There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year.
FINAL CALL: TWO DAYS TO GO!
Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019
British Orienteering wants to recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.
Who do you think deserves recognition for their hard work, dedication and effort they have given tirelessly to our sport throughout 2018?
Who are you going to nominate?
To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.
The following Directors will be standing down:
The Board will be seeking to replace the above two Elected Director vacancies at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019 on Friday 19 April 2019.
The roles are for full terms of three years.
We welcome applications from any person who is eligible to undertake the role of a Company Director.
British Orienteering's Chair Judith Holt, says:
"This year we have two vacancies for elected directors to be voted on to the Board at this year’s AGM. These positions are open to any member of British Orienteering; no previous committee work is necessary. If you have knowledge of how organisations work and can step back and think strategically about the sport then you could contribute to the work of the Board."
"Particular areas of expertise such as commercial fundraising or marketing are useful but the essential is to be able to assimilate a wide range of views and work with the other Board members to reach decisions about the ongoing governance and future of the sport."
"We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to stand for the Board, including gender, race, age, disability, to give us a rounded point of view. In 2019 we particularly want to encourage people from other parts of the UK to put themselves forward for election. Our current elected directors all come from England and we would like to extend our reach further afield across the UK."
All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members.
In the past year, we have been meeting in Manchester and Birmingham and we are looking at ways that we can meet in other parts of the country to make the board more accessible. We pay for any reasonable travelling expenses.
For further information please contact Chief Executive Peter Hart or Chair Judith Holt.
Nominations have to please be submitted by 17:00 Wednesday, 27th February 2019.
It’s only a week to go before the first live webinar of 2019 goes live.
The first session takes place on Thursday 28th February at 7 pm titled Planning Focus.
The session will be discussing planning, from where to begin and tips and advice as you move forward creating your event. Barry Elkington will lead the session. Barry is an extremely experienced and highly regarded planner. The session is for everyone who is looking to start planning and for those who are experienced and are looking to give advice to others, continue their learning and share ideas.
To view the session all you need to do is follow the simple registration process prior by following the link below;
This is the first in a full calendar of sessions running throughout 2019. The first group of sessions announced include Communications, Coaching and Youth. Registration links and dates are;
Thursday 14th March
Thursday 28th March
Thursday 25th April
For further information about how you could get involved and to keep an eye out for all future sessions or find links to a session you may have missed (including the 2018 pilot), visit the British Orienteering webinar webpage.
More than five hundred people travelled to New Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean on Sunday 6 May for the annual Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) Trot which this year was part of the massive OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Running Festival.
In addition to the 446 entrants, there were at least 60 children who ran the string course, many from OMM families, which was a great way of introducing new children and their like-minded families to orienteering.
Despite the fact that the memory of the incredible weather will probably outlast the orienteering, some very fine runs were achieved.
Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club (SBOC) won the Black course by a whole 7 minutes, James Hargreaves won the brown by 13 minutes and Oliver Tonge (M16) was only 2.08 minutes behind Martin Ward (M50) the winner of the Short Brown.
Bristol Orienteering Klub's Clive Hallett (M55) won the Blue in just 55.36 minutes but was closely followed by Phil Scarf (M55) of East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC) a few minutes later. Nick Norse (M55) of North Wiltshire Orienteering Club (NWO) and BOK's Jim Bailey (M16) followed three minutes later giving Clive some serious competition.
The Green course was run by Clive Wilson (M60) of South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) in just 57.34 minutes, but close on his heels was Ian Cooper (M75) of Berkshire Orienteers (BKO) just 3 seconds behind, and Jackie Hallett (W60) of BOK just 19 seconds behind. A good performance was also seen by BOK's Bryony Stagg who won the orange course.
The day was a huge success with wonderful scenes of fit, healthy runners of all ages gathering together in the blazing sunshine to run, cycle, and relax in the Forest.
Photo credits: Scott Bailey, Bristol Orienteering Klub