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Tweet Friday 16th February 2018

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

BRITISH ORIENTEERING

2017 VOLUNTEER AND CLUB AWARDS

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 www.britishorienteering.org.uk/awards.

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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: pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk or Tel:  07540 150963.

Big thank you to all those who have given their suggestions
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Tweet Thursday 15th February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #8: with Charlotte Watson

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: Charlotte Watson

Athletes club: 
West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC)
Lillomarka OL

Athletes age: 24

Charlotte Watson out training

Athletes biggest achievement?

25th in the Long distance at the World Orienteering Championships 2017.

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

  AM PM
Monday S&C ~ 45mins Orienteering ~ 1hr
Tuesday Morning jog ~30min Intervals/Hill reps ~1hr 15min
Wednesday S&C ~ 45mins Orienteering ~ 1hr
Thursday Running/orienteering/mountain biking/road bike ~1hr 30min - 2hr 30min  
Friday Rest day - easy bike or swim  
Saturday Running/orienteering/mountain biking/road bike ~1hr 30min - 2hr 30min  
Sunday Running/orienteering/mountain biking/road bike ~1hr 30min - 2hr 30min  

I train anywhere between 8 and 12hrs a week depending on if it’s an easy or a hard week, with a mix of running, orienteering and cycling.

Technical training over the winter?

This year I am having more of a focus on technical training as over the last 3 years I have more focused on building up my fitness. Therefore, every month I have an O focus week where I try to get 5-6 sessions of orienteering in each week. On the other weeks, I aim for 3 quality sessions a week.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter?

1. Plan out your training at the start of the week so you know what you need to get done and don’t miss any sessions

2. Have lots of variety so you don’t get bored (or injured!)

3. Have some fun training weekends planned to look forward to

4. Go and live somewhere sunny.

Athletes favourite motivational quote.

"Go hard or go home."

 

Thank you, Charlotte.  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

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

Interview #6: with Hector Haines - here
IFK Lidingö SOK

Interview #7: with Graham Gristwood - here
Forth Valley Orienteers

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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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