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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 Friday 9th March 2018

Badaguish Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp: Training Diary by Alice Wilson (Clydeside Orienteers)

Training Camp Diary by Alice Wilson

Club: Clydeside Orienteers

Age Class: W16

Badaguish British Orienteering Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp. 

The focus of this final training camp before the racing the season begins was to put together the orienteering techniques that we had worked on in detail during our previous weekend camps and practice them under race conditions.

Day 1:

On the first day, we were based at Inshriach. The first exercise was practice for running the first Leg of a Relay, so we all started in a mass start and, like in a Relay, we had different gaffles.

In the afternoon we moved to a different part of Inshriach where the contours are much more complex. There, once again like in a race, we were all given different start times and it was our responsibility to be fully warmed-up and to get there on time. This exercise itself was a Middle distance course and was all about orienteering like you would do on race day.

At British Orienteering Talent Squad training camps the evening review session is just as important as the physical training itself. We normally upload our GPS traces onto websites that allow us to put our routes directly onto the orienteering map so we can see exactly where we went. 

Alice Wilson (Clydeside Orienteers)

Mark Nixon Talent Squad’s Technical Coach usually gives a presentation debriefing us about the day’s training. Also, depending on what phase of training we are in, Mark talks about the orienteering technique we were practising, and if we have made a mistake, we can look at the Leg and identify where and why the mistake happened.

Day 2:

In the morning of the second day, we went into Aviemore for a Sprint exercise. Once again, like on race day, we were issued start times. As always in Sprint Orienteering this course forced us to focus on route choice. This was really interesting as later when we reviewed the session in the evening, we measured the lengths of the different routes we had chosen, taking into account turning sharp corners or zigzagging in and out of buildings, and could work out what the best routes were.

After lunch we did exercises at Loch Vaa with a combination of longer and shorter Legs, practising for Long races. This was helpful as it gave me a better understanding of how many decision points I needed to safely get me to the control, and how that can differ in an area of vague or complex contours. Also, it helped me to understand when marshes and open areas are useful to navigate by - just in case you’re wondering in Loch Vaa they are.

Day 3:

We drove up to the Moravian coast, and in the morning attended a local Moravian event at Darnaway East, where they had especially planned male and female Middle distance courses for us. This was great as we could use this event, even though it was small, as practice for what it would be like at a bigger event, in the sense that there would be more distractions – such as more people in the forest not on your course – and proper SI punching. Distractions in the forest are something that everyone struggles with on some level, so using a real event was good practice for coping with this.

Afterwards, we headed to Culbin for more Relay practice, except that this time we did it as if we were heading out on the final Leg; meaning there were staggered starts and once again different gaffles.

Day 4:

For our final exercise, we went to Uath Lochans and did a Long distance course. This was a good exercise to finish with as it gave you a good idea of how your navigation had improved in the last four days.


Overall, the training camp was great fun, and I think it was especially helpful that over the four days I was able to practice all of the different disciplines of orienteering:  Long, Middle, Relay and Sprint. Also, this camp taught me to properly analyse my routes and choices after racing, which is a skill I will be able to put to good use whenever I go orienteering in the future.


Thank you, Alice, for providing this insightful account of your time at camp.  British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all the members of the Talent Squad all the very best with your training and preparations for the 2018 season.


Read Angus Harrington's Badaguish Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp: Training Diary here