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Tweet Friday 19th January 2018

Orienteering to be aired on the BBC 1 TV Inside/Out Programme

The BBC is to air City of Birmingham Orienteering Club’s Family and Newcomers Event this Monday.

The City of Birmingham Orienteering Club’s Event held on the 25 November 2017 is to feature in BBC1 TV Inside/Out programme at 7.30pm on Monday 22 January 2018.

The BBC filmed a family taking part in COBOC’s Family and Newcomers Event on Saturday 25 November last year in Sutton Park. This is due to be broadcast on Monday 22nd January 2018 at 7.30pm, BBC1 TV West Midlands on the regional current affairs programme Inside/Out.

Ian Gamlen, City of Birmingham Orienteering Club’s Secretary, said: “We were very excited when Ed Barlow from the BBC West Midlands Inside/Out programme contacted us saying that they would like to film a family taking part in one of our events. Dave Ellis COBOC’s Chairman provided guidance and support as they made their way around the white course. They all seemed to have enjoyed it and we look forward to welcoming them to our next event. "

City of Birmingham Orienteering Club's next Family and Newcomers events start again in 2018 with the first one being held on Saturday 27 January 2018 at Aston Hall in Birmingham from 1 – 2.30pm. For more information and details about the Family and Newcomers events in 2018 click here: http://www.coboc.org.uk/

Orienteering will also be featured by Leicestershire Orienteering Club in Coalville Park again due to be aired on Monday evening at 7.30pm.

The BBC Inside Out programme is being shown on Monday 22 January at 7.30pm and will feature a family trying out four sports including Orienteering.

The BBC link can be found here.

 

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Tweet Thursday 18th January 2018

First two races of the 2018 UK Orienteering League takes place this weekend!

The 2018 UK Orienteering League kicks off early this year with the first two races this weekend in Edinburgh! 

Edinburgh University Orienteering Club Big Weekend 2018.

Four events over the weekend of Friday 19 January – Sunday 21 January 2018. 

This year's 10th Anniversary of the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club Big Weekend 2018 includes:

Friday 19 January: EUOC Big Weekend's Friday - FIGHT WITH THE NIGHT

An exciting night sprint race held around King’s Buildings Campus that is the 6th instalment of the infamous EUOC night series – 'Fight With The Night'.

Friday 19 January: EUOC Big Weekend's Friday - INDOOR EVENT

This year there will also be an indoor race in the JCMB building on the campus. This is definitely something to have a go at!

UKOL 1: Saturday 20 January: THE CITY RACE, EDINBURGH (Urban)

The city race will be run around the old streets of Edinburgh, providing intricate detail and superb route choice. As well as high-quality orienteering, the views and sights are fantastic with lots of opportunities to run around the Royal Mile and to see Edinburgh Castle.

UKOL 2: Sunday 21 January: HOLYROOD PARK, EDINBURGH (Long distance)

A traditional classic race on Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park. A wide range of courses will be on offer, catering from new orienteers to hardened veterans of the sport. The area has a wide variety of terrains from the technical contour and rock features of Winnie Hill to tougher, more physical terrain on the seat itself.

For more information please click on the EUOC Big Weekend Final Details document below.

 

Matthew Fellbaum from Edinburgh University Orienteering Club who are hosting the 10th anniversary of the Edinburgh Big Weekend, says: “We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Edinburgh this weekend. This year we are holding our first ever indoor race in the JCMB, one of the university buildings. The indoor race is probably the biggest ever to happen in the UK with around 300 entries, and our entries are the biggest in our history with over 700 people pre-entered over the whole weekend. Also on Friday evening, you'll get to run a fast and furious 'Fight with the Night' in the Kings Buildings campus. Then on Saturday we are going back to the stunning George Heriot's School as the assembly and finish location for the city race, and on Sunday expect some top-notch courses around Holyrood Park. These 2 races are the first of the UK Orienteering League for 2018, so will be a perfect opportunity to get some good scores early on in the season! We will also have a traditional Scottish Ceilidh on Saturday night, which will be a great way to meet up and socialise after the racing.”

 

British Orienteering would like to thank Edinburgh University Orienteering Club for hosting the first two events of the 2018 UK Orienteering League this weekend and wish them all the best in their final preparations. British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to wish all members a great weekend of competitive orienteering.

 

For full details about the UK Orienteering League visit: www.ukorienteeringleague.org.uk

 

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Tweet Thursday 18th January 2018

British Orienteering 37th Annual General Meeting

The 37th British Orienteering Annual General Meeting will take place at 17:15 on Friday 30th March 2018 in the Main Gymnasium at The Ministry of Defence, Beacon Barracks, Stafford ST18 0AQ, 800M from the arena.

More information on The JK and how to access MOD Stafford can be found in the event programme here. Photo ID MUST be provided to gain entry.

 

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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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