Sunday 20 May 2018: British Orienteering Championships - Relay race, Torphantrick
Torphantrick, part of the Inchmarnoch Estate near Ballater, was a fine setting for the British Relay Championships. Castles and sunshine were not present, but the venue was on a pleasant meadow in a loop of the River Dee, a favoured spot for fisherman but fortunately Sunday is a rest day for salmon.
The terrain was very different from Balmoral, including Scots Pine plantation recently thinned (with brashings) and more open oak and birch forest. There was an intricate path and fence network overlaid on some complex moraine features. Parallel errors were commonplace but the area was fair and fortunately no teams were out for too long.
British Orienteering Chair Judith Holt was however still out as third Leg runner as the prize giving started. Colin Matheson, British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Event Coordinator and Events Manager for Scottish Orienteering stepped in for the BOC Long Distance presentations while Judith completed her run and changed just in time to present the Relay medals and trophies.
Soon it was all over and 'Limelight', our excellent Event Services crew, cleared the arena ready for the return of the sheep. So that’s it for another year and we hope everyone makes the trip south (or north for many) to Yorkshire next year.
Photo above - M/W 70 Relay winners
1st: Cliff Etherden, Carol McNeill, Simon Cane (LOC)
2nd: Geoffrey Hensman, Lindsey HEnsman, Dave Coustick (FVO)
3rd: Alastair Lessells, Eleanor Pyrah, John McLaren (ESOC).
Photo credit: Deeside Camera Club
Photo above: Relay A: Premier winners
1st: Chris Smithard, Mark Nixon, Kris Jones (FVO)
2nd: Alex Carcas, Matthew Fellbaum, Alexander Chepelin (EUOC)
3rd: Alan Cherry, Josh Beech, Matthew Speake.
Photo credit: Deeside Camera Club
Thanks go to the Balmoral Estates and in particular Garry Marsden for permission to stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral on Saturday 19th May – the same day as the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Torphantrick is part of the Inchmarnoch Estate, and thanks go to Mrs J C Carson for permission to use this area for the British Relay Championships on Sunday 20th May.
British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs who gave their time as volunteers to help stage this competition. MAROC, ESOC, TAY, ECKO, CLYDE and FVO were the main clubs involved with the Long Distance Championships. GRAMP and BASOC were the main clubs involved with the British Relay Championships. Individuals from other clubs across Scotland are also involved.
Especially thanks also to Colin Matheson (Event Coordinator, Day Organiser and Safety Officer and Events Manager at SOA), Assistant Coordinator: Ross Lilley (ECKO), Treasurer: Jackie Reynard (GRAMP), Entries: David Nicol (FVO), Payments: Sarah Hobbs (Membership & Communications Officer, SOA), Long Distance - Planner: Steve Nicholson (FVO), Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton (GRAMP), Controller: Brian Bullen (FVO), Assistant Controller: Dave Armitage (GRAMP), Relays: Planner: Clive Masson (ESOC), Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite (BAOC), Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR).
Thank you to all who travelled up to the Championships and took part in this event. Another great weekend of Orienteering set in superb surroundings and enjoyed by all.
Saturday 19 May - British Orienteering Championships - Long distance race, Balmoral, Scotland.
Probably one of the most memorable British Orienteering Championships ever held! Balmoral Castle on the day of a Royal Wedding, beautiful weather, fantastic courses and excellent mapping all combined to make it a great event.
Parking was on an immaculately mown lawn, with care taken not to drive over the cricket pitch.
The walk to the Red start was long but essential, with around 700 competitors passing Her Majesty’s ponies on the way to the westernmost (and toughest) part of the area. Runners might have been treated to the sight of a drone gathering race footage, as well as running cams and other cameras out in the woods.
Interviews were conducted with the main hopefuls in M21E and W21E by presenter Dougie Vipond (also of Deacon Blue fame) and well-known hill-goer Cameron McNeish. With GPS tracking and race commentary, there will be an excellent TV programme coming out sometime in the summer.
Everyone was a winner at Balmoral, but we hope that those who limped in nursing sprains, cuts and bruises make a quick recovery.
Photos by: Colin Matheson
Sprint Scotland is proud to invite you to a weekend of high-quality sprint orienteering on new areas in Falkirk, Denny and Grangemouth.
The event is organised by the Masterplan Adventure team of Graham Gristwood, Chris Smithard, Kris Jones and Fanni Gyurko, and includes coaching, Q&A sessions and a ceilidh as well as orienteering!
Event programme includes:
19 July - Coaching day in Grangemouth South and West, followed by an evening talk.
20 July - Coaching day in Hallglen (Falkirk), followed by an evening talk.
21 July - 2 sprint races in Denny (near Stirling) (Scottish Urban League, 2*WRE), followed by an evening talk and ceilidh.
22 July - 1 sprint race in Grangemouth North (WRE).
Entries are open. You can book your place here.
Sprint Scotland website can be accessed here.
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.
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.”