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Tweet Thursday 15th November 2018

Early bird discount closes on Sunday 18 November!

British Orienteering Coaching Conference 2019.

Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019 
The University of Nottingham Humanities Building

Places are still available and we would encourage you to book before 18 November 2018 and take advantage of the early bird special price. 

Book before 18th November to get the early bird price of £65 for both days or one day for just £35.  

All bookings after this Sunday (18 November 2018) will be £70 for both days and £38 for one day.
Bookings need to be made by 23 December 2018.

To view the Coaching Conference agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.

Book now to secure your place here.

2019 Coaching Conference
Tweet Thursday 15th November 2018

British Orienteering Youth Camps bring young people together

44 young people aged 11-14 years from Yorkshire & Humberside, East Midlands and South East regions assembled at two youth activity camps in October.

Juniors from South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), Lincoln Orienteering Club (LOG), Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC) came together at Walesby Forest Activity Camp for a weekend of orienteering exercises and outdoor activity sessions. Despite the wet conditions, everyone had fun with a mix of O-skills coaching, sprint relays, cave maze and indoor climbing.

“I had a great time and wished it could have gone on longer!” said one young participant from SYO.

Hilary Palmer from NOC and Charlotte Ward from the GB Elite team led the orienteering exercises. “Walesby Forest was a good area to use. Having the lodge as a base in the centre of the area meant that it wasn't too difficult to cope with the weather”. Charlotte took time from her training schedule to come along: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'd love to help out again”.

High Ashurst Balancing Act

During the October half-term, juniors from Mole Valley Orienteering Club (MVOC), Guildford Orienteers (GO), Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH), Saxons Orienteering Club (SAX), Dartford Orienteering Klub (DFOK) and Southdowns Orienteers (SO) also came together for an action-packed day at High Ashurst Activity Centre.

“I’m happy to meet other boys and girls my own age.” said the young participant from GO.  “At orienteering events, I have to go with my parents and often don’t see other juniors”.

Josh Jenner led the orienteering training at High Ashurst. “It was an interesting coaching challenge to design exercises for a wide variety of skill levels, from newcomers to Orange TD3. It was great to see them enjoying themselves”.

British Orienteering aims to bring the format to other regions in summer 2019 and evolve it into a sustainable programme to help more young people in the future.


British Orienteering's Youth Strategy "Every Junior Matters" aims to attract and retain more young people in orienteering.

You can read the short and full versions of the strategy below:


Tweet Wednesday 14th November 2018

NCT, Bolton Council and SELOC host Halloween Xplorer events

Half term in Bolton saw a new partnership form to help deliver Xplorer events whilst introducing and promoting club orienteering events to hundreds of new people.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Bolton Council and South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC) teamed up to run two events over half term for families and young children in Queens’s Park, Bolton. Over 300 people attended over the two days keeping the volunteers on their toes throughout. Lorna Brooke, Anne Jeremiah, Keri Berry (NCT) and Caroline Barcham (SELOC) were on hand ensuring everyone got their maps and a crash course in orienteering, whilst also hearing about the opportunities there are for anyone to get involved in the club events running locally. 

SELOC, Bolton
Queens Park Xplorer

Commenting on the event Lorna Brooke (NCT), said: “The NCT is there to support parents in many ways from antenatal classes, to first aid courses and through the early years of becoming a parent. Activities such as Xplorer, pram walks and coffee mornings play an important role in supporting parents by running fun activities for young families, whilst providing the opportunity to meet other parents and share their experiences.”

Caroline Barcham (SELOC), added: “It was great to see so many people enjoying orienteering in Queens Park, there were lots of smiles and very keen families. Hopefully, following these events, we’ll see them joining up with SELOC and experience the wider world of orienteering.”

There will be another opportunity for families of all ages to experience two Xplorer challenges in Queens Park on Saturday 24th November, people can start the courses anytime between 11am and 1pm, collect your free maps from the Queens Park Café.

Anyone looking for further information about the NCT should Email: or visit:

With anyone looking to find out more about orienteering in the area to contact SELOC on or visit their website

Find more Xplorer events here.

Tweet Monday 13th November 2017

800th Permanent Orienteering Course clocked up last night!

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you.  Courses offer a huge range of variety, from urban courses in city centres to rural routes through beautiful scenery. They are on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places.  Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring the area whilst on holiday or simply just adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses can help you explore. 

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer caught up with Paul Turner member of South East Lancs Orienteering Club to find out more about Paul’s enjoyment of completing permanent orienteering courses around the UK and around the world.  Paul has now completed his 800th permanent orienteering course. 

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer said: “When I attended the recent EGM and Club & Association Conference in Leeds last month I got chatting with Paul Turner from South East Lancs Orienteering Club. I was amazed to hear that Paul had completed so many permanent orienteering courses across the UK and even around the world and that his tally was currently at 784.” 

Paul Turner from South East Lancs Orienteering Club said: “When I spoke with Jennie at the EGM, my tally was 784. Since then, I have taken advantage of the weather and extended my return journey home after competing in Derwent Valley’s EM Urban League Event at Chesterfield. This allowed me to add 2 small but very interesting Permanent Orienteering Courses to my tally.

Paul Turner completed his 800th permanent orienteering course

The first was Airienteers Holden Park (#785) in Oakworth. The second was Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Clitheroe Castle (#786) (South Ribble Orienteering Club/Pendle Forest Orienteers) and familiar to me from the excellent South Ribble Orienteering Club Sprint Series. The map is notable for the innovation of multiple concentric coloured circles to mark controls being on the various suggested courses.

I have now returned home from a Permanent Orienteering Course tour on the back of the Southampton Orienteering Club’s 50th November Classic over the weekend. I have taken part in and completed 3 events and 14 Permanent Orienteering Courses since leaving home on Thursday 2 November means I have tonight logged POC #800, fittingly being a permanent Street-O course at Seaton, Devon, done with headtorch! 6 POCs required 19 miles of running, albeit very slowly.”

Paul continues: “Being at the Greater Manchester Orienteering Activities Committee meeting last night reminded me of how I was encouraged to take up the CompassSport challenge quite a few years ago by my club colleague Beryl Blackhall and I began with a bulk purchase of about 20 of GMOA’s permanent orienteering course maps.

I expected to finish the challenge when I ran out of having a stock of maps for new areas to visit. However, I’ve not yet run out of maps as new permanent courses continue to come on stream. It was pleasing that my adventure last week began with a visit to Mirrlees Fields being the latest addition to the GMOA portfolio of over 50 actively managed permanent orienteering courses around Greater Manchester.”

On behalf of South East Lancs Orienteering Club, member Stephen Round said: “We've watched Paul's progress with a mix of awe and bewilderment, thinking it would peter out after he'd completed Greater Manchester O.A.'s 50 local permanent orienteering courses - but it didn't! To get so far beyond that has required not just the time spent completing the courses, usually after another hard race or tagged on to a long business trip, but much planning and effort in locating permanent orienteering courses, obtaining maps and all other practicalities. Though no doubt much easier now with British Orienteering’s extensive listing on the website, it will take someone with Paul's application and tenacity as well as his fitness to beat what must surely be a world record of 800 and still rising. But we think he enjoyed it!

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Paul on his incredible achievement! Paul has since added #801 and #802 to his tally already.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you. Courses offer a huge range of variety, from urban courses in city centres to rural routes through beautiful scenery. They are on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places. Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring the area whilst on holiday or simply just adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses can help you explore.

Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.

Photo credit:  Mark Sammon, SELOC