “I was really excited to be going out amongst some good runners, there were a lot of 50/50 decisions to start with and we stayed together as a pack. Around halfway through the zoo, I saw an opportunity to potentially gain time and this put me into the lead of the pack. From there I tried to push on and close the gap to Kyburz, unfortunately, my orienteering suffered a little bit but overall I feel I did gain time by making this tactical decision.”

Megan Carter Davies said:  “Tessa, Peter and Ralph sent me out in a great position. I knew that realistically I was not going to hold our 2nd place so there was no point worrying about it but instead have a good run for me. I did that and was happy to see that I was actually able to keep with the other girls out there. I misread the hedges after the arena passage allowing Helena to overtake but otherwise, I am really happy with how that went and am very proud of my teammates for doing such a great job today.”

Congratulations to all the athletes that have taken part in The World Games 2017. The GB team will now look ahead to World Cup Round 3 in Latvia which takes place on 25th - 27th August 2017.

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Tweet Wednesday 26th July 2017

The World Games 2017 continues with the Sprint Relay

The World Games 2017

Get set and most definitely get ready for another exciting day of top world class orienteering tomorrow.    

The World Games 2017 being held in Poland continues tomorrow with the Sprint Relay race. 

The Great Britain team who will be competing.

Women
Tessa Strain
Megan Carter-Davies
Men
Peter Hodkinson
Ralph Street

The Sprint Relay is a mass start race and starts at 08:00 (BST).

Watch all the action as it happens on www.LIVEOrienteering.com

British Orienteering and all members would like to take this opportunity to wish the Great Britain team all the very best as they compete in the Sprint Relay race tomorrow. 

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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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