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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 Saturday 15th July 2017

A Tough Day for Team GB in the JWOC Relay

The last race of JWOC 2017 was the relay. This combined the physical and technical terrain, seen in the previous forest races, with fast running and closely gaffled controls. As is the nature of international relays, it is very hard to stay in contact with the front of the race and not make errors. 

The Men’s Relay was the first race and Alex Carcas (GBR1) and Ali Masson (GBR2) ran leg 1 for each of the British teams. The race had a very fast start with an early track route choice forcing the athletes to their limits. Alex Carcas ran a very good leg, maintaining contact with the leaders for the majority of the course finishing 6th just 1:01 behind. Alex spoke of running well below 4min/km on the tracks and it being one of the fastest first legs he had experienced. Ali Masson saw some small errors, but maintained speed, handing over in 20th. 

Sasha Chepelin was able to carry his strong form from the rest of the week onto the second leg for GBR1, running the 3rd fastest time on this leg, and, after a good chasing run, brought the team back in in 4th, +2:01 on the Norwegians. Matthew Fellbaum ran a fantastic second leg for GBR2, climbing eight places over the course and into 12th at change over.  

Nathan Lawson started strongly on the last leg for GBR1 and, despite some small misses early on, was still in touch with the main chasing pack through the spectator control. The control after this was one of the hardest of the week and, unfortunately, saw Nathan lose significant time here. GBR1 eventually finished 19th. Harrison McCartney was chasing hard for GBR2 and a strong race from him helped him maintain 12th team and the 8th nation overall. Norway held their early lead to win ahead of Finland and Russia, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

The Women’s Relay was very similar to the Men's and started equally quickly. Fiona Bunn (GBR1) and Cecilie Anderson (GBR 2) led off for the British. An early mistake for both teams meant they were running through the field for most of the race. Fiona was able to run a strong end to the leg bringing GBR1 into 12th at the handover. Cecilie, despite an injury sustained on the course, kept fighting and was able to handover to Alice Rigby, running the second leg for GBR2. 

Jennifer Rickets ran 2nd for GBR1 and despite a small mistake was able to improve the teams position moving into 11th at change over. Alice Rigby also was able to run a confident race and hence also gained positions moving GBR2 into 24th.  

Grace Molloy, having had a very strong debut at JWOC, had a good start, but made an error close to the end on the last leg for GBR1. Chloe Potter was running hard and ran one of her best runs of the week on the final leg for GBR2. There were some incredible performances by the top teams in the Girls Relay with Sweden holding off a very fast last leg from Switzerland to win gold. The British teams finished 17th and 23rd respectively. 

Credit - Aidan Rigby

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