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Tweet Monday 25th June 2018

Who will be crowned the winners of the Yvette Baker Trophy Final 2018 ?

Sunday 1 July 2018

Premiere Junior Inter-Club competition for English and Welsh Orienteering Clubs.

This year’s 2018 Final is being hosted by Harlequins Orienteering Club (HOC) and is set to take place on Sunday 1 July in Arrow Valley Country Park.

With the atmosphere set to be vibrant, this junior only event has a different feel from all-age championships held in the year. The atmosphere is set to be noisy as enthusiastic juniors, parents and supporters cheer on their teammates.

The teams that have qualified for the 2018 Final next week are:
Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK), Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK), Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO), Guildford Orienteers (GO), Humberside and Lincoln Orienteers (HALO), Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI), Octavian Droobers (OD), Southern Navigators (SN), Suffolk Orienteering Club (SUFFOC), South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC).


Organiser Penny Hemsted from Harlequins Orienteering Club (HOC), says: 
“I am looking forward immensely to a great competition where all young people involved can excel and aim to beat their previous best performances.  
In my view, taking part and enjoying the atmosphere is all part of the fun.
Fingers crossed for good weather to enhance the proceedings.
Thanks go to all our volunteer helpers and Team Managers who give up so much of their spare time to encourage and support the junior members of their clubs throughout the year. We are grateful also to Redditch and Bromsgrove Borough Council for making this event possible.”

















This club competition is named after Britain’s first World Orienteering Champion, Yvette Baker, who won Gold in the short distance event in Scotland in 1999. This competition is held annually for junior orienteers of all standards. The regional heats have seen clubs competing for entry into the National Final.

Sarah Mansell, Yvette Baker Trophy Co-ordinator, says:  
"The YBT is such an inclusive competition allowing juniors of all abilities to compete at their level. It is fantastic that we have 11 teams for a wide selection of clubs this year and I look forward to the competition developing and growing over the next few years to encourage more junior participation in the sport."









British Orienteering would like to thank the host Harlequins Orienteering Club and all the volunteers for all of their time and effort in making this junior competition happen. Wishing all the junior teams who have successfully qualified to compete in this year's Final a great, fun-filled and action-packed day of orienteering next weekend.


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Tweet Friday 22nd June 2018

UK Urban League 2017

The final race of the 2017 UK Urban League was scheduled for last December at Castle Vale, Birmingham, but heavy snow and an amber weather warning forced Harlequins Orienteering Club to postpone. They chose June, combining with the Birmingham University sprints to create an attractive weekend. And no snow.

UKUL Organiser Roger Thetford thanked the sponsors BML Print, CompassSport and Ultrasport, before handing out the trophies (bricks!) and Ultrasport vouchers to the winners.

Joel Taylor (TVOC) and Ella May Rush (BOK) dominated the Young Junior (12-) categories, each racking up a perfect score. James Lowthian (NOC) and Aimee Darley (GO) took the Junior (16-) categories.

Leon Foster (AIRE) retained his Men’s Open brick and Tereza Maria Rush (BOK) followed suit for the women. Martin Ward (SYO) won his eighth Men’s Veterans (40+) title in ten years, and Jane Anthony (SROC) retained her Women’s Veteran brick by a handsome margin.

In the Men’s SuperVets (55+), John Embrey (DEE) climbed a place to number one, as did Lindsey Knox (RR) for the women. Bob Dredge (WCH) claimed a narrow Men’s UltraVet (65+) win. The top two female Ultravets were tied on points before Castle Vale, but Liz Godfree (DVO) managed to improve her score whereas Heather Smithard (KFO) did not. The new HyperVet (75+) bricks both headed for the Goodair household: Guy Goodair (EPOC) won the men’s title, Judith Goodair the women’s.

There were also prizes for the three closest runners-up, across all categories. Ruth Rhodes (SO) matched Judith Goodair’s WHV total, losing out only on tie-break (head-to-head record: Judith recovered from 1-0 down to win 6-1). The other two prizes went to Mike Smithard (DEE), who closed at Castle Vale to within 3 points of Bob Dredge, and Heather Smithard, just five points adrift in the WUV category.

Photo credit: Steve Rush (Bristol Orienteering Klub)

The photo above (left to right):  Ella May Rush, Tereza Rush, Martin Ward, John Embrey, Liz Godfree, Guy Goodair, Judith Goodair.

The 2018 UKUL is well underway. Birmingham University was race 11 out of 20, and events come thick and fast in the summer months when the forests are thick and slow! gives the latest scores. Not many people have yet completed a scoring set but several of last year’s champions are already riding high.

Birmingham University.  Photos Credit: Steve Rush (BOK)

Tweet Friday 22nd June 2018

Final round of the UK Relay League

The Harvester Relays are taking place next Sunday (June 24th) at Tilgate Forest in Sussex.

The UK's little brother equivalent to Tio Mila and Jukola. An overnight relay with a mixture of night and day laps for teams of either seven or five competitors.

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The area offers a mixture of the managed country park, golf course and a steep wooded valley to test different skills under the pressure of head-to-head racing.   

The Event Centre is based in a modern hut with the luxury of indoor toilets and hot showers. The top clubs from recent years (FVO, NOC, BOK and SLOW) are all sending teams once again so competition is expected to be tight at the sharp end of the race.

The organising club's chairman Steve Blount, says:  "Southdowns Orienteers are looking forward to welcoming teams to this iconic event. I was part of a working party in the area last Tuesday preparing the camping site, and can testify how nice the forest is looking there."


Organiser – Ralph Phillips (Southdowns Orienteers)
Planner – Neil Crickmore (Southdowns Orienteers)  
Controller – Gordon Parker (South London Orienteers and Wayfarers).  

British Orienteering would like to thank all the officials and club volunteers from Southdowns Orienteers and South London Orienteers and Wayfarers for all their hard work and commitment over the last months. 

British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to wish members all the very best with their final preparations as they get set to navigate their way to Sussex to take part in the Relays.  Wishing you all a great orienteering experience!  


Final details are available here.

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