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Tweet Friday 15th December 2017

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.

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.







Tessa Strain




Megan Carter-Davies




Jessica Tullie




Alice Leake




Laura Robertson




Hollie Orr




Catherine Taylor




Charlotte Ward




Fanni Gyurko




Fiona Bunn



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!”







Graham Gristwood




Alasdair McLeod




Kristian Jones




Alexander Chepelin




Jonathan Crickmore




Chris Smithard




Mark Nixon




Peter Hodkinson




Dane Blomquist




Ben Mitchell



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.

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

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

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

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.

Tweet Thursday 12th October 2017

British Orienteering to work with Oomph!

British Orienteering is delighted to announce we will be working with Oomph! to develop orienteering as part of their wider community programme.

British Orienteering are one of just four National Governing Bodies contracted to design appropriate activities for older adults as part of Oomph’s successful Active Ageing bid to Sport England. Oomph! was recently announced as the largest delivery partner of Sport England’s £10m Active Ageing Fund. With £915k National Lottery Funding from Sport England, Oomph! will get 27,000 adults doing regular exercise within two years. Oomph! will train around 1600 workers and volunteers in retirement villages and community venues to run adapted sports activities for older people.

Prioritising online applications from venues in the North West of England and London and the South East before moving on to other regions, their fun-first approach involves bringing elements of lesser-known sports including volleyball, weightlifting, boccia and orienteering. They will enable regular sessions to be provided to wide audience through housing associations, retirement villages and at public venues such as libraries and community centres.

British Orienteering is delighted to be working with Oomph!

Craig Anthony, Head of Development at British Orienteering said:
"Orienteering is a fantastic sport for people to get involved in at all ages. We’re pleased to be working with Oomph on this project providing our expertise and helping to ensure the people they engage in the project get a fun, enjoyable and exciting experience of our sport."

To enable the project to achieve wide reach, Oomph! has secured the involvement of the County Sports Partnership Network, an England-wide group of organisations who are responsible for facilitating sports and activity at a local level. Inactive people over the age of 55 are a large and diverse group (roughly 6.4 million people) so age and community appropriate programmes will be tailored to each setting. An anticipated 800 venue partners will use a bespoke app uploaded onto a tablet computer to enable Oomph! to report in real-time to Sport England and direct additional support to partners that are struggling to keep people on the programme.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director at Sport England said:
“Being active is one of the most important things people can do to maintain health and wellbeing as they age. We’re delighted to be supporting Oomph! with National Lottery funding to help get older adults lead happier and heathier lives. We’ll be sharing learnings so successful approaches can be scaled-up or replicated across the country.”

The Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (HACT) has advised Oomph! on how to reach as many housing association locations as possible. Barry Malki, Head of Communities, HACT said:
“HACT is working with Oomph on this innovative project to help enable more older adults to be active in their own homes. We're excited to see the initiative being scaled up with this funding, as housing providers are increasingly looking to support their residents to improve their health and wellbeing through alternative and innovative methods.”

Nicky Ellison, National Specialist Support Manager at Hanover Housing Association who piloted Oomph! in the Community at six retirement and extra care venues this year, said:
“Oomph! trained both staff and a volunteer resident from each venue to lead activity-based sessions. Training residents as session leaders really helped gain buy-in from all the residents and ensure that sessions are truly co-produced. We were amazed at the skills and self-belief that Oomph!’s trainers instilled in all the trainee instructors, most of whom had never done anything like it before. The result has been people of wide ranging abilities pushing themselves out of their comfort zone week after week. The buzz, laughter and socialisation continues well after the sessions. With real-time monitoring of activity levels, Oomph! has been able to swoop in to offer new resources and extra support if there have been early signs of a drop in attendees or practical issues that are affecting the success of the programme.”

Watch Oomph! in action and find out more.