More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas.
Orienteering is an exciting adventure sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Participants have to navigate their way between a series of checkpoints (called controls) shown on the map. There’s no set route, you find your own way using the map.
What are you waiting for? Orienteering is a great way to spend more time with your family and friends. You can take part in local orienteering activities or events. UK events are listed here. You can contact your local orienteering club who will be happy to welcome you. This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. UK orienteering clubs are listed here.
Permanent Orienteering Courses are also a great way to get outside and go orienteering with family and friends. A great way to keep in touch and chat whilst you explore outdoors at a time and place that suits you all. Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.
Xplorer is also suitable for young families looking to get into orienteering and take place across the year. Xplorer activities are listed here.
Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?
This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, Nairnshire and Moray, Scotland.
A warm welcome awaits competitors travelling up to Scotland this weekend to take part in the Scottish Championships.
The Scottish Individual Championships are being staged at Achagour & Dulsie (partially used during Highland 2015 Scottish 6 Days), a short distance from Nairn and Forres.
The Scottish Relay Championships are being staged in Roseisle, a superb area of forested sand dunes.
Scottish Championships 2018 - Individual (UKOL) Long distance race starts the Championships off on Saturday (26 May) at Achagour and Dulsie.
Hosted by: INVOC
Organisers: Kevin Holliday and Guy Seaman, INVOC
Planner: Laurence Cload, INVOC
Controller: Richard Oxlade, GRAMP
Start times for the Individual Long-distance race can be found here.
Colin Matheson, Events Manager, Scottish Orienteering Association, says: "The race arena for the Scottish Orienteering Championships looks fine in the afternoon sunshine. INVOC helpers are struggling with the marquees in the breeze but the finish lane is taped out, chemical toilets in place and stiles out in the forest. Expect challenging orienteering over parts of this area, extended from the Scottish 6 Days 2013 map."
Final details can be found at https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/championships/scottish-champs-2018-individual
The Scottish Relay Championships will be held on Sunday 27th May at the north end of Roseisle forest accessed from Burghead, a village 8 miles north-west of Elgin. The terrain is complex, forested sand dunes - a mix of fast and slower running.
Hosted by: Moravian Orienteers
Organisers: Nikki Howard and Elizabeth Furness, MOR
Planner: Jon Hollingdale, MOR
Controller: Hilary Quick, BASOC
Colin Matheson, Events Manager, Scottish Orienteering Association, says: "Roseisle always looks good and is one of the favourite locations for local clubs. Expect some fast times from the Moravian Juniors who are starting to dominate the leader boards in Scotland."
Colin added: "We welcome some of the orienteers who extended their stay in Scotland after the British Orienteering Championships. They should be rested and ready to take on the Scots on home ground."
British Orienteering would like to thank all volunteers from Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC) and Moravian orienteering Club (MOR) and other surrounding clubs for their commitment and hard work in organising the Scottish Orienteering Championships this year. We wish all members who are travelling to compete at the Scottish Championships a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend of orienteering within the beautiful scenery of these stunning locations.
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University
Free of charge event
This open evening in Collegiate Hall at Sheffield Hallam University is to showcase the facilities and technology of The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) and the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. The evening will involve presentations and case studies from staff and students, a tour of the labs/facilities and an opportunity for local endurance groups to ask questions of our experts about how we can help you.
Presentation topics will include:
The purpose of this open evening is to create strong links with local endurance clubs and organisations (running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and so on) in order to collaborate through regional development funding, student projects and University consultancy programmes.
Each year there are opportunities for clubs and athletes to benefit from teaching activities that require participants for our sports students to develop their applied skills on or larger groups to involve with research. We’d love to provide local clubs and athletes with these opportunities and to help the clubs and club members to become fitter and faster than ever before.
Who is the event for?
The event is relevant to local endurance sports clubs, running shops, coaches, athletes, sports physios and podiatrists.
It was back to Tesserete for the Men’s and Women’s Relays, the penultimate races of this years European Championships.
The forests which would meet the competitors were open and fast beech woods, with little in the way of vegetation to impede the runnability. This meant that the runners would have to cope with an extremely high running pace throughout the race, which would mean the risk of over running and making a mistake was extremely high.
The Women’s relay kicked off proceeding, with Jess Tullie of GBR1 (supported by Cat Taylor and Hollie Orr) and Jo Shepherd for GBR2 (followed by Charlotte Watson and Alice Leake) leading off for the Brits. The pace was high right from the start, with Switzerland’s Judith Wyder for their first team taking the lead and never relinquishing it. Behind, the chasers could only scramble for positions in the pack, with the Fins and Swedes leading the charge, but Jess and Jo well placed.
Onto the second Leg and the Swiss first teams lead began to come under pressure from one of their own runners. The second team runner Simone Aebersold slowly began to close down on her teammate Elena Roos, catching her by the second TV split at the “Tower of Spirits”, before turning what had begun as a 30-second deficit into a minutes lead by the changeover. Behind a chasing pack of Russia, Sweden and Finland had formed but could do nothing to impact on the pace of Aebersold. Cat Taylor for GBR1 was slowly moving through the places from 14th and would change over in 8th place just ahead of Ida Bobach of Denmark, sending out Hollie Orr and Maja Alm together, 3 and a half minutes down on the lead.
Sarina Jenzer of SUI2 would feel the pressure from behind almost immediately, with her teammate Julia Gross slicing her lead in half by the first radio. To the TV control at the “Tower of Spirits”, it was Sui1 ahead of the chasers, with SUI2 falling back but still holding onto second and Sweden’s Karolin Olsson closing the gap to the lead. Olsson would soon create a gap to her fellow chasers, but not enough to make any major inroads into the lead of Gross until she made a mistake on the third to last control. This allowed Denmark’s Alm, who had been running the quickest out of everyone in the forest and had bridged the minute or so gap to the chasing pack back into the hunt for the silver medal. Both women entered the finishing straight together, but it was Sweden who would have the better sprint finish and take the silver, with Denmark settling for bronze. Sadly, Alm’s relentless pace was too much for Orr, who would bring the team home in a commendable 7th place.
Onto the men’s race, and with the favourable terrain, the race was wide open for a fantastic British result. Kris Jones would start first for GBR1 (followed by Peter Hodkinson and Ralph Street) with Hector Haines - making his debut this week - running for GBR2 (supported by Sasha Chepelin and Ali McLeod). The pace from the start was ferocious, with the Swiss teams wanting to romp away with another gold and the Swedish (who have had a sub-par championships for their men’s team) looking to put their championships back on track.
There was much changing in the lead throughout the first Leg, but Kris remained in the top-three throughout, even breaking away with Florian Howald of Switzerland 2 at the arena passage, before they were closed down; but Kris didn’t falter, coming in in the lead of a quartet of runners.
It was a lead, but a small one. Peter Hodkinson was under pressure in a pack which included several world champions, including Matthias Kyburz, Fabian Hertner and Magne Daehli. Peter kept his cool, did his own navigation and by the time of the long, ungaffled leg back to the arena he was in the pack and holding on. Sadly the elastic snapped after the arena passage and Pete would lose a minute from an additional small mistake but had done a fantastic job at keeping GBR in touch for a bronze.
Out on last Leg and Ralph Street was being hunted down by some of the best last leg runners in the world. A couple of small errors at the start of the Leg meant that Ralph was on the back foot, with Czech, France and Russia hunting him down. It was France who would sneak ahead, with Fredric Tranchand breaking away from the chase and clear into bronze. Small mistakes from all the runners would creep into their runs, with Ralph entering the long Leg back to the arena in fourth place. By the run through though the Czechs have snuck ahead and by the finish, it was as precious, with Ralph finishing in 5th, just behind Vojtech Kral of Czech in 4th.
1) Switzerland 1 1:45:56
2) Sweden 1 +2:11
3) Denmark 1 +2:13
Cecilie Friberg Klysner
1) Norway 1 1:55:40
2) Switzerland 1 +0:30
3) France 1 +3:07