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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 Tuesday 13th February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #6: with Hector Haines

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.

Hector Haines in training

Athlete name: Hector Haines

Athletes club:  IFK Lidingö SOK (Stockholm)

Athletes age:  28

 

Athlete's biggest achievement?

10th World Orienteering Championships 2015 Middle

4th World Orienteering Championships 2016 Relay

5th Skyrunning Extreme Series 2017

5th Overall Skyrunning Series 2017

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

A typical winter week here in Stockholm includes indoor track intervals, a long night orienteering training, a night orienteering race, a technical (altered map) night orienteering training, then something like a relay style orienteering training and a long run at the weekend. I fill out the week with other short runs at lunchtime – or with a commute to and from work (ca.10km each way). I also squeeze in a hill rep session where I can.

Technical training over the winter?

I try to make at least 4-5 orienteering sessions every week. Thankfully this is pretty easy when you are running for a club that has a professionally paid coach to plan and hang the training for you! At weekends there is usually always something going on – be it training organised by Lidingö or another Stockholm club. Tiomila is quite close to Stockholm this year so there is a big focus on that locally.

Top tips for staying motivated in winter?

The hardest part is getting out the door. Particularly when it is cold, dark and have had a long day at work. I recommend training with others and in a group whenever possible. Additionally, it really helps when you have a goal in mind. Make a promise to yourself about a particular race or similar that will occur during the spring or summer. Keep this in mind during each training session to get you through to the end!

Athlete's favourite motivational quote.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

 

Thank you, Hector.  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
Airienteers

Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod - here
Airienteers

Interview #5: with Jenny Ricketts - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, Mar Orienteering club

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