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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

Reminder of Key Dates over the next week!

Here is a reminder and overview of key orienteering dates of events and deadlines happening over the next week.

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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

British Orienteering Annual Awards - The Countdown Continues!

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.

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Tweet Friday 22nd February 2019

2019 UK Orienteering League kicks off with the British Night Champs!

Orienteers are getting ready to navigate their way to the 2019 British Night Championships in Aberdeenshire this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.

Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) and Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) are getting ready to welcome orienteers as they arrive in spectacular North East Scotland for an Aberdeenshire adventure this February at the British Night Championships Weekend.

The main Muir of Dinnet event on Saturday night is not to be missed, offering a true test of technical ability.  With a complex moraine landscape and higher parts presenting a profusion of gullies, rocks and crags, the terrain varies between very fast open moor and clean forest floors to more physically demanding steeper heathery slopes.  Planner Drew Tivendale’s courses will not disappoint!

If you’re making a weekend of it!  There is a Scottish Orienteering Urban League Sprint at Cove, Aberdeen earlier in the afternoon on a new map which Team GB’s Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard have been busy working on alongside planner Pete Lawrence.  Emit Touch Free Emitags will be used at this event which is being organised by Grampian Orienteering Club.  

Sunday (24 February) will also see the first CompassPoint Scottish Orienteering League of 2019 take place at beautiful Birsemore, Aboyne.  Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags.  The majority of the area is covered with runnable plantation.  The area was a firm favourite during the 2017 Scottish 6 Days and Mar Orienteering Club’s Andy Oliver is the course planner.

Registration, download and parking are within the Aboyne Academy/Community Centre Complex.

Further information for the Sprint can be found on the Grampian Orienteering Club's website here

Please see Mar Orienteering Club's website here for details of the British Night Championships and SOL1.

 

British Orienteering would like to wish all members a great weekend of orienteering in spectacular Scotland.  British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank Grampian Orienteering Club and Mar Orienteering Club’s volunteers for all their hard work behind the scenes.  Wishing all members an enjoyable and fun weekend of orienteering. 

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Tweet Saturday 9th June 2018

GBR Talent Squad Member - Training Camp Diary #1: David Bunn (TVOC)

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering caught up with a couple of the athletes who attended the recent Balmoral Talent Training Camp in Scotland.   

David Bunn (TVOC) has been selected to compete at the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) for the first time this year. 

David kindly agreed to write a diary account of his time at the recent Talent Training Camp. 
Read David's account:

Name: David Bunn

Member of the Talent Squad

Club:  Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC)

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David Bunn (TVOC)

Talent Training Camp, Balmoral, Scotland

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May 2018.

 

Day 1:  Friday 18th May 2018

20:00

Arrive at FSC Pitlochry and straight into dinner.

21:00

A preview of the week to come - followed by a control description quiz before bed.

 

Day 2:  Saturday 19th May 2018

08:00

Breakfast

09:00

Technical Preparation Session:  Head Technical Coach Mark Nixon had scoured the web for any relevant information about European Youth Orienteering Championship (EYOC) areas (as had most athletes). We discussed possible key strategies and techniques for the Sprint, Long and Relay areas, tailored to the terrains. The majority of the geeking will be done over the next few weeks by athletes independently, but it was useful to pool ideas and make sure we are as clued up as possible as to how we can best prepare for the technical demands of orienteering in Bulgaria.

10:00

The Challenges of International Competition:  A great opportunity for more experienced athletes to impart some of their wisdom with athletes like myself, who will compete for GB for the first time this year. We talked about the whole experience of international competition - from travelling abroad to accommodation, transport, quarantine, GPS, warm-ups, the race itself and everything in between. The differences between international and domestic competitions are vast, but I now feel that little bit more prepared and confident that I can make everything run smoothly.

13:00

British Championships at Balmoral:  A mixed bag of performances overall, but while I seriously lacked in accuracy, I certainly did spend a lot of quality time in good technical forest, which I suppose is a plus.

18:00

Dinner

19:00

Physical preparation:  Mainly comprised of learning how we can best prepare ourselves for competing in what could be heat approaching 30? Bulgaria is likely to be a real test of heat endurance, but we discussed ways we could lessen the shock for our bodies. We have been tasked with either finding or creating our own heat chambers at home in order to ‘acclimate’ to the environment, something I suspect few other nations will be considering! Could this Team Sky-esque attitude yield similar results for the GB team??

20:00

Individual review sessions: 1 on 1 sessions with coaches, talking through physical and technical training that we had completed, and also looking ahead to the next phase of competition-specific training.

22:30

Lights out

 

Day 3: Sunday 20th May

7:00

Breakfast and pack bags.

8:00

Depart for the British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Relay. 

10:00

BOC Relays, Torphantrick:  We competed for our respective clubs, but got a chance to run with other members of the Talent Squad, and for some to run against senior GB athletes on the Premier classes. Again - a very good and quite rare opportunity to hone our relay running skills in preparation for an EYOC Relay which will feature some very strong GB teams.

14:00

Depart for home

Thank you, David.  We wish you well with your final preparations.

 

Talent Squad - Tier 1:  Includes primarily the 15-18 (School) age group and aims firstly to identify and induct promising juniors into the Talent squad and then assist in progressing them from the 'Learning to Train' to the 'Training to Train' phase of development.

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