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Tweet Monday 12th November 2018

Southern Night Championships (UKOL) - Saturday 24 November 2018

Guildford Orienteers presents the Southern Night Championships 2018 (Level B) at Puttenham Common and Britty Wood
on Saturday 24 November.

The organiser of the Southern Night Championships, Jeremy Wilde, commented:

"Puttenham Common has been gorgeous if rather cold on these recent clear nights under the full moon. Plans for the Southern Night Champs are well advanced and we are looking forward to a great evening on the 24th of November.

We have hired Myrtle's Courtyard on the Hampton Estate - the Common is part of the Estate - to use as our Event Centre. Tom's burger wagon will be there serving up the usual hot drinks and food, as well as Ian's Ultrasport van. Be there - for a night of O-delight!"

Entries are still open: book online via by Saturday 17 November 2018.


Organiser: Jeremy Wilde (Guildford Orienteers)
Planner: Tim Denton (Guildford Orienteers)
Controller: Alan Wallis (Southern Navigators)

This is a UK Orienteering League event.

For more information about the Southern Night Championships visit here.


Photos supplied: Guildford Orienteers

British Orienteering would like to thank all volunteers from Guildford Orienteers and surrounding clubs for their hard work in putting on this event and wishing all members a great evening of night orienteering.  

Tweet Sunday 11th November 2018

2019 Senior GB Squad Announced

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the Senior GBR Squad for 2019. The squad features 25 athletes, 15 men and 10 women, with a wide range of experience.

Many familiar faces return including European Championship Sprint Bronze medallist Kris Jones and Mixed Sprint Relay Bronze medallists from Round 1 of the 2017 IOF World Cup; Cat Taylor, Peter Hodkinson and Ralph Street.

'Being part of the squad since 2004 has been great for my orienteering development as it provided me information on the aspects around elite sport, it allowed me to experience a variety of different terrain, and it gave me a way to access funding sources' said Ralph.

Many of the World Orienteering Championships Team from 2018 are back intent on building on some strong performances over the year. With the International calendar seeing some significant changes, moving to a forest only World Championships in 2019 followed by a sprint World Championships in 2020 there will be opportunities for athletes focussed on both or either discipline to shine in 2019.

In addition to the familiar faces, there are three new members. The Selection Panel recognised the results and performances of some younger athletes with Matthew Fellbaum’s Silver at the Junior World Championships faces meaning he joins the senior squad along with Alex Carcas and Jamie Parkinson.  

Tweet Saturday 10th November 2018

Now is the time to try orienteering!

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.


Events are held by clubs across the country offering courses to suit all technical and physical abilities. Volunteers are always on hand to show you how to get started and give you some tips and tricks that will mean you get the most out of your orienteering experience. 

We understand that a lot of people might be quite put off by starting at a competitive event, although there is no need to be, which is why we also offer a way to take part in your own time through permanent orienteering courses. These fixed orienteering routes are located across the UK for you try. You simply download a map and just go! This is a great way of exploring local areas either when you are away on holiday or taking a short break in the UK.

Find out more about how you can get involved by visiting the British Orienteering website:

Try orienteering today
Tweet Thursday 8th February 2018

British Orienteering appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Peter Hart has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of British Orienteering, to take the sport of orienteering forward to 2020 and beyond.

Peter Hart will take the strategic lead of the National Governing Body and will guide the sport of orienteering through the delivery of British Orienteering’s Strategic Plan.

Commenting on his recent appointment, Peter Hart said: “I am delighted and honoured to accept the position of CEO at British Orienteering and look forward to maintaining and building on the significant achievements of Mike Hamilton retiring CEO. Sport has always been a lifelong passion of mine and I have experience of witnessing first hand of its potential to create opportunities and change people's lives. I am looking forward to leading British Orienteering and their staff within the team to increase participation and enjoyment of orienteering at all levels.”

Peter has a wealth of experience of competing and working in sport. He competed as an orienteer at gold badge level until 1986 including competing in the JK event as well as finishing runner-up in the Inter-Services Championships. He also represented Modern Pentathlon at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Following his career as an athlete, he worked as a National Development Officer and as a Technical Officer at the Central Council of Physical Recreation now known as the Sport and Recreation Alliance before becoming Chief Executive of Modern Pentathlon for eight years. He was the Competition Manager for Modern Pentathlon at the 2012 Summer London Olympics and has spent the last four years at the Open University.

Peter Hart

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Hamilton for his leadership, determination and hard work he has given over the last 12 years. Mike has been a lever for leading change and developing growth by encouraging the sport to modernise. One way he has done this is by encouraging local, urban orienteering and showcasing the sport as a modern outdoor adventure sport. The Sport and Recreation Alliance presented Mike with an Emeritus Award this year for his long-term service to orienteering.

Peter Hart took up his new post on 1 February 2018.

Retiring Chief Executive Officer Mike Hamilton, says: “I have been involved in sport throughout my life as a participant, performer, volunteer and professional and have been Chief Executive at British Orienteering since January 2006. I count myself very fortunate to have been so readily accepted as Chief Executive in the sport.

British Orienteering turned 50 years old last year and I’m delighted to hand over the CEO reins to Peter and look forward to seeing orienteering continue to grow and develop. I’ve enjoyed my time at British Orienteering and wish Peter all the very best as he leads British Orienteering in his new position.” 

Judith Holt Chair of British Orienteering, says: “I am delighted to announce that the appointments panel has completed its task and we can confirm that Peter Hart has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer for British Orienteering. At the interview, Peter demonstrated the leadership qualities and understanding of the role that British Orienteering is looking for as well as having the appropriate experience.”

“I would like to thank Mike Hamilton for his dedication, commitment and hard work over the last 12 years. As Chair of British Orienteering, I have personally benefited enormously from the extensive knowledge Mike has built up about the sport and its governance. On behalf of all at British Orienteering, members, volunteers, staff and clubs I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Mike a long and happy retirement.”