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Tweet Wednesday 25th April 2018

British Orienteering Championships 2018

British Orienteering Championships 2018 is one of three major events taking place on the weekend of the Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018.  In a double bill for the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan are getting married and the Long Distance Championships are taking place at Balmoral. The FA Cup Final has been moved to the evening to avoid any possible clash with the British Orienteering Championships. 

The terrain and scenery around Balmoral is exceptional, and many of you who were at last year’s Scottish 6 Days in Royal Deeside took the chance for a quick look at the estate.  Planner Steve Nicholson and Controller Brian Bullen have planned fair but demanding courses, and there is the added bonus of the Adventure Show filming the race for a production to be screened on BBC.  Balmoral is just upriver from Ballater, and on the Sunday there is the chance to run in the fast and open area of Torphantrick (Inchmarnoch Estate) by a bend in the River Dee a few miles downstream.  If these two races are not enough there is an informal Sprint race in Ballater on the Friday evening and a chance to take part in the British Trail Orienteering Championships at Crathes Castle on the Sunday. With sunset in this part of Scotland not sue till after 21:30 hrs there is time to explore and enjoy local sights.

Royal Cairn spotting at Balmoral
Roseisle terrain

The following weekend (Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 May) the Scottish Orienteering Championships will be staged at Achagour and Dulsie near Nairn followed by the Relays in popular Roseisle on the Moray Coast.  In the intervening period, there is an opportunity to run around the seasonal orienteering course at Glenmore Lodge and the new Permanent Orienteering Course about to open at Linn of Dee.  A number of Maprun courses have also been set up in the area and maps can be made available for other training opportunities.

For more information visit:  www.scottish-orienteering.org/boc2018

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Tweet Tuesday 24th April 2018

Less than 1 month to go until World Orienteering Day!

World Orienteering Day 2018 is fast approaching! 

This year sees World Orienteering Day starting on Wednesday 23 May 2018
and carries on for the whole week. 

WOW! 

Wednesday 23 May until Tuesday 29 May 2018 giving you plenty of chances to get involved and take part!

What are you planning to do for World Orienteering Day?

How many World Orienteering Days are you planning to get involved and take part in?

A new WORLD ORIENTEERING DAY newsletter has now been published by the International Orienteering Federation.  All clubs and schools are encouraged to take part across the UK and be part of this World Orienteering Event.

In this newsletter you will find a video from the new World Orienteering Day Ambassador, World Orienteering Champion Daniel Hubmann; a success story of indoor orienteering in Latvia; a story of a project to map more than 100 school areas in Østfold, Norway and more.

What have you got planned for this year's World Orienteering Day?  

Read the latest newsletter here.

Less than 2 months left until the World Orienteering Day 2018.  Have you already planned your World Orienteering Day event?  Don’t forget to register your event on the WOD webpage!

Free resources are available to download here - these include diploma, bib, flyers and start cards all of which have been updated with all of the World Orienteering Day sponsors of WOD 2018!

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Tweet Monday 23rd April 2018

Northern Championships Weekend – the results are in!

Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018:  Northern Championships Weekend Urban (UKOL)

Urban Event Thirsk Town Race 

Hosted by Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers.

The results are now in!

Full results

Routegadget

Splits Browser

 

Sunday 22 April 2018: Northern Championships event (UKOL)
Long distance race at Wass, Thirsk.

Hosted by Eborienteers.

Age Class results are available here

Splits for Age Classes can be found here

Splits for Courses can be found here

Routegadget and Splits analysis will be available shortly.

 

British Orienteering would like to thank all of officials and volunteers having supported these two orienteering events and have given many hours of their time and dedicated commitment.  Congratulations to all who competed. 

These two races form part of the UK Orienteering League.

Sunday 22 April 2018:
Northern Championships event (UKOL)
Long distance race at Wass, Thirsk.

Hosted by Eborienteers.

Age Class results are available here

Splits for Age Classes can be found here

Splits for Courses can be found here

Routegadget and Splits analysis will be available shortly.

 

British Orienteering would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time planning the weekend and gave their time to host these events. Congratulations to everyone who took part over the weekend.

 

These two races form part of the UK Orienteering League.

Find out more about the UK Orienteering League and Fixtures here.

 

 

 

 

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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 

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