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Tweet Friday 22nd June 2018

UK Urban League 2017

The final race of the 2017 UK Urban League was scheduled for last December at Castle Vale, Birmingham, but heavy snow and an amber weather warning forced Harlequins Orienteering Club to postpone. They chose June, combining with the Birmingham University sprints to create an attractive weekend. And no snow.

UKUL Organiser Roger Thetford thanked the sponsors BML Print, CompassSport and Ultrasport, before handing out the trophies (bricks!) and Ultrasport vouchers to the winners.

Joel Taylor (TVOC) and Ella May Rush (BOK) dominated the Young Junior (12-) categories, each racking up a perfect score. James Lowthian (NOC) and Aimee Darley (GO) took the Junior (16-) categories.

Leon Foster (AIRE) retained his Men’s Open brick and Tereza Maria Rush (BOK) followed suit for the women. Martin Ward (SYO) won his eighth Men’s Veterans (40+) title in ten years, and Jane Anthony (SROC) retained her Women’s Veteran brick by a handsome margin.

In the Men’s SuperVets (55+), John Embrey (DEE) climbed a place to number one, as did Lindsey Knox (RR) for the women. Bob Dredge (WCH) claimed a narrow Men’s UltraVet (65+) win. The top two female Ultravets were tied on points before Castle Vale, but Liz Godfree (DVO) managed to improve her score whereas Heather Smithard (KFO) did not. The new HyperVet (75+) bricks both headed for the Goodair household: Guy Goodair (EPOC) won the men’s title, Judith Goodair the women’s.

There were also prizes for the three closest runners-up, across all categories. Ruth Rhodes (SO) matched Judith Goodair’s WHV total, losing out only on tie-break (head-to-head record: Judith recovered from 1-0 down to win 6-1). The other two prizes went to Mike Smithard (DEE), who closed at Castle Vale to within 3 points of Bob Dredge, and Heather Smithard, just five points adrift in the WUV category.

Photo credit: Steve Rush (Bristol Orienteering Klub)

The photo above (left to right):  Ella May Rush, Tereza Rush, Martin Ward, John Embrey, Liz Godfree, Guy Goodair, Judith Goodair.

The 2018 UKUL is well underway. Birmingham University was race 11 out of 20, and events come thick and fast in the summer months when the forests are thick and slow! gives the latest scores. Not many people have yet completed a scoring set but several of last year’s champions are already riding high.

Birmingham University.  Photos Credit: Steve Rush (BOK)

Tweet Friday 22nd June 2018

Final round of the UK Relay League

The Harvester Relays are taking place next Sunday (June 24th) at Tilgate Forest in Sussex.

The UK's little brother equivalent to Tio Mila and Jukola. An overnight relay with a mixture of night and day laps for teams of either seven or five competitors.

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The area offers a mixture of the managed country park, golf course and a steep wooded valley to test different skills under the pressure of head-to-head racing.   

The Event Centre is based in a modern hut with the luxury of indoor toilets and hot showers. The top clubs from recent years (FVO, NOC, BOK and SLOW) are all sending teams once again so competition is expected to be tight at the sharp end of the race.

The organising club's chairman Steve Blount, says:  "Southdowns Orienteers are looking forward to welcoming teams to this iconic event. I was part of a working party in the area last Tuesday preparing the camping site, and can testify how nice the forest is looking there."


Organiser – Ralph Phillips (Southdowns Orienteers)
Planner – Neil Crickmore (Southdowns Orienteers)  
Controller – Gordon Parker (South London Orienteers and Wayfarers).  

British Orienteering would like to thank all the officials and club volunteers from Southdowns Orienteers and South London Orienteers and Wayfarers for all their hard work and commitment over the last months. 

British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to wish members all the very best with their final preparations as they get set to navigate their way to Sussex to take part in the Relays.  Wishing you all a great orienteering experience!  


Final details are available here.

Tweet Thursday 21st June 2018

Morpeth Fair Weekend – British Mixed Sprint Relays and Morpeth Urban

Saturday 9th. June: British Mixed Sprint Relay - Pegswood, Morpeth, Northumberland
Sunday 10th June: Urban Races - Morpeth, Northumberland

Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers pulled out all the stops, as a small club, to host a big weekend! The weather was warm and the rain held off until courses closed on Sunday. Orienteering clubs from Scotland to Cornwall were represented at the British Mixed Sprint Relays and Morpeth urban events.

Saturday (9 June) saw the British Mixed Sprint Relays in Pegswood, which were hotly contested by competitive teams. The event used a relatively small area, a combination of woodland on a reclaimed colliery waste heap and several housing complexes, therefore testing at least two discipline techniques. With bigger numbers of participants, the Open class, in particular, could produce even more entertaining head-to-head racing.

The open class started first so everyone could watch that before the other classes started. The mass starts, handovers and spectator control made the day fun to watch.

On Sunday (10 June), amid the bustle of Morpeth Fair and its parade including pipers and vintage cars, 7 different courses took orienteers all around the houses. Route choices began right from the start kite, causing speculation among participants waiting to start on the busier courses. There was a timed out section which was in place to cover any competitors reaching the crossing point at the same time as the parade was passing and a gap needed to be found. This was staffed by volunteers from Morpeth Lions.

Young juniors orienteered in the centrally located Carlisle Park, which also held a 1km ‘Come and Try it’ event. The longest four courses had a double-sided map with a surprise: turn over and head straight into the longest leg, taking orienteers diagonally across the map. Courses were a little longer than many urban races have been of late, so competitors could take in some new areas of Morpeth. It is a market town with an ornamental park and school grounds all set in a river valley, surrounded by modern housing estates.


Saturday 9th June: British Mixed Sprint Relay: 
Weekend Coordinator: John Crosby (NATO), Planner: Adrian Barnes (NATO), Organiser: James Boyd (NATO), Controller: Alan Cranke (CLOK)

Sunday 10th June: Urban Races: 
Weekend Coordinator: John Crosby (NATO), Planner: Adrian Barnes (NATO), Controller: Chris Mackenzie (CLOK)

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to especially thank the Weekend Coordinator John Crosby and officials and also volunteers from clubs who worked hard in putting on this great weekend of orienteering in the North East of England.

Results are available on Fabian4 website here.

For more information please visit the Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers website here.

Tweet Friday 8th September 2017

City of Birmingham Orienteering Club set to host more Junior Events

Newcomer and Schools Events are set to be held on Saturday afternoons throughout the rest of the 2017 year and throughout 2018.

As well as hosting the Peter Palmer Junior Relays this weekend, the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club are also running a new series of monthly Newcomer and Schools Events starting on Saturday 30 September 2017 at Witton Lakes (B23 7XA) and then every other Saturday afternoon in 2017/2018 in various parks in and around Birmingham.  Sessions will run from 1pm - 2.30pm.

You can find full details of these Saturday afternoon orienteering events hosted by the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club – here


Jennie Taylor (JT) Communications Officer at British Orienteering caught up with Ian Gamlen (IG) City of Birmingham Orienteering Club Secretary.

JT:  “Ian, I understand that your Saturday afternoon events are set to start on 30 September at Witton Lakes at 1pm and are being rolled out throughout 2017 and 2018 in parks in and around Birmingham.  This all sound great.  What do you hope to achieve from these particular events?”

IG:  “We are hoping to achieve a strong following for orienteering, especially park orienteering, among children in North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.”




JT:  “Why you think this type of activity is needed?”

IG:  “The city's parks are underused, and not enough sport is going on in the city, especially in the more deprived areas, and we can help to fulfil that need, especially among those children who aren't so keen on team sports. The area we're covering includes some of the richest districts in England and some of the poorest, and orienteering has the advantage of being challenging but cheap.”







JT:  “What do you intend to do?”

IG:  “We intend to follow in the footsteps of Sheffield Orienteering Club and clubs in other areas that have had successful schools-and-families events in parks.”





JT:  “How are you promoting the series?”

IG:  “We are distributing promotional flyers in libraries, leisure centres and youth clubs. We are also sending invitations to school children via their schools.”





JT:  “What will the activities be?”

IG:  “There will be white, yellow, orange and long orange courses for children progressing from year 3 to year 10 and above. We will also have a fun O maze. There will also be a longer course for adult orienteers.”





JT:  “What has led your club to do this?”

IG:  “Seeing what's going on in other clubs. 

The City of Birmingham Orienteering Club is a small club with lots of ambition and enthusiasm. We are very keen to increase our membership particularly juniors so that they get the opportunity to learn how to orienteer and help grow the sport.

For a number of years now the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club has been putting on a short orienteering course and a Maze O at the Sutton Coldfield Community Games. This was held this year in July and children and adults have the opportunity to take part and learn about over 90 different sport activities, including, of course, orienteering. This year they had over 500 children and adults go around the Maze O with many expressing an interest in taking up orienteering more regularly.”
City of Birmingham Community Games

JT:  “Thank you Ian; this is great to hear. All the best with everything.” 

For more information on the above events please go to

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club and its volunteers all the very best with the organising of their new club membership recruitment events.