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Tweet Monday 19th February 2018

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year. As part of our celebrations, we are introducing a new event in an exciting format.

The Sunset and Beyond Relay pits teams of six against each other in a parkland and urban setting.

The early runners will start in daylight then, as the sun sets, later runners will compete in the dark.

Each team will have at least two female runners and be restricted to an age and gender maximum handicap. The competition will be tight with lots of head-to-head running helped by mini-mass starts just a few minutes later than the expected winning time for the previous leg.

You get the excitement of the Harvester in a four to five-hour event!

Date:  24 March 2018
Time:  5.00pm
Location: Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Team captains can submit their entries now here
Entries are open now until Monday 19 March 2018.
Team declarations can be made at any time up until just before the event.


For more information visit Southampton Orienteering Club's website here.


Do you know of any other orienteering clubs who have already celebrated, currently celebrating or have plans to celebrate a special anniversary of their club next year? 
Tweet Friday 16th February 2018

2017 Volunteer and Club Awards - deadline extended by 7 days!



Club of the Year Award | University Club of the Year Award | Young Volunteer of the Year Award | SILVA Award | Coach of the Year Award

Deadline extended to Friday 23 February 2018.

Full details and nomination forms are available at

Tweet Friday 16th February 2018

Volunteer Consultation – Thank you

Successful volunteer consultation concludes.

British Orienteering wishes to pass on it’s thanks to all those who have contributed so far during the volunteer consultation on the member's forum or via email that took place throughout January.

Volunteer strategy lead Peter Brooke commented:  “The feedback received has been invaluable and very constructive. We’re now working through all the contributions and moving into the next phase, investigating some areas further and consolidating our approach.”

Peter added:  “If you’ve not had a chance to send your thoughts on volunteering there’s still time. A key focus of this strategy is that it is always under review and moving with the needs of the members. I’m more than happy to receive emails or speak on the phone”

Should you have any thoughts on volunteer recruitment and development, simply contact Peter Brooke.  Email: or Tel:  07540 150963.

Big thank you to all those who have given their suggestions
Tweet Thursday 8th February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod

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:  Alasdair McLeod

Athletes club:  Airienteers

Athletes age:  27

Athlete's biggest achievement?

Some World Orienteering Championships top 30's and 6th at TioMila.

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

Try to run each day for an hour. Try to run in terrain. Try to do two intense things each week and try to do one long more than 2 hours run each week.

Alasdair McLeod competing 

Technical training over the winter?

A few night league races and the odd technical training weekend. I start more technical training after February.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter?

  • Have some short-term goals that allow you to stay motivated
  • Remember good stuff from previous seasons to keep you inspired and remind you why you enjoy the sport
  • Don’t let setbacks bring you down. Winter training will never go exactly to plan.

Thank you, Alasdair.  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.


Read more

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

Interview #3: with Alice Leake - here