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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!

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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.

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JK2018 - four days of great orienteering ahead

The West Midlands Orienteering Association welcomes you to Cannock Chase for the 51st JK competition.

There are four days of great orienteering ahead of you on areas separated by a maximum of 15 miles!

Day 1 is the SPRINT RACE on MOD Stafford, hosted by Walton Chasers OC (WCH) and Royal Signals OC (RSOC). This is a little used area and will be new to most people.

Day 2 is the MIDDLE RACE on Brereton Spurs, hosted by Octavian Droobers (OD). Last used in 2014 for the British Middles and 2015 for the Junior Inter-regional, it has been remapped for the first time using LIDAR data.

Day 3 is the LONG RACE on Beaudesert and Brereton Hayes, hosted by Potteries OC (POTOC) and Wrekin Orienteers (WRE). Beaudesert has been used over many years for top class events, the last one being the Midland Champs in 2009. The tricky terrain has been remapped for the first time using LIDAR data.

Day 4 is the RELAYS on Beaudesert, hosted by Harlequins OC (HOC) and City of Birmingham OC (COBOC). The relays will use some of the same area as the long race, but the planning will not make it easy for you!

Trail-O will also be available in close proximity to the arenas of day 1 (Temp-O) and day 3 (Pre-O). Please find some time to partake in both disciplines.


Andy Yeates, JK 2018 Coordinator says: 

"On behalf of the West Midlands Orienteering Association, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering 2018.

Despite the many and varied pressures and challenges my team and I have endured over the past couple of years, I believe the end result will be worth it. As we enter the final phase of preparation, the realisation that my vision of a compact four day event on some of the best terrain that the West Midlands has to offer is finally coming to fruition is very exciting. Thank you to everyone who has entered, your faith in what we are doing is appreciated.

Each day’s major officials have tried to keep to the compact philosophy resulting in parking being close to the arena each day. All the finishes are in the arenas and all but one start is situated next to the arena. 

I have tried to make sure that information has been in the public domain as early as possible and I’m still tweaking the programme to make it as complete and as accurate as I can. Version 3 will be out shortly. Any further revisions after that will be minor corrections only (I hope).

As well as the usual string course for our youngest attendees, we are demo-ing what may be a first for the UK – orienteering biathlon. Basically, this is running a short orienteering course and then shooting at targets immediately afterwards against the clock. There are no live rounds as the guns use an optical system, so it is safe for all competitors. We think this could catch on, so come and give it a try.

I hope that the four days we have lined up for your enjoyment live up to your expectations, and we look forward to seeing you over the Easter weekend."


British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Yeates (WCH) JK2018 Coordinator and all of the volunteer officials involved across all four days of this exciting competition.  Thank you for all your hard work and commitment in organising this event.  



Andrew Yeates WCH
Orienteering Services Officer Dan Riley BOF
Treasurer Bob Dredge WCH
Safety Officer Eric Brown HOC
Mapping Advisor Bruce Bryant OD
Permissions (Brereton Spurs/Brereton Hayes/Beaudesert) Ian Jones WCH
Online Entries/Event Processing/Results SportIdent  
Entries Secretary (SI liaison,start lists) Diane Jacks WRE
SI Equipment Coordinator Mark Stodgell WCH
Non-SI Equipment Coordinators Lester & Judith Evans HOC
Web Site/Social Media Coordinator Andy Johnson HOC
String Course Coordinators Sarah & Carol Dredge WCH
Day 1 - SPRINT (MOD Stafford) Lead Club: WCH / Royal Signals
Organiser Dougie Craig WCH
Assistant Organiser Sally Calland Royal Signals
Planner Ray Collins WCH
Controller Mark Dyer BOK
IOF Advisor Mike Forrest BOK
Temp-O Graham Urquhart OD
Day 2 - MIDDLE (Brereton Spurs) Lead Club: OD
Organiser Bob Brandon OD
Planner Sue Hallett OD
Controller Dick Towler LOC
IOF Advisor Simon Thompson HOC
Day 3 - LONG (Beaudesert/Brereton Hayes) Lead Club: POTOC / WRE
Organiser Brenda Morgan POTOC
Planner Henry Morgan POTOC
Controller Mike Chopping NOR
IOF Advisor Mike Forrest BOK
Pre-O Graham Urquhart OD
Day 4 - RELAY (Beaudesert) Lead Club: HOC / COBOC
Organiser Lesley Brown HOC  
Assistant Organiser Barbara Ford HOC
Planner Andy Hemsted HOC  
Assistant Planner Barry Houghton HOC
Controller Allan Williams WCH

For more information and to keep up to date with this event, visit the JK2018 website here.