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Tweet Tuesday 14th August 2018

White Hall Outdoor Education Centre has achieved British Orienteering Recognised Centre Status

British Orienteering is delighted to announce that the White Hall Outdoor Education Centre has been accredited to their Recognised Centre scheme. The White Hall Centre has been recognised by British Orienteering the National Governing body for the sport as providing a positive first experience of orienteering to visiting groups. The White Hall Centre is one of an increasing number of recently accredited centres awarded British Orienteering Recognised Centre status.

Dan Riley Programme Leader from The White Hall Outdoor Education Centre said:  

"The White Hall Outdoor Education Centre is very excited about achieving Recognised Centre Status. The centre, located in the Peak District National Park has a long and proud tradition of providing high-quality orienteering activity. We have a number of maps and permanent courses both on-site and immediately adjacent to it. We are well set up for visiting groups of orienteers. There are several excellent areas nearby and groups can choose from either residential or glamping accommodation. In addition, we can provide a whole range of outdoor and adventurous activities to complement your orienteering."








Craig Anthony, Development Manager for British Orienteering, said:

“Our Recognised Centre scheme is designed to work with Outdoor Centres to understand how orienteering is used as a tool to deliver a wide variety of educational outcomes. We are pleased to recognise White Hall Outdoor Education Centre as delivering a high-quality orienteering experience to visiting groups.





Recognised Centre Status is awarded to Outdoor Centres who can show a consistently high standard of orienteering across a range of criteria that covers orienteering delivery, staffing, resourcing as well as policies and procedures. These are examined in detail by British Orienteering advisors and accredited to outdoor centres only if they meet the standards.

British Orienteering, the National Governing Body of the sport, provide specialist advisors to help Outdoor Centres across the country to provide the highest standards in orienteering delivery. 

As part of the Recognised Centre scheme, British Orienteering provides approved outdoor centres with: 

  • A Recognised Centre plaque to display at their centre which confirms that the National Governing Body of the sport of orienteering is satisfied with the standards in orienteering being delivered by the centre
  • Use of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre logo on all their correspondence
  • A high profile listing on the British Orienteering website
  • Opportunities to host British Orienteering workshops, training courses and camps
  • On-going access to a wealth of orienteering knowledge and expertise.

British Orienteering, the National Governing Body for orienteering in the United Kingdom, launched their Recognised Centre scheme in 2015. The scheme aims to raise the profile of orienteering within the outdoor industry and recognise high-quality experiences being provided by centres across the country.

For more information about the scheme and how to join visit the dedicated Recognised Centre section on the British Orienteering website

Tweet Monday 13th August 2018

World Championships Long Distance

The World Championships reached its conclusion on Sunday with the Long Distance bringing a close to the Championships on the rain-slicked slopes underneath the Turaida Castle.

Using the same arena as Thursday’s Relay, both races started far to the north, winding their way gradually across the river-valleys carved by the Gauja, before a passage for the arena and a final loop in the terrain which was used for the Relay discipline. There were also contrasting vague sections of terrain, which required a technique change from the slope-orientated navigation which featured predominantly on the courses, which brought an end to many of the favourites’ races.

Kamilla Olaussen of Norway, an early starter, had already been lighting up the timing splits by the time the first Brits entered the terrain. The quickest through the first TV control at 27 minutes into the course, Olaussen bucked the trend for late starters dominating the field, as her time stood strong. Charlotte Watson had a strong start to her run, and though she made some small slips, she lost less than many others. Jo Shepherd started just 4-minutes after Charlotte, but suffered more in the early going, missing the first control – a vague pit in a marsh. Both slotted into groups on the long leg to the 5th control taking advantages of those around them on what was one of the most pivotal legs on the course.

Behind them, Jess Tullie had started very strongly, spiking the first 4 controls, and was just a minute behind Olaussen at the 4th control, before a mistake on the long leg to 5 caused her to slip down the order. It would not be until the final starters that Olaussen’s time at the first split would be challenged. In the arena, she was leading by 17 minutes, but back in the terrain, Sabine Hauswirth of Switzerland bettered her time by 40 seconds. Jess had been caught by Olaussen’s teammate Andersen, who was pushing strongly into the second half of the course and was picking up places.

Elsewhere, Maja Alm had missed on the first control, causing her to start on the back foot, already 1 minute down on Tove Alexandersson. She stabilised though, but no-one was moving faster than Tove Alexandersson in the forest, who went through TV1 15 seconds faster than Hauswirth. At the first split, Alm was 37 seconds down on Hauswirth, with Natalia Gemperle – the Middle-Distance Champion – falling short 1.58 down. As they neared the arena passage, it was increasingly evident that it was turning into a two-horse race, with Alexandersson and Alm moving further clear of Olaussen and Hauswirth.

As Olaussen’s time in the finish was finally bettered by first Hauswirth, and then Gemperle, as fatigue had taken its toll on the Norwegian in the final stages of the course, the medal positions finally took shape. It was only Alm and Alexandersson who could take gold. Alm’s mistake on the first control would be costly though and, in the end, deny her a chance of gold, with Alexandersson consolidating her lead and holding a 1.30 advantage into the finish.

Photos by IOF/Matias Salonen

In the Men’s race, it was a similarly tight affair. The leader in the early going was Yury Tambasov of Russia, starting early and performing solidly throughout. His time wouldn’t stand up like Olaussen’s in the Women’s race though, and he would gradually fall down the order. Edgars Bertuks of Latvia would better Tambasov first and start posting splits which would give an indication of the leaders’ times. Hector Haines was the first British man into the forest, but had a scrappy start, missing the first two controls. Caught by Paulins of Latvia, he stabilised his race and drove the train over the next kilometres to the TV split.

Behind Hector, Alan Cherry was the second Brit onto the course, and nailed the start, hitting the first 5 controls cleanly. A small slip on the 6th but he was still on track for a good run. He would soon be caught by Oleksandr Kratov, one of the favourites for the medals. As the favourites started, Olav Lundanes started the fastest, already catching Martin Regborn of Sweden by the 7th control, and building a substantial lead on the lead leg to the TV control. Novikov of Russia would initially post a quicker time than Lundanes, but he would be blown away by the Norwegian’s time, who came through 1.46 quicker.

Through the arena for Hector, and he was moving better and better, though a couple of slips caused him to be caught by Tue Lassen of Denmark, who had moved into a position to challenge for an initial lead. Alan had been stuck with Kratov through the arena, but behind him, Ruslan Glibov, also of Ukraine, was building his speed for a strong finish. Through TV2 and Kratov was fastest but was almost immediately bettered by Glibov. Moving faster than anyone across the second half of the race, and smashed the later spits, Glibov went straight through the train of runners formed around Kratov, and only Alan was quick enough to go with the pace.

Hector broke clear of Lassen as they neared the finish, with the Dane coming into a new lead, but it was short-lived. Glibov entered the arena soon after, and it was a 10.11 lead for the Ukrainian. Out in the terrain, Gustav Bergman of Sweden (and Glibov’s club teammate during the domestic season) would post a faster time at the TV2 split but did not have enough in the final third of the race, just falling shy of the lead at the finish. It was clear by this stage that Olav Lundanes would take the gold, remaining strong throughout his run, and keeping his navigation error-free. The fight for silver was still on though, and Switzerland’s Fabian Hertner and Daniel Hubmann could both still challenge. Hubmann wouldn’t match the pace of Glibov though, and though he could beat Bergman, wouldn’t do enough for a medal as his teammate Hertner charged through the forest. A late error for Hertner would prove costly though, allowing Gibov to move clear and the Swiss having to settle for bronze – a well-deserved medal though, with the veteran who is retiring this year having never won a medal in the Long Distance.

Well done to all our athletes this week, you have done us all proud!

Full results:


1 Tove Alexandersson Sweden 1:14:04 0:00
2 Maja Alm Denmark 1:15:31 +1:27
3 Sabine Hauswirth Switzerland 1:16:30 +2:26

25 Jessica Tullie Great Britain 1:36:05 +22:01
28 Charlotte Watson Great Britain 1:36:34 +22:30
31 Jo Shepherd Great Britain 1:38:07 +24:03


1 Olav Lundanes Norway 1:37:43
2 Ruslan Glibov Ukraine 1:40:20 +2:37
3 Fabian Hertner Switzerland 1:40:47 +3:04

26 Alan Cherry Great Britain 1:54:33 +16:50
32 Hector Haines Great Britain 1:57:18 +19:35

Alan Cherry completing the Long Distance (Credit: Simon Errington)
Tweet Monday 13th August 2018

World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2018 - Mass Start

Tue 7th August - Mass Start
A hot day greeted the first race of this year's MTBO World Champs, located around the northern Austrian town of Zwettl. Gridding on the start was based on World Rankings which meant that Great Britain's Ian Nixon started on the 8th row in the men's race.

With a long track out to the start, this low gridding meant he was never likely to see the front of the race. The race was ridden on 3 separate maps, with all 3 loops consisting of a maze of bumpy tracks which didn't allow the riders much opportunity to read the maps in detail. From a field of 91 starters, Ian came through the arena at the end of the first loop in 58th place at the back of a small group but still riding strongly. During the 2nd loop, he pulled away from this group and rode solo for this middle part of the race and came back through the arena in 55th although having had to double-back for the last control after riding past. The final loop was a much longer, hillier section and despite getting close to a couple o! f groups during the early parts of this last loop never quite made the gap, though gained a couple places to finish 53rd. At the front of the race, the final loop caught out a few of the leading riders as mistakes crept in. A confident Jussi Laurila from Finland chose a different route to the penultimate control from the group of 7 leading riders which paid off as he was able to freewheel over the line to take the victory 3 seconds ahead of the fast-finishing Davide Machado of Portugal. In the end, the first 5 riders were separated by just 6 seconds after 80 minutes of flat-out racing!

In the women's race, Clare Dallimore was gridded on the 2nd row but chose to ride cautiously from the gun so as to not get distracted by her rivals. Unfortunately, she made a couple of mistakes soon after which allowed the front group to pull away, and she came through at the end of the first loop in 27th, though with a large group of 11 riders close in front. Some further intense navigation was required on the 2nd loop and Clare moved through the group and came back through at the end of this loop in 18th but with some big time gaps ahead. Clare was able to use her fitness to her advantage and caught up with riders ahead who formed a large group round the last section of this loop which was the same for all riders. After a thrilling sprint finish, Clare crossed the line 18th.

However, it soon became clear that a number of riders had lost their concentration during the intense head-to-head racing and either mispunched, missed controls or had cut through the forest (this is not allowed at this event). There were some contentious routes taken on this 1st leg, particularly where the lead group took a dead-end track. All riders re-traced their tracks (in this event it was forbidden to cut through the forest) except for Olga Shipilova who finished 1st but was subsequently disqualified. It was, therefore, the Danish rider Camilla Soegaard, 2nd across the line, who was able to claim victory. There were further disqualifications for the riders who had originally finished 3rd and 4th, heartbreakingly so for Gabrielle Andrasiuniene from Lithuania who thought she had secured the bronze medal only to discover that she had missed the last control on the final loop. As a result of the numerous disqualifications, Clare moved up to 12th place.

Men 25.9km 640m
1. Jussi Laurila Finland 1.20.46
2. Davide Machado Portugal 1.20.49
3. Kevin Haselsberger Austria 1.20.50
4. Anton Foliforov Russia 1.20.51
5. Simon Braendli Switzerland 1.20.52
6. Grigory Medvedev Russia 1.21.06

53. Ian Nixon Great Britain 1.44.04

Women 18.8km 490m
1. Camilla Soegaard Denmark 1.17.42
2. Martina Tichovska Czech Republic 1.19.03
3. Sonja Zinkl Austria 1.21.12
4. Maja Rothweiler Austria 1.21.29
5. Veronica Kubinova Czech Republic 1.22.28
6. Nadia Larsson Sweden 1.23.50

12. Clare Dallimore Great Britain 1.26.07

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