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Tweet Friday 16th March 2018

Interland 2018

In the 2018 Interland match, England were narrowly beaten by the Belgian (Flanders) team. This year hosted by Nederlandse Oriënteringsloop Bond (NOLB) on 11 March in the woods and dunes of Herperduin, near Oss in North Brabant (Netherlands), Interland takes place annually between England, two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Dutch, and a NE France team. Teams, 42 strong, include athletes from 14 classes across the age groups M/W14 to M/W60.

Photo: Phillip Gristwood

England athletes won six of the classes: Niamh Hunter (WCOC) in W20, Lesley Ross (OD) in W50, Jackie Hallett (BOK) in W60, Euan Tryner (SYO) in M14, Nick Barrable (SYO) in M40, and James Crawford (GO) in M60.

Other England athletes in the top 4 in class were: Sam Crawshaw (SYO), Alastair Thomas (WCOC), Duncan Archer (CLOK), Clive Hallett (BOK), Steve Whitehead (EBOR), Maya Hampshire Wright (NN), Jess Ensoll (LOC), Abi Weeds (SLOW), Alison Harding (HH), Janet Rosen (HH) and Christine Kiddier (GO) – the last two making it an England 1,2,3 in W60.

For the individual, team results and a full report by John Rye – England Team Manager click through to the Orienteering England website

Next year the event will take place in France (10 March 2019 in the Val Joly departmental park (59132 Eppe-Sauvage) located near the Belgian border where England will look to regain the trophies.

Tweet Thursday 15th March 2018

Have Your Say - Use Your Vote!

The agenda for the AGM and related information, including arrangements for proxy voting, has now been published on the AGM page. All members should have received the AGM booklet either by email or post. 

If you have not received a copy of the AGM Booklet you can find all the AGM documents on the website here.

As a member of British Orienteering, you play an essential part in the governance of the organisation.  

The AGM booklet includes the three proposals along with the voting form and voting instructions.

The three proposals at this years AGM are:

Proposal 1: Adoption of Accounts
That the accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2017 be adopted.
Proposed: The Board of Directors

Proposal 2: Appointment of Auditors
That Grant Thornton UK LLP be appointed as the auditors for the 2018 accounts to be presented at the 2019 AGM.
Proposed: The Board of Directors

Proposal 3: Membership Fees and Event Levy 2019
From 1st January 2019 until amended, fees will be as follows:
Senior member – £11.00
Junior member – £5.00
Levy per senior – equivalent event participant – £1.50
Club affiliation fee – £60.00
University club affiliation fee – £20.00
Proposed: The Board of Directors

No changes to event levy have been proposed.


All individual members of British Orienteering are entitled to vote at the AGM, in person or by proxy, provided they will be 18 years of age or older on the 31st December 2018. Each member has only one vote.

You can find a copy of the voting form below.

Votes must be received at the National Office no later than 5:15 pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018!

Tweet Thursday 15th March 2018

Compass Sport Cup Heats

The majority of the CompassSport Cup Regional Heats took place this past Sunday on a mainly bright and breezy day. The sole exception being the South West heat which has been postponed. Across the events, there were almost 2,500 people competing this weekend.

The South-East Heat organised by Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) at Balcombe Estate near Crawley featured 14 clubs and over 430 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Orienteers turned out in big numbers for the Compass Sport Cup events across the country.                  photo: Mark Howell (SN)

West Midlands Heat organised by Wrekin Orienteers (WRE) at Nescliffe near Shrewsbury featured 9 clubs and over 280 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy WRE, POTOC, WCH, COBOC, ERYRI                                                  


* WCH also qualify as Final organisers

Eastern Heat organised by East Anglia Orienteering Association (EAOA) at Shouldham Warren near Kings Lynn hosted 9 clubs with over 303 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy SMOC, LOG, WAOC, SUFFOC, SOS, CHIG                                                                                      


North East and Yorkshire Heat hosted by South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) at Canklow near Rotheram featured 9 clubs with over 370 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy EPOC, CLARO, NN, NATO, HALO, EBOR                                                                                              EPOC                     

North West Heat hosted by South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC) at Clowbridge near Burnley featured 7 clubs with over 260 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers
Trophy SROC, PFO, SELOC                                                                                                                           SROC                   

Scottish Heat hosted by Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) at Beecraigs near Linlithgow featured 18 clubs with over 420 participants.

Competition Clubs Qualifiers


A big thank you to all the volunteers who made these events happen. Full details and all the results can be found here.

Walton Chasers will host the final at Abraham’s Valley near Rugeley on Sunday 21st October 2018.

Tweet Monday 12th March 2018

Peak Raid 3

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.

Helena Burrows from Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) commented:  ”Control point scores cleverly allocated so that even us slower, older people can still get a reasonable score in the time.  We’ve been to some lovely parts of the Peak District with these events over the last 4 years”.





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. 

I really like the simplicity of the Peak Raids. They're brilliant events and you should definitely do more of them! In fact, it's indirectly entirely your fault that I got properly back into running and navigation type events again after a long absence. I'd started doing a bit of running in the summer of 2014 and then one day I got the train over to Edale to walk home and quite by chance it turned out to be the day of the 2014 Edale Peak Raid. I saw all these runners with maps, and I've always liked maps, so when I got home I googled the name I'd seen on their numbers. The event looked like fun, but 3 hours sounded a bit long, so it encouraged me to do some more training and to join Pennine in the hope of finding some like-minded people who might give me a lift to the 2015 events. That went well!"  










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.

For more information visit here.