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Tweet Sunday 20th May 2018

Resources to help you get the most out of Orienteering

Orienteering is a great tool to get children learning and achieving both inside and outside of the classroom. There is great potential for developing orienteering for young people for example via schools or uniformed group activities with simplified and progressive activities that can take place in a variety of environments from school grounds to country parks and woodland.

Orienteering is also a cross-curricular activity that can support subjects such as Maths, PE and Geography as well as promoting a healthy mix of physical activity, decision making and team working – there is nothing like the excitement of searching for things and the sense of accomplishment in completing a course, activity or event!

To assist you in your Orienteering planning - British Orienteering has some appropriate resources and reading to help you get started and feel more confident in using Orienteering within your activities and sessions with young people.

Plenty of orienteering resources available for your school or club

From purchasable equipment kits such as the Xplorer Schools resource to downloadable resources and signposting to your local club – please see the sections below covering a variety of topics:

1) Mapping

2) Find your local Club

3) The Teaching Orienteering Pathway

4) Orienteering in Schools

5) Downloadable resources

6) Competition for Schools - the British Schools Orienteering Association

7) Where to Go Orienteering

8) Purchasable Xplorer Schools


Thought about taking part in World Orienteering Day this year on Wednesday 23 May 2018? 

Find out more here.

Tweet Friday 18th May 2018

Royal Deeside is preparing for the Royal Wedding and the influx of nearly 1,200 orienteers from across the country.

The Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) is staging the British Orienteering Championships 2018 this weekend (Saturday 19 May to Sunday 20 May 2018) in Royal Deeside. The Long Distance Championships are being held over the Balmoral Estate with the British Relay Championships at nearby Torphantrick (Cambus o’May).
The British Trail Orienteering Championships are being staged on Sunday 20 May at nearby Crathes Castle. 

Saturday 19 May:  British Orienteering Championships - Long distance race (UKOL)
Find out more:  British Orienteering Championships (UKOL) - Balmoral nr. Braemar.

Sunday 20 May:  British Orienteering Championships - Relay event
Find out more:  British Relay Championships - Torphantrick nr. Ballater.

Sunday 20 May:  British Trail Orienteering Championships
Find out more:  British Trail Orienteering Championships - Crathes Castle nr. Banchory.

Scottish Orienteering Association Satellite

Royal Deeside is preparing for the Royal Wedding and the influx of nearly 1,200 orienteers from across the country. In addition to most of our elite athletes who recently competed at the European Orienteering Championships in Switzerland, we are also welcoming young competitors from local schools in an initiative supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

With a recent spell of fine weather, the Planner and Assistant Controller report the area is now snow free but Lochnagar still has plenty of snow in the gullies. Torphantrick on the banks of the River Dee is also looking lovely, and hopefully, the water will still be sparkling on Sunday.

The race arena build starts on Friday, including some innovations from the Scottish Orienteering Association with their new satellite broadband system. Live GPS tracking is not planned, but there will be extensive footage taken for the BBC Adventure Show – expect headcams, drones and running cams wherever you are in the forest. Dougie Vipond, presenter and drummer of Deacon Blue, will be on site to provide commentary for TV. Chris Poole and Andy Munro will be doing live coverage at the event.

Prize-giving will be on Sunday, and we thank Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering for offering to award medals and trophies.

Full BOC 2018 event details now available here

Thanks go to the Balmoral Estates and in particular Garry Marsden for permission to stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral on Saturday 19th May – the same day as the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Torphantrick is part of the Inchmarnoch Estate, and thanks go to Mrs J C Carson for permission to use this area for the British Relay Championships on Sunday 20th May.

Key Officials and Clubs: 

Thanks go to the clubs who have given up their time as volunteers to help stage this competition. Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC), Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC), Tayside Orienteers (TAY), Loch Eck Orienteers (ECKO), Clydeside Orienteers (CLYDE) and Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) are the main clubs involved with the Long Distance Championships. 

Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) and Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC) are the main clubs involved with the British Relay Championships.  Individuals from other clubs across Scotland are also involved.

Event Coordinator, Day Organiser and Safety Officer: Colin Matheson (Events Manager, SOA)
Assistant Coordinator: Ross Lilley (ECKO) 
Treasurer: Jackie Reynard (GRAMP) 
Entries: David Nicol (FVO) 
Payments: Sarah Hobbs (Membership & Communications Officer, SOA) 
Long Distance: Planner: Steve Nicholson (FVO) 
Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton (GRAMP) 
Controller: Brian Bullen (FVO), Assistant Controller: Dave Armitage (GRAMP) 
Relays: Planner: Clive Masson (ESOC), Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite (BAOC) 
Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR).

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers involved in putting on the British Orienteering Championships in Scotland this year.  Thank you to all for your hard work, commitment and support.  With best wishes for a great weekend of orienteering. 

Who will be crowned British Champions this Royal weekend?

Tweet Thursday 17th May 2018

Talent Squad Training Camp taking place this weekend in Scotland

The GB junior squad is heading up to the British Championships this weekend, as part of their preparations for the two main summer competitions, EYOC and JWOC, due to commence in a few weeks time.

Sixteen of the selected athletes will rendezvous at the FSC Kindrogan Hall, Pitlochry, on Friday evening and begin their training weekend, which will include a number of sessions led by the squad coaches focussing on technical, physical and mental preparation for the international races.

The main work will take place on Saturday, with classroom sessions focussing on, firstly, technical reviews of the main competition areas in Bulgaria and Hungary, with many of the JWOC athletes using this opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the challenges they will be confronting in July. Several of the team went to Hungary last August as part of the Pre-JWOC reconnaissance tour and also went on a self-funded visit in March of this year to learn more about the intricacies of the inland, sand dune terrain around Kecskemet and continue to develop their JWOC strategies.

The EYOC team includes many debutant athletes and this will be a great chance for them to learn about the challenges of international competitions and racing overseas. Both countries will also offer up the additional hurdle of running in the heat and there will be a session on Saturday considering race preparation and acclimation strategies to handle these environments and maintain optimal levels of performance across the programme of individual and relay races.

Alongside this work, the athletes will be competing in the British Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Balmoral and Torphantrick, and this will give them further opportunities to develop their race routines and practice their technical and tactical strategies in some great Scottish terrain!

GB Junior Squad set to head up to Scotland this weekend
Tweet Monday 14th May 2018

The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course by Colin Butler (SUFFOC)

Source:  THE PUNCH.  Suffolk Orienteering Club's Members Magazine

The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course article by Colin Butler (Suffolk Orienteering Club)

"Recently we visited Barnard Castle a market town in Teesdale, County Durham for a family golden wedding party on a Saturday.  We visited Bowes Museum the next day to occupy ourselves, and nephews and families had returned home, before going for a quiet meal in the evening. There was a special exhibition about tulips, and we had to go all around the galleries and display cases with a question paper to find a wide variety of tulip features.

As we went to the reception desk to collect our prize for a fully correct result, we noticed a pile of orienteering maps at the end of the counter. It is a doddle course, but we spent another pleasant half hour finding the controls around the gardens and shrubbery. 

Surrounding scenery

I left the course map with my brother-in-law as a reminder to take his grandchildren orienteering on their next visit. The Bowes course is listed via the British Orienteering and Cleveland websites.  

On Monday we went for a super walk upstream in the autumn sunshine along the River Tees, and back along an old railway line. It’s a lovely area if you like rambling.

If you would like to explore any of the Permanent Orienteering Courses then details can be found on the British Orienteering website."

Permanent Orienteering courses are fixed orienteering routes where you simply download a map and just go!   There are orienteering routes across the country, and this is a great way of exploring local areas when away on holiday or taking a short break in the UK.

More information on permanent orienteering courses can be found here

Thank you to Colin and Suffolk Orienteering Club for giving British Orienteering permission to publish this article. 

If you, your family or your club have any similar stories which you would like to share with other members then please get in touch. Email: