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Tweet Friday 16th March 2018

Interland 2018

In the 2018 Interland match, England were narrowly beaten by the Belgian (Flanders) team. This year hosted by Nederlandse Oriënteringsloop Bond (NOLB) on 11 March in the woods and dunes of Herperduin, near Oss in North Brabant (Netherlands), Interland takes place annually between England, two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Dutch, and a NE France team. Teams, 42 strong, include athletes from 14 classes across the age groups M/W14 to M/W60.

Photo: Phillip Gristwood

England athletes won six of the classes: Niamh Hunter (WCOC) in W20, Lesley Ross (OD) in W50, Jackie Hallett (BOK) in W60, Euan Tryner (SYO) in M14, Nick Barrable (SYO) in M40, and James Crawford (GO) in M60.

Other England athletes in the top 4 in class were: Sam Crawshaw (SYO), Alastair Thomas (WCOC), Duncan Archer (CLOK), Clive Hallett (BOK), Steve Whitehead (EBOR), Maya Hampshire Wright (NN), Jess Ensoll (LOC), Abi Weeds (SLOW), Alison Harding (HH), Janet Rosen (HH) and Christine Kiddier (GO) – the last two making it an England 1,2,3 in W60.

For the individual, team results and a full report by John Rye – England Team Manager click through to the Orienteering England website

Next year the event will take place in France (10 March 2019 in the Val Joly departmental park (59132 Eppe-Sauvage) located near the Belgian border where England will look to regain the trophies.

Tweet Thursday 15th March 2018

Have Your Say - Use Your Vote!

The agenda for the AGM and related information, including arrangements for proxy voting, has now been published on the AGM page. All members should have received the AGM booklet either by email or post. 

If you have not received a copy of the AGM Booklet you can find all the AGM documents on the website here.

As a member of British Orienteering, you play an essential part in the governance of the organisation.  

The AGM booklet includes the three proposals along with the voting form and voting instructions.

The three proposals at this years AGM are:

Proposal 1: Adoption of Accounts
That the accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2017 be adopted.
Proposed: The Board of Directors

Proposal 2: Appointment of Auditors
That Grant Thornton UK LLP be appointed as the auditors for the 2018 accounts to be presented at the 2019 AGM.
Proposed: The Board of Directors

Proposal 3: Membership Fees and Event Levy 2019
From 1st January 2019 until amended, fees will be as follows:
Senior member – £11.00
Junior member – £5.00
Levy per senior – equivalent event participant – £1.50
Club affiliation fee – £60.00
University club affiliation fee – £20.00
Proposed: The Board of Directors

No changes to event levy have been proposed.


All individual members of British Orienteering are entitled to vote at the AGM, in person or by proxy, provided they will be 18 years of age or older on the 31st December 2018. Each member has only one vote.

You can find a copy of the voting form below.

Votes must be received at the National Office no later than 5:15 pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018!

Tweet Thursday 15th March 2018

Compass Sport Cup Heats

The majority of the CompassSport Cup Regional Heats took place this past Sunday on a mainly bright and breezy day. The sole exception being the South West heat which has been postponed. Across the events, there were almost 2,500 people competing this weekend.

The South-East Heat organised by Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) at Balcombe Estate near Crawley featured 14 clubs and over 430 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Orienteers turned out in big numbers for the Compass Sport Cup events across the country.                  photo: Mark Howell (SN)

West Midlands Heat organised by Wrekin Orienteers (WRE) at Nescliffe near Shrewsbury featured 9 clubs and over 280 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy WRE, POTOC, WCH, COBOC, ERYRI                                                  


* WCH also qualify as Final organisers

Eastern Heat organised by East Anglia Orienteering Association (EAOA) at Shouldham Warren near Kings Lynn hosted 9 clubs with over 303 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy SMOC, LOG, WAOC, SUFFOC, SOS, CHIG                                                                                      


North East and Yorkshire Heat hosted by South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) at Canklow near Rotheram featured 9 clubs with over 370 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy EPOC, CLARO, NN, NATO, HALO, EBOR                                                                                              EPOC                     

North West Heat hosted by South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC) at Clowbridge near Burnley featured 7 clubs with over 260 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy SROC, PFO, SELOC                                                                                                                           SROC                   

Scottish Heat hosted by Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) at Beecraigs near Linlithgow featured 18 clubs with over 420 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers


A big thank you to all the volunteers who made these events happen. Full details and all the results can be found here.

Walton Chasers will host the final at Abraham’s Valley near Rugeley on Sunday 21st October 2018.

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British Orienteering is supporting World Mental Health Day - Today!

British Orienteering is supporting World Mental Health Day

Today!  Tuesday – 10 October 2017

1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year.

Having a mate, family member or colleague in your corner can make all the difference. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in.

British Orienteering is supporting Time to Change, a growing movement that’s changing how we all think and act about mental health.

It’s easy to dismiss mental health problems as something that only affects others. But, with 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems every year, it can happen to any of us – a teammate, friend, member of the family, or work colleague.

Without support from others, people with mental health problems can lose what they care about most. It’s a time when you need your mates, family and colleagues more than ever. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in.

You don’t have to be an expert to be supportive. It can be as simple as checking in with someone, asking them how they’re doing, listening and not judging, just being there and being yourself.

You can find out more about Time to Change and their 'In Your Corner' campaign at Time to Change is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands of organisations like us are joining to help make change happen.

Find out more about the support available – here.

Did you know?

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the mind and the body.

More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's a competitive sport with something for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas.

The sport of orienteering offers many benefits, but its foremost attraction is that it is fun!

The aim is to navigate between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course. 

Orienteering in the outdoors

5 Health Benefits of the sport of Orienteering

1. Time outdoors is great for us physiologically:

For one it improves our Vitamin D levels. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance to certain diseases. The Vitamin D Council says “your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight”.

2.   Increased time being outdoors with nature improves people’s health and happiness:

Increased time being outdoors with nature has been shown to significantly improve people’s health and happiness. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge, which took place in 2015 by the University of Derby involved people "doing something wild" every day for 30 consecutive days. It showed that children exposed to the natural showed increases in self-esteem. They also felt it taught them how to take risks, unleashed their creativity and gave them a chance to exercise, play, and discover. In some cases nature can significantly improve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), providing a calming influence and helping them concentrate. “Intuitively we knew that nature was good for us as humans, but the results were beyond brilliant.” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters Campaigns Manager for The Wildlife Trusts.

3. Increased cardiovascular capacity:

Orienteering involves walking, jogging and running, often in rough terrain. All three of these activities increase aerobic capacity and cardiovascular strength.
The Department of Health in their Start Active, Stay Active report state “regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.”

4. Sharpens decision-making skills:

Orienteering offers the development of individual skills in navigating while problem-solving to locate each control. Decision making is paramount: Should I go left or right? Should I climb that hill or go the long way around it? These decisions that constantly arise require thinking more than quick reactions or instinct; again, that is why orienteering is often called the thinking sport.

Research shows even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at max efficiency. Cardio also floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem-solving, and decision-making.

5. Balance between the physical and the mind:

The ultimate quest for the orienteer is to find that balance between mental and physical exertion, to know how fast they can go and still be able to interpret the terrain around them and execute their route choice successfully. 


Do something different on World Mental Health Day – try orienteering.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you.
Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.

Interested, but want to find more about the sport of orienteering?  This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you to find out more.