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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

Switzerland and Norway European Champions in relay

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.

Results EOC Relay


1) Switzerland 1 1:45:56
Judith Wyder
Elena Roos
Julia Gross

2) Sweden 1 +2:11
Lina Strand
Sara Hagstrom
Karolin Ohlsson

3) Denmark 1 +2:13
Cecilie Friberg Klysner
Ida Bobach
Maja Alm


1) Norway 1 1:55:40
Eskil Kinneberg
Mahne Daehli
Olav Lundanes

2) Switzerland 1 +0:30
Florian Howald
Matthias Kyburz
Daniel Hubmann

3) France 1 +3:07
Nicolas Rio
Lucas Basset
Frederic Tranchand


Official results EOC women

Official results EOC men

Official results (full)