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Tweet Tuesday 22nd May 2018

World Orienteering Day - Are You Ready?

Please read the World Orienteering Day Newsletter published by the IOF below!

Over 1000 WOD events in 76 countries so far, but we hope for more WOD events during this year World Orienteering Day. As you know the main day is the May 23rd but you can also organise WOD events between May 23rd-29th. Please make a cooperation club and school, make your daily training day as a WOD activity, let the ordinary competition event be part of WOD. All orienteering activities count!!!

Preregister it at worldorienteeringday.

Gdansk is ready for WOD

This year Poland will organise a WOD event in the “Ronald Reagan Park” in Gdansk. Sprint-O, Park-O, Forest-O and maybe some Maze-O as well will be the offer from the club to all students around the park but also for athletes who are running in the park.

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Avesta is ready for WOD

The orienteering club, Dalaporten OL (in Avesta Sweden), there was a MAZE-O organised in connection with the ordinary O-event.

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Peo Bengtsson is ready for WOD

During May 23rd Peo will organise an event both for children at school and for his team-mates in his home club, OK Pan Kristianstad.

Peo is ready for WOD!

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O-Track is Ready for WOD

O-Track is now also ready for WOD. After a lot of work from both Trac-Trac and OCAD and great support from the Danish Orienteering Federation, we have now released the “O-Track”.

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Seychelles is ready for WOD

Are you intending to go on holiday to Seychelles in the near future and you wish with the help of the map to discover the island of La Digue, why not arrange a WOD event?

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Asker is ready for WOD

Asker Skiclub in Oslo has sent out a simple flyer to inform the students about WOD.

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Go4Orienteering supports World Orienteering DAY and offers a free series of 48 orienteering exercises, available on request. All the information about the exercises is available on the website.

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1-2-3-4 steps to orienteering

The aim of the leaflet is to guide you through the basic knowledge of orienteering in a simple manner and to make orienteering understandable and fun to carry out.

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Tweet Monday 21st May 2018

British Relay Championships 2018 - Relay

Sunday 20 May 2018: British Orienteering Championships - Relay race, Torphantrick  

Torphantrick, part of the Inchmarnoch Estate near Ballater, was a fine setting for the British Relay Championships. Castles and sunshine were not present, but the venue was on a pleasant meadow in a loop of the River Dee, a favoured spot for fisherman but fortunately Sunday is a rest day for salmon.

The terrain was very different from Balmoral, including Scots Pine plantation recently thinned (with brashings) and more open oak and birch forest. There was an intricate path and fence network overlaid on some complex moraine features. Parallel errors were commonplace but the area was fair and fortunately no teams were out for too long.

British Orienteering Chair Judith Holt was however still out as third Leg runner as the prize giving started. Colin Matheson, British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Event Coordinator and Events Manager for Scottish Orienteering stepped in for the BOC Long Distance presentations while Judith completed her run and changed just in time to present the Relay medals and trophies.

Soon it was all over and 'Limelight', our excellent Event Services crew, cleared the arena ready for the return of the sheep. So that’s it for another year and we hope everyone makes the trip south (or north for many) to Yorkshire next year.

Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online

All results(pdf)

Entries Secretary David Nicol (FVO). Credit:  C Matheson

Photo above - M/W 70 Relay winners 

1st: Cliff Etherden, Carol McNeill, Simon Cane (LOC) 
2nd: Geoffrey Hensman, Lindsey HEnsman, Dave Coustick (FVO) 
3rd:  Alastair Lessells, Eleanor Pyrah, John McLaren (ESOC). 

Photo credit:  Deeside Camera Club

Photo above:  Relay A: Premier winners

1st: Chris Smithard, Mark Nixon, Kris Jones (FVO)
2nd:  Alex Carcas, Matthew Fellbaum, Alexander Chepelin (EUOC)
3rd:  Alan Cherry, Josh Beech, Matthew Speake.

Photo credit:  Deeside Camera Club

Thanks go to the Balmoral Estates and in particular Garry Marsden for permission to stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral on Saturday 19th May – the same day as the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Torphantrick is part of the Inchmarnoch Estate, and thanks go to Mrs J C Carson for permission to use this area for the British Relay Championships on Sunday 20th May.

British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs who gave their time as volunteers to help stage this competition. MAROC, ESOC, TAY, ECKO, CLYDE and FVO were the main clubs involved with the Long Distance Championships.  GRAMP and BASOC were the main clubs involved with the British Relay Championships.  Individuals from other clubs across Scotland are also involved.

Especially thanks also to Colin Matheson (Event Coordinator, Day Organiser and Safety Officer and Events Manager at SOA), Assistant Coordinator: Ross Lilley (ECKO), Treasurer: Jackie Reynard (GRAMP), Entries: David Nicol (FVO), Payments: Sarah Hobbs (Membership & Communications Officer, SOA), Long Distance - Planner: Steve Nicholson (FVO), Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton (GRAMP), Controller: Brian Bullen (FVO), Assistant Controller: Dave Armitage (GRAMP), Relays: Planner: Clive Masson (ESOC), Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite (BAOC), Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR).

Thank you to all who travelled up to the Championships and took part in this event.   Another great weekend of Orienteering set in superb surroundings and enjoyed by all.  

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British Orienteering Championships 2018 Balmoral

Saturday 19 May - British Orienteering Championships - Long distance race, Balmoral, Scotland. 

Probably one of the most memorable British Orienteering Championships ever held! Balmoral Castle on the day of a Royal Wedding, beautiful weather, fantastic courses and excellent mapping all combined to make it a great event.

Parking was on an immaculately mown lawn, with care taken not to drive over the cricket pitch.

The walk to the Red start was long but essential, with around 700 competitors passing Her Majesty’s ponies on the way to the westernmost (and toughest) part of the area. Runners might have been treated to the sight of a drone gathering race footage, as well as running cams and other cameras out in the woods. 

Dougie Vipond interviewing Sasha Chepelin for the BBC Adventure Show

Interviews were conducted with the main hopefuls in M21E and W21E by presenter Dougie Vipond (also of Deacon Blue fame) and well-known hill-goer Cameron McNeish. With GPS tracking and race commentary, there will be an excellent TV programme coming out sometime in the summer.

Ice cream in high demand
Ursula Oxburgh setting out uphill
Run in with the castle in the background

Everyone was a winner at Balmoral, but we hope that those who limped in nursing sprains, cuts and bruises make a quick recovery.

Photos by: Colin Matheson


RESULTS - Long Distance
Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online
All results(pdf)

Tweet Monday 5th February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #3: with Alice Leake

Winter Training and Motivation: Athlete Focus

The temperature is cold, and the days are shorter. Struggling to maintain the motivation for training or orienteering regularly? You're not alone. Getting yourself out on cold dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in July.

Pick up some tips and see what makes up a typical training week for some of our top elite athletes this winter with our elite athlete focus feature series.

Athlete name: Alice Leake

Athlete's club: Airienteers

Athlete's age: 26

Alice Leake in training

Athlete's biggest achievement?

British Orienteering Elite Sprint Champion 2017, and competing for Great Britain in the last 3 World Championships (22nd best result).

Typical training week over winter (including mileage, terrains, etc)?

Monday: An easy run (~40mins on road) and a Hot Yoga class.

Tuesday: Training with my athletics club (Leeds City), rotating between road, track and hills. Typical sessions include 5 x 5mins (75sec) road loop, 10 x 70sec (50sec) on the track, and 10 x 90sec hill reps with jog down recovery.

Wednesday: Orienteering (usually a 1 hour night score event run by AIRE). I use this as a combined tempo run and technical session.

Thursday: A 60min steady road run, plus some core/strength work.

Friday: Either a rest day or an easy run.

Saturday: Training on grass with my athletics club. A typical session: 12min threshold (2), 6 x 2.5min (90sec), 6min tempo, plus strides or hill sprints.

Sunday: Orienteering or a long run (90min), depending on what’s available locally.

Over winter I aim to run approx. 80km a week.

Technical training over the winter?

I try to orienteer at least once a week. Usually, this is night or forest orienteering over winter and then I’ll switch focus to sprint in February.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter?

  • The hardest part of winter training is getting out of the door - go training on your way home from work/school before you get a chance to sit down
  • Arrange to meet other people - training is always more fun with others and if you’ve committed to meeting people then it’s harder to back out
  • Incentives - I always look forward to my big post training brunch on a Saturday!

Athletes favourite motivational quote.

“What if I fall?”

“Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”


Thank you, Alice.  British Orienteering and members would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best with your training throughout the rest of the year.


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Elite Athlete Winter Training Series of Interviews
More information - here.

Interview #1: with Charlotte Ward - here
Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers, Sheffield University Orienteering Club

Interview #2: with Kris Jones - here
Forth Valley Orienteers, Swansea Bay Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL, Swansea Harriers, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers