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Tweet Tuesday 11th September 2018

Major Events Consultant

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."


Tweet Monday 10th September 2018

WCOC win Peter Palmer Junior Relays for a third successive year!

The Peter Palmer Junior Relays successfully took place last weekend September 8-9th at Tankersley near Sheffield.  South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) organised an excellent event, including training on Saturday, overnight accommodation for all teams and the main relay event starting in the dark at 5 am.

Photos by Robert Lines

Winners of the three trophy categories were:

  • WCOC Incredibles (West Cumberland OC)             Peter Palmer Trophy       Main relay          
  • GO Bananas 1 (Guildford Orienteers)                      Norwich Anniversary      Small clubs         
  • SYO Killer Bees (South Yorkshire Orienteers)       Joan George Trophy        Young teams

The new shorter Daybreak relay with 4 legs per team was also won by Guildford Orienteers. 

The event was sponsored by Tio Mila, Sweden.   Göran Reinholdsson from the Tio Mila organisation presented WCOC as the winning club with a free entry and accommodation to the Junior Tia Mila race in Sweden in April 2019.   

Nick Lightfoot, the course planner from SYO, commented: “Peter Palmer was an inspirational junior leader and orienteering coach.  He would have been proud to see the enthusiasm shown by all the juniors this weekend”. 

See an excellent Youtube video of the event here made by Ben O’Donnell M14 and his family from DVO.

Thanks to the SYO organising team for a fantastic weekend!

Tweet Saturday 8th September 2018

Orienteering Foundation Coaching Day

The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day on Saturday 10th November 2018 in the Lake District.

The day will be planned and organised by experienced coach Derek Allison, and take place in the technical terrain of Dale Park, part of the Graythwaite Estate (as used for day 5 of the recent Lakes 5 Day). It is open to both self-organised groups of any age, led by their own qualified coaches, as well as individual adult participants coached by Derek himself. See here for further details. Pre-booking is required.

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
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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.