Already Christmas seems not too far away and with it the deadline of 1st Jan 2019 approaches, by which time maps used for all levels of event should be drawn to ISOM 2017.
Many clubs are well on their way to updating their maps to the new specification. You may like to check that the maps that will be used in the New Year have been, or are in the process of being, revised to ISOM 2017. Further details, including some guidance documents, are available on the Mapping Resources page of the BOF website under the heading ISOM 2017. Scroll further down to the British Orienteering Symbol Sets section for details of the ISOM 2017 symbol sets and links to download Symbol Set files.
Closing Date: Friday 19th October
Salary: £25,000 pa plus pension
British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for Orienteering in the UK with the vision that Orienteering is the ‘go to’ outdoor sport for people wanting to test themselves physically and mentally.
This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, passionate and committed individual to further their experience and contribute to the continued growth of orienteering across England.
The position available with flexible location but with a preference for individuals based in the Midlands.
This is an exciting and challenging role with the responsibility of implementing the national strategy at a local level by supporting clubs and local delivery partners to improve the retention of frequent participants, in particular women, and increase the number of participants that orienteer frequently.
Candidates will need to be flexible and able to work weekday evenings and weekends where appropriate.
The role is full time and for a minimum of 6 months. The position is home based with regular travel and a requirement to attend the national office fortnightly. More information can be found in the job description and person specification below
Orienteering is an ambitious sport, as such, we are keen to attract a wider pool of talent to help the sport attract and integrate with a wider participant base, better reflecting today's society. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, race, colour, sex, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, disability or sexual orientation.
To apply please send your CV with a covering letter detailing why you feel you are suitable for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 19th October.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 1st November.
For more information please contact Craig Anthony, Head of Development on 07342 882530.
British Orienteering is pleased to announce that Helen Errington from Maprunner has been awarded a short-term contract to support British Orienteering’s Major Events, in particular the JK 2019 which is being held in the South Central Region from 19th – 22nd April 2019 in the Aldershot and Newbury areas.
Peter Hart, Chief Executive said:
"After a thorough and rigorous recruitment process we are delighted that Helen Errington has agreed to work with British Orienteering as their Major Events Consultant. Helen has very significant experience in organising and supporting major events in orienteering.
She has excellent event organisational experience and the drive to help us support our Major Events programme and development.
I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone with her calibre, track record and further potential. I look forward to working with her over the next few months."
The ‘Peak Raid 3’ series of events have been held each autumn/winter for the past 4 years and over that time they have grown in popularity. The events follow a simple format of a 3-hour score format with 15 controls totalling 500 points, which has enabled all abilities to enjoy the challenge of testing themselves technically and physically in some of the wildest and remotest parts of the Peak District.
One of the events unique selling points (USP’s) are the specially produced maps which are made by award-winning mappers Peel Land Surveys. The maps follow a ‘standard’ mountain marathon format familiar with people who have taken part in Karrimor International Mountain Marathons (now the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) but as they are a large scale at 1:25,000 they contain the type of detail you might expect on an orienteering map. This has enabled the planners to fairly position controls off trail in more complex terrain and has been greatly enjoyed by seasoned orienteers and fell runners alike.
It’s this unique combination of quality mapping and planning, set in a wonderful Peak District setting, which has made them popular not only with fell runners and orienteers but also triathletes, mountaineers, traditional runners and complete novices.
The course planning has also been a critical part of the events appeal with control points carefully positioned across the terrain to provide a rewarding challenge to both elite competitors and those of a more average ability.
The score format enables people of all abilities to do as much or as little as they like and this coupled with the fact that people can take part in pairs, has made them appealing to people wishing to take up navigation events. So much so that there is an increasing number of our competitors who have enjoyed Peak Raid 3 trying out traditional orienteering.
Sue Richmond’s Peak Raid story is a great example of their appeal.
Sue Richmond is now one of the most successful competitors having won the overall women’s title in 2017 and now also appears at mainstream orienteering events.
The men’s competition has been dominated by former international orienteer Richard Robinson from Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC), who over the seasons has been the only person to gain maximum 500 points at an event. 2017 proved a different script with Philip Vokes from Loughborough University Orienteering Club (LUOC) providing stiff competition and eventually coming out on top to take the 2017 title.
One final piece of the jigsaw for the success of Peak Raid 3 has been the small group of volunteers and sponsors who as a team have delivered quality and friendly events. The same group, of about half a dozen, volunteer at all the events, which builds comradery and leads to a sense of ownership in the ‘product’.
Photo (above left): Anna Darlington and Helena Burrows finishing strongly.
Photo (above right): Map sample.
Photo above (left): Snowy conditions at the final event.
Photo above (right): Taking time to plan your route is time well spent .
Photo above: Series winner Philip Vokes (centre) with sponsors Jim Moseley, Cargo2go (left) and Debbie Smith, Accelerate (right).
The 2018 season kicks off in September.
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