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Tweet Friday 25th May 2018

Get into Orienteering! Why not try a new sport?

More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas.

Orienteering is an exciting adventure sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Participants have to navigate their way between a series of checkpoints (called controls) shown on the map. There’s no set route, you find your own way using the map.

What are you waiting for? Orienteering is a great way to spend more time with your family and friends. You can take part in local orienteering activities or events. UK events are listed here. You can contact your local orienteering club who will be happy to welcome you. This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. UK orienteering clubs are listed here.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are also a great way to get outside and go orienteering with family and friends. A great way to keep in touch and chat whilst you explore outdoors at a time and place that suits you all. Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.

Xplorer is also suitable for young families looking to get into orienteering and take place across the year. Xplorer activities are listed here.

Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?

This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

Tweet Friday 25th May 2018

Scottish Championships 2018 - Individual (UKOL) and Relay this weekend!

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, Nairnshire and Moray, Scotland.

A warm welcome awaits competitors travelling up to Scotland this weekend to take part in the Scottish Championships.

The Scottish Individual Championships are being staged at Achagour & Dulsie (partially used during Highland 2015 Scottish 6 Days), a short distance from Nairn and Forres. 

The Scottish Relay Championships are being staged in Roseisle, a superb area of forested sand dunes. 

Achagour Fisheries

Scottish Championships 2018 - Individual (UKOL) Long distance race starts the Championships off on Saturday (26 May) at Achagour and Dulsie.

Hosted by: INVOC
Organisers: Kevin Holliday and Guy Seaman, INVOC
Planner: Laurence Cload, INVOC
Controller: Richard Oxlade, GRAMP

Start times for the Individual Long-distance race can be found here.

Colin Matheson, Events Manager, Scottish Orienteering Association, says:  "The race arena for the Scottish Orienteering Championships looks fine in the afternoon sunshine. INVOC helpers are struggling with the marquees in the breeze but the finish lane is taped out, chemical toilets in place and stiles out in the forest. Expect challenging orienteering over parts of this area, extended from the Scottish 6 Days 2013 map."

Final details can be found at

Achagour. Photo credit:  Colin Matheson (SOA)
Achagour assembly

The Scottish Relay Championships will be held on Sunday 27th May at the north end of Roseisle forest accessed from Burghead, a village 8 miles north-west of Elgin. The terrain is complex, forested sand dunes - a mix of fast and slower running. 

Scottish Relay Champs 2018 - Roseisle. Credit: Anne Burgess

Hosted by: Moravian Orienteers
Organisers: Nikki Howard and Elizabeth Furness, MOR
Planner: Jon Hollingdale, MOR
Controller: Hilary Quick, BASOC

Colin Matheson, Events Manager, Scottish Orienteering Association, says:  "Roseisle always looks good and is one of the favourite locations for local clubs. Expect some fast times from the Moravian Juniors who are starting to dominate the leader boards in Scotland." 

Further details at


Colin added:  "We welcome some of the orienteers who extended their stay in Scotland after the British Orienteering Championships. They should be rested and ready to take on the Scots on home ground."


British Orienteering would like to thank all volunteers from Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC) and Moravian orienteering Club (MOR) and other surrounding clubs for their commitment and hard work in organising the Scottish Orienteering Championships this year. We wish all members who are travelling to compete at the Scottish Championships a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend of orienteering within the beautiful scenery of these stunning locations.   









Tweet Friday 25th May 2018

Sport Endurance Open Evening - THURSDAY 31 MAY

Venue:  Sheffield Hallam University

Free of charge event

Come along and learn how Sheffield Hallam can help endurance athletes to be faster and stronger for longer:

This open evening in Collegiate Hall at Sheffield Hallam University is to showcase the facilities and technology of The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) and the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. The evening will involve presentations and case studies from staff and students, a tour of the labs/facilities and an opportunity for local endurance groups to ask questions of our experts about how we can help you.

Presentation topics will include:

  • British Orienteering Physiological case study
  • Gait analysis and retraining the running gait as a solution to tibial torsion syndrome
  • A hot bath for more than ‘recovery’: using hot water emersion for enhancement of training adaptations.

The purpose of this open evening is to create strong links with local endurance clubs and organisations (running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and so on) in order to collaborate through regional development funding, student projects and University consultancy programmes.

Each year there are opportunities for clubs and athletes to benefit from teaching activities that require participants for our sports students to develop their applied skills on or larger groups to involve with research. We’d love to provide local clubs and athletes with these opportunities and to help the clubs and club members to become fitter and faster than ever before.

Who is the event for?

The event is relevant to local endurance sports clubs, running shops, coaches, athletes, sports physios and podiatrists.

Register your FREE place here.

Tweet Wednesday 14th February 2018

Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #7: with Graham Gristwood

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:  Graham Gristwood

Athletes club:  Forth Valley Orienteers

Athletes age: M34

Graham Gristwood (left) out training

Athletes biggest achievement?

World Orienteering Championships Relay Gold 2008

More recently, World Cup 8th place Grindelwald 2017.

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

Monday – easy running

Tuesday – hill session and recovery on spinning bike

Wednesday – Night orienteering

Thursday – easy running and intervals on golf course

Friday – easy running/spinning

Saturday – hills or orienteering

Sunday – long run (preferably in the hills, but sometimes forest roads)

As much training off road as possible, and in terrain at least once or twice per week. Also hot yoga 2-3 times per week (new this winter) for strength/flexibility/recovery.

Technical training over the winter

At least once per week all winter – usually night orienteering, preferably twice. Also some very intense training camps and weekends with SEDS / Kalevan Rasti.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter.

I enjoy my training, so it is almost never a problem to get out and do it.

I also like to think about the big competitions that I want to do well in during 2018, and I think about staying on top of the domestic races for another year!

Athletes favourite motivational quote.

"Go hard or go home" (Jon Duncan) is a good one.


Thank you, Graham.  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

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