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Talent squad came together for first technical training camp at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales

British Orienteering Talent Squad 2017 at Malham Technical Training Camp.

Back row – left to right:  Tom Bray, Mark Nixon, Stan Heap, Matthew Gooch, Daniel Spencer, Angus Harrington, Zac Hudd, Peter Molloy, Flurry Grierson, Alastair Thomas, Alistair Chapman, Helen Winskill

Front row – left to right: David Bunn, Lindsay Robertson, Lizzie Stansfield, Alice Wilson, Eilidh Campbell, Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla, Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla, Niamh Hunter, Evie Conway, Rona Lindsay, Heather Thomson

Photo credit: Paul Murgatroyd

Following the first planning and sport science support camp at Edinburgh in early November, last weekend saw the Talent squad come together for the first of three technical camps, held in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Based out of the Malham Tarn Field Study Centre, the first day saw some quality exercises on Ilkley Moor, focussing on the key skills of direction, distance and picture. The morning had a range of exercises on the lower slopes of the moor, working on honing compass techniques, followed by an afternoon of Norwegian map memory exercises on the higher part of the moor, where the process of simplification and the establishment of a good picture was the prime objective. The evening saw a discussion, led by Technical Coach, Mark Nixon, of the key learning points from the day and the use of 3DRerun and Quick Route as vehicles for analysis and review. Sunday saw the group drive across to the Pendle Forest Orienteers event at Tockholes, where a combination exercise using the all controls map took place. The 5.5k 'course' saw the athletes move seamlessly from part to part, with elements of corridor, window, brown only and, finally, line meant switching between the key skills and applying the lessons learned from the previous day's work at Ilkley. Finally, the squad would like to thank Airienteers and Pendle Forest Orienteers for organising access permissions to the training areas and allowing the group to come along to the public event at Tockholes for training purposes.

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Tweet Friday 15th December 2017

2017 National Rankings

Congratulations to Tessa Strain (Edinburgh University Orienteering Club) and Graham Gristwood (Forth Valley Orienteers) who are both number one in the British Rankings as at the 11 December 2017.

Women

Position 

Name

Club

Points

1

Tessa Strain

EUOC

8016

2

Megan Carter-Davies

MWOC

8003

3

Jessica Tullie

BASOC

8001

4

Alice Leake

AIRE

7951

5

Laura Robertson

ESOC

7899

6

Hollie Orr

LOC

7898

7

Catherine Taylor

SYO

7887

8

Charlotte Ward

HALO

7885

9

Fanni Gyurko

FVO

7874

10

Fiona Bunn

TVOC

7853

Tessa Strain from Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, says: It's fun to end the year top of the list after running well at the JK and British Champs this year. It will be fun to see how long I can hang on there for in 2018!”

Men

Pos.

Name

Club

Points

1

Graham Gristwood

FVO

8445

2

Alasdair McLeod

AIRE

8432

3

Kristian Jones

FVO

8404

4

Alexander Chepelin

EUOC

8377

5

Jonathan Crickmore

EUOC

8364

6

Chris Smithard

FVO

8358

7

Mark Nixon

FVO

8350

8

Peter Hodkinson

NOC

8337

9

Dane Blomquist

SYO

8324

10

Ben Mitchell

SBOC

8314

Graham Gristwood from Forth Valley Orienteers, says: “I have had a good year both domestically and internationally, and I look forward to defending my position at the top of the rankings in 2018!

Tessa Strain competing in the JK2017 Sprint race.
Graham Gristwood competing in the JK2017 on Day 2.

Photo credits:  Rob Lines.

 

Congratulations to all those who finished in the top 10 this year.

More details and the full 2017 rankings list can be found here.

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Tweet Thursday 14th December 2017

Volunteer and Club Awards 2017 - who you do you think deserves recognition?

Volunteers are at the heart of our sport – let’s take this opportunity together and join in celebrating the work of our own volunteers and their incredible contributions to orienteering in 2017!

Award Categories for 2017 are now open! Who are you going to nominate?

Club and Volunteer Awards 2017

Club of the Year Award 2017

Young Volunteer of the Year 2017

University Club of the Year 2017

Peter Palmer Coach of the Year Award 2017

SILVA Award 2017 – for a very significant contribution to orienteering

Further details and nomination forms can be found here.

The closing date for these awards is: Friday 16 February 2018

All entries are to be emailed to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

Mapping Awards 2017

  • Chichester Trophy
    For the best map by an amateur mapper
  • Silva Trophy
    For the best map produced by professional mappers
  • Walsh Trophy
    For the best urban or sprint map

These awards are for maps first used in competition during 2017. To be eligible, maps should be of new areas or significant extensions/major revisions to existing maps. Submissions should state briefly the mapper involvement.

Scoring is based on specification, cartography and presentation.

Please send electronic copies of maps, preferably either pdf or OCAD files with this nomination form to mapchair@britishorienteering.org.uk

Closing date for entries: before Friday 16 February 2018.

 

Bonington Trophy

Awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping

Bonington Trophy submissions should use this nomination form to mapchair@britishorienteering.org.uk.

Closing date for entries: Friday 16 February 2018.

All awards will be presented at the British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 30 March 2018.

Further information about all of these awards is available here.

 

Read how other clubs have been nominated here.

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Tweet Wednesday 11th October 2017

Northern Ireland Active Clubs Coordinator Maternity Cover

British Orienteering is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic individual to the post of Active Clubs Coordinator (Maternity Cover). The role is full time and for a minimum of 6 months. The role is home based with travel required across Northern Ireland.

British Orienteering is looking for candidates who are passionate about sports development, to work with a range of partners to engage a wide range of people in the sport of orienteering. Candidates must be enthusiastic, energetic and approachable and have experience of working with a wide range of people.

British Orienteering alongside Sport NI is bringing the sport of orienteering to local communities across Northern Ireland and the successful candidates will work closely with clubs, volunteers and external partners to deliver increases in participation and membership.

Candidates will be required to maintain pre-existing projects across Northern Ireland - Satellite Orienteering Hubs that will require ongoing development, support and steering. For this, candidates will need to be flexible and able to work weekday evenings and weekends where appropriate.

More information can be found in the job description and person specification here.

To apply please send your CV by 5pm on Sunday 5th November with a covering letter detailing why you feel you are suitable for the role to info@britishorienteering.org.uk.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 16th November in Belfast.

For more information please contact Craig Anthony, Head of Development on 07342 882530.

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