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