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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

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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

Celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes: Orienteering Coaches

Celebrating Orienteering Coaches

In the next of our series celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes, we look at those who provide the guidance and support to help everyone improve and achieve their potential, our coaches.

What inspired them to become a coach?

How do they adapt to different ages and skill sets and what does the future look like for maximising coaching for club members?

Neil Harvatt.  Credit: Vince Grealy (YHOA)

Peter Brooke British Orienteering’s Development Officer contacted Neil Harvatt, a Coach of the Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club to try and find out more.

Like many people in roles across clubs, Neil almost fell into the role when Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club (HALO) needed a new coach. Coupled with retirement, a desire to help others whilst improving his own personal skills and simply doing more orienteering, everything fell into place and he’s not looked back.

Neil commented: “Running HALO’s club nights in Beverley, alongside my coaching in schools are particular highlights. I like seeing everyone’s enjoyment as they pick up new skills and then being asked back and into other schools gives me great personal satisfaction.”

As in any sport, coaching is never easy with such wide-ranging abilities of individuals in every club, but it’s a challenge Neil thrives on and his passion is evident throughout our chat.

Neil added: “It’s not easy, but it’s important to keep a balanced approach, building on the desires and current skills of our club members. During club nights I always try and focus on core skill activities whilst pairing up members with different levels of experience to help everyone learn from each other.”

Whilst the principles of the sport are the same, coaching continues to evolve and improve thanks to a dedicated network across the country. From a personal point of view, Neil highlighted how becoming a coach helped him to improve his own orienteering skills along with the satisfaction he gets from others simply saying thank you.

Neil concluded:  “It’s not about being perfect or even the best orienteer, no one does a course and becomes a good coach overnight. It’s how you listen to and work with orienteers for their benefit that will improve you. Anyone can do it.”.

Do you know someone who works tirelessly within your club and should earn the recognition they deserve?  Why not nominate them for one of the British Orienteering Volunteer Awards?

Simply 'Log in' to the member's section of the British Orienteering website and click the 'Get Involved' tab and click on Volunteering.  Click on the link of the 'Volunteer awards' to access the award categories and download the nomination forms.  It is really easy to do.  Just follow the link and get nominating.

Additionally, if you have ideas you want to share on how we can improve volunteering within the sport we’ll be very happy to hear from you. Email: pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk

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