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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Winter 2018 Festive Xplorer Events

Looking to take part in a fun and festive activity?  Look no further!  

Xplorer is getting into the festive spirit with Christmas themed events across the country. An adventure for the whole family this December with a navigation challenge! Explore the park and find the festive markers!

Festive Xplorer events taking place include...

Find more Xplorer events here.

Give a Membership Gift

Join British Orienteering as an Xplorer member today! Did you know that for only £11 (adult) and £5 (child) you can join British Orienteering as an ‘Xplorer’ club member?

Joining gives you access to discounts of up to 20% off a wide variety of partners including Butlin's Holiday Club, Go Ape, YHA, Cotswold Outdoor, AA and many more, as well as access to newsletters, badge and incentive schemes, events, activities, competitions.  Find out more here. To join as an Xplorer club member, choose Xplorer as the club and BOF as the association when using the online joining process. 

Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield 2019

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the plans in 2019 for the annual Yvette Baker junior inter-club competitions.

The regional heats start on Sunday January 20th in the West Midlands with an event at Boreatton Park.  The full list of regional heats are as follows:


Boreatton Park, Shropshire 20th January 2019


Errington Woods, Cleveland 24th February 2019
SEOA Worthlodge Forest, W. Sussex 24th March 2019
EAOA  Hockley Woods, Essex  31st March 2019
SWOA  Savernake Forest (tbc), Wiltshire 7th April 2019
WOA  Cwm Lickey, Cwmbran  14th April 2019
YHOA  Mausoleum Woods & Cottagers Dale, Lincolnshire  28th April 2019
NWOA  Aitken Woods, Lancashire  11th May 2019
EMOA  Calke Abbey, Derbyshire  19th May 2019

The final will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Sandringham Country Park near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

The Yvette Baker junior competition now includes a new category for clubs with fewer juniors. The Yvette Baker Shield runs alongside the Trophy at the same event, allowing qualifying clubs to field a team of 5 or more juniors (the Trophy requires a team of 9 juniors).

To qualify for the Shield, a club must have 25 or fewer junior members in the club. The updated Rule L for the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield and the list of clubs qualifying for both Trophy and Shield competitions in 2019 can be found below.

A further update on the Yvette Baker competitions in 2019 will follow in January.

Tweet Wednesday 12th December 2018

Tick one thing off your to do list before Christmas, book onto the 2019 Coaching conference now.

The festival period is rapidly closing in so don’t forget to tick one thing off your to-do list and book your place on the 2019 coaching conference. 

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January will soon be on us, so don’t miss out on the 23rd December booking deadline.  

Great advice, practical sessions and live discussions will help you start your coaching year in the best way possible. 

To secure your place at the conference and to view the full agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.  

Great value at only £70 for both days or £38 for one day. 
All bookings must be made by 23rd December. 

Tweet Thursday 12th April 2018

GB elite Cat Taylor prepares for the European Championships in four weeks’

Cat Taylor (South Yorkshire Orienteers) has been selected to compete in the Middle distance, Forest Relay and Long distance races at the 2018 European Orienteering Championships in Ticino, Switzerland which takes place between 5 and 13 May 2018.  

Cat Taylor

Club:  South Yorkshire Orienteers
Athlete Profile

Cat Taylor's Training Diary 

Cat Taylor, says: 

"This week I’m in Ticino, the southern corner of Switzerland, preparing for the European Championships in four weeks’ time. Although we have no organised British team camp, I felt it was important to train here ahead of the competition week and I’m one of several team members who has taken this opportunity in recent months.

The forests in Ticino offer very different challenges to home. If I had to describe them in one word: steep. Steep up, steep down, contouring across steep ground, trying to gain or lose the right amount of height. The main challenges, especially in the Long distance, will come from picking the best route and line in the terrain to negotiate these hillsides. When is it okay to climb, and when should you go round? Maybe the answer is different for each runner.

So my training has focused on getting used to these hills technically, physically and not least mentally, because many Legs look daunting on the map and feel tough to run. Without the right confidence and grit, the race could beat you before you even run it. Half way through, I’m pleased to be feeling like I’m finding my hill skills again. As part of this I took in the Swiss team test races last weekend, along with British teammates Chris Smithard (who ran the Sprint test) and Hector Haines (who ran the Middle, like me). It was my first ”hard” session in these forests and I learnt a lot, including how much quicker I can launch myself down hills in race mode, and (from being overtaken by a couple of the top men on these downhills) how much better I can still be!"

Training map, Lodano
Views towards some of the race areas
Training in the rain
Competing in Saturday's Middle distance race (Copyright Remy Steinegger)

You can read more about the upcoming European Championships at 


Read more about the European Orienteering Championships 2018 Selection Announcement here.


British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish Cat Taylor and all the GB elite athletes selected to compete at this International competition all the very best with their final preparations and training ahead of the 2018 European Championships.