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Tweet Tuesday 11th September 2018

Major Events Consultant

British Orienteering is pleased to announce that Helen Errington from Maprunner has been awarded a short-term contract to support British Orienteering’s Major Events, in particular the JK 2019 which is being held in the South Central Region from 19th – 22nd April 2019 in the Aldershot and Newbury areas.

Peter Hart, Chief Executive said:

"After a thorough and rigorous recruitment process we are delighted that Helen Errington has agreed to work with British Orienteering as their Major Events Consultant. Helen has very significant experience in organising and supporting major events in orienteering.

She has excellent event organisational experience and the drive to help us support our Major Events programme and development.

I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone with her calibre, track record and further potential. I look forward to working with her over the next few months."


Tweet Monday 10th September 2018

WCOC win Peter Palmer Junior Relays for a third successive year!

The Peter Palmer Junior Relays successfully took place last weekend September 8-9th at Tankersley near Sheffield.  South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) organised an excellent event, including training on Saturday, overnight accommodation for all teams and the main relay event starting in the dark at 5 am.

Photos by Robert Lines

Winners of the three trophy categories were:

  • WCOC Incredibles (West Cumberland OC)             Peter Palmer Trophy       Main relay          
  • GO Bananas 1 (Guildford Orienteers)                      Norwich Anniversary      Small clubs         
  • SYO Killer Bees (South Yorkshire Orienteers)       Joan George Trophy        Young teams

The new shorter Daybreak relay with 4 legs per team was also won by Guildford Orienteers. 

The event was sponsored by Tio Mila, Sweden.   Göran Reinholdsson from the Tio Mila organisation presented WCOC as the winning club with a free entry and accommodation to the Junior Tia Mila race in Sweden in April 2019.   

Nick Lightfoot, the course planner from SYO, commented: “Peter Palmer was an inspirational junior leader and orienteering coach.  He would have been proud to see the enthusiasm shown by all the juniors this weekend”. 

See an excellent Youtube video of the event here made by Ben O’Donnell M14 and his family from DVO.

Thanks to the SYO organising team for a fantastic weekend!

Tweet Saturday 8th September 2018

Orienteering Foundation Coaching Day

The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day on Saturday 10th November 2018 in the Lake District.

The day will be planned and organised by experienced coach Derek Allison, and take place in the technical terrain of Dale Park, part of the Graythwaite Estate (as used for day 5 of the recent Lakes 5 Day). It is open to both self-organised groups of any age, led by their own qualified coaches, as well as individual adult participants coached by Derek himself. See here for further details. Pre-booking is required.

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

Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod - here

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