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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 Monday 5th February 2018

European Trail Orienteering Championships Selections

We are pleased to announce selections for the European Trail Orienteering Championships.

These will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia from 27 April until 1 May 2018. The competitions include events for which the following selections have been made:




Saturday 28th April


Sunday 29th April

Open Precision-O

Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC)

Ian Ditchfield (MV)

Tom Dobra (UBOC)

Peter Huzan (SLOW)

John Kewley (MDOC)

Iain Phillips (LEI)


Para Precision-O

Dick Keighley (WIM)

Peter Roberts (EBOR)

Monday 30th April

Open Relay

Two teams to be selected from all named above

Tuesday 1st May

Open TempO

Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC)

Ian Ditchfield (MV)

Tom Dobra (UBOC)

Peter Huzan (SLOW)

Dick Keighley (WIM)

John Kewley (MDOC)

Iain Phillips (LEI)

Peter Roberts (EBOR)

The Team Manager will be Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC). Team members will be paying their own travel, accommodation and food costs.

More details, including a link to the results as they occur, can be found by visiting the website. Public events will be hosted on similar courses at the conclusion of each day’s competition, for those who wish to develop their Trail-O experience and challenge the selected competitors!

Selections announced